The Ring & the Crown

The Ring and The Crown

Rating: 1 Star

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.

I will admit it: It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve read half of the Blue Bloods series. (I never finished it, because it became utter blah worthy.) Not that this has anything to do with that series, but I at least remember the first or so of the books in the Blue Bloods series as being somewhat okay. (Although, it was truly one of the first YA books I ever read, so who can say?)

But this? I was expecting an okay premise, one that I didn’t love (because I’m not a huge fan of historical/magical type of books unless it’s done very, very well, with exceptional world building), but I didn’t really expect to want to throw the book at the wall.

Truly, I didn’t.

But, alas, we cannot all get what we’d like, can we now?

First of all, can authors please understand that (at least I think so) most readers aren’t interesting in picking up a YA novel with too many POV’s to count, that turns into a historical drama with girls with bursting cleavage who throw themselves at anything and everything that seems to have a nice family fortune?

Truly, I’m not interesting in reading about . . . (hold on, I need to count) . . . four different girls whose only thought on their minds is finding a rich husband, but in the meanwhile, throw around their virtue like it’s a sack of beans. Honestly, I was pretty disgusted with the girls in this novel. All they care about is either finding a rich husband or falling in love (read: randomly) with the first handsome guy who looks their way. In a way, I felt this book could go so far as to be slut-shaming.

I understand that there was a prejudice about a girl remaining pure and virtuous for their husband (even when he was probably not and won’t be faithful even after the marriage is settled) during that time, and that it still goes on to this day to an extent, but why was it that all but one of the girls had already had sex more than once by seventeen? All of them seem to have done it so casually too . . . Did it really not occur to any of them that they didn’t have to let a guy take advantage of them, even if they were engaged to be married? They all just threw it around, and some of them I would go so far as being said they were raped. They sure didn’t seem willing to me.

I realize this happens, and I’m fine with it being in a book, but really? This much? Why were all the girls like that (besides the one)? Were they all so naïve to think that this was expected of them?

It just came across as very . . . undermining of girls, so to say. I wasn’t happy with how they were written, nor with their simple way with thinking about love and marriage.

And then there were the men.

Honestly, I didn’t like any of them. They were either the rich, spoiled type, or they were the stereotypical bad boy who was born into a rich family, but hated the responsibilities (or lack thereof) that came with being a noble.

In other words, they were boring.

For the other (maybe two of them) men in the book who were okay, they end up getting cast aside. It was ridiculous.

I honestly wouldn’t recommend with book. It lacked any sense of plot because so many characters are involved, making you want to draw a chart to keep track of who’s who, who’s engaged to who, who’s has sex with who, because Lord only knows. There are no real likable characters, and I found it a waste of time to read.

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