Crown of Coral and Pearl
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as ...more
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Okay, real talk. I need more. I neeeeed more. This story is not over and I know it! The villain never dies after going down the first time;…more *inhales*
Okay, real talk. I need more. I neeeeed more. This story is not over and I know it! The villain never dies after going down the first time; he always gets back up! It's just a fact. Sami's life is hanging in the balance and his safety is uncertain. There is NO. WAY. on whatever planet this is that Nor is just going to waltz back home to be welcomed with open arms, happily-ever-after. And we know NOTHING about this legendary woman-king. She could be a million more times tyrannical than "you-known-who" ever dreamed of being!
The battle has been won, but not the war. I'm thirsty for more!!!(less) (hide spoiler)]
i found this story had all the best elements of those particular books - sisterly devotion, brotherly princes who couldnt be more different, magic and its exploitation, court politics and scheming, with the enchanting lure of a seaside atmosphere. all of these aspects arent new, but somehow this story delivers them in a way that kept me ...more
"Sorrow is good for the soul, Father had said after the incident, when I had recovered from the pain and sickness but had still not grown used to the feel of the torn flesh on my otherwise flawless skin. "Those who have never known pain or adversity are as shallow as the waves lapping on the shore."
"And what is wrong with being shallow?" I'd asked him.
"What lies beneath the surface of shallow waters? Nothing. It's only when you go deeper that the ocean comes alive. The deeper you ...more
The only downside is that I have to wait a whole year for the next book. That sucks.
It's hard to believe that this is the author's first published book if I'm being completely honest.
I don't think I have to explain what happens in the book because it's kind of clear.
Anyway, the characters! OOF. Talin and Nor are loveable and all but Ceren! The guy is COLD. And I mean cold cold. He is cruel and vile and extremely unloveable and that's exactly what makes the book so damn ...more
#1 crown of coral and pearl
#2 kingdom of sea and stone
im not sure if i should be grateful or disappointed that i managed to get out of this book unscathed. i mean, considering how bloody treacherous life inside a royal court can get. especially when you're an outsider, a commoner girl playing princess.
this book, in my scale, falls into the pretty good category. it's not impeccably impressive that i would immediately call myself a fan, but also not horribly distasteful that i would ...more
For me, I kept waiting for the romance to build between Nor and Talin, or take away the romance. I loved their connection at the beginning of the book but then their whole relationship was underdeveloped, which would have been fine, but I kept getting insta love vibes from Nor! Ceren was actually well developed and he was quite the baddy, but I liked him?
The writing was ...more
I was frightened of the person I was becoming: a woman who lied to everyone, who disrespected her parents, who helped her sister injure herself. A woman who would spy on a king.
A woman who would steal a crown.
Right up until the end, I thought this was going to be a 4-star read. Nor was wonderfully smart, the politics were actually interesting, and I loved the premise of the story. But there were three main problems:
1) The romance was absolutely shite.
2) I sympathised with the 'villain' way ...more
”I’m the perfect seashell you pick up from the ocean floor, only to turn it over in your hand and see the crack.”
Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin Australia, for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review! :)
Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl
Series: Crown of Coral and Pearl #1
Author: Mara Rutherford
Release date: August 27, 2019
Genre: fantasy, YA
I wasn't prepared for how obsessed I would feel about this story. How I'd be so completely absorbed with these characters' lives that I'd care more about their welfare than being gritty eyed and sluggish the next day. Yes, it's one of those Sacrifice Proper Sleep kind of books. After blogging for so long I probably go through twenty-five potentially exciting ...more
The story begins by building the world in which twins sisters Nor and Zadie have been born and raised. The ocean village of Varenia is a poor one in that is controlled by the royalty in Ilara and in which every member of a ...more
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.
“You’d really risk everything for some servant boy? His life is worth nothing compared to yours.”
“My life is worth nothing if I ever believe that.”
I received an ARC of Crown of Coral and Pearl at BookCon, this in no way impacts my review. However, my review is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story and quotes may differ from the final book. I’ll keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.
The third book of my '10 books in 3 weeks' project
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Read that title... What comes to mind?! Mermaids, right?! Well this isn't exactly a mermaid book but its really close... That, twin sisters and the cover really sold me on wanting to read Crown of Coral and Pearl! And you can't blame me right?! You kind of want to read it now too... except it would help if I told you whether it was worth it or not...
Well, I think the cover is gorgeous! And it does echo themes and ideas in the book and ...more
In this world, one beautiful girl is chosen from the village of Varenia to become the wife of the Prince of Ilara. Now, of course, there isn’t a set time of year this happens, it’s just every time there’s a new prince. Nor and her sister Zadie ...more
Crown of Coral and Pearl was a lot of fun to dive into. In it, you will meet Zadie and Nor. Twin sisters that live in a place where beauty gives you status (in a way). Now these two definitely had their ups and downs. Nor was in an accident when she was younger, an accident that ended up saving her sister's life. Yet, since that day she lost value in her own mother's eyes. It was okay though because Zadie and ...more
Ok. So I liked the majority of this book. I like the world that was built. The beautiful yet poor sea village of Varenia. The simplicity of Ilara that felt brand new being seen through Nor’s eyes. The cold and dark yet rich mountain of New Castle. The royal court and how corrupt and mysterious it was. Our heroine not knowing who to trust in the new land she’s navigating.
I liked the characters that were ...more
Author – Mara Rutherford
Series – None
Cliffhanger? - No
Publication Date – August 27, 2019
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
Hmmm…I think the number 1 thing that irked me the most about this book was how much I despised Zadie and the crap that she put Nor through. Which, don’t get me wrong, isn’t a bad thing…it shows how talented an ...more
The writing of this book was very basic, it seemed like a 8th grader wrote it. The plot was so basic and bland with most of the actual action happening through DIALOGUE explaining it happening instead of the reader experiencing it themselves. The writing of this book was ...more
So far, I have only gotten to 20%. I will keep going to see what happens when the inevitable switch takes place and she gets off the island. (Is it an island or like Water World?)
So far, the women of the water city are incredibly superficial. Beauty is literally the only thing that ...more
Unofficial comments: WOW. Talk about a clever heroine who shows some real grit. I loved every page!
I can't say much more than the blurb of the book. It was definitely over summarized, and two things that could have been major plot twists were revealed, leaving literally nothing to the imagination for the first half of the book. It was nice to read about the legends and lore surrounding Varenia. I thought the ocean world was built fairly well, but really, to ...more
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"And what is wrong with being shallow?" I'd asked him.
"What lies beneath the surface of shallow waters? Nothing. It's only when you go deeper that the ocean comes alive. The deeper you go, the more mysteries and surprises await.”