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The Ring and the Crown

(The Ring and the Crown #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  4,987 ratings  ·  961 reviews
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Relationship chart.

I'm sorry for that chart. I'm pretty good with charts and graphs and stuff, but Microsoft PowerPoint has failed me this time. Why? I tried so many templates, but there simply wasn't a premade chart adequate enough to draw out the entire fucked up chain of relationship in this book. So there you have it. My brilliant hand made relationship chart. Yay me.

This isn't the story of two girls, one Princess, one Magician. It's a book about really, really horny teenagers who fuck all t
Emily May
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, arc, young-adult

Fantasy-lite. But a lot of fun!

I'm glad I didn't pass this book up, despite the lack of emotional development and some of the questionable world-building. The Ring and The Crown is my first read by de la Cruz but it seems she has a talent for writing lighthearted, fluffy and entertaining stories. Reading this was a bit like reading a gossip magazine - full of the scandals, relationships and drama of the celebrities aristocracy. It won't change your life, you won't get a new philosophical perspec
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow. It's been a long time since I was tempted to throw a book across the room, and if I hadn't been reading this on my Kindle, I very well might have.

This is kind of an anti-YA YA novel: instead of exploring the difficulties (and the triumphs) of learning how to think and act for yourself, the message here is more like, "Free will is an illusion, and not only are your parents right about everything, it turns out that they've been engineering everything you do, so really, you might as well just
Wendy Darling
I actually liked this. It skips over emotional development and takes a lot of shortcuts and side trips and backtracking with the plot, but it kept my interest and I was surprised by how things turned out for some of that characters.

Best enjoyed the way you would a historical romance. Don't expect it to be deep, but it is very entertaining.

Bit more of a review to come.
Christine Riccio
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was really entertaining. It's definetely not THE BEST THING EVER, but it was a cool concept, and I enjoyed myself. Solid 3 stars =) Here's my full booktalk/review: ! ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Beautiful!! Loved it!!! Melissa De la Cruz Made it again! A must read, Highly recomended!!

I fell in love with it since the begining. What I love most of Her writing style and technique is that she just doesn't give just one Main characters she gives us many amazing characters to enjoy. This story is absolutely captivating.
Told in the perspective from like four or five different people. If you read the blue blood series, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't it is at first a
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5/5 but I rounded it up to a 4 due to my overall enjoyment of the book and needing the second book yesterday.

I've picked up this book, looked at the synopsis, and would put it back. I did this in bookstores before I bought it, and continually did it once I received the book at home. Here is why:

The synopsis is slightly confusing.

This time, I decided not to look at the synopsis before getting into it. Instead, I watched the amazing book trailer and started reading. Here is my s
Jar of Death Pick #31
Spring Into Reading A Thon: A book that's been gathering dust

I found this book at Dollar Tree a couple years ago, I had never heard of it but the cover was nice and it was only a dollar so I bought it.

The Ring and The Crown was a quick read. I read it less than 24 hours and while it was fun, I don't know if it was a good book. For one thing I thought the story progressed way too fast. I mean one couple met and days later they were madly in love and considering marriage. I m
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This review is dedicated to my critics who think I'm too biased/snobby: I fully went into this book expecting to hate it, but I changed my mind. (My mind can be changed, occasionally - it's only that few books are up to the task.) I had good reason to be suspicious of THE RING & THE CROWN - not onl
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Prima by: ARC
Miss Melissa de la Cruz does it again!!!! I absolutely loved the new history of Europe (with magic!!), the couture gowns, the oh-so-fabulous-parties. Wolf is the new Jack!!! Don't want to spoil too much, but this is a worthy, sumptuous, sexy and soapy read that her fans and new readers will devor.

The only bad thing is the wait for the sequel.... SIGH!!!!!
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The prologue for The Ring and the Crown sets the scene with mystery and intrigue – which girl is the traitor, and which one is the real Princess? As the book begins however, it isn’t immediately obvious what the prologue is about. But if you sit back and relax, enjoy the drama and the extravagance, it will take you on an enjoyable ride.

Set in a the British Kingdom protected by a Merlin, The Ring and The Crown presents a wond
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I feel so amazed that I got to read this book before it was published!

This book at first threw me for a loop. Although it is set in the early 1900s, the world is not as we knew the world then. This is a world with magic. With that magic, England is in power of the world because they contain all the known magic in the world. They were able to put down the "little rebellion" in the Americas, so even the United States doesn't exist -- it is a colony/state of England. So even though yo
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another book that I have a hard time rating because of all of the mixed feelings. This book is something that I wouldn't usually pick up, but I wanted to try out something different and boy did it play with my emotions! It was crazy to go through this book, it was different and I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it as much as I had wanted to.

“I will love you, my English rose, and you will fill my French dreams”

This book follows the point of view of five different characters. One is Marie, t
This is exactly the type of book one would expect from Melissa de la Cruz:
Blue Bloods defanged and in corsets: a group of shallow teenagers with something that makes them special but that barely plays into the plot, in situations way beyond their maturity levels and having awkward sex with each other.

