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Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Now that my finals are coming up, I’m finding it harder and harder to find time to read, or at least, to justify my “fun” reading when I should be reading French literature. You can imagine my annoyance then when a much anticipated read turned out to be a disappointment. Why, oh, why did I not listen to the reviews of Glass Sword and push this to the bottom of the TBR pile? Unfortunately Glass Sword by New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard turned out to be a huge let down and here’s why…

NB: review may contain spoilers for those who have not read Red Queen.

Glass Sword begins where Red Queen ends. The King is dead, Maven has seized the crown  with the help of his mother and Mare and Cal are on the run. Although Cal is a silver blood and Mare, the Lightning Girl, is a new blood, the two must work together to track down all the other new bloods before King Maven does. If they can raise a new blood army, the Scarlet Guard, before he can, then they might just be able to overthrow him and take revenge for all he has done.

The main problem with this young adult book is that it’s just far too long and far too rambly. I could sum up what happens in this with a few, short sentences and there really isn’t any need to read all 440 pages of this novel. Within about 50 pages of this book, I could begin to see why so many people disliked it. It was clear from the beginning that Mare’s mission was going to be to find all the new red bloods but each mission is the same. Plan, execute, run into difficulty, save the red. I was expecting an action packed sequel but there was no excitement and no suspense, just the same story line over and over again. Understandably, this gets very tiresome and boring after a while. It also seems too convenient that each new blood recruited has a different sort of ability that happens to be exactly what they’re looking for. A little too easy if you ask me.

What’s more, Mare, who I greatly admired in Red Queen, completely changes in Glass Sword. Hardened by the events in book 1, her heart is shut off to the world and she becomes a sort of recruiting machine. I was looking forward to a relationship developing between Mare and Cal but I was disappointed on that front. I simply could not identify with any of the characters in this story as they were all pretty emotionless and when they weren’t emotionless, they were angry. You can certainly feel the rage coursing through each and every one of these characters but instead of appearing brave and determined, they merely seemed cold-hearted and vengeful.

All in all, I’m pretty frustrated that I wasted weeks reading Glass Sword when I could have been reading something much more exciting. As I have already said, the characters all seemed emotionless and the plot was boring and so I felt pretty emotionless and bored whilst reading it. I’ll be reading reviews of King’s Cage now to see whether it’s worth finishing this series or not, though I almost certainly won’t be buying my own copy of this book – just in case.

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it? Is it worth continuing with King’s Cage?

If you liked this post, check out these:
Red Queen Book Review 
Throne of Glass Book Review
Crown of Midnight Book Review
The Hunger Games Book Review
Catching Fire Book Review

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. 24th March 2017 / 3:19 PM

    I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment… I could tell how unpleasant it is to spend time on something not worth it. But on the lighter side, thank you because you have created a good review for this book, thus saving us all from unforeseen disappointment 🙂 Have you read I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak? I am wondering how’d you rate it 🙂 Would you be excited for it’s plot? 🙂

  2. Cyka niki
    24th March 2017 / 3:42 PM

    There are sometimes that we expect more on what we’re reading and indeed up not into it, I’m not familiar with their books to be honest but I like fantasy adventure genre. you’re a wide reader so I think this will Alsop end up no a good movie if they will make one

  3. So far so Sabine
    25th March 2017 / 2:46 PM

    aah too bad it was such a disappointment. However it’s good that you write this down for us. I won’t even think about watching it now haha. Have a good weekend and I’m sure you’ll find a great movie to watch.

  4. 30th March 2017 / 3:19 PM

    I’ve not read any from this series but it’s a shame you were disappointed with it x

  5. Hayley
    30th March 2017 / 3:29 PM

    I’ve never heard of this author before, I probably won’t bother reading any of their books now though

  6. 30th March 2017 / 6:44 PM

    It’s a shame this book was such a disappointment. It is frustrating when you have invested so much time into a book and end up feeling as though you have wasted that time x

  7. FussFreeJen
    31st March 2017 / 12:08 AM

    I haven’t read any of these books myself. It is a pity that you’ve been left feeling disappointed. Nothing worse when you have enjoyed a previous book. I’ve had the same thing happen with other series.

  8. 31st March 2017 / 6:14 AM

    That’s such a shame that you wasted time reading a book which was a disappointment. I’d be gutted if read something which wasn’t great as I don’t get to read much x

  9. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    31st March 2017 / 10:41 AM

    I’ve never read these books, sorry to hear it was a disappointment, hopefully your next book will be great!

  10. shoshana sue
    31st March 2017 / 10:52 AM

    I hate when a bad book happens to me. I feel your pain. I usually just put the book down than continue wasting my time when I notice it is not as exciting as expected.

  11. 31st March 2017 / 3:20 PM

    I am not familiar with this book an I am glad that I read your review, I will keep your notes in mind if I’ll ever come across it. There’s nothing more frustrating than reading a book that you don’t like.

  12. Melissa Zia
    31st March 2017 / 9:15 PM

    Such a shame you didn’t like the book, it’s not great being disappointed by a book I know.

  13. 1st April 2017 / 7:41 AM

    Never heard this book yet. Good thing I was able to check this post, I love reading books during travels so I make it a point to check some reviews about good books to read.

  14. 1st April 2017 / 10:09 AM

    I often thought about reading the Red Queen. However if the follow up a disappointment then i’m not so sure now. xx

  15. 1st April 2017 / 4:40 PM

    I can’t stand a book that is unnecessary long. Thanks for your honest review.

  16. Melanie Edjourian
    1st April 2017 / 8:25 PM

    My goodness that is a considerable amount amount of time to waste reading a book I would have probably tossed it aside after the first 40 or so pages if it was that bad.

  17. Always Carry On.
    2nd April 2017 / 1:28 PM

    I’m not sure whether this would be my type of book anyway, so after reading your review, I’ll steer clear 🙂 x

  18. Charlotte
    3rd April 2017 / 1:59 PM

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I hate wasting time on a disappointing book! x

  19. 27th April 2017 / 9:59 AM

    God…don’t read King’s Cage. It’s even worse! I don’t even want to get into it. I regret starting this series as it was such a waste of time.

    I was so disappointed with the follow up as Red Queen was pretty decent. The story as a whole just isn’t there, it’s a good idea but wasn’t executed well. It’ll make a good cheesy movie.

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