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  • Amazing Debut!

    "Beware the lionfish, my dear, beware the fish that is made of stone. Beware sweet nothings in your ear, and the heart as hollow as bone."   For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean villiage of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher then any of them could ever imagine...   Yes, you heard that right! Crown of Coral and Pearl is a story of Identical twins, Nor and Zadie, who live in a villiage quite litterallybuilt in the middle of the ocean. Long forgotten wrecked ships placed on stilts above the waves, painted every colour of the sunset, reds, yellows, oranges and pinks! Does it not sound like a dream? The Varenians spend their days diving for the coveted pink pearls, which forms when close to the deadly blood coral.   Nor and Zadie were raised but their strict mother to be beautiful. The most beautiful of all Varenians, in order to be selected to go to the mainland and become the next princess of Ilara. But how could someone chose just one identical twin? Everything changes the day Nor is scarred by the deadly blood coral saving her sisters life and miraculously survives.   While this story was a little slow in the begining I loved the world building. I loved the detail and the story was so beautifully written. Mara Rutherford really made me feel like I was right there in Varenia. All the characters, even the villians, were so well written and I love the friendships and platonic relationships built throughout this story. The only character I did not like was the mother. "Hiding scars does not mean they are not really there. Just as beauty cannot dsiguise who we really are beneath the surface." She was actually the worst and her treatment of Nor boardered on abuse. She constantly went out of her was to put Nor down, making it clear how flawed and ruined Nor was and making it clear that Zadie was perfect in her eyes. While I did find Zadie to be a bit whingy, I adored her relationship with her twin and Nor's willingness to do anything for her sister. I also LOVED the platonic love between Nor and Sammi and how Sammi risked everything to stand up for Nor (see authos, not every male/female friendship has to be romantic). As soon a Nor leaves Varenia to take Zadies place as Prince Cerans fiance it is nonstop action, suspense and gooey romance. The story was fast passed and flowed really well.   Prince Cerans crulty rivals that of Joffrey. He is horrible, sickly and sadistic, but deep down he is just a broken boying wanting to be loved. I am so grateful there was absoloutly zero romance between Ceran and Zor, this book really did not need a love triange. Prince Teran is the prince of every little princesses dreams. He is kind and caring and fearce solidier that heads the Kings gaurd. He is the very opposite of his brother. Despite all of his brothers cruelty he still cares deeply for his wellbeing and longs to protect him. I don't know why more people are not talking about this book and I would recommend it for any fans of YA fantasy especially if you are a fan of Red Queen!

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