Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard Review

9780062435347Publisher: HarperTeen

Released: January 5, 2016

Pages: 208

Summary: 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 Song
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.

Steel Scars
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.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novella bind-up!

I actually already read Queen Song, back in September, so I was just focused on reading Steel Scars.

Separately I would give Steel Scars 4 Stars!

It was definitely a fun read and a great story to give you more back story on Farley and Shade before/leading up to Red Queen.

Farley is working for the Scarlet Guard and in this novella we know more about her, like her name, her past/family, and how events here lead to her meeting Mare in RQ.

Similar to RQ, Victoria’s writing style definitely kept the story immersive and action-packed, and in these novellas she continues to do just that!

I did take away a star b/c while Steel Scars was an interesting novella, the pacing of this one was quite slow especially towards the middle. I also wish there was more expansion on the RQ world in this novella. With Farley as the narrator I felt there was potential for her to give us even more background/history to better develop this wonderful world Victoria created!

However, what really made this novella a blast to read was definitely Falrey and Shade! Separately they were wonderfully developed characters, but once they were working together the novella was even more fun!

Learning more about Shade and his powers, especially from Farley’s perspective was great.  By the end in RQ, we just have tidbits of info about Shade that we gather throughout the story, but hearing Shade tell Farley about his powers/history really added more to this novella.

Overall this was an entertaining read! If you haven’t read the RQ novellas yet, or just want to get more from the RQ world, I highly recommend buying this novella-bind up! + you get 3 GS chapters! 🙂

If you’ve read any of the RQ novellas/Cruel Crown, let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

 

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6 thoughts on “Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard Review

  1. Yes def. read Cruel Crown if you can! While I do prefer Queen Song, both are still great reads! After reading Steel Scars it was definitely great to know more about her! 🙂 & Oooh can’t wait for Glass Sword!

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