Book Review Of “Crown Of Coral And Pearl” By Mara Rutherford @InkyardPress @mararaewrites

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 land.

Then 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 leave.

In 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.

Thank you to Inkyard Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 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

I loved it! There was something so light, and addicting to this story. It wasn’t bogged down with darkness. It wasn’t overly detailed and heavy. (Don’t get me wrong I love a good dark and heavy book, but sometimes I need something lighter). Now, don’t go into this thinking it’s going to be light and fluffy, because that’s not the case either. There is some abusive behavior in this book, and the character of Ceren is a pretty hard pill to swallow. But, the story of Zadie and Nor over powers that. I have twin boys, So I always feel an immediate connection to book that feature twins, and their bond.

I love Prince Talin, and I also loved a character named Ebb. She was so sweet, and warm hearted. The perfect addition to this book. The ending of this one, was not at all what I expected, and it almost made me sad. While I wasn’t sure if I liked it, I understood why the Author wrote it in such a way. And I fully support her choice! I cannot wait for book two! I need it, like Yesterday.

Hiding our scars doesn’t mean they’re not there. Just as beauty cannot disguise who we really are beneath the surface.

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