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Gr 9 Up—In an alternate 20th century, the world is controlled by a united Franco-British Empire and backed by a Merlin. Aelwn Myrddyn, the beautiful and powerful daughter of Merlin, returns from exile to find that her childhood friend, Marie-Victoria, the sickly daughter of the Empire's Queen, will be engaged to Prussia's Prince Leopold in order to solidify a peace treaty. Isabelle of Orleans, royalty from the formerly independent France, is forced to break off her engagement to Leopold. Tragically, she had been raped by her guardian as a child and is continuously taken advantage of by Leopold. The royal engagement has made London's coming-of-age season all the more glamorous, and for Ronan Astor, a feisty New Yorker invited to attend, it means a chance to marry rich and save her family's decaying status. On her way to Europe, she meets Wolf, Leopold's younger brother. Wolf is a total flirt but, unlike his brother, has strong morals. Bestselling author de la Cruz expertly writes from five different perspectives, allowing readers to emotionally invest in the protagonists' lives. Her vivid descriptions are just enough to transport us into the world without bogging down the narrative. This character-driven novel has fabulous balls, glitzy gowns, and plenty of drama and plot twists, making it hard to put down. Unresolved issues hint at future books.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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It’s the season in London, and eligible bachelors and ladies alike are clamoring for the best parties in advance of the grand ball, where Marie, the intelligent but sickly heir to the English throne, and Leopold, the charismatic prince of Prussia, will formalize their politically necessary engagement. Marie, whose heart belongs to a lowly soldier of the realm, dreads the marriage. Meanwhile, Aelwyn, Marie’s childhood friend and the daughter of the kingdom’s sorcerer, has arrived at the palace after refining her powers in Avalon. Can Aelwyn help Marie escape her duty? De la Cruz sets the stage for a compelling romantic drama with potent political overtones for the majority of the book, but the last 50 pages careen through a series of clumsy reveals to a less-than-happily-ever-after ending, which would have been much more satisfying had it been drawn out in a second volume. That said, there is still much to like here, from the steamy romances and froufrou fashions to the empowering female characters standing up for what they deserve. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Hunter
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Product Details

  • Series: The Ring and the Crown
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423157427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423157427
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have a been a fan of Melissa de la Cruz for many years now. So when I found out that she had a new series coming out mixing fantasy, historical fiction and royalty I knew this was a book that I had to put on my TBR. I originally requested this title off of Netgalley was declined. I decided to try my luck and contact Disney - Hyperion to see if maybe the would send me a physical ARC. I was sure my request would be declined again. Then one day I got the glorious package in the mail that had a beautiful ARC of this book in it.

I have to admit that the first chapter really through me off and at first. I have an issue with difficult names and pronunciations and as the author the started building the fantasy elements of this story it took me a while to put the pieces together so I can follow along.

Many stories now a days are told in two perspectives. Some authors are even brave enough to adventure out to 3 POVs. This can be enjoyable if the author is able to do it correctly, but often it fails miserably. But in this book Melissa de la Cruz writes in 5 POVs and I felt she did it beautifully. All the characters were clearly developed with all of their thoughts, feeling and emotions expressed. Each character had their own chapter at first and after the first 5 chapters the characters were beautifully woven together and their stories and lives intertwined.

The first character is Aelwyn a sorceress who was sent away from court when she was younger when she almost set her best friend the Princess Marie on fire. As the Queen at 152 years old is starting to dwindle down Aelwyn is send back to court as in this world, every Royal is only as strong as the Sorcerer and Sorceress by their side.
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MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Marie-Victoria is heir to the Franco-British Empire and Aelwyn, bastard daughter of Merlin, have grown up in the castle together but once they reach an age where Marie must start to rule, Aelwyn, has decided to devote herself to the crown as a supplier of magic. Queen Eleanor, has ruled the Empire for over one hundred and now see her ends is near. With the help of her Merlin, she seeks to marry Marie for political gain to the crown prince of Prussia. Even as the two countries have been at war, the two girls have had long visits with Leopold and Wolfgang. Leo is promised to Isabelle, once the heir to the French throne while Wolf as the younger son is left to his own devices.

Just to make things interesting, Wolf meets Ronan Astor, a socialite from New York, whose family has fallen on hard times. She is on the move to make a match with a rich and titled man to save the family. The pair find instant chemistry and Ronan is just the one to take his heart. The magic is an underlying current through out the story which is set in an alternate history of what would have happened if the British had continued their dominance and they controlled all of the power by restricting the use of magic. With this historical background and a Game of Thrones feel, this is the start of a wonderful new series.

The story reads like a celebrity expose' and will keep you very entertained. I really didn't want to put it down when I started and the balance of dialogue, action and descriptive elements gave me everything I wanted in a fun read. There are plots and subplots galore with twists and turns you won't expect. I really can't wait to read what happens next since this one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Parents: This one is best for mature teens since there are mentions of sexual situations, violence and alcohol.
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De la Cruz weaves together historical time periods, historical figures, and fantasy in this enthraling debut to a new series. It is a must read for anyone who loved Frozen, and the Blue Bloods, as well as anyone who enjoys historical fiction and dystopia. Five stars for sure, this books will leave you dying while waiting for the next book to come out.
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Melissa De La Cruz is one of my favorite authors and I loved The Blue Blood Series and I loved Frozen but with The Ring and The Crown I was not invested as I would have liked to be. The historical aspect of the story was neat and learning about how things were back then compared to how things are now and even how things were in America compared to how things were in France and England. I really did like Wolf, Awelyn, Maria and Ronan's characters. I thought that they were the selfless and caring characters. Everyone else it was all about them especially Isabelle, however I did feel bad for her at the end. I liked how this book wasn't a happily ever after for the characters but they had closure and happy endings that helped them better their lives. It took me a while to read this and over all I found it slow moving and a little boring. But I did enjoy the end. If you like Melissa's others books you may like it.
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The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Book One of The Ring and the Crown series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.

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