The Coronation (The Tales of Tarsurella Book 1) Kindle Edition
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One of my favorite aspects of this novel was the character development. I quickly fell in love with many of the characters (namely Prince Addison, Vanessa, and Princess Millie) based on their unique and separate personalities. I love how there were a variety of personality types represented among the characters. The development of each character throughout the story was strong as well. They each learn valuable lessons of faith and trust that build them up and encouraged me as the reader.
Along with this, I was also able to relate with many of the characters. Many of their personalities and interests line up with my own. This made the story all the more fun to read! I relate to Princes Chasity and David in that I am a major book nerd (The castle library description literally made me quite giddy). I relate to Millie in her love for chocolate and sense of adventure. Being the oldest of my siblings, I related to Prince Addison (the oldest sibling) in the sense of desiring to carry a humble heart and display strong leadership for those younger than me. And I think Vanessa and I would be great friends due to a similar heart for helping the widows and orphans of this world. We also have a similar style, comfy and casual. 🙂
Another element of this novel that I admire is the incorporation of God into the dialogue and storyline. This is a rare thing to come across in literature these days and was refreshing. Livy wrote lessons into the story that not only encouraged the characters, but touched my heart as well. One of my favorite passages from the first few chapters is from a conversation between the King and soon-to-be-King, Prince Addison. The King is offering wise words of experience for the future King of Tarsurella.
“‘Son, you should take pride in your low position. To be a king is not to be the first, but to be the last. For someday you shall have to answer to God as to how you led these people’… Only God can give you the strength to be king, Addison. Only God.”
I may not be a future King, but I really resonated with this encouragement to remain humble in serving others and to rely on God for strength.
This is a great novel for those that love a good fairytale. It's the book for those fans of books like 'The Selection' or the Bible. :) I totally recommend it!
For me personally, I have only a couple that I want to see for my next favorite story.
I NEED to have solid, interesting, and relatable characters. I don’t want them to be perfect. I want to see their flaws, and what makes them human. I want to read through their development process. :-)
I LOVE seeing deep and personal breakthroughs in a plotline. I don’t mean dramatic and unrealistic. I mean raw and real! I love experiencing a character’s realization about God’s love for them, how much they need grace, etc.
Lastly, it’s an absolute must for the content to be appropriate. I want to be filling my mind with things that are pleasing to the Lord and won’t have a negative influence on my emotions!
Philippians 4:8- “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise-dwell on these things.”
Sad thing is, there’s not an overabundance of authors who create their stories like that! It’s hard to find unique and clean books that will grow me; so you can imagine my reader delight when Livy Jarmusch starting writing fiction!!! First came the Regal Hearts series of “episode-like” stories. Read my review here.
BUT NOW SHE CAME OUT WITH ANOTHER BOOK!!!!
This is my favorite so far……
I am so pleasantly surprised by this book! Livy sent me a final(ish) draft and I quickly fell in love with everything about it. Combine royalty, comedy, Christianity and suspense all in one plot-and you’ve got something edge-of-your-seat amazing!!!!
My favorite characters so far (even though they change with every few chapters or so….oops.) is probably Princess Chasity and Vanessa!!! And also maybe Prince Addison….And the King….Anyway… ^_^
So, what are you reading this summer break? You should totally check out The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch, coming out in paperback on July 6th! :D
There were very few downsides for me as I enjoyed it quite thoroughly all the way through. However the main antagonist that was very mean to one of the Princesses reminded me very much of a terrorist group today and that took me away from the story. It felt a bit unrealistic in a way. At times the characters were talking about what they had learned to do with a Christian message and while I defeintley think this was good it did sometimes feel a bit long.
However overall I loved this book and look forward to seeing what Livy does with the next book in the series.