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Monday, March 24, 2014

Giveaway Review THE RING AND THE CROWN by MELISSA de la CRUZ @MelissadelaCruz @DisneyHyperion #ringandthecrown



Book Description

 April 1, 2014


Magic is power, and power is magic... Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures. Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire. As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d'Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth. But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family's position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires. Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn't even want Leopold—she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry. When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.


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About the Author 


Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.



SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Marie-Victoria is heir to the Franco-British Empire and Aelwyn, bastard daughter of Merlin, have grown up in the castle together but once they reach an age where Marie must start to rule, Aelwyn, has decided to devote herself to the crown as a supplier of magic.  Queen Eleanor, has ruled the Empire for over one hundred and now see her ends is near.  With the help of her Merlin, she seeks to marry Marie for political gain to the crown prince of Prussia. Even as the two countries have been at war, the two girls have had long visits with Leopold and Wolfgang. Leo is promised to Isabelle, once the heir to the French throne while Wolf as the younger son is left to his own devices.  


Just to make things interesting, Wolf meets Ronan Astor, a socialite from New York, whose family has fallen on hard times.  She is on the move to make a match with a rich and titled man to save the family. The pair find instant chemistry and Ronan is just the one to take his heart.  The magic is an underlying current through out the story which is set in an alternate history of what would have happened if the British had continued their dominance and they controlled all of the power by restricting the use of magic.  With this historical background and a Game of Thrones feel, this is the start of a wonderful new series.  


The story reads like a celebrity expose' and will keep you very entertained.   I really didn't want to put it down when I started and the balance of dialogue, action and descriptive elements gave me everything I wanted in a fun read.  There are plots and subplots galore with twists and turns you won't expect.   I really can't wait to read what happens next since this one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Parents:  This one is best for mature teens since there are mentions of sexual situations, violence and alcohol.




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52 comments:

  1. Mind control. I could get my kids out of bed in the morning without a fight and make them cook dinner so I don't have to.

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    1. LOL -- SG - I could never get mine to cook, so I settled for laundry.

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  2. I have always wanted to fly.

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    1. Me too! Especially if I could take Schatze with me.

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  3. I would love to not have to sleep. Imagine everything you could accomplish if a third of your life wasn't spend in a weird comma-like state.

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    1. Lol, that is too true Dena!!!

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  4. I would definitely not ever want to know the future--too depressing! No flying either because I'd probably get dizzy, lol. So I would probably want a healing power.

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  5. I'd want to be able to TIME TRAVEL!

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  6. I'd want to be able to bend/manipulate the elements.

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  7. I would like to be able to read people's mind, but I would want to be able to control whose minds I read. Because there are some people that I really wouldn't want to know what they were thinking :)!!! But it would be cool to know what some people thought of you.

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  8. Yup... I'd also go with mind control :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'm half way through and loving it. I think it's only going to get more interesting, if what I think happens is going to happen....Didn't read your review in detail, but I gathered you loved it. Beautiful cover, too. Thanks!

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  10. Is flying a magical power? If it is then that's the one for me. Thanks.

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  11. only one, how about being able to make peace where ever you go

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  12. I'm not quite sure how to phrase it, but... if I could somehow keep people from committing crimes, that is what I'd want!! I can't really imagine a negative side to this one (unlike, say, wishing you could bring back people who've died and then you end up with the zombocalypse) -- right?? However, if that were not possible, I totally dig SG's mind control idea!! ;-)

    Thanks for the chance to win this book, Mary... I want this SOOOO BADLY!!! Historical fiction and fantasy are my two favorite genres - they have been all my life - so books like this are manna from heaven to me!! And I'm doubly excited to read it now knowing how much you loved it!

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  13. Oh that's hard!
    I'm in between mind reading and teleporting C:

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  14. If I could have a magical ability it would be teleportation or invisibility. Either would make it possible for me to sneak out of the house easily :D

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  15. Slow time down so I can have time tonight to read The Edge of falling , play on computer and study/finish pharmacology homework.

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  16. To know exactly how others are feeling.

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  17. Usually I would say I want the ability to become invisible but after watching Frozen I kind of want cryokinectic powers like Elsa. :D

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  18. I think I'd want the power of materialization, which is to make whatever I want materialize before me. That would be VERY useful.

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  19. Invisibility. I would love to be able to turn invisible.

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  20. I'd love to be able to move things with my mind. That would be so awesome!

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  21. I would like the ability to heal.

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  22. I would love either mind reading or teleporting but I lean more toward teleporting only because I am horrible with directions and it would make things so easy for me XD.

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  23. Basic magical abilities, like making things appear and disappear when needed. Or, just to have the dishwasher be magic, so that it would empty itself. :)

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  24. Control of time...that sounds great since I never seem to have enough of it.

    This book sounds intriguing. So much going on. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  25. I think I would like to heal or soothe minds. Having both physical ailments and mental illness, I would love to do both.

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  26. Definitely to fly without any side effects. I've always wanted to do that. :D

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  27. Such a hard question!
    Probably though I'd choose to be able to stop time (and not grow older when time is stopped) so I can read and sleep as much as I want. :D

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  28. Telekinesis. Sometimes I just don't feel like putting down my book to go do chores. lol

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  29. Teleport. It would come in handy and awesome to go anywhere I would want.

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  30. If I could have any magical powers I think I would like to read minds! That would be so awesome! Thank you!
    -Cindy C.

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  31. I've always wanted to have the power of telekinesis so that I could have my entire house clean in a flash :).

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  32. My power would be flying or mind reading.

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  33. Telekenesis would be pretty great! That or invisibility.

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  34. At this moment, I'd love to have the teleportation ability. That way, I could teleport to WA, whenever I wanted to see my honey.

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  35. (This is Darith L)

    Teleportation! I think that's pretty magical! :D

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  36. The power to heal.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. For my magical power, I'd choose transvection (which is a $5 word for "flying") ... what a wondrous ability that would be!

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  38. I would want to read peoples minds

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  39. I would love to have telekinesis!
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  40. Invisibility! Who wouldn't want to just disappear from time to time?! :)

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  41. The power to make other living creatures avoid me at my will. No dogs on my lawn! People who block my path driving would have the urge to pull over and let me pass! No obnoxious parents yelling at me at parent-teacher conferences; the awful ones would leave! Yes!!!

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  42. Teleportation would be pretty awesome

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  43. Teleportation would be pretty awesome

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  44. I always say teleportation when asked this question. I sometimes hate the time it takes to get to places. And people on the roads can be dangerous. :)

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  45. I would love the power of influence over the mind so I could control anyone I wanted. who says im not a control freak lol
    Brittany

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  46. Telekinesis would come in handy!

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  47. i think i would choose the power to be invisible whenever i wanted

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