Glass Sword

Glass Sword

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The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known--and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow's blood is red--the color of common folk--but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince--the friend--who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062310668
0062310666
Branch Call Number: FIC Aveya
Characteristics: 444, 4, 6 pages ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

If you are a fan of Red Queen and want to find out what happens and be able to get to book three, you should probably read this. If you don't care that much about the characters and want to see if Glass Sword is better than, or builds out substantially from Red Queen, you should probably put the book down carefully and back away.

I won't rewrite what so many excellent reviewers have said. Basically the action in this book is severely overshadowed by Mare's internal pity party, where her soul is black and dead so she must push everyone away even though she doesn't want to, because "anyone can betray anyone." Kind of like Aveyard betrayed us with this book. Queen Elara dies. Do we get to see the battle? Nope. She's just dead. Guess Mare killed her but she's not talking. Farley, who should be leading them is pushed to the background. About the only interesting thing is Maven's growing fascination with Mare and the the lengths he will go to to get her back. The plot is basically Mare and Maven racing to find the New Bloods before the other does. This at least leads us to a finale that will leave you excited for book three.

AL_ELIA Nov 27, 2017

I'm enjoying the series. Aveyard is by no means a poet laureate, she's a screenwriter and I'm sure she had this story in her head hoping it might make it to the screen someday. Personally, I would love to see the story come to life. I like the characters, the world, the conflict, and the story. I feel it's different enough from other popular YA dystopian fiction, it's fast paced and kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next.

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

When it's a game of chess, who knows whether you're simply a pawn or stronger.

Check out my review of "Glass Sword" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-wednesday-glass-sword-by.html

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Oct 09, 2017

I almost hated this book. It had a few redeeming qualities, but I was considering DNFing it. Mare is THE MOST annoying main character I have read to date. My favourite part of the whole book was when Cal finally scolded her for being an annoying, self-absorbed, pain in the butt. The only character I liked from the last book was Maven so I was low-key cheering for him in this one for some parts. I did like how Aveyard turned him into this weird psychopath that seemed attached to Mare in his own way. I liked Cal at the beginning, but once he and Mare started getting cuddly I found him annoying too. I would have liked more character development for Farely and Shade as well. Because I didn't like the rebels very much I found the plot lacking and pretty boring. Most of my favourite aspects of the first book weren't in here. I did like the climax though. I would recommend Red Queen, but not this book.
SPOILERS AHEAD
I liked how there wasn't really a love triangle, but how stupidl is that Mare is like "oh, no distractions" and 30 pages later "his bedchamber becomes mine but we don't have time for anything much" HYPOCRITICAL MUCH?!
Why did Shade have to die? He wasn't very annoying, I almost liked him.
I really wish Aveyard described the battle between Mare and Elara, I was really looking forward to it. At least Elara didn't die with Maven in book so something wasn't predictable about this book :/
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

This breathtaking sequel to “Red Queen” is just as amazing, if not better, than the first book. I was unable to put this book down and finished it in a day! It constantly left me wanting more after every chapter. The ending is amazing - yet shocking, just like in the previous novel. I am in love with this series, and cannot wait to read the next book. This is one of those book series that you can just feel will turn into an amazing movie. Overall I would rate it 5/5 and would definitely recommend it.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Nymeria23
Aug 07, 2017

Really I just want the writing to be better. I feel like this story's bones are very intriguing (if not similar to the Hunger Games in some aspects), but I can't stand the writing. I don't like the main character. Honestly I think she's a bit cowardly, and pretty selfish/full of herself. It was the same things over and over again.
"I am different now. I have changed. I'm not that girl anymore. I've been broken and I'll never be fixed again. Cal and I will never be a thing because we've ruined too much better us. I want me and Cal to be a thing but 'no, remember that I can't trust anyone'. Oh yea, don't trust anyone. I'm going to do my own thing. It's okay for me to kill, but how dare you kill my own people. I'm the lightening girl. Fear me, wait no don't, I'm actually weak. I hate Maven, but I still care for him."
It felt pretty whiny, annoying, and false as I was reading the story. Most of the relationships/interactions feel forced, like the author is telling me what to feel instead of guiding me. It's a real 'tell not show' kind of story in my opinion.
But other than the fact that the only minorly good character got killed off I like the concept of the story and the creepiness of Maven. I wasn't going to read the third book but I feel like I have to after that ending
So who knows. Maybe the next one will surprise me. I sure hope so.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 30, 2017

Pretty good. Very suspenseful and I loved hearing about the abilities. Pretty much the only thing I really didn't like was that almost every time before a time space in the dangerous situations, Mare would say things like "This may be our last (morning, or something)." It gets annoying after a while. The ending really jolted me, very chilling.

sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

Characters: 3/10
Plot: 5/10
Writing: 3/10
This book let me down. I forced my way through it, but it was painful. I read angrily.
Mare's voice is angsty and filled with unnecessary metaphors. If I had a dollar for every time Aveyard used "bone" or "bones," I wouldn't have to work a day in my life. Examples: "Not sure of anything but the fire in his bones," "we entwined our fingers, weaving our bones together," "Deep in my bones, my sparks respond" etc. In that same vein, everything was stark. It's not just, "I feel dead inside," it's "the breathing corpse of Mare Barrow." That kind of intense metaphor would be fine if it wasn't on every page. There was too much internal monologue, not enough dialogue or action. Her action scenes are her best, but sometimes I couldn't follow what was going on. She also introduced new information as if it was common knowledge. Mare is convinced she's the center of the universe and the world bends around her. She doesn't respect her friends.
There were some intriguing twists on common story elements (superpowers, rescues, etc), but nothing worth going through the drama.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 12, 2017

I was disappointed in this book. Red Queen was a much better read. The action in this book seemed repetitive, and the different locations were indistinguishable. The biggest change was Mare's character. In the first book she was willing to do anything for her family and friends, but in this book she doesn't care about anyone. Everyone is willing to act on Mare's ideas, and she doesn't appreciate the risks they are taking in order to go along with her plans.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2017

To be very honest, I gave this book an average rating of 4, because I wanted to balance out how much I disliked the protagonist and how much I adored the actual book. I felt that Mare's personality had a dramatic shift, and she wasn't the interestingly complicated person I read about in Red Queen. However, the exciting plot did a good job covering up Mare's stumbling fluctuations, and I could never guess what would happen next. Cal didn't have any more of that appeal anymore, as the crown prince, and Maven was still a major disappointment. However, this book is leaving me very impatient for the next one! 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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hannah_85 Mar 21, 2017

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and l feel myself beginning to shatter"

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alexandraSchulz
Jul 28, 2016

“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"We can't chose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could."
-Page 255

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"Before I thank any one person, I would like to thank the leftover pizza I'm currently eating. It's really good."
-Acknowledgments

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Oct 10, 2017

Coarse Language: 3 of damned, b*tch 2 of hell 1 of bastard

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