Thank you to Edelweiss, Nina Varela, and HarperTeen for the chance to read and review this book! 🙂
Title: Crier’s War
Author: Nina Varela
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Published By: Harper Teen
Pages: 352 pages
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.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*
What can I say about this book guys? I absolutely adored this book. Honestly I think I’m still dealing with a book hangover from this book because I haven’t been able to pick up anything else since I finished this book!
Is it too early to beg for the sequel if the 1st book hasn’t even officially come out yet????
I am dead y’all. Dead. You want girls loving girls in an agonizing slow burn hate to love arc that will crush your soul? READ THIS BOOK.
The way that Nina Varela handles the