Monday, March 21, 2016

From the shelf: Cruel Crown (Red Queen #0.5)

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #0.5)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: March 8, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Two women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

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 Review: (also in goodreads)

Two short stories that bridges the first book from the second one to further know the characters behind the history of the red queen world.

Queen Song

The first short story centers around Corianne, Cal's mother and the Queen of Norta. Her family is one of the elite but their wealth is no more. Their title and family history is all they have. She was very close to her brother Julian and hates it when her cousin teaches her to move like a true elite when she knows that they are only doing it so that she could go to Queenstrial and finally bring back their family glory. She didn't want it but everyone seem to see her as a threat as the frontrunner in the kingdom's Queenstrial event just because Tibe is fond of her. I liked how close knit the monarchy was and how they liked Corianne prior to the marriage. This cemented the fact on how much I hated Elara for what she did to everyone. A marriage founded on love is destroyed by greed. I was really saddened by what happened and what Corianne was made to do especially that she is a good person but at the same time it was an eye-opener.

Steel Scars

This is the story of how the members of the Scarlet Guard tried to infiltrate Norta and plant seeds of rebellion within the country. Farley is the commander assigned to do the pioneer mission in which she found Mare in the Stilts. I also liked the chemistry between Shade and Farley.

Till the next read...

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