Glass Sword

Glass Sword

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If there's one thing Mare Barrow knows, it's that she's different. Mare's blood is red--the colour 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 the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by the Silver 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?
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

This breathtaking sequel to “Red Queen” is just as amazing, if not better, than the first book. I was unable to put this book down and finished it in a day! It constantly left me wanting more after every chapter. The ending is amazing - yet shocking, just like in the previous novel. I am in love with this series, and cannot wait to read the next book. This is one of those book series that you can just feel will turn into an amazing movie. Overall I would rate it 5/5 and would definitely recommend it.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Nymeria23
Aug 07, 2017

Really I just want the writing to be better. I feel like this story's bones are very intriguing (if not similar to the Hunger Games in some aspects), but I can't stand the writing. I don't like the main character. Honestly I think she's a bit cowardly, and pretty selfish/full of herself. It was the same things over and over again.
"I am different now. I have changed. I'm not that girl anymore. I've been broken and I'll never be fixed again. Cal and I will never be a thing because we've ruined too much better us. I want me and Cal to be a thing but 'no, remember that I can't trust anyone'. Oh yea, don't trust anyone. I'm going to do my own thing. It's okay for me to kill, but how dare you kill my own people. I'm the lightening girl. Fear me, wait no don't, I'm actually weak. I hate Maven, but I still care for him."
It felt pretty whiny, annoying, and false as I was reading the story. Most of the relationships/interactions feel forced, like the author is telling me what to feel instead of guiding me. It's a real 'tell not show' kind of story in my opinion.
But other than the fact that the only minorly good character got killed off I like the concept of the story and the creepiness of Maven. I wasn't going to read the third book but I feel like I have to after that ending
So who knows. Maybe the next one will surprise me. I sure hope so.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 30, 2017

Pretty good. Very suspenseful and I loved hearing about the abilities. Pretty much the only thing I really didn't like was that almost every time before a time space in the dangerous situations, Mare would say things like "This may be our last (morning, or something)." It gets annoying after a while. The ending really jolted me, very chilling.

sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

Characters: 3/10
Plot: 5/10
Writing: 3/10
This book let me down. I forced my way through it, but it was painful. I read angrily.
Mare's voice is angsty and filled with unnecessary metaphors. If I had a dollar for every time Aveyard used "bone" or "bones," I wouldn't have to work a day in my life. Examples: "Not sure of anything but the fire in his bones," "we entwined our fingers, weaving our bones together," "Deep in my bones, my sparks respond" etc. In that same vein, everything was stark. It's not just, "I feel dead inside," it's "the breathing corpse of Mare Barrow." That kind of intense metaphor would be fine if it wasn't on every page. There was too much internal monologue, not enough dialogue or action. Her action scenes are her best, but sometimes I couldn't follow what was going on. She also introduced new information as if it was common knowledge. Mare is convinced she's the center of the universe and the world bends around her. She doesn't respect her friends.
There were some intriguing twists on common story elements (superpowers, rescues, etc), but nothing worth going through the drama.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 12, 2017

I was disappointed in this book. Red Queen was a much better read. The action in this book seemed repetitive, and the different locations were indistinguishable. The biggest change was Mare's character. In the first book she was willing to do anything for her family and friends, but in this book she doesn't care about anyone. Everyone is willing to act on Mare's ideas, and she doesn't appreciate the risks they are taking in order to go along with her plans.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2017

To be very honest, I gave this book an average rating of 4, because I wanted to balance out how much I disliked the protagonist and how much I adored the actual book. I felt that Mare's personality had a dramatic shift, and she wasn't the interestingly complicated person I read about in Red Queen. However, the exciting plot did a good job covering up Mare's stumbling fluctuations, and I could never guess what would happen next. Cal didn't have any more of that appeal anymore, as the crown prince, and Maven was still a major disappointment. However, this book is leaving me very impatient for the next one! 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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janelllim
Dec 17, 2016

Not very interesting. Like, it was interesting and ok, but I expected better. Mare just does the usual and goes on missions and stuff, but it was all very predictable. Plus, the ending was horrible.

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book_girl_2
Nov 26, 2016

**Spoiler** Sorry
I loved this book so much, but I began to feel really down about Mare and how she felt about the people she loved. She began to turn evil. She started to become racist, which is exactly what she didn't want. It was slow in the middle, but overall i give it four stars. (first one was better!!!!) There BETTER BE A NEXT BOOK, BECAUSE IF NOT, I WILL BE VERY ANGRY!!!!!!!!!
( wounderfully awful cliffhanger)

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

I gave Red Queen a very generous 2 stars with the main gripe that Mare never actually did anything, just let things happen to and around her. Well... no improvement there.
Mare thinks. That's all she does.

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KindaSassy
Nov 09, 2016

This is the second book in the series and is the follow up to Red Queen.
Mare Burrow is no longer hiding herself in a palace, pretending to be a Silver, but she is now on the run from the newly proclaimed king Maven, who is intent on capturing and destroying her. Mare learns the truth that she is not the only one of her kind to be a Red with Silver abilities, and begins a search for find them in the hopes of turning them into warriors who will help Mare overturn Maven.
The story is fairly fast paced but there is considerable time spent on exploring Mare's dark thoughts and her manner of thinking people were 'expendable' in the name of her cause. There is a kind of romance in the storyline, but it doesn't become a major plot point, rather it is woven into the storyline smoothly and simply.
This story is Young Adult fantasy, following a formula, but formulas work for a reason and this story is quite enjoyable. It ends on a plot twist that pretty much guarantees that you want to read the next instalment, Kings Cage, which is released February 7th, 2017.

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hannah_85 Mar 21, 2017

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and l feel myself beginning to shatter"

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alexandraSchulz
Jul 28, 2016

“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"We can't chose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could."
-Page 255

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"Before I thank any one person, I would like to thank the leftover pizza I'm currently eating. It's really good."
-Acknowledgments

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