The Red Queen

9780062310651In a recent post, Harper Teen, an imprint of Harper Collins, shared the first seven chapter of a debut novel by Victoria Aveyard: The Red Queen. They aren’t kidding when they say they’ve been teasing us with snippets. They released book covers, they tweeted, they shared Facebook statuses… they teased us with this alright.

So when I saw they were sharing the first seven chapters on my Facebook feed–I jumped on that opportunity. Let me just say this to Miss Aveyard:

You have my attention.

In the first seven chapters, the action and information packed chapters, Aveyard uses cinematic language to direct the life of Mare Barrow, a 17 year old Red who is doomed to be conscripted into the King’s Army. Not content with that future, she plans to escape. Obviously, things are not so easy as “get away.” Those who try to escape conscription are brought back to town and hanged publicly.

Trying to steal enough pocket change to pay someone to get her to safety, she meets Cal as he exits a local bar. They talk about her situation and lack of employment keeping her from the army. The next day she is taken to the palace.

Let’s just say I can’t wait to buy this book. It comes out February 10, 2015 and you can purchase it from any of the links here.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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