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  • 2.5 stars

    Let's start with what I liked about The Crown's Game. The setting was wonderful. Russia in the time of the Romanovs...with magic. That alone is enough to make me start drooling. I really enjoyed what Evelyn did with the world and I really felt like I could visualize everything that was happening in the plot. I also enjoyed a lot of the characters. Are they some of my favorite fictional characters ever? No. But I did enjoy hearing their story and following them around Imperial Russia. Now, moving on to a couple issues I had with this book. If you have read the synopsis, you will know it claims that The Crown's Game tells the tale of the only two enchanters in Russia, Nikolai and Vika, being forced to compete in a game to prove their worth to the tsar. At the end of the game, only one enchanter will live and they will become an adviser to the tsar. Sounds epic, right? Can't you just picture the epic battle between these two enchanters, desperate to win the tsar's favor and protect their lives? I could, too. Except that's not what I got. The "battle" between the two enchanters basically just ends up being a contest to see who can make St. Petersburg look prettier. ALL THEY DO IS DECORATE THE CITY. How in the world does that prove who will be a better adviser to the tsar in times of war????? Honestly, this book just wasn't what it was advertised as, and that's not necessarily the author's fault. What the enchanters created in St. Petersburg was fun, but it wasn't the "ancient duel of magical skill" that is promised in the synopsis. I felt like I picked up a book and read the synopsis on the dust jacket, only to find out that the dust jacket had been switched and there was a different book inside. This book was also chock-full of tropes. Tropes, tropes, and more tropes. It felt a little bit like the author was trying to cross plot points off a checklist. Love triangle? Check. Best friends falling for the same girl? Check. Plot twist (that I can't talk about because of spoilers, but trust me, I've seen it before)? Check. Ultimately, it made all of these plot lines feel very forced. The romance wasn't believable at all, and I found myself rolling my eyes at certain obvious plot twists. I know I have just spent a lot of time talking about the negatives of this book. But here comes a giant "but." There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book, BUT, I think Evelyn Skye could grow into a great writer. I can see the potential in The Crown's Game. I really think that as she continues this series, her growth as a writer will shine through. That being said, the ending to The Crown's Game was...interesting. I am not sure how this series will continue, unless the storyline completely diverges into something different and the second book becomes more of a companion novel. I think I will give it a try, though, because I want to see how it is handled and how the author's writing progresses.

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  • Read this review to find out

    This book is a mix between the hunger games and red queen. I thought this book had alot of clique's like love triangles, but I think Skye wrote these cliques' with meaning and purpose showing us that they are not just normal cliques' but Skye's own personal twist on them making them unique and making the book good... I am definitely reading the next book... And don't forget to ReadABook!

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  • The crown's game

    This book feels a little like a cross between the Hunger Games and Harry Potter, if the hunger games was slightly more civilized and katniss and peeta were the only ones competing. I do have to say that the concepts aren't anything new. But, if you can set that aside, it's a really good book that I actually ended up loving. The setting is interesting, the characters are good, I like the concept that there's sort of a limited supply of magic, which is why the competition exists, and overall it brings something new that is worth reading.

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  • Why are you reading reviews when -

    - you could be reading this amazing book? Listen, this review is only my perspective, but this book was spellbinding. I gobbled it up in one sitting, and it left me as breathless as if I had just run a marathon. It reads like a poem, acts like a historical fiction/fantasy novel, but thinks like a thriller. Hard to believe it is Ms. Skye's debut novel. Don't read this book if you have a phobia of cliches, yes, but Ms. Skye breathes new life into them, reminding you of why they are cliches in the first place and just for a second believing she was the origin of said cliches. It has a pace familiar to any die-hard Hunger Games fan, though it's wit and manner gives a sense of deja-vu to a Potterverse, Red Queen, or Ranger's Apprentice reader, yet it has its own unique flavour, like "honeysuckle mixed with cinnamon" perhaps? (*wink, wink) If you wouldn't mind listening to music reminiscent of this incredible book, try the soundtrack of the musical Hamilton. Wouldn't you agree if you combined the emotions of the characters in Hamilton and compared them to the emotions of Nikolai and Vika they'd be pretty darn close? (I'm serious! Even better if they make a movie outta The Crown's Game and The Crown's Fate.) To conclude, READ THIS BOOK NOW. What are you waiting for?

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  • Absolutely amazing and bewitching!!.

    This is one of the best YA Fantasy books I have read in my life Epic worldbuilding, great characters, fantastic magic and heartfelt romance. I await the next book with bated breath.

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