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Blood Crown by [Cross, Ali]
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  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
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  • Publisher: Novel Ninjutsu (February 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMGB8XM
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Ok, I tried twice with this and got to 80% before DNF'ing the rest. I tried. I really wanted to like this. I have to accept that it's just not my thing. I'm probably too old for the teen angst romance that really gets going about halfway through.

There is nothing wrong with the way this book is written. It's a good story. The author has talent. I would still recommend this. It's just not for me.

The premise of this book is awesome. We're on a space ship, and humans are dying off because the advanced androids they created have turned on them. For me, that sounds awesome.

The story switches very quickly every few pages between 3 POVs. There's Nicolai, a prince who rejects his title to help fight against the Mind - the elite androids who want to exterminate humans. Serantha, a princess who has spent her life hidden in a servant's kitchen. She has forgotten who she is, but is reawakened to her true identity when the Mind comes to her ship. And Archibald, Serantha's Servant android who was like a father to her and hasn't been a part of her life since she was a child. He hid her to protect her and left so the Mind couldn't get any information about her.

I liked Nicolai and Archibald. I liked Serantha until she finally meets Nicolai and we get the same old YA romance angst. Typical female protagonist YA stuff. "He's selfish, he only thinks of himself, we might be destined for each other, but I can't trust him. I have to take everything he says personally in a negative way."

I'm just really tired of this kind of thing. Is there no other way for young women to be in this genre?!

If you like sci-fi and you don't mind YA romance angst, you'll probably really like this, though.

*As always, thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this. Even though this wasn't for me, I always appreciate having a chance to try out new books.
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I am a big fan of set-in-space fiction, like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and THESE BROKEN STARS. I'm happy to say that BLOOD CROWN fits right in with these titles with its fabulous world-building and dangerous objectives. The characters are likeable and well-developed, making BLOOD CROWN a satisfying read from beginning to end.
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The novel was an amazing read and the characters were so various and complex. I loved the story line as well and both major and minor characters played their parts beautifully. A wonderful example of writing quality fiction.
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(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

This book throws you directly into the action, with little info dumping in the beginning: we learn information as the plot goes, and this is a method I tend to like. I found it easy enough to understand the premise of the story (the hope of enhanced humanity through nano-technology, the androids rebelling against their creators and taking control...). And the mastermind behind the android faction was devious enough to my liking. A little on the boasting side, yet with a tendency to keep a contingency plan on the side, and screw with the heroes' minds a little more every time. I like that.

However, there were a lot of things I didn't quite know what to make of, and those contributed to make me consider "Blood Crown" as a little sub-average, when I would've wanted to enjoy it more (from the blurb, I really hoped I would).

First, there were three points of view, but I felt that only Sera's was really useful. Nicolai's tended to rehash things the reader has already learnt, only with his opinion about it. Not completely uninteresting, but clearly unneeded. Archibald's... Well, the way he saw Sera was sweet, and highlighted the possibility of feelings within machines, the "can an artificial intelligence be like a human or only copy it"; unfortunately, his scenes were often pretty short, made of waiting for events to happen, and not really useful either. Too bad; his presence could've been made better.

Sometimes, the characters' actions were also hard to understand. Both Nic and Sera tended to jump into situations without thinking them through, not always because they lacked time, but because... I don't know?
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I have been a fan of Ali Cross since long before I started blogging. There is just something about her writing that I love and her ability to make me love her characters is amazing. Blood Crown is not something that I would normally dive into with such excitement. I am on an average day hesitant to pick up any book that is sci-fi and though I have enjoyed some in the past, it still makes me nervous. Knowing Ali Cross wrote this took a measure of that fear away and within the first couple of chapters, the fear was gone. Blood Crown was like nothing I have read before and I quickly became eager to finish it and find out what happens.

The pacing with this one was amazing. There was not a single plateau in the book and I easily cruised from start to finish. It's like the movie that has you on the edge of your seat waiting for what is going to happen next. There is just so much to love, honestly. The fact that they are in space does not take away from the vividness of the scenes. Cross created something unique in the ships and in Sera, that gives everything something more, something that will help you grasp some things a little clearer. In the end I wished that I could live on the ship with them because it was seriously amazing and I was envious of their room and bed!! I was also amazed at how well the multiple point of views blended and gave just enough information, keeping everyone tied together and the story in the right direction.

Sera was really something else. She was honest above all else and though I don't believe that everyone will see it that way, it is the way I see her. She had moments that she thought of doing what was best for her instead of everyone, and who wouldn't when you are treated as she had always been.
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