King's Cage, just as bloodthirsty and full of lies and betrayal as the rest of The Red Queen series. The epic finale-- wait? This isn't the last book? Call me an idiot, but I honestly thought King's Cage was the last book in the Red Queen Trilogy. But then, apparently it's not a trilogy? Yeah. I realized that just about when I was about 100 pages from the end and realized that there was no possible way this series could actually be concluding yet.
Was I excited that I'd be getting more books in this series? Not particularly. I've felt pretty lukewarm about this series from the beginning. It's not exactly that original, but it uses cliches that make a fun story, which is the only reason I've stuck around with this series.
The most original and intriguing part of the Red Queen series is Maven. The character I'm most invested in and interested in is... Shocker, Maven. I've been interested in his character from the beginning, and I still am. Especially after reading this book. If you're a Maven fan? You might actually enjoy King's Cage. If you're a Cal fan? Well, I don't really find anything about him appealing but he has plenty of time in this book as well.
And Cameron? Well crap. I forgot who she even was. She had a ton go time this book-- even like half the chapters were her point of view. I like/ care about her even less than I do about Mare. Like Mare, okay she's fine, but I don't really care about her. Cameron? Sorry I just find her to be plain out annoying and really could care less about her.
Ha, sorry to everyone who loves this series. I know how much it hurts to hear someone shit talking your favorite characters... but this is just my honest opinion. I don't really care for the characters in this series, and more of them annoy me than the amount of people that I actually care about.
"I'm not leaving this place unless I leave behind his corpse-- or mine."
I've also read that the author is somewhat abrasive towards people who are invested in Maven's character, or really any readers who think differently than her about the story. That makes me feel somewhat... I don't know, a little distanced or sad? Maybe because I think we, as readers, should be open to our own opinions. I understand that the characters are very near and dear to the author's heart, but shouldn't we be allowed to have out own opinions without being insulted for it?
Anyway, I'll try not to let that affect how I review this book.
Like I said before, I was really only interested in the stuff involving Maven... And Evangeline. She became a very interesting character to follow. I'll admit, there were some seriously interesting parts in this book where I really wouldn't want to put it down, but for the most part I was kind of bored. And detached. Like I could put the book down and just walk away and be fine. No nagging sensations in the back of my mind or anything.
There seemed to be a lot of filler chapters and things leading up to action, and not in a suspenseful, fun way. In a I'm bored kind of way. Like don't get me wrong, I'm not the type that needs action ALL THE TIME EVERY DAY, actually I find that to be quite boring too. and I do like romance novels without any action at all, but I like when things are actually happening. A lot of this book felt like nothing was happening. Nothing at all. The only bright lights in those dull, dull chapters were finding out more about the real Maven. Yeah, guys, there is actually a real Maven and you get to meet him in this book.
Basically all I have to say is that I really just didn't feel affected by this book at all. I feel the same as I did before, if not feeling less attached to the characters that I already wasn't particularly attached to before.
I'd give this book 6/10 stars. It was okay, a lot of boring, filler sequences for most of the book, but there were a few things that redeemed it. Slightly. Maven and Evangeline for the most part.
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
Sorry for the short reviews, I read all these books while camping and really just don't have that much to say because it was a bit ago and I've read so many other books afterwards.
Well, thanks for reading, and I'm really sorry if I insulted your fandom.