2 Stars · 2015 · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Adult

Crystal Kingdom – Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis:

The kingdom she loves has turned against her. Can she save it before it’s too late?

Bryn Aven—unjustly charged with murder and treason—is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light…and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is under way—and when it’s over, nothing will ever be the same…


Review:

Beware: Unpopular review below. Please remember that this is just how I felt about the book. My feelings might not be the same as yours.

I am so glad that I am finally done with this disappointing series. The only reason that this book didn’t get a one star review is because I save that for books that I DNF. I don’t have many books that make that list, but this one almost did.

I wanted to like this series. I really did. I have heard amazing things about it, and I was ready to jump on the bandwagon, but that wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t like the writing style. Didn’t like the characters. Didn’t like the plot much either. I can’t think of a single thing that I enjoyed about this book.

“It was a circular room with rounded walls…”
Really? I didn’t know that a circular room would have round walls.

“He reared up on his back legs, braying loudly…”
Donkey’s or mules bray. Not horses…

I think the hardest part of this book was Bryn. I was hoping that after the last book she would mature in the last novel. Nope. She is still an annoying person. It seemed like everything had to be about her.

There was more time spent on Bryn’s inner turmoil and what was going on between her and Ridley then there was about the big finale. It felt glanced over. I would have loved to seen more of the fight from other character’s point of view.

I also found it odd that in this book Bryn goes to other troll kingdoms, and then we get a recap later on in the book. It was like we didn’t just read that a hundred or so pages ago.

So overall, didn’t l

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