A friend asked if I’d read the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.
Here’s what I told her in case it’s helpful for anyone else:
I haven’t read The Red Queen series yet for a few reasons.
- I’ve been waiting for the third book to be published first, and that came out last week. However, the early buzz is that it doesn’t end well, and now there is a 4th book scheduled for publication in 2018. Pet peeve one and two: Books with bad endings and books that start out as trilogies but decide to keep going later on.
- The second book as a lower average rating on Goodreads than the first book does, which means the fans that liked the first book and decided to read the next one didn’t like the second as much as the first. Pet peeve three: Books that let their fans down.
- Most of the folks giving positive reviews spend a lot of time sounding like teenage girls gushing about how hot the love interests are and about how the love triangle between brothers is so intriguing. Pet peeve four: love triangles.
- Most of the reviewers I trust rated book one as a 1, 2, or 3 out of 5.
Will I read it? Maybe. I’m waiting until I see more about how the last book ends and if the series is truly done or not. Then I’ll wait until the eBook is like $.99 because a book like this doesn’t deserve $10.99.
A series that looks similar and was COMPLETELY AWESOME is Red Rising. Oh man, that series is so, so good. Watch out though, it’s quite violent and has bad language. If you feel you’re pretty liberal with the content in your books, I’d say give that a try instead of The Red Queen. If you do read The Red Queen, let me know what you think!
Good luck, and thanks for reaching out!