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10 thoughts on “Crown of Coral and Pearl

  1. says:

    if ‘grace and fury’ and ‘red ueen’ had a love child who spent the summers with their distant aunt in ‘house of salt and sorrows’ it would be this book i found this story had all the best elements of those particular books sisterly devotion brotherly princes who couldnt be different magic and its exploitation court politics and scheming with the enchanting lure of a seaside atmosphere all of these aspects arent new but somehow this story delivers them in a way that kept me interested my one major complaint would be the synopsis is pretty much the entire book its taking tl;dr to an entirely new level as there is literally nothing else to this story worth mentioning everything you need to know can be summed up in those few short paragraphs i get thats what a synopsis is for but never have i read a story that was missing additional side plots or surprising new elements its just a little bit of a downer but still this is a very promising start to what i imagine will be an entertaining serious there is room for growth but that only means it should get better from here↠ 35 stars

  2. says:

    Now Available Sorrow is good for the soul Father had said after the incident when I had recovered from the pain and sickness but had still not grown used to the feel of the torn flesh on my otherwise flawless skin Those who have never known pain or adversity are as shallow as the waves lapping on the shore And what is wrong with being shallow? I'd asked him What lies beneath the surface of shallow waters? Nothing It's only when you go deeper that the ocean comes alive The deeper you go the mysteries and surprises awaitEven though I have a plethora of books on my shelves as every reader is entitled to Cough Cough I will still venture out to NetGalley to snag an arc of a book that a trusted friend raves about Crown of Coral and Pearl wasn't even on my radar yet a fabulous review from Sol encouraged me to rush and reuest it immediately Once approved I started it the very same day and I can't begin to tell you what an excellent decision that was Although it appears to have taken me forever to read this book it's only due to the fact I was on vacation at Disney World with the family and had to sneak in every page possible around our tight schedule You took two daughters who loved you and turned them into weapons to exact your revenge never realizing that there was no enemy Perhaps I am a weapon a blade honed on your bitterness And perhaps I have come to stab you in the backYes this is the type of truth bomb that sets the scene for the first installment in the duology Surprisingly I enjoyed the first half of the book than the second even though the first part was the predictable section This is partially due to the fact that it's glaringly obvious in the synopsis but also because this is the portion that is atmospheric world building and develops characters before things get going The author's descriptions are lush and immersive and I couldn't get enough of this uniue place where a minority group is being held under the oppressive hand of the land lubbers even though the people in power have a lower life expectancy and uality of life in general This section also features multiple grounded platonic relationships and I adored the fact that we get an invasive look into the detailed structure of this fantastical place There are complex dynamics in this dysfunctional family and I am grateful that these were exposed in great detail for the reader Hiding our scars doesn't mean they're not there Just as beauty cannot disguise who we really are beneath the surfaceI didn't hate the second half of the book but I found myself a great deal less invested once Nor leaves her community to take her sister's place as Prince Ceren's fiance I feel the need to give a head's up to the fact that there is a heavy handed insta love situation here and even though I'm not entirely opposed to that trope this one felt it was created to manipulate the reader on multiple levels From the moment both characters interact on paper it's clear that Talin is meant to be her love interest and that this relationship is intended to further Ceren's role as antagonist Again it wasn't bad but I actually found myself sympathizing with Ceren than with either Talin or Nor during the second half of the book The ending was intense exciting and overall very satisfying and I'm pleased that I knew going in there would be another book to give us a bit If you're looking for an engaging YA fantasy with a uniue setting that goes down like smooth butter this one's for you I appreciate that the author tackled some tough subjects while promoting female value beyond outward appearance and I can't wait to see how she chooses to wrap up the storyline Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley

  3. says:

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  4. says:

