The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: NA, Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 2/5 Stars
Bah, I’m sorry, I tried… I tried…
Unfortunately my review of The Red Queen got accidentally deleted. I can repeat most of it for this book as my feelings still ring true.
I wanted to like this book, just like I wanted to like the first one. It is right up my alley. I’m a sucker for kingdom battles, political wars and defiances, and all around adventure with character driven plots. I tried and tried to get into the first installment in this series, but It felt it mediocre at best. The plot itself was interesting in the first book (though not super original) which is what kept me hanging on. (I’ll admit, the ending of the Red Queen hooked me a bit… which is why I returned to this story.)
However.. I had a difficult time believing the characters. I have a hard time getting past that in any book.
Mare, our protagonist – well I couldn’t pinpoint her. Not because I disliked her- (though the arrogance was way overplayed and annoying) but because she was too unbelievable. She contradicts herself constantly. I still can’t even describe her personality to you. It would be one thing if she had strengths and weaknesses – I like watching a weak character grow up. The author babbles on and on about her feelings – and she writes her feelings one way, and in the next moment, LITERALLY the next paragraph in some cases, she’s contradicting what she just said. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the author – I felt like she was trying to make Mare a “deep” character, but really- she’s just using Mare to advance her plot… not taking into consideration Mare’s character, and how Mare would respond, if she were a consistent character. Because of this, I felt myself skimming most of the book, trying to get past all of Mare’s little self revelations and thought babbling. I’m sorry, I’m just not convinced that should be called character development, when she’s flip flopping all over the place with no real reason.
I won’t say that everything about this series is negative. As I mentioned before, the plot is interesting. The idea is interesting. I just find it poorly executed. The only redeeming factor is Cal. I liked his character- and he is one of the reasons I kept skimming.
Anyway, I understand why there are those who rave about this series. I get it, I love this genre too. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, its not to put too much emphasis on a review… so judge it for yourself. Happy reading!