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Charming Covers #1: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

You know that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? I am guilty of judging books by their cover. Of course, if a book has a creative synopsis and good reviews, a bad cover can always be overridden and I will read it anyway, but I’m going to be honest, a good ‘ole dust jacket draws me in.

Among other things, a cover can give the general tone and feeling of a book in just one glance. Like the dark, creepy covers hint at dark, creepier stories, and cute bright ones with girls on the cover are usually adorable contemporaries. I love the way certain covers have a hidden meaning you only get after you read, or how the colors swirl and splatter on the page. Basically, I love covers!

So here is a blog feature Dark Faerie Tales will be adapting. Each week, I will choose a cover of a certain YA book, with an amazing sounding synopsis, that draws me in and talk about what I love about it. I hope I can inspire myself and others to read the books I’m featuring!

So what is the cover for this week’s Charming Covers?

Red Queen

The cover itself of Red Queen is simply gorgeous. Gory, but gorgeous. The simple three-color palette makes me swoon — they couldn’t have chosen a better bluish-white to bring together the glaring difference between the silver and red. Another reason I love it is because it makes me remember the cover of The False King, a book I loved so so much. Also, the font. It so simple and elegant.

And when you read the synopsis, certain symbolism shines through. The crown is silver, and obviously beautifully crafted. Rich and fancy like the silver-blooded in this novel. Then there is the red blood that drips down the side of the crown, making the silver impure. Basically, like the main character in this book, posing as someone she is not. I can’t wait to see her adapt to the silver world as she struggles internally and helps out with a rebellion. If that were me, I’d have a lot on my mind, and I can’t wait to see how it will go down. Finally, you see that the crown is overturned. I’m not positive what this means, but I’m guessing it is hinting towards the rebellion that is starting.

Lately, I have been pining for fantasy books. Not dystopian, sci-fi, or fantasy books set in a modern world. I want fantasy — a whole kingdom filled with chaos, love, and magic. Something where I can invest myself in the world-building. The cover and synopsis of Red Queen promises all that plus action and violence. It sounds like Graceling or The False King with certain differences that make it unique and original. I have never heard of a plot like this, so I’m excited. I swear, I will get my hands on a copy of this baby.


Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.


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One Response to “Charming Covers #1: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  1. Zara HofffmanNo Gravatar

    I will definitely add this to my TBR list! The cover is gorgeous, and it also reminds me of The False Prince’s cover. That’s also on my list. The synopsis is awesome and I did love Graceling (and agree with wanting fantasy stories more than anything else). Thanks for sharing this awesome cover/book!

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