Tuesday, May 31, 2016

*Joood's Reviews* Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

You may or may not know this already, but Joood - Hooligan of Platypire Reviews is notoriously bad at writing reviews after she finishes reading books. I'm serious, her to be reviewed list is almost as long as my Platypire Read-A-Thon list, and that thing is monstrous. So after much cajoling on Joood's part, I have decided to help her out and once a week I'm going to write one of her reviews for her because I'm a good friend like that, and there is no way this could possibly go wrong. I will be writing the reviews as if I actually am Joood.

This week I have selected Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. 

Genre: YA/Fantasy
Published: February 9, 2016
Pages: 444


If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

I gifted myself a copy of this book for my birthday because I deserve all the things, but can only afford a very few of the things (also, I had a gift card.) 

Glass Sword combines two of my favorite things, Star Wars and Greet mythology. Mare Barrow is basically a person with Zeus based midiclorians that allow her to control lightning. Just like Luke Skywalker, she runs off to find the resistance, and finds herself having to battle the lure of the dark side while she's doing it (and we all know that the dark side has delicious chocolate chip cookies, so the temptation is fierce!) 

While reading, I found myself desperately wishing that I could be like Mare with lightning bolt powers so that I could just zap people that I don't like and fry them to a crisp. I would totally have used that power on Katie just yesterday in fact, in retaliation for a photo she sent me on Facebook. Katie, if you are reading this, I wish you were dead right now! 

I really wanted to love this book, but in the end it felt too much like a really cheap land-based knock off of Star Wars, and if I wanted to experience Star Wars again, I would just watch it for the 47389278340274803rd time. So I didn't love it, but it was alright.

3.2 Platypires. - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I'm repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. 

The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.*

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  1. I've been wondering about this book. I LOVE Greek mythology. I might have to look into it.

  2. I want lightning bolt power AND the Force - but I'm greedy like that...