Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Imagine (almost) every single YA stereotype thrown together. I say almost because there is one that's not there. The Love Triangle. Yay!! Woohoo! No Love Triangle! There is, however, a Love Sandwich! Ahhhhh!! No, not three, but four!!! Dear god, save us. It seems every single eligible male between 16 and 20 is somehow desperately in love with Mare. She's only in love with three of them though. Three! Fucking greedy cow.
I knew what I was getting into, I was expecting the typical YA novel. And yet, this still managed to disappoint me. Mainly because of Mare. Coincidentally, 'mare' is used quite often where I live to refer to a really annoying or stupid woman. The name fits perfectly, trust me. I was initially very patient, I was expecting certain things to bug me, or even drive me round the bend, but the closer I got to the climax the more the daft girl and her even dafter behaviour got to me.
If she really grew up in a slum she'd be a lot more careful and so much more shrewd. But no, the mean rich girls are making fun of me! I'm going to sulk, and then sulk some more. She is pathetic. I know teens have confidence issues, but this is ridiculous.
Our heroine finds herself among her Silver enemies, with every move monitored, an escort wherever she goes, super-strength guards everywhere, and super powered nobles, all loyal to the king. She is a prisoner. A rich prisoner, but a prisoner none the less. So what does she do? Keep her head down, her mouth shut, does her job. Maybe she decides to use this to her advantage, bide her time, a few years and she can have her revenge? No of course not! She joins the Red resistance. Because the king and queen aren't watching every single move she makes, and there's no way anyone from her group of new best frenemies could possibly be playing her. And maybe pushing her in a certain direction. No. Ridiculous. She knows exactly what she's doing.
I'm trying to find something I liked... Still trying... Uh nope. Nothing.
Verdict: 5/10 Not for me.
For some reason Blogger will not allow me to have normal text, I'm stuck in Italics. There's nothing worse than a computer that will not do what you want!!!