    #1 Crown of Coral and Pearl — 3 Stars#2 Kingdom of Sea and Stone TBR I’m not sure if I should be grateful or disappointed that I managed to get out of this book unscathed It was enjoyable to read But the romance left a lot to be desired I hope the seuel will be worth reading Selling Points Brilliant depiction of twin relationship One of the things that this book did get right was how difficult and polarizing siblings relationship could be Nor and Zadia had opposite personalities However it was hard to favor one twin over the other bcs at the core of everything they mirrored one another I loved seeing how unrelenting their love was Solid world building I loved how intricate it was the two dissecting worlds between the dry land Ilara and the ocean village Varenia I loved how clashing it was when the two worlds were finally met and experienced through Nor She slowly discovered the contrast between what she had always thought of the place and the reality she found in Ilara Interesting court play and intrigue There was enough scheming and veiled mysteries in this book to hold your attention I loved seeing how Nor brought us along in her attempts to save her hometown and learned about the castle and its people the history behind it and everything to do with it These little narratives were engaging and never made for a dull moment in the book Malicious beauty pageantry of a sort The idea of choosing a bride based on looks is not unheard of At first it struck me as baffling and utterly ridiculous how these Varenian people think highly of someone based on their beauty However this book also showed the harmful side of it How it turned society against each other and made them shallow and resentful We can also see how it affected the twins relationship with their mother Things you need to watch out for Lackluster romance It was so unsatisfying bcs it was an insta love There was no build up No feelings and sparks For all the disdain Nor feels towards judging people by their appearance she was instantly smitten by Talin bcs of his “sea blue eyes” And Talin’s personality was so cardboard cutout Contrived ending It was a deus ex machina The book ended with some not so random but totally uncalled for plot twists that supposedly just fixed everything What worse is that rather than showing it to us the resolution part was told through Talin I’m also annoyed with how the villain was dealt with I feel like the author did him dirty with the endingRead this book if you’re in the mood for some fantasy read by the sea that’s got some great portrayal of unconditional twin sisters love and palace intrigue Just forget about the bland romance and you shall be fine

  5. says:

    did i add this to my tbr just because the cover's pretty? no why would you suggest that?

  6. says:

    Good LORD this was goodThe only downside is that I have to wait a whole year for the next book That sucksIt's hard to believe that this is the author's first published book if I'm being completely honestI don't think I have to explain what happens in the book because it's kind of clearAnyway the characters OOF Talin and Nor are loveable and all but Ceren The guy is COLD And I mean cold cold He is cruel and vile and extremely unloveable and that's exactly what makes the book so damn interesting

  7. says:

    I was frightened of the person I was becoming a woman who lied to everyone who disrespected her parents who helped her sister injure herself A woman who would spy on a kingA woman who would steal a crown Right up until the end I thought this was going to be a 4 star read Nor was wonderfully smart the politics were actually interesting and I loved the premise of the story But there were three main problems1 The romance was absolutely shite2 I sympathised with the 'villain' way than I did with the 'heroes'3 The ending was extremely deus ex machina and not worthy of the book at allLike I said the premise really good Seventeen year old Nor whose name means 'coral' lives in the ocean village of Varenia with her twin sister Zadie 'pearl' It's literally an ocean village the houses are on stilts over the water and due to an ancient rule made by the nearby land kingdom of Ilara no Varenian is allowed to go to shoreWith one exception whoever is chosen by the village elders to be the next ueen of Ilara Once every generation the most beautiful girl in the village will travel to Ilara to wed the king Nor has always wished it could be her because she feels stifled in her tiny beauty obsessed village with a mother who wants nothing than to have gorgeous daughters But she can never be chosen A childhood accident left her with a tiny blemish on her cheek and it's Zadie whom everyone knows will be picked And when Zadie is picked everything is as it should be Only Zadie doesn't want to go She's in love with their childhood friend Sami and she's willing to go to desperate lengths to make sure she isn't sent away from him forever Nor is packed off to Ilara instead armed with a pot of cream designed to hide her scar the only thing identifying her from Zadie There she meets her betrothed Prince Ceren a mercurial and oddly cruel young man She also meets his half brother Prince Talin much handsome and kind whom she feels drawn to immediately Nor uickly realises that things are rotten in the state of Ilara The Ilaran nobles are weak and aged compared to the healthy youthfulness of Varenians Ceren believes it's because of the blood pearls rare pink pearls harvested only in Varenia they're its main export But the pearls are running thin and Nor's people are starving She will have to balance the needs of her people with appeasing her spoiled maniacal husband to be Right let me start with the negatives Problem #1 The Romance This was uite frankly nothing than insta love Talin is an extraordinarily handsome man Nor is an extraordinarily beautiful girl Naturally they fall in love with each other I had no idea WHY she was attracted to him beyond stupidly superficial stuff like his 'sea blue eyes' or whatever This is a book which is supposed to be about celebrating all kinds of beauty not just the physical It's trying to show us how wrong Varenia is to be obsessed with beauty And yet? All we see of Talin is his good looks It was very ironic but also totally destroyed any page where he appearedIt also destroyed my respect for Nor She's clearly a clever girl avoiding many of the TSTL traps which can ensnare a fantasy heroine who's not careful Yet she actively annoyed her actual fiancé by flirting with his brother right in front of him What the hell? Why would you deliberately annoy Ceren whom you know has got a bad temper like that? And why are you attracted to him AT ALL? Problem #2 The Villain Ah Ceren Where do I begin with him? The author definitely tried to humanise him but it's reached such a peak that I feel for him than I do for Nor or the 2D cardboard cut out that is Talin His mother died when he was young and his father immediately remarried to a gorgeous new bride who gave birth to a gorgeous young son Who WOULDN'T feel threatened in that sort of situation? Especially because it's made obvious that Talin's mother disliked her husband's heir was jealous her own son wouldn't get the throne and did her best to exclude Ceren from family activitiesWhen they matured Ceren was uglier and less social than Talin who easily won hearts wherever he went And THEN Ceren's own fiancée Nor appeared and made it obvious from the beginning that she preferred his brother to him like everyone else on the planet You really have to feel for Ceren hereNor and Talin don't come off well here at all Nor just latched onto handsome Talin and never let go; Talin is far too uick to hate an elder brother who has never actually hurt him Yes Ceren is definitely no saint but he was an extremely interesting character and I don't think he was done justice by the author or any of the characters Problem #3 The Ending I obviously can't say too much here because spoilers But it was rushed implausible and badly thought out It also relied heavily on Nor's character making a U turn from what it was previously written as What I liked ✔️ Wonderful exploration of the difficult but always close relationship between twins✔️ uite good world building ✔️ Good pacing; I wasn't bored for lack of action ✔️ When Talin wasn't around I did respect Nor and her lack of stupid actions Overall This seems to be a standalone which is a good thing since I'm not sure I would have read a seuel It was an okay read but once I saw the direction it was heading in at the 70% mark I struggled a bit to finish ARC received in exchange for an honest review thank you Blog Bookstagram

  8. says:

    This was SO GOOD I can’t believe that I almost didn’t pick it up because it’s so underrated and under appreciated There weren’t as many sea adventures as I’d thought there’d be considering the cover but there was a tonne of political intrigue which I enjoyed It was like Fable meets Ash Princess both of which I LOVE I was also living for the sisterly dynamics I love seeing sibling bonds in stories 3I’m going to be starting the ARC of the seuel ASAP because I have to know how it ends This was such an addicting and compelling read that I highly recommend Also I just realised that I read it in under three hours so it’s a super fast read haha

  9. says:

    So right away I really liked the first half of this book The sister bond was well done and I really connected with NorFor me I kept waiting for the romance to build between Nor and Talin or take away the romance I loved their connection at the beginning of the book but then their whole relationship was underdeveloped which would have been fine but I kept getting insta love vibes from Nor Ceren was actually well developed and he was uite the baddy but I liked him?The writing was beautiful and the world the author created was really cool Side note I with there would have been Sami He was probably my favorite character and there should definitely be a whole book on him

  10. says:

    45 Stars ”I’m the perfect seashell you pick up from the ocean floor only to turn it over in your hand and see the crack”Thank you NetGalley and Harleuin Australia for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review

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Crown of Coral and Pearl For generations the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagineNor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar it became clear that her identical twin sister Zadie would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind unable to ever set foot on landThen Zadie is gravely injured and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place To Nor’s dismay her future husband Prince Ceren is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother the charming Prince Talin Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline a murdered ueen and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leaveIn order to save her people Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything the crown Varenia and Zadie