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Blood Crown

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Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them.

But it wasn't always so.

Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Novel Ninjutsu
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Kathylill
I stumbled upon this gem by accident while scrolling through some goodreads lists and decided to buy it. I don’t know the author, have never read any of her other books so this review really is my honest opinion.

THIS STORY IS FU**ING AMAZING! (So much for being objective, ha!) It has just the right touch of everything I love in a good book and none of the faults so many other Young Adult books suffer from.

I loved, loved, loved the setting and world building, characters, romance, writing and pl
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Erica Ravenclaw
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
☆ ☆ ☆☆
Actual 3.8 but rounded up for good feels.

No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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I took part in a little "judge a book by it's cover" on this one and maybe not in the most flattering way, I guess I should explain. I've been in a bit of a book rut, and I've been clutching onto the only good book I've read in awhile refusing to finish it because of my issues, then I found The Blood Crown. I didn't request it o
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Tandie
Space ships. Genetic engineering. Humankind fighting for survival. Good, right?

A rebel prince and a hidden princess with hybrid blood running through their veins. Really good stuff.

I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this book grabbed me. There was an abundance of sappy, lovey dovey stuff in the last chapters that could've been pared way down. Overall, an enjoyable story. 3.5 stars rounded up for GR.
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Sarah
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Erica Ravenclaw
In a future where the Earth can no longer support life and humanity has been forced to live on giant State-Ships in space for over 1,000 years we are on the verge of possible extinction. The androids that were built to serve us have rebelled and taken control, they have kept a few humans as slaves but they seek to exterminate the rest of the population. Humanity's only hope is an old prophecy, one that promises when the royal families of the East and the West combine they will create the Blood C ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a digital copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

This book throws you directly into the action, with little info dumping in the beginning: we learn information as the plot goes, and this is a method I tend to like. I found it easy enough to understand the premise of the story (the hope of enhanced humanity through nano-technology, the androids rebelling against their creators and taking control...). And the mastermind behind the android faction was devious enough to my
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jelly frogs
2.5 stars

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ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book floats somewhere among the in-between of good and bad. While there were things that I really enjoyed, some other things bothered me a lot. In any case, this wasn't a particularly bad book.

Before the Androids claimed power over humanity, select droids called Servants tinkered with the human DNA in hopes of engineering a new human race with enhanced nanotechnology. This was to be
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Anya
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it

Just look at that cover.

Sigh

*Tagged this book as DNF, I was only able to read until page 105.

I am not averse to turning off my brain for a little while when reading certain books. That even though there were flaws in the writing, plot-lines or even if a book tackles a taboo or dark themes (not that this book deals with a dark theme) I still managed to enjoy them, but I just can't do that with this one.

My main issue was that the logic and the characters didn't make much sense.

Serantha...sigh She
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Melanie
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is told from three points of view: Archibald, Nicolai and Serantha. Archibald is Serantha's Servant, created to serve her until she dies. He wasn't part of the android uprising, but when it happened, he saved her and shut off his connection to her, leading others to believe she was dead. The story begins nine years later and Archibald is starting to receive information from Sera again. Galen, his one-time friend and traitor, believes that Sera is alive and is using Archibald to get th ...more
Christine Fonseca
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
I really don't know where to start with my love-fest over this book. I've read everything Ali has written, from her DESOLATION series to JUMP BOYS, and I love her work. Even with all the high expectations I had, BLOOD CROWN blew me away! It is, simply, the best I've read from Ali to date.
So, why...


The Setting - Ali did a great job of work building in this book. I could envision the world she drew, and I liked it!
The Plot - the story was rich, with a balance of action and narrative so I felt full
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Jen • Just One More Page

This review is also posted on my blog.

I received a copy free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Debbie
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars
young adult/sci-fi

I received this ARC from the author and Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock in return for an honest and fair review.

9 years ago, the androids revolted against the human population, now living among the stars, and killed many, forcing the humans to go into hiding, or worse, into slaving for the andies. Serantha's parents were killed, leaving her Heir to the Crown of the West, but she disappears. Nicolai, is Prince of the East, but his father does not think the andi
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Tracy Banghart
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5+++!!!!

This book is amazing!!!

Full review to come when I can think straight. Holy cow!

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Honestly, this book blew me away. From the very first chapter I was HOOKED. This is one of those stories where everything just works. Amazing characters, detailed world-building, fast-paced plot, high stakes for our heroine...it's all there. And then some.

The characters are fully drawn and interesting, particularly Serantha, who's one of the most compelling female heroines I've read in a long time. She has a
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Jan farnworth
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I not much of a fan of scientific fantasy as a whole their are a select few that can draw me in and keep me reading. This story was fantastic from the first page to the very end. I love the star crossed lovers feel of the two main characters in the story. I also liked that though you were on a ship, you were dealing android, and some other scientific things it kept me reading and not feeling oh great i going to be on star trek adventure. I got upset with the characters, i was invested on the blo ...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
This book wasn't bad, but I had some problems with it. First, it's told in 3 different POV, every chapter is a different character. I'm not a fan of this style because it makes the flow of the story feel choppy (IMO), thus I can’t get into the story easily.
My second problem was the heroine, she was too childish, and it was very difficult to like her. When she didn’t understand the hero’s actions, instead of thinking why he was behaving in a certain way she thought immediately of betrayal.
The id
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Tiffany Holme
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback, own
Ali has taken a genre that I am never sure if I will like or not and made me LOVE it!!
Full review to come in March!
Victoria
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Ali Cross had me turning pages until there were no more to turn. Blood Crown really is a beautiful love story and I highly recommend it.
Dani
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
★★½

As you can probably glean from the rating, Blood Crown was a bit of a mixed bag for me — there were things I liked and things that weren’t quite my cup of tea. So let’s break it down all easy-like…

Things I liked.

