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ARC Review: Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman


In a kingdom where the ruling and lower classes live and die apart by law, a noblewoman and a commoner make a fatal mistake: they fall in love.

Kaelyn, a young noblewoman, feels smothered under the harsh constraints of the Decens-Lenitas, the legal and moral code that governs the people of the Geniverd Kingdom. When she meets Roki, a handsome young man from the city with knowledge and aspirations beyond his status, Kaelyn realizes she’s not the only person trapped. She starts to question everything she thought she knew, including about the Gurnots, a group of rebels set on overthrowing the laws—people who the nobles have labeled as terrorists. When her parents find out that she’s spending more time with a lowborn citizen, they forbid her to meet Roki ever again. He’s common. She could be queen. Kaelyn tries to move on. Her future as a potential leader depends on it. But she can’t forget Roki, or the ominous signs his lessons now make clear: the death of an obedient follower of Decens-Lenitas, the unrest that follows … and the whispers of conspiracy.

With the lives of all free people at stake, Kaelyn must uncover the truth—even if she risks her heart at every turn.


The cover and the synopsis of Crown of Crowns completely drew me in and promised so much potential.  While the overall premise of the story and the plot is original, unfortunately I had real issues with the execution and we didn’t quite see eye to eye.

The writing style feels stilted and immature and the sentences are badly constructed.  The author has endeavoured to pack as many fantasy elements as possible into one book and it all felt a bit messy and the plot rushed.  There is very little world building, the world isn’t explained in enough depth and a lot of the aspects of this world remain unexplained.  The characters felt flat and I didn’t feel connected to any one of them and the romance is sadly lacking in chemistry.

I’m disappointing as this book showed so much promise.  I’m really struggling to say anything positive because I would dearly love to end on a more positive note. It is clear the author has spent time and effort formulating the world and the plot, sadly it needs a lot more work in terms of character development, world building and attention to detail.  The concept is certainly unique and I haven’t read anything like it before.  As an adult who enjoys YA fantasy I’m quite critical because I have read a lot of books in this genre and most are beautifully written. It may be that my younger self would have really enjoyed it so much more and therefore it is quite likely to appeal to younger YA readers in need of a quick and easy read.  

Publisher:  Independent
Publication Date:  11 August 2020
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ 2 stars

Thank you to the author and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book.  

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