Book Review: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

PG-13 "Game of Thrones" drama in a dystopian world.

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a dystopian YA novel that takes place in a post apocalyptic America after what seems to have been a nuclear war. In this future there is a class system based on the color of blood. There are the Silver's, an elite class that are pretty much gods with fascinating powers that they use to stay superior above the rest, and then there are the Reds who are your everyday normal people. Amongst the Reds is a girl named Mare Barrow who discover's that she is a special anomaly for her kind and soon finds herself in the terrifying almost "Game of Thrones" like drama that is the Silver court. As she fights to survive she has to see if there is more that she can do than be a symbol of peace for the Reds and the Silvers all while trying hide her secret.

I really liked this book more than I thought I was going to, just because I didn't really know what to expect. It did have a kind of "Hunger Games" vibe for me at a couple parts, but that doesn't mean it was a bad thing. A funny thing I found about it was that I didn't really think it took place in the future until they mentioned something like turning on the lights in their home. Which I liked because that to me meant the world was really pulling me in as I tried to visualize it. There were a couple parts of it that were slow and that's because it was mostly talking about the history of things in the book. It made me feel like I had to pay a bit more attention to the book then I actually did because there were some things they would mention that I had completely forgot about and had to back track to get what was going on. My favorite parts were the one's whenever they talked about the Silver using their powers, that definitely gave the book the right amount of action whenever it was needed. Also if anyone is wondering how the ending goes I will say I've already purchased the sequel to know what happens next.

Rating: 3.75/5

Spoilers Talk

* Ok being told that there was a twist in the book ruined the twist for me. I felt like Roy in "IT CROWD" when he get's told there's a twist in the new Tarantino film and it ruined it for him. The minute Maven started being nice to Mare to I was like (Sarcasm) "Oh wow I wonder what the twist it?". Prince Hans from "Frozen" taught me to prepare for princes like these. When he turned on Cal and Mare I internally was like called it I'm a genius. Although the one twist I really didn't see coming

was Shade still being alive and I was glad about that.

*Am I the only one who got annoyed with Kilorn? He just seemed kind of whiny to me. Hopefully his character gets better in the series.

*I do want to see more Cal and Mare though because if they got to know each other more they could be either really cute together or really good allies.

*I'm also hoping we see more of Gisa in the next book because she seems like a character I just want to know more about.

That's all for now guys. What did you think about the Red Queen if you already read it? Feel free to comment below on your thoughts.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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