Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Cruel Crown
Author: Victoria Aveyard 
Series: Red Queen #0.1-0.2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: January 5, 2016 
Rating: ★★★½ 

Synopsis: 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.

I’m really glad I read this just before the release of Glass Sword because it sucked me right back into the world of Red Queen. The novellas are a great introduction into this world. Were they good? Well…

Queen Song ★★★

I found this one a bit dull. It tells the story of queen Coriane Jacos-Calore and even though it’s truly interesting to get to know her and explore the circumstances of her death, it just didn’t hook me. It took me 20 pages to really get into the story and the story was only 45 pages long. So while definitely not bad, it is hardly as great as it could have been. I also found I didn’t really like Coriane. She had these principles and ideas she stood for which I appreciated, but overall she felt a bit flat. The romance part between her and Tiberius VI was the best part, but rushed (as this is obviously only a novella). So worth reading, sure, but nothing special.

Steel Scars ★★★★

This one I truly loved! First of all because I genuinely liked Captain Farley. Her personality was well crafted and I just loved the idea of her being a key figure in the Scarlet Guard and the red rebellion despite her young age. I was impressed by her maturity and sense of responsibility and the way she inspired such a strong sense of loyalty and respect in her team. Secondly, I also really loved the plot. We know Mare Barrow is going to end up with the Scarlet Guard but we didn’t really know anything about them until now. What their plans were, how they operated, how her brother came to be part of it. Now we do!
Another plus were the coded messages in between that kept the story fast paced, gave key information and often provided a sense of humor.

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  1. My copy of Glass Sword arrived the other day and I really need to read it soon. I wasn't a huge fan of Red Queen, but I'm hoping this will be better :)

    1. I loved Red Queen! Glass Sword started really good, but I'm in the middle now and it's starting to drag a bit.. :(


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