October 29, 2020

#BookReview: Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl #1) by @mararaewrites @Inkyardpress






Synopsis: For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
 



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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Reading this for the second time was amazing!! I can not believe that I actually remembered a ton of this story after not reading it for over a year.  This story about sisters, one girl finding her path, and a world that is on the brink of all out war is one that once you start you will not be able to stop.  I loved it from start to finish and I am so happy that it ended up being two books versus one.  Because this needs to be a full fledged series.   

The world that Mara has created is one of a kind and you will fall in love with it's beauty and danger.  I think that Mara could totally do some kind of villain story because Ceren in this one is so freaking evil!!!  Nor is such a great character in this one! I loved how strong she was even at the start and just how she grew even more over the story.  

If you are looking for a new story to fall in love with check this one out. 



Go Into This One Knowing: No Love Triangle, Cliffhanger, Abuse 







Review

"Debut author Rutherford's saga begins with the promise of originality, with intriguing kingdoms and worthy heroines... A fun and adventurous bit of fantasy romance." –Kirkus

"A celebration of sisterhood, political intrigue, and an intense villain make this book a delicious read. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an exciting new YA fantasy." –YA Books Central

"A fabulous interweaving of fantasy, politics, and sisterhood – this unusual, tense tale will have you on the edge of your seat!" –#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce

"Crown of Coral and Pearl is one of those fiercely beautiful reads that leaves you recalling it long after you close the book with a satisfied sigh. A beautiful, compelling tale of sisters, courage, and love. This beautifully authentic portrayal of twin sisterhood is interwoven with fantastical settings, a layered villain, and a delicious romance. A shining gem of a book." –New York Times bestselling author Elly Blake

"I was swept up into the tide of Crown of Coral and Pearl from the very first page. This fantasy tale of sea-dwelling Nor's arranged marriage to a cruel, mountain-dwelling prince is brimming with palace intrigue, forbidden romance, fantastical creatures, and the power of sisterly love." –Laurie Forest, author of The Black Witch Chronicles

"Mara Rutherford's Crown of Coral and Pearl is a thrilling debut: a richly romantic story of danger, true love, and a young woman standing up to the darkness at her country's core. But the real heart of the story is two sisters and a love powerful enough to change the world. I didn't want it to end." –Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion

"A tale of intrigue, love, and sisterhood as dazzling as a sunny day at sea, you're sure to be swept away by Crown of Coral and Pearl." –Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series

"Lyrical and magical, Crown of Coral and Pearl is pure enchantment with a heart as deep as the sea." –Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master's degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.









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