A love that could birth a revolution.
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.
Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the de ...more
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Crier’s War colored everything, like the afterglow of a dream, and for the space of a few hundred page-turns, ther ...more
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I AM A MESS!!! This book is everything. I have wanted this for so long. A TRUE slowburn angsty enemies to lovers where they're REAL ENEMIES who want to KILL EACHOTHER and its so beautiful.
The entir ...more
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“It was never really a choice, was it? Wanting her. Killing her.”
Friends, if you are looking for a book all about revenge, filled with mystery and betrayals, while also showcasing the best enemies to lovers f/f romance I’ve read in a long while, please immediately pick up Crier’s War. I’m telling you right now, this is going to make so many best of 2019 lists come the end of the year, and I don’t even have words for the amou ...more
Crier, an Automa and the sovereign’s daughter, was Made to be the epitome of perfection, but her entire life changes when she takes on a new human handmaiden, Ayla. There has only been one thing that has kept Ayla going: revenge. And she’s going to get it by killing C ...more
The intensity of the whole revenge/war/hatred/love was so lacking even though everything was there all along.
And what I dearly missed was any kind of humour in the writing.
The world system is pretty simple. The moment you open up the book, you will just get into it. The characters have been developed good, their introductions fairly well done with different, unique auras of their own. I would like to say the first half of the book has been written pretty well. It's fa ...more
"It was never really a choice, was it? Wanting her. Killing her."
💜 f/f romance
❤️ bisexual and lesbian MCs
In Zulla you're either Mortal or Made. Automae subdued Humans in the War of Kinds and now rule over them with a hard hand. Ayla has lost everything in one of Automae's brutal raids. Crier is the heir to the Sovereign who orde ...more
The most notable thing to take from this book, though, was it's ties to present day. It may not have been written like that intentionally, but it definitely called out real-world problems. (ex. "You ...more
Rated 3.5/5 stars
A combination between SciFi and Fantasy, this book ended up being one with a fab concept. Based years after the War Between Kinds and feeling the uncertainty of unrest once again, the edge of uneasiness surrounding both the social and ruling politics of this world is evident. The plot itself is one to easily fall into, with this first book setting up the world and its dynamics. Interestingly, this ended up being a pretty q ...more
Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.
If you know me at all, you know that I haven’t been big on fantasy in the last year or so. But Crier’s War? It’s the kind of fantasy I can get behind even now, when I’m not really a fan of the genre. And there are two main reasons for this: 1) it’s a little bit character-driven (not the way contemporary novels can be, no, but it’s there) & 2) it’s heavy on the romance.
representation: own voices queer (f/f) romance, POC cast??? (I see this in a lot of reviews, but I felt like the physical descriptions of characters was quite poor, so can't confirm).
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
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I loved this soooooo much and the audiobook was so good! Enemies to lovers romance, themes of what it means to be human, war and angst.... wow, we sta ...more
representation: lesbian mc's, f/f romance, #ownvoices author
At the beginning of the Automae era, human Queen Thea - who cannot bear children - commissions her people to build her a child. One who can replicate every aspect of human life. A seemingly impossible request is manufactured, where individuals are Made, with Four Pillars: Reason, Calculation, Organics, and Intellect. However, this ignites a vicious war between the humans and the Automades, who ...more
Lately, everyone just couldn't seem to stop talking about this new slow burn, enemies-to-lovers high-fantasy book and I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible. I actually thought this was going to be a standalone so you can only imagine my surprise (delighted actually) when I figured it wasn’t over. Crier’s War has such a cool and inspiring concept that really left a jumble of thoughts I’m still trying to process.
After the War of Kinds that ravished the land of Rabu, the country ...more
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Crier’s war was my first read of the year, and I’m so glad it was. I wanted to start the decade on a queer as fuck note, and this book knocked the ball out of the park. Hell, it knocked the whole park.
Crier’s War tells the story of two pawns, a princess (Crier) and a rebel part of the resistance with a thirst for revenge (Ayla,) thrown as enemies in a game too big and tangled for their understanding, and yet, against a ...more
I'm a total mess right now and this book is the cause. CRIER'S WAR is a lyrical, romantic debut that keeps you guessing at every turn. Just when you think you know where the story is going it flips the lid, and it feels effortless the way Varela handles these themes: the consequences of clinging to hatred, the cost of war, and what it means to really be human. And oh yeah, it' ...more
It was honestly REALLY GOOD. Perfectly constructed romance, and I loved the socio-politics of the world. And of course, Crier and Ayla are my soft children! My sweet, sweet children. I love how Crier was instantly fascinated with Ayla - much like how you’re immediately fascinated by a beautiful bird - and it developed from there, whilst for Ayla is was very much a gorgeous build up that she tried to resist and UGH my he ...more
First, let me say : if you considered picking this book up because you heard it was a hate to love, or enemies to lovers, or opposites attract, romance? I don't think you’ll be disappointed. This, unlike another fantasy series featuring an f/f pairing, was done so so well. I believed in the evolution of this.. not relationship but this connection. It totally won me over and oh ...more
Long story short, I expected a LOT more romance from everyone's reactions (not the book's fault though so it's okay) but there was A LOT of angst and longing and y'all...when they tell you it's slow burn, it is. And the ending was REALLY GOOD, not a cliffhanger of any sort but I still need the sequel ...more
NINA VARELA HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME
Anyways this book is a masterpiece. Genuinely I don't know when the last time I read a book quite this good was. It was...spectacular. Unlike anything else I have ever read. It's such a gorgeous book, and of course Crier and Ayla own my heart.
I'm not going to do this book justice with any review I write, so I'm not going to try.
But seriously y'all. Read this book. It's fucking perfection.
Some people ask if this is a fast-paced book, saying that the beginning feels slow. It took me a while to figure out how to describe the pacing, because ...more
Justice was a god, and Ayla didn’t believe in such childish things. She believed in blood.
Humans are forced to bend to the will of the Automae's, those who are designed. Wars have left the kingdom of Rabu scattered. Ayla is just a servant with a plan for vengeance when she saves the life of Crier, the princess, and ends up as her servant.
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I’ll be fair when I say that I wasn’t sure what I was getting when I got into this, but the premise had left me intrig ...more
"Ayla hated her. She hated her so goddamn much. It wasn't a lie.
It just wasn't the whole truth."
Crier's War by Nina Varela is a YA sapphic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel set in the fictional world of Zulla. In Zulla, people are either born or Made. Humans are the marginalized, treated as disposable servant by Automae, the ones who have power. Our two main characters, Ayla and Crier, come from completely different back ...more
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