The premise. An android-led coup, nanotechnology, the threat of genocide, a hidden princess and a rebel prince with Gifts who together could save mankind? These plot points are ambitious, exciting and winners all. There’s the promise here of action, adventure, romance and danger mixe
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Vanya D.
NOTE: I received the book from the author, as a part of a blog tour promotion.

The moment I laid eyes on this cover, I just wanted to read BLOOD CROWN. Somehow it reminded me of books that were too good to put down.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't get the 100% satisfaction from reading BLOOD CROWN. I guess I had too high expectations and not having them met just didn't work out for me.

Don't get me wrong, the book is a good read, fast paced, packed with action, cute romance and intrigue.
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Janelle
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

Being the last remaining survivor of the royal family after a coup when she was 10 years old, lead by the androids that were meant to protect and serve them but instead set out to destroy them, the now 19 year old Serantha or Sera as she goes by since she went into hiding, has a hard life. Now in an effort to protect her identity, she is a servant in the kitchen on the very ship that her parents used
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Jiha
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying how much I love the book cover. I mean, it's SO PRETTY!!! I can't stop looking at it. *Sigh*

I really enjoyed reading Blood Crown, and I think it's a great book. After reading Shattered Veil (read my review *cough* my fangirling here), I was like "I want to read more Sci-fi books". And when I saw Blood Crown on NetGalley I requested it without even reading the synopsis; I was totally swayed by the gorgeous cover.

I'll be honest, though. I did have some issues with Blood Crow
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Lily
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Warning contains spoilers!
Serentha has lost her past. She remembers being found in the kitchens of the 'Capital' ship and put to work by cook. Another human enslaved by the 'servants' and droids. She knows it never used to be like this, but only tiny glimpses in dreams hold the key to unlock her past.
Nicolai lost all hope for the future of humans when his fellow Royal, best friend, Princess of the West and soul mate was killed in an ambush by the technology that was supposed to serve and obey th
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Alexis Mills *from the heart of a bibliophile lair*
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alexis by: cant remember
i love this book so much its one of my favorite books.
Once
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
OUT's Review

Space travel, protector, mankind, soul mates, who can ask for anything better in a storyline? As a reviewer I can truly say that I have my favorite genres to read. Science fiction/fantasy hasn't been at the top of my "to be read" pile in a very long time. What caught my attention at first glance, was the detailed cover. The dark background with the prominent two people looking ahead. To what exactly? A new life? Changes in humanity? Or simply searching for answer.

What do you do when
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Debbie
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Received via NetGalley from All Night Reads in exchange for a completely unbiased review

Serantha is just a simple girl, who works in the kitchen of a ship controlled and ruled by Androids. In another life she was a Princess, fated to bring together both technological innovation and human tissue to create the next super race of humans with her betrothed Nicolai. She remembers none of this. There is only servitude.

Nicolai disagrees with his father's decision to hide from the Androids who contr
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Crystal Collier
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Tech and Humanity Become One,4.5 Stars

I’m not a huge sci-fi reader—normally. I’ve read Enders Game, Across the Stars and a few others, but when it comes to Sci-fi, I’m typically happy to pass. Ali had me with this stunning cover...

And then I read the first chapter.

Sold!

Heart pounding, I finished this entire book in a matter of hours. I loved Serantha’s determination and small-fish-in-a-big-fish-bowl adjustment. Nicolai’s confidence won me over. The mesh of tech to reality was not only forward
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Heather A
I recieved a copy from Netgalley.

Every now and the I like to look for something different than my usual reading comfort zone and I came across this title whilst browsing through Netgalley. The cover got my attention immediately and the description sounded good. I don't read hardly any sci stuff, so figure why not give it a shot.

I thought the world building and the plot was very clever. I loved the spacey settings and the technology. The idea of the plot was complex but interesting. The story wa
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Demi Spencer
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
I received this novel from romancebeat and netgally in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately this review is going to have to be short and to the point because unfortunately I don't have much to say about this novel.

This duel point of view novel was an extremely unusual read that let my imagination grapple with the sci/fi content. This novel allowed the reader to try and put the events together without laying everything out in front of them. Reminding me of many similar mankind saving nove
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Belle Whittington
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book ... oh, this book ...

I LOVED every single thing about Blood Crown, because this is a very unique book! Cross's prose is intelligently written and smart, and it calls out to lovers of sci-fi and, indeed, romance.

This book is written three points of view. I won't give spoilers, but I must say I love it when points of view switch, giving way to a fuller picture.

Blood Crown is about destined love, friendship conquering all, forgiveness, and the importance of following your own stars.

My fav
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Rachel
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy romance stories, I love science fiction, and I've read plenty of both. What a refreshing change to read them combined, and it really worked! It's a different format than I'm accustomed to, telling the story from different people's point of view, so it had my interest from the beginning. I loved getting to know Sera and learning about her past and her uniqueness as if I was accompanying her on her journey to becoming a queen. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves sci-fi, or romances ...more
Lisa Arrington
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I was a little disappointed. It wasn't like anything else I've read from Ali Cross and I didn't immediately get into it. I am very glad that I stuck it out and continued to read it, as it turned into a great story. One of the things I did not like was the different point of views every chapter. Even though the characters perspectives don't duplicate, it seemed a bit choppy and I did have to go back and reread a few pages to make sure I didn't really miss a ...more
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