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Crier’s War by Nina Varela | ARC Review

43453704Title: Crier’s War

Author: Nina Varela

Series: Crier’s War #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, LGBT+

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: October 1st, 2019

Pages: 448

My rating: img_1490


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After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

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“Justice was a god, and Ayla didn’t believe in such childish things. She believed in blood.”

To be honest, I was so excited to read this book. I’ve heard amazing things about Crier’s War war, and I’m always down for a good F/F romance, so I went with pretty high expectations into this one. And overall, I have to say that I absolutely fell in love with this book and cannot wait for the sequel to come out and pick it up, because after that ending I need more.

Though the plot of the book at first didn’t appear to be that complex to me, as I kept reading I became so invested in everything that was going on. I think it was a very easy book to get into and I had no problem whatsoever at picturing all the different elements and the different characters that were in it in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, The plot wasn’t that unique or complex, but the way was done took the story to another level and made it different in some type of way, which is something that I really appreciate it.

However, I think the strongest part in my opinion was the characters. They were absolutely fantastic and their arcs were so interesting and added a lot of ups and downs to the actual plot of the book, and not only that but that was everything that I wanted in this book and more and I’m so happy because I think this has become one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year.

It was told in two different point of views, and those sometimes I find that when there are two very strong characters telling a story one of the perspectives tends to be a little bit more interesting than the other and I gravitate towards that one instead of the other, it that wasn’t the case for Crier’s War. Crier and Ayla were both very strong individual characters with such intense personalities, but somehow they didn’t overpowered each other throughout the story, and they had such great dynamics and interactions that I think it was so interesting to read from both of her POV’s.

“Act only when the odds are on your side, Ayla. Gamble with bread and coins, not your life.”

Not only that, but I also think that the romance was so well done. Not only had one of my favorite tropes that I never will get tired of reading, but I think the way that romance was written was so realistic and smooth, and I adored seeing that relationship they were loved as the book kept progressing.

Something that I noticed while reading cry years war was that I was so immersed in the story that I wasn’t counting the pages until I was done with the book something that I noticed while reading Crier’s War was that I was so immersed in the story that I wasn’t counting the pages until I was done with it. It was such a fast pace book with a lot of action-packed scenes that I found so easy to delve into the book and get lost while reading it, and that is the thing that not always happens to me, especially now that I read a lot more than what I used to.

Overall, I think Crier’s War was such a fantastic debut, and it was full of really amazing characters that you can help but relate to, an amazing slow burning romance and also some fantastical elements that I really enjoyed seeing in a book and I cannot wait to know what was going to happen next and what these characters are going to be facing in the sequel.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.

“Love broke you. After all, it was love, wasn’t it, that had made Ayla weep for weeks after the death of her family, had made her curl up, unable to move. Love was what made you invite death, wish for it, crave it, just so that you could be freed from your own pain.”

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