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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Crown Of Coral And Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #1)

Welcome to this book review,

[Disclaimer: I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book in exchange of an honest review]

This book attracted me for two principal reasons, first the description which is dark and beautifully mysterious and second the cover. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is this book. This is set in a world where for generations princes  of Ilara come and choose a bride from Nor's village by the sea called Varenia, every girl dreams of being chosen , but they discover that the price to become royalty is higher than they could've imagined.
I loved and disliked a lot about this novel, The concept was great and while the writing style makes for a wonderful reading experience, for me the mystery wasn't as much of one since it had so many predictable things happening in it. I really enjoyed the complexity of the relationships (friendships, family relations) between the characters, I also enjoyed how the author really went deep into the dysfunctionality of the family relations. This fantastical world was so well described that I could see it perfectly in my mind, my issues with this book started to grow bigger with the second half of it.
I am not a fan of insta love, I mean when I want to read it I will, but I don't seek it out and expect to see it in a fantasy novel where the setting is meant to be so dark.
I really enjoyed Prince Ceren and hated that the insta love between Talin and Nor made him to be perceived as an even worse character since he is her fiance.
While the ending is quite satisfying I am glad that this is a duology as I really enjoyed the world, I can't wait to have a better understanding of it.

I recommend the read if you love fantastical world beautifully described, where the author promotes the fact that beauty is more than looks.

3.75/5 stars


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