Cruel Crown mini review


Cruel Crown
by Victoria Aveyard
208 pages
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

synopsis via Goodreads

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 thoughts:

So I thought this was alright. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. Queen Song was a little slow to get into and sadly it didn’t really pick up in story. And the story itself felt like it was being fast forwarded, there wasn’t a smooth timeline, it felt like 2 years just jumbled together. It was very sad seeing her depression and paranoia crumple her mind. As for her character, I was really expecting something completely different, I’m also curious about how she died, from the vague ending it really does look like suicide and I hope that matter gets cleared up in the future.

Steel Scars
I’m a bit torn about steel scars, on its own I would probably still rate it at 3 stars, it was alright. While I did enjoy it and found it to be a pleasant way to pass my lunch hour, overall I wasn’t satisfied with the story. I’m hoping it comes into play later on in the series. It was interesting to see what was going on behind the scenes before Mare started her story but other than that I’m not sure what the point of the story was. I may need to reread it and maybe I’ll do that or listen to the audiobook to see if anything stands out to me.

Sneak peek for the Glass Sword
I actually didn’t read this. Don’t get me wrong I really wanted to but I don’t get my copy for another week, so why torment myself?

Have you read this yet? Did you pick up anything that I missed?

6 thoughts on “Cruel Crown mini review

  1. I’m just now reading Red Queen and although it’s good I’m not in any hurry to pick up all the novellas and such. Love your review, it’s very honest and helped me decide if I should bother with these.

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