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first time audio. third time reading.
Cruel Crown is one of those novellas that makes me jealous. Why Well, I got to meet Cal's mom and now I wish I got more. After her short ass story, well.. I wanted more. She is definitely one of those characters that I wanted to know more about. Ugh, especially since she died from the evil selfish queen bitch.
Then there's Farley.. and eh. She's an okay character. I'm glad I got to see a different side of her and her dad. I'm also glad to see her relationship with Shade on a deeper level. Watching that romance blossom was sweet. The sexual tension was intense and I could see how they liked each other.
Overall, the book was way too short. I wanted more of Cal's mom and her journals. Less of Farley really.
Second time read and first time review.
I really need to stop slacking on reviews for books that I've already read! Okay, so, Cruel Crown has two novellas within it: Queen's Song and Steel Scars. In these books you will get to know Cal's mother and more about Farley and Shade's relationship. They were both super quick and cute reads.
Now this book made me love Coriane so much! She was such a sweet and innocent girl who fell in love with a guy. Prince Tiberias and her had such a cute friendship before they got married. I loved how he gave her a fire within herself. Cori knew that Elara was up to something, and oh yes - you meet that little twat in this book too. Elara is vicious and such a savage. Usually I like this in a character but I did not like how she used her powers against Coriane until the day she died. I felt so bad for her because this type of bullying was the extreme.
The things that Cori went through were so sad. The amount of babies she lost or the deaths she noted in her little secret diary were too much. She was falling into a deep and dark depression with the help of someone evil inside her head. I was hoping that she would fight more but I already knew she was going to die from Red Queen.
After reading this book, well.. I really did wish I actually got to meet her in the first book, Red Queen. To see her being a Queen and a mother to Cal would've been amazing. I'm sad that I didn't get to meet her then but I am happy I got to meet her in this book. Even if it was way too short.
Captain Farley wasn't, and still isn't, one of my favorite characters in the Red Queen series. I've wanted to like her so many times.. but it just hasn't happened. I did, however, really enjoy her cute ass friendship/relationship with Shade. I'm really glad I got to know more about him before his untimely death.
Seeing her POV when she met Mare, Shade's sister, was interesting but I mostly cared about Shade protecting his sister. He knew that something was up with the army and you could see the wheels turning in his brain trying to come with a plan to save himself and Mare. I also really liked how Farley didn't hesitate to help him either. They both knew that what happened to Mare during the Queenstrial was going to be bigger and more important than anyone expected.
Overall, I'm really glad that I got to know more about Shade and Coriane. I miss them already and now I can't wait to dive into War Storm.
Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.
Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.
Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary – how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation – Mare Barrow.