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Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Name: War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
Date Published: May 15, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5 Stars
How I acquired it: Preordered through Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive. 

Writing: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★
Characters: ★★★
Romance: ★★
Reading Level: ★★★★
Ending: ★★

My Overall Rating: ★★★

My Review:

Spoilers will be between (Spoiler)’s in each paragraph.

All right, before I get into the full review, let me start by saying this was my most anticipated read of 2018. I mean I had a count down, preordered as soon as I was able, squealed like a little girl when I took it out of the mailbox… The whole deal. All of these might have an impact on why I rated the book how I did.

I was extremely disappointed in War Storm. Could it be I was too excited and had too much hope? Was it because I wanted it to end a certain way and it didn’t? Or was it because the book was much too long? After reading, and before I plucked up the courage to write this review, I thought those were all the contributing factors. After all, everywhere I looked (Twitter, Goodreads, other blogs) everyone LOVES it and wanted more. Then I read Sophie’s blog @ beware of the reader and I realized I wasn’t alone and I was overthinking how I really felt about the book.

There was SO MUCH potential for the plot of this book. The other three books built it up nicely and Aveyard could have (literally) gone anywhere. Instead it was one fight scene after another with no resolution. We get towards the end and everything happens at once and then it was over. The whole book could have just been the last 3-4 chapters and I feel like I wouldn’t have missed anything.

With all the negatives of this book, I will say the characters developed really well in this last book. Mare was whiney and needy in the first three books. There were times in this book where she was the same but other times when she sucked it up and decided to hold true to her principles. I actually hated Cal in this book. He got scared and went back to what he knew instead of moving forward. (Spoiler) After everything they went through how could he choose the crown over Mare? (Spoiler) I enjoyed reading Iris’ POV and how she dealt with everything but her chapters felt like fillers. Evangeline!! I absolutely loved her chapters! Seriously, I would read another series just from her POV. In this book you learn more about her background and why she is the way she is.

I could go on a rant for days about the whole “romance” aspect of this book but instead I’ll just say I was very disappointed. (Spoiler) Again, why oh why did Cal choose that stupid crown over Mare? I understand he thought he was doing the right thing but he promised her he wouldn’t do that to her and he did. He also knew things couldn’t go back to how they were but couldn’t pass up a chance to be king. Also, how could the book end that way?! I spent the last 3 books waiting for Cal and Mare to end up together. I never saw her with Maven or Kilorn. She and Cal were supposed to live happily ever after. Nope. It was left wide open. Maybe they’ll be together in the future? GAHHHH Miss Aveyard you’re KILLING ME!!! (Spoiler)

The reading level and ease was the same as the first three books. Miss Aveyard makes it easy to follow and understand what is going on.

If you read any of the spoilers above you know my exact thoughts on the ending but if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to spoil it for yourself I’ll keep it simple. The story line was rounded out and completed (for the most part). It did not end in a cliffhanger and I’m overall please with the way everything wrapped up.

With everything said and done, would I recommend this book? If you have read the first three then yes, for your own piece of mind you should finish the series. As a stand-alone book (I know I can’t judge it that way since it is part of a series but too bad) I thought it was boring. It could have been summed up in the last 3-4 chapters.

 

What are your thoughts on War Storm? Would you rate it higher than I did?

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