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Crown of Coral and Pearl

Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine.

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that's ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince - while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land. 

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor's dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home - a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren's brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen...and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave. 

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia, and Zadie.

©2019 Mara Rutherford (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Enjoyable but not perfect

The story was interesting and I was curious enough to finish the book but I will not being reading the sequel if there is one. The character all fell a little flat and the plot was a tiny bit predictable. It was a relief to finish so I could move on to put it simply.

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Loved it

This story was so much better than I had expected it to be. It was well written and the performance was pretty good as well. However the ending left a lot of questions and made the story feeling unfinished.

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Pleasant surprise

One of the better and smarter works I’ve come across in this genre. Strong character development and impressive writing overall. Love the subtle and not so subtle moral complexities to this world and to these protagonists/antagonists. Would have liked a more drawn out end, maybe even an epilogue. It felt rushed, but I suspect there will be a sequel, given that it seems to be the norm in YA fantasy.

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Loved it!

What a great adventure!
Can’t wait for the second to come out in October 2020....

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Woah

At first I didn’t know what to think about this book. Then I was wondering if this was going to follow all the other troupes out there but I was so happy to find out that it is unique and wholesome and simply breathtaking in its ability to be the same yet different.
I hope there is going to be a second book because I wasn’t quite happy with the ending, as it left too many questions and no answers. I would totally get the next book!

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A Wholesome Cinderella story

The thing I loved most about this book was the love between the two sisters. Despite how far apart they were (physically), Nor always drew strength and courage from her sister and always remained true and loyal. Nor was also a kick-a** heroine - she wasn’t afraid to do what was right. I also really liked the plot twist at the end.

My only complaint is that it would have been nice to listen to Zandie’s point of view while living at home without Nor. While reading/listening, I always wondered how Zandie was being treated.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who’d like a less gruesome/bloody and sexual version of game of thrones with a Cinderella twist (I got major GOT vibes while reading/listening to this book) revolving around a strong female character that has a refreshing and wholesome relationship with her twin sister.

I can’t wait for the next book (if there is one!!!)!

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Beautiful

Beautiful. This is a book about sisterhood, family and love, with a touch of fantasy. The narrator was perfect as well. I felt everything keenly.

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AMAZING

This was the first audiobook I’ve ever listen to, and I could not have picked a better one!!!!

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Loved every bit of it!

Great story, well written, strong female characters, and action and romance. My only complaint is that the end wrapped up really fast and felt unfinished. hopefully that means there will be a book 2 :)

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Beautifully Written with an awesome narrator!

I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the story! It is beautifully written and the narrator brings the story to LIFE!!! Mara did an amazing job with this book!

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  • 10-13-19

Beautiful and Amazing

What can I say about this beautiful story other than I loved every second.

The writing gripped me and took me into the world of sea, pearls and castles, while emotionally attaching me to Nor. The way the author describes everything made my mind picture it as if I was there myself; making the story almost real to me.

I became so emotionally attached to the story I was giving the book evils everything a certain (I wish dead in the most gruesome way possible) villain was mentioned. Damn did I want him to dead in agony!

I cried, I laughed and I loved every page. If the blurb intrigues you I would recommend this book a hundred times over. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out so I can dive into this world all over again.

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  • Crumble
  • 09-15-19

Full of suspense

I couldn’t stop listening to this! I’m not sure how to describe it.. fantasy with beautifully written scenery so vivid you could feel yourself there! And a very unique story centered around the sea/lakes and water. I loved the descriptions of society and the different way of life they had. There are lots of dark twists and turns as well and wonderful characters and a lovely romance. Looking forward to the next book 💛

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-19

Just ok

The initial world building was pretty interesting but the characters and plot didn't live up to it unfortunately. It was a struggle to pay attention by the last couple of hours.