Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

22328546  This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

This book is heart wrenching and makes me want to throw it across the room....and then retrieve it because I just need to know what happens next!  So far I've read Red Queen and the following book, Glass Sword, and I have enjoyed them both immensely. What is so unique about this series is just how incredibly (and frustratingly) flawed the main character is. Sure, it's really not unusual to have a flawed main character anymore, but when was the last time you absolutely HATED the main character? Mare has some good qualities like her determination but she is such a selfish brat! The only two people that I hate more than Mare in this series is Queen Elara and her son. Those are expected though. Yet, despite how much I don't like Mare I just need to know what happens next and if the characters that I like are still going to be alive on the next page. Farley, Gisa, Kilorn, and many others make you care about the story. They keep Mare (and you) from giving up. You just really need to read this book. It will tear you to pieces but it's such a great adventure.