If that's what you were looking for, congratulations!, that's exactly what you'll get and that means you are acquainted with de la Cruz's works because it seems this is just what she does. You wil
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

You know you really like a book when not one thing goes the way you want it to, and yet, someway, somehow, you still acknowledge how beautiful the book is and still be happy that you read it anyway.

The Ring and the Crown is an amazing book filled with intrigue, drama, politics and of course, romance. It is a captivating book that pulled me into a world of the court and ball dances, and it was a world that was easy to fall in love with.

"A false victory is a h
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Whatever you do, don't bother reading the synopsis of The Ring and the Crown because it has nothing to do with the book.. at all. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for when whatever was written in the synopsis and it never happened. Only 10% of the synopsis happened.. 250 pages IN THE NOVEL. I'm sorry but whoever wrote the synopsis must have read a different book because all I got from the novel was girls obsessing about getting married.. that is all. The magic was just a quick backdrop fo ...more
Andis / Slytherin 🐍
This book didn't really have anything to do with what the synopsis says, but it was still pretty enjoyable.
3 solid stars
Gena Alvarez
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You had me at the synopsis! Wow, can't wait. ...more
Debbie Narh

2.5 Stars (lol, I'm not feeling generous)

This book, right here, is one the reasons why I stay far, far away from historical fiction books as well as books about princesses. They are always predictable, there is no (or barely anything) real talk about wars, enemies, etc. It's all just romance and scandals and who's fucking who or who wants to fuck who but not allowed to. I honestly felt like I was reading about the girls in my high school rather than an empire on the verge of collapsing. The
Jen Ryland
Gossip Girl + Downton Abbey + a dash of King Arthur

*wipes brow* Whew, that was a pretty fun ride!

The Ring and the Crown is an addictive alt-history paranormal soap opera. Secret romances and royal pageantry abound, and the narrative has a fun, chatty feel. As I was reading the first chapter, in which Aelwyn returns to London, I wrote in my notes: "OMG - Serena is back from boarding school!"

The alt-history premise, in which the Hundred Years war (I think??) was won by England using magic, is ver
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Freaking loved this! There were a couple quotes at the beginning of the chapters that didn't fit and I don't like the cover. But I LOVED the story and I really hope this is a series!!! ...more
Fatima Nauman
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Worst book I read all year... Had to be one right?
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
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The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Book One of The Ring and the Crown series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her moth
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bibliophobia
Received a copy of this book through NetGalley. In exchange, I'm providing for an honest review.

1/5 stars

The skinny:

One young woman is the rightful heir to the Lily Throne. Marie-Victoria, a young woman with little interest in ruling, is instead interested in pursuing a life of love. She hatches a plan with her friend, Aelwyn, so that she can take her place as ruler. As other characters engage in a complex dance of power and love, Marie-Victoria and Aelwyn try to put their intricate and dange
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

I am such a sucker for Historical Fiction & Fantasy. It is my greatest weaknesses. de la Cruz and I have a pretty long history back then, Blue Bloods are one of the first vampire series that I’ve ever read and It follows up with Witches of East End which I wholeheartedly enjoy, book and tv-series wise!

The Ring and The Crown have a large group of main characters. It follow the story of four girls and two princes. Marie-Victoria,
Olga Godim
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn’t finish this book, stopped reading on page 118, but I’m still going to write a review and rate it. For the first time ever, I’m rating a book I didn’t finish. I want to vent my frustration with it.
I did leaf through the rest of the pages and read the last few chapters, so I know how it ended. And I disliked it intensely, although I must admit: it is a good book. The writing is very strong, the plot is moving nicely, if a bit slowly, the tension escalates, and the young characters are div
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'm more disappointed in this book than I was reading ACOMF...and that's saying something.

The premise sounds interesting right...20th century England, but with magic. Merlin is alive and well (not our precious BBC Merlin, but whatever) – technically ruling alongside the Queen of England. We have the London Season about to start, all these grand parties and the huge Bal du Drap d'Or. What could go wrong?

Pretty much everything.

(ALSO...I spoil everything, but this is so you don't have to read this
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
believe me, I was having a great time reading this novel until what I read in the end. Truth be told, I was really planning on giving this book a solid 5 stars.

characters - they're the type of characters you'll get attached to. They're funny, realistic, and fascinating.

Marie - What I only hate about her was that she's any other princess out there, fell in love with her guard, dreams of having an ordinary life and is engaged to a ''dreamy'' guy she loathes. Nevertheless, she proved she's worthy
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments
Read the full gif-filled spoiler-free review @A Perfection Called Books

I stumbled across this book on Goodreads and thought the story sounded intriguing and interesting. I quickly bought the book and read it in a day. Despite the rating, I really did enjoy this light read. This ONE part totally ruined the book for me though.

The Concept:

I always love reading a good historical fiction novel. This book takes place in the beginning of the twentieth century, and Great Britain is still basically the
Emily Bradley-dorman
There's no better feeling then when you find a book that you completely adore. This is one of my favorite books I've read this year! If J.K. Rowling and Philippa Gregory had a 382 page love child this would be it! It's rife with magic and enchantment while set in an historic context that will take you away to a whole other world. It's effortlessly written and an all out mesmerizing to read.

The Ring & The Crown tells the tail of the people attending the London Season as Marie, the Princess of Wal
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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