Wednesday, September 19

Review: The Red Queen Prequel Novellas (Red Queen #0.1/0.2)

 Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)
Victoria Aveyard

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Date Read: July 17, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25005214-queen-song

From Goodreads:
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Red Queen is a book that has sat on my shelf for so long, unread. After finally deciding to pick up Red Queen I decided that I would read the two prequel novellas first. I always love reading prequel novellas before the series as it gives me an insight into what is to come and I also get to up my reading challenge. It's a win-win.

Queen Song is a really cute story and I did enjoy it. As I'm reading this prior to Red Queen I didn't know anything about this world at all or who any of the characters were, yet I really enjoyed it. I really liked Coriane and felt so deeply for her and what she was going through. It was so heartbreaking seeing her spiralling down into depression and insanity and for a novella to get you to feel for this character so much in such a short time is a really good sign.

I really enjoyed Queen Song and it has made me really interested to see what is going to happen with the other characters. I can't wait to read Red Queen after this intriguing and thrilling novella. 



Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)
Victoria Aveyard

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Date Read: July 17, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25362018-steel-scars

Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

Following Queen Song, I was actually really excited to start the second prequel novella, Steel Scars. I was honestly really disappointed in this novella. It didn't grip me as much as the first prequel novella and honestly, I found it really boring.

Steel Scars is clearly a backstory to someone who I am sure will be a very important character in the series but reading this before Red Queen made me confused and bored. I just didn't really want to read it. There were so many times I wanted to abandon this novella but I forced myself to continue. I am looking forward to reading Red Queen but maybe this novella would have been better read after the first book, not before.


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