Cruel Crown

Cruel Crown

Paperback - 2016
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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
Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected--until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016
ISBN: 9780062435347
0062435345

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 30, 2017

Yes, there is a whole lot of bloodshed and gore and internal fighting and drama in this overall series. (Isn't that what a lot of YA books contain an excessive amount of?) Thankfully, it wasn't too bad in this dual package. I personally didn't like the way the second part about Captain Farley, as the "messages" were almost too distracting from the plot. I liked the characters, and I especially loved reading about Corianne. Her story and ending is so sad! I actually hate Elena even more now, if that is even possible. How on Earth did the King end up marrying her, even after he remarked on her arrogance in the garden, with our beloved Singer Queen? Too much is entangled, but I can't wait to read the third book in the trilogy! 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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black_bear_515
Apr 29, 2016

QUEEN SONG 2/5 stars

Basically, Queen Song is about a depressed, sad girl with a diary. She thought herself as nothing. It's like Juliette Ferrars all over again. And that's it. The end. Just kidding. Lol.

I think this novella is quite unnecessary. I don't particularly care about Corianne Jacos. I'm sorry. I admit I quite care about her diary but boy, I'm disappointed because it is just of full of angsty monologues and narratives. I anticipated that I will get secrets or anything but no. *sighs*

I like the ending anyway so 2 stars.

STEEL SCARS 2/5 stars
Farley is a great character but I'm afraid she's boring and one-dimensional in this novella. I am disappointed. She really felt flat and dull for me. Thank the gods, Shade is here because somehow, he lessen my annoyance. If not for him, I will probably gave this novella a 1-star rating.

And don't get me started with the reports thing-y about their missions because seriously, it's not engaging at all rather it brings a whole new level of annoyance to me. Oh please, spare me.

OVERALL RATING: 2/5 stars.

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Cal_Cifer
Apr 26, 2016

This short novel includes two stories about Queen Coriane (Cal's mother) and Farley.

It reveals how Queen Coriane died and the type of person she was in her childhood. It also shows Queen Elara, King Tiberias, and Julian's childhood in Archeon. Very interesting read.

I don't care about Farley so I don't remember what her story is about. Sorry. >_<

This is the prequel to Red Queen so you should read that first before starting this otherwise you won't understand what's going on.

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Apr 29, 2016

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Mar 29, 2017

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