Cruel Crown

Cruel Crown

Queen Song, Steel Scars

Book - 2016
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In two revealing prequels to Red Queen, Queen 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. Meanwhile, Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance--and stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to an attack on the Nortan capital: Mare Barrow.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Characteristics: 142, 54 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062435347


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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 09, 2017

A quick taste of the world of Red Queen. I don't think these two short stories would be appealing if you hadn't read at least Red Queen from the series. Each story covers the backstory of one of the female characters from the series. The first book is about Corianne, the mother of Cal, Prince of Norta. If you've read Red Queen you know how it ends, but this gives some backstory to how she becomes princess, some "oh, see she likes to work with mechanics too! So that's where her son got it!" moments. Probably the most interesting facets are seeing Julian and Sara in their younger years.

The second story is the backstory for Diana Farley and her rise out of her father's shadow in the Scarlet Guard rebellion. Again, there's some cute "oh, I bet that was Mare at work!" moments, but even more than the first story, this seems like a needless work. While Farley's character is interesting, how she ends up in Norta is not that thrilling (nor are the excessive and excessively redacted memos). Instead, it would have been interesting to see how she was raised and formed by her parents and those moments of loss earlier in her life.

Overall, if you enjoy the series, this will whet your appetite for the next book, but is not satisfactory, in and of itself.

Jan 30, 2017

Rating: 4/5 Cruel Crown consists of two short stories that provide a backstory to the popular series, Red Queen. The first short story follows the twists and turns of the life of queen Coriane, the mother of Cal. The story is narrated from the queen's first-person perspective as she recounts her life in a noble, yet poor silver house and her journey towards becoming queen. It is very interesting to learn the story behind Cal's mysterious mother and her mystifying death. The second story was based on the character Farley as she sparks the red rebellion in Norta. It is very interesting to see the development of Farley from a co-captain hat is ordered by her father, to a red leader in charge of the rebellion in all of Norta. My only gripe with this story is that it did not have a climax and the story lacked an objective. Plus, there is a sneak peek for Glass Sword at the end of the book.
@sunsetzuzu of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Yes, there is a whole lot of bloodshed and gore and internal fighting and drama in this overall series. (Isn't that what a lot of YA books contain an excessive amount of?) Thankfully, it wasn't too bad in this dual package. I personally didn't like the way the second part about Captain Farley, as the "messages" were almost too distracting from the plot. I liked the characters, and I especially loved reading about Corianne. Her story and ending is so sad! I actually hate Elena even more now, if that is even possible. How on Earth did the King end up marrying her, even after he remarked on her arrogance in the garden, with our beloved Singer Queen? Too much is entangled, but I can't wait to read the third book in the trilogy! 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 29, 2016

QUEEN SONG 2/5 stars

Basically, Queen Song is about a depressed, sad girl with a diary. She thought herself as nothing. It's like Juliette Ferrars all over again. And that's it. The end. Just kidding. Lol.

I think this novella is quite unnecessary. I don't particularly care about Corianne Jacos. I'm sorry. I admit I quite care about her diary but boy, I'm disappointed because it is just of full of angsty monologues and narratives. I anticipated that I will get secrets or anything but no. *sighs*

I like the ending anyway so 2 stars.

STEEL SCARS 2/5 stars
Farley is a great character but I'm afraid she's boring and one-dimensional in this novella. I am disappointed. She really felt flat and dull for me. Thank the gods, Shade is here because somehow, he lessen my annoyance. If not for him, I will probably gave this novella a 1-star rating.

And don't get me started with the reports thing-y about their missions because seriously, it's not engaging at all rather it brings a whole new level of annoyance to me. Oh please, spare me.

OVERALL RATING: 2/5 stars.

Apr 26, 2016

This short novel includes two stories about Queen Coriane (Cal's mother) and Farley.

It reveals how Queen Coriane died and the type of person she was in her childhood. It also shows Queen Elara, King Tiberias, and Julian's childhood in Archeon. Very interesting read.

I don't care about Farley so I don't remember what her story is about. Sorry. >_<

This is the prequel to Red Queen so you should read that first before starting this otherwise you won't understand what's going on.


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