Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review: Cruel Crown

Title - Cruel Crown
Author - Victoria Aveyard
Series - Red Queen 0.1 0.2
Genre - YA Dystopian
Published - January 5th 2016
Publisher - HarperTeen
Format - Paperback

Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta's bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl's resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Queen Song
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.

Steel Scars
Diana 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. 

Cruel Crown is the prequels that accompany Red Queen giving us an insight into the past two unique female characters.

Queen Song
The first is the story about Coriane a silver with a poor family who would be happy to be a mechanic but captures the attention of the future King. Coriane has always kept her thoughts to herself when around the Royals because they can read her thoughts. When an unlikely friendship develops between her and the future Kings he didn’t expect to be chosen as his bride.

Steel Scars
Next we have Farley who is one of the Scarlet Guard working for freedom and equality between the silvers and the Reds. Farley is a Red who’s worked to build up the Scarlet Guard putting everything in motion so that the rebellion will be able to rise against the silvers. We are given more of an insight into what she’s had to go through to get things to where they are. We are given an insight into the Scarlet guard as well as an insight into Farley’s past and what’s made her into who she is.  

I really liked getting a chance to know Coriane since she’s not a character other than a name in Red Queen. I found her easy to connect with and wishing she wasn’t a late Queen because if she hadn’t died things very well may have been different. She was my favorite of the two her story is very Cinderella and I liked it but we all know how it ends. We also had a little glimpse of Elara the future Queen which I found interesting. I feel bad that I didn’t connect with Farley because I really wanted too. She’s had a rough life and is leading a rebellion that will change everything. I liked her but I just didn’t love her and maybe that’s because I didn’t really connect with her in Red Queen. Maybe that will change with the next one. Both short novellas are each unique and interesting in its own right. If anything I can’t wait to read Glass Sword even more. 

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