Date Released: April 1, 2014
Pages: 384 pages
Source: For Review (Thanks for the copy!)
Rating: LOVED IT
Series: (The Ring and The Crown #1)
I would call The King and The Crown a mixed bag of emotions. Some good while others are bad. Finishing, the book I realized how short it fell in my expectations of Melissa De La Cruz. It needed a spark and she just didn't give it at all. But what I did love was the cover and a promising beginning!
Don't get me started on how great the cover is! Who doesn't love the red and orange hues on it, but all good things come to an end. I came into the book with such BIG expectations it just did not deliver. The book starts out strong and I thought it would have the Blue Bloods writing and feel too it, but I just didn't. We meet Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But in a intricate web of lies, magic, and rivalry the story is bogged down by flat characters, no action, and no magic!
This book even had a Beyonce quote on the first part of the book and then a Lorde quote on the second part, I honestly thought it would be a great book. I would call The Ring and The Crown a mix of Downtown Abbey with gossip, lies, and deaths. It was a thrill ride seeing all these characters do things we wouldn't see ourselves doing and it was enticing.
The characters in the book suffered a lot from lack of characterization. She introduces them way too quickly without introducing them and some even get cut off right in the middle. *are-you-series-face* There was also no magic or any action really in the book. We don't see Aelwyn use her powers or see fights between the characters. It all seemed to be done verbally done, and it didn't appeal to me.
The Ring and The Crown is a book you should pick up if you love characters introduced quickly and a fast paced plot. If you loved Mel's Blue Bloods, I would also recommend this one too! A bubbling plot, the high luxe world of the rich, and lies, the book was a thrill of a ride!