[[ Reading ]] ➶ Crown of Coral and Pearl Author Mara Rutherford – Pcusati.info

[[ Reading ]] ➶ Crown of Coral and Pearl Author Mara Rutherford – Pcusati.info 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 Imagine Nor 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 Queen 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 Title Crown of Coral and PearlSeries Crown of Coral and Pearl 1Author Mara RutherfordRelease date August 27, 2019 Genre fantasy, YAI wasn t prepared for how obsessed I would feel about this story How I d be so completely absorbed with these characters lives that I d care about their welfare than being gritty eyed and sluggish the next day Yes, it s one of those Sacrifice Proper Sleep kind of books After blogging for so long I probably go through twenty five potentially exciting books before I find one that hits the mark in every single way like this one Honestly, this is why I read To find something that will knock your socks off, blow your hair back, give you the biggest rush of giddiness after flipping the last page Fantasy lovers, stop right here and make this one a priority It s a fantastical tale about the fierce bond of sisterhood, what one will sacrifice for true love, and the other s lesson about the importance of strength of character instead of fleeting beauty I was almost instantly drawn into Nor and Zadie s fascinating home of Varenia The two twins live in a small ocean community that looks idyllic from the outside, but in reality there s only two ways to achieve anything Be flawlessly beautiful, enough that you ll be chosen by the elders to marry a Prince of Ilara Or collect enough clams from the dwindling supply underwater in order to find the pearls that will keep your family fed Neither prospect is particularly easy or simple People are starting to really struggle to put food on the table, and surely circumstances will be even worse once they re completely picked over How will they survive Nor and Zadie s mother is desperate than ever to have one of them chosen to reap the glory and bride price Their mother was a despicable and selfish human being She threw all of her time and energy into Zadie in order to maintain her perfect outward appearance In this society beauty was power, and she was determined to use whomever she needed to in order to get it She thought nothing of her child potentially leaving and never seeing her again, or ripping her away from the only home she ever knew when it was clear she had no desire to marry a strange man in a strange land In fact, she deliberately sought to hurt both her daughters very cruelly The way she treated Nor after she saved her sister s life and became scarred was as if she didn t even exist any But when she did notice she was there, she was verbally abusive and made Nor feel worthless because of her appearance Prepare to hate this woman, that s all I ve got to say Mother was wrong Nor You have the power to do anything and everything you dream of, than any person I ve ever known And that power, that inner strength, that is what makes you the most beautiful girl in Varenia The only positive that came out of Nor s situation was that she became physically and mentally stronger because of all of the challenges heaped on her And if she had no chance of being chosen and seeing the world that she dreams of exploring, at least her sister will have that It s hard to imagine being banned from venturing out of your village, to be trapped there with no means of escape and so isolated that trees, horses and roses are things you ve heard of but never seen Your world encompasses the sea, the sun, and the warm breeze on your skin I really liked the concept of the blood coral, how it grew near the bodies of the departed who are put out to sea And the mysterious qualities and benefits it seemed to have that the people there don t fully understand Through a twist of fate, Nor is sent to New Castle where she will impersonate her twin sister in order to fulfill the betrothal She thinks this is the answer to everyone s prayers, but she couldn t have been wrong She has a dangerous path ahead of her if she s going to survive this new life of hers on land The prince is nothing like she imagined, and the prosperous land is a dark and unwelcoming place that seems to breed illness in people She went from a simple life to backstabbing aristocracy, royal machinations, and cruelty like she s never witnessed before Not only is her life in danger, but everything she holds dear to her heart back home She must make the right allies and outwit those who hold all of the power Varenia, the ocean, even my parents I could survive without them But my sister was as essential to me as the sunlight, as the air I would find a way back to her some day.There is a romance, but it s not a love triangle situation As someone who s a romance reader at heart who also loves a good fantasy, Ms Rutherford delivered the goods on a perfectly balanced heart stopping adventure and well drawn out relationship with the love interest Of course it wasn t the main focus, but it still felt developed enough in the background for it to feel natural and realistic Make no mistake though, Nor is the star of the show here, as she stood up for what s right, fought for those who couldn t themselves, and discovered just how much of a difference one person could make if they believed in themselves enough The sisters love for each other really shined brightly It was so powerful that time and distance could not dim or tarnish it I can t sing this book s praises enough When I first got the arc, I wasn t entirely sure if this was a standalone or not, but it looks like the author has been cleared for a follow up Even though this could have ended at book one, I certainly don t want to give up this world quite yet Not by a long shot There was plenty of potential written in for a continuation so I couldn t be excited we will get to return sometime next year with Kingdom of Sea and Stone. Snatch this hidden gem upor should I say pearl This is an absolute must read Home was not a house, or a village, or a sea It was family, and love, and the space where your soul could roost, like a seabird safe from a storm.FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON ifgrace and furyandred queenhad a love child who spent the summers with their distant aunt inhouse 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 3.5 stars Now AvailableSorrow 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 await Even though I have a plethora of books on my shelves, as every reader is entitled toCough 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 request 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 scheduleYou 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 back Yes, 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 unique 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 quality 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 readerHiding our scars doesn t mean they re not there Just as beauty cannot disguise who we really are beneath the surface I 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 unique 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 storylineMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. 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