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The Opal Crown

(The Opal Mask #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  76 reviews
In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Running Press Kids (first published October 21st 2014)
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Meaghan Ward As much as I wish there was a third book, this is a duology. The Opal Crown is the last book in the series.

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Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
3.5 Stars

This sequel to the exciting The Princess in the Opal Mask and conclusion to the duology did not disappoint, nor cease to keep my interest. Albeit a bit immature and watered down in terms of the political aspect, The Opal Crown was cute and fluffy and huggable after an influx of darker books.

Yes, there were inconsistencies and yes, there were plot holes.  But if you're a book reviewer like me and tire of analyzing every book you read and just want something to take your mind off of thing
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reaching the ending of The Princess in the Opal Mask, I grabbed this book off my stack of almost-due library books and kept right on reading.

Warning: This review will have a few spoilers for book one in it, so I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you'd already read the first book.

So, we kind of jumped forward in time with this book. Admittedly, it was a little disconcerting at first, but things straightened out a bit.

I liked how Andrei was a bigger part of this book, and all the tension
Marissa (Rae Gun Ramblings)
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was SO good. I loved seeing each girl grow and struggle. The story is so unique and has so many great messages without being preachy at all it's just a very fun adventure. It has just the right amount of romance, fighting, political drama, and mystery. This is now one of my favorite series. I love the way the different histories and experiences of each characters come into play with this story. If you haven't read the first book do it. ANd if you have read it you MUST read this asap because ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love these books and The Opal Crown is a worthy sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask. It's full of scheming characters with two very different twins stuck in the middle of a kingdom's battle for power. Another voice is added in book two--the twins' brother Andrei--and he adds a depth and dimension to an already colorful story. If you're looking for a clean, unique, well-written fantasy, I'd highly recommend these books. ...more
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am crying happy tears! That was the perfect ending I loved it!!! I'm going to miss this works though I wish there was more! ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastic-ending
Such a great book! A great way to finish the series off! Nicely done Lundquist. :)
Kate Willis
Jul 01, 2018 marked it as unfinished
I hesitate to write reviews of books I have not finished, because you never know if the book really does turn out to be amazing without finishing it. So please be sure to read some positive reviews as well! This is just my personal opinion of the book. ;)

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Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My entire review will be a spoiler pretty much so be warned.

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I received a signed, advance uncorrected proof copy for free from Goodreads Giveaways. Along with swag, 2 beautiful bookmarks. Thank you so much! ::happy fingers::

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to 'The Princess in the Opal Mask.' I loved that the twin princesses did not meekly accept their fate, or should I say their fate as decreed by their various advisors. Instead, they went about creating their own fate. Of course this didn't come easily. They both had their share of fighting, crying, bick
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I knew as soon as I finished the The Princess in the Opal Mask that I wasn't going to like this book, I knew it! But being the glutton for punishment I am I read it anyway, and I am so not a happy camper right now. (-_-) ...more
Lisa Dawn
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist fills in all of the gaps that were left behind by the Princess and the Pauper-inspired book, The Princess in the Opal Mask. I enjoyed The Princess in the Opal Mask, but was left with many questions after completing the final chapter. It leaves both girls in a delicate situation that is likely to fall apart at any moment. The Opal Crown conveys prcisely how that situation falls apart and how the girls must work together to save themselves, their kingdom, and choo ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of princesses, fantasy, masks, twins, sisters
Shelves: favorites
This is the sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask. I loved that book and this one lived up to my expectations nicely.

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of princesses: those that grow up as peasants/commoners and don't know they are a princess, and those that grow up in the palace but still find their lives to be lacking. This book has both kinds, I don't know if that's ever happened before. On top of that, the two princesses are sisters, on top of that, they are identical twins, and on t
Faith Nhapi
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in a day, that’s how good it was. Fantasy is my favourite genre but I rarely read anything without magic in it. This was a nice change; I should try more of those because I love the winner’s curse trilogy as well.
So in this book Elara and Wilha end up having to fight for the crown. There are so many twists and turns in this story that I found myself wanting to scream at the author. It was soo frustrating, but in a good way. The ending however was just not that good for me.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Very good sequel. Because of the unfinished ending (if you can call it that) of the first one this one was set up for success.
The two princess's view points were different yet similar. In the first book Elara and Wilhamina I felt were too similar, almost the same person in the beginning. But then towards the end of the first book they started showing their differences and in the book it definitely shone through.
I must say that the characterization of Stephan wasn't all that
In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames. But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younge ...more
Jennifer (DigiWrit)
This book was way better than its predecessor. While I wasn't ecstatic about the way it ended, I was satisfied that neither sister was shortchanged.

My opinion of Wilha improved greatly, but I preferred Elara vastly to Wilha. She was strong, bold, daring and compassionate. Maybe it's because I relate to her more. The School of Hard Knocks leaves its mark on you, and only by holding on to the knowledge of goodness can you come out a stronger, better person. I
This was Elara all over. No, she wasn'
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Kind of disappointed. The charm of the characters in the first book seems to have disappeared, instead I am frustrated by the stubbornness and stupidly of the characters. I enjoyed seeing Andrei's perspective. The ending was predictable, which isn't a bad thing, but I had to read through so much that frustrated me getting to that point. The characters motives we're good and it made sense but Elara was just really annoying in this book. It was more enjoyable watching the characters switch in the ...more
Meaghan Ward
After reading the Princess in the Opal Mask, I expected the sequel to be a simple, nothing-too-serious read. Instead, I found myself caught up in the politics, the action, and the plot for the throne, racing to the end, yet not wanting to finish.

Yes, the story is a little immature at times and the setting is hard to imagine, but the story is full of twists and so much action-packed adventure, that it’s easy to forgive these minor problems. In the end, The Opal Crown is a fun, fantasy adventure t
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, pg-13
I loved BOTH Opal Mask books! Imaginative, creative and fun to read. After reading #1 I had to read #2 as soon as possible.

My wish is for the author Jenny L. to please, please write more to the series of The Opal Mask! Did I mention Please? :)

Thank you so much for such fun and creative, can't-put-down Opal Mask books! I will most likely read them again.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this more if the sisters got along better. At least the story and the relationship is resolved by the end. I am glad Wilha finally started standing up for herself. Once she began to do so the story improved.
It ended exactly as it should have ended, given the situation and the characters' personalities, but I have to admit that I was hoping for a somewhat more interesting journey. Unlike with the first book, this time around, absolutely nothing surprised me. ...more
Jamie Coudeville
Just like with book 1, I flew through this one as well. I didn't love it as much, mostly because Elara got on my nerves a bit. But I really liked the way it ended. Overall this has been a really great, yet underrated, duology. I totally recommend it. ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The political aspect of this book and getting to know Andrei better both made this book a fun read. That said, the series is a little tame and still strikes me more as middle grade then YA. A decent conclusion to the duology.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this, but my daughter did NOT like the ending. :)
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Wilha and Patric very irritating. Wilha even in the first book is self-centered and dumb but of course she's been a victim of emotional abuse far worse than Elara. ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval, young-adult
Fun YA sequel of twin princesses trying to win the crown. It wrapped up too easily but was a cute read.
Sara I
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
My librarian recommended this two book series to me and I'm honestly quite glad she did. I love the mix of fantasy and fairy tale type, add in a bit of political drama and several characters vying for the crown and I'm very happy. I enjoyed the first book a lot and I thought there were some really good plot twists. This one, I think, didn't have as many. I felt like the main focus of this book was the crown and Elara and Wilha trying to become sort of friendly with each other. There might not ha ...more
Stephanie Ward
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
'The Opal Crown' is a mesmerizing second book in young adult fantasy series that continues to follow the fate of two twin sisters - Elara and Wilha - as their younger brother takes the thrown of Galandra and exposes the girls' deception. Elara and Wilha have been branded as traitors and are on the run - to save their lives and their country. They must figure out which of them will make the best queen - and essentially the savior - for their country after they overthrow their brother and take the ...more
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Rating: 2 Stars

*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my opinion or rating of this book.*

This wasn't my favorite. To be completely honest, it's not that this is by any means a "bad" book or that I would dissuade people from reading the series. It's just that this wasn't my favorite genre to read to begin with and none of the characters were particularly memorable to me.

Wilha grows quite the considerable amount here, which I give props for. However,
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, when I read The Princess in the Opal Mask, I wanted Wilha to be more assertive in the sequel. And oh, boy, is she! Wilha does some amazing things in The Opal Crown and is exactly the sort of protagonist I like: not domineering or stubborn (like Elara), but subtly strong, overcoming her weaknesses and becoming stronger because of it. Quiet strong.

Also from Princess, I found Elara irritating at times, and she really kicked it up in this book. It got to the point where I could barely stand her
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more

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