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Crier's War

(Crier's War #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,461 ratings  ·  464 reviews
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful,
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by HarperTeen
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Salamanderinspace It's a fantasy book, not a historical book, so not a real time period. The in-universe year is given as something like 47 (I think).
Jeana From the author: Crier is pronounced "like Briar! and Ayla is like Kayla, not like eye-la"…moreFrom the author: Crier is pronounced "like Briar! and Ayla is like Kayla, not like eye-la" (less)

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Chaima ✨ شيماء
Nothing gladdens my heart more than picking up an ardently anticipated new release with the stammering gaiety of stepping off the edge of a cliff in the tremulous faith that you’ll sprout wings halfway down, and for all your expectations to be met, the inexpressible sweetness of finding yourself hovering above the ground with rills of current flowing off the tips of your winged arms.

Crier’s War colored everything, like the afterglow of a dream, and for the space of a few hundred page-turns,

ARC provided by HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.

“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 amount of
✨    jamieson   ✨
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 entire set up of this world? the plot?? amazing. We're in a world where Automae, created by humans, ended up overpowering and subjugating them. And it has so many fantasy tropes I love - like hidden/secret/forgotten histories and well constructed political intrigue. And SO MANY POWERFUL FEMALE CHARACTERS!!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Yay! October Owlcrate Unboxing! Click on the link below the pic to see the GOODIES! We got two books I'm excited for!


Didn’t like it. Don’t care. Going in the trade in box.

| Is it too early to beg for the sequel if the 1st book hasn't even officially came out yet????

"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 ordered this very raid. Ayla craves
Reading Tam Ishly
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The romance didn't burn me.
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
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult rating for me because this book isn't the most perfect thing I've ever read. I had a couple issues with side characters and the writing. But it still has that 5 star magic for me. That's due to three things:

1. Crier and Ayla. I love their character arcs. Ayla, so desperate for revenge that she doesn't give a fuck about the rebellion, only for herself. Crier, finding out the world she's been brought up in isn't as perfect as she thought and battling with doubts between what's
may ➹
In a world where alchemy-based android-like Automae have overthrowed their human Makers and now rule over humans, the paths of two girls, Crier and Ayla, intertwine, ultimately changing the entire course of their political landscape.

Crier, an Automa 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
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review can also be found on my blog!

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
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f
I'm going to need y'all to preorder this book immediately. All a queer girl wants is to read a YA fantasy that is not only incredibly original, but has two queer girls at it's center. And on top of that we get a slow burn romance? We have all been BLESSED by Nina Varela and we should be thanking her.
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.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy, audiobooks
crier 90% of this book: *yearns*
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You want girls loving girls? Agonizing slow burn? A hate to love arc that will tear out your damn heart? READ THIS BOOK.

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,
anna (readingpeaches)
rep: lesbian poc mc, bi poc mc, poc cast, side mlm & wlw couples

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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

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
Emily May
Apr 22, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult

ARC provided in exchange for honest review
I think this is one of those books that can go either way for some readers. But, for me, I'm caught right in the middle.

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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review

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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Coherent thoughts? I don't know her! But i'll come back and write down my thoughts tomorrow (when it's not 1am)...if I remember. Feel free to yell at me if this is still in this space in a few days!

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
milou  ☕️
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.

・ 。゚:. *. .* :゚.

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 intrigued, wanting to
Nina Varela
Sep 27, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
hi, i wrote this, i hope y'all like it!

content warnings here:

much love,
Sally ☾
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, bookshelf
the f/f slow burn fantasy book my queer ass has always needed and wanted and craved.
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: yff, q, qf, ya
f/f fantasy!!! And look at all the details on that cover!
↠ dan ↞
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq, otps
4.5 stars. LESBIAN ENEMIES TO LOVERS. THAT'S IT. READ IT. (but really, this book is so good. the world building and the family trees and the whole concept of automas??? i was hooked from page 1. the writing was beautiful and the slowburn was god tier. I NEED THE SEQUEL.)
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

I am so torn about this book.

At some points, it was so amazing. And at others, it was dragging. I will say, at the time of this review, I plan on reading the rest of the series. I'll reread this book and I think that I might enjoy it more a second time through. This might change as I reflect and read more opinions, but it was a very clever book with an interesting fantasci world that I would be interested in revisiting.

kav (xreadingsolacex)
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I assure you I would.

"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 background.
•°• gabs •°•
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-sapphic
i'm torn between 4 and 5 stars because i didn't love it as much as i had expected, but i still enjoyed it a lot and i'm really grateful for it
shri (sunandchai)
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review here on my blog!

Wow, where do I even start. I think I’m just going to word vomit on this one because I had so many thoughts, I actually used the highlights and notes feature on the Kindle app for once in my life. Crier’s War was one of my most anticipated books of 2019, and it was every much the religious experience I was hoping it’d be. Between gorgeous writing, numerous allusions to our current societal institutions and prejudices, and a heart wrenching love story amidst
Rec-It Rachel
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i'm always here for fantasy romances that involve kissing and knives
sofia (sam willows)
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, arc, 2019
i'm... sad that I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. but unfortunately this just really wasn't for me.
caitlin ✶
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you liked this review, you can check out my blog for more!

Justice was a god, and Ayla didn’t believe in such childish things. She believed in blood.

This book worked for me in so many ways, and I can't wait to boost it forever and always. Though I had some minor complaints, it was such a solid and strong debut. Definitely look out for this book when it comes out!

Originally, Crier’s War wasn’t on my list of anticipated 2019 releases. But then it grew super big around the middle of the

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Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people ...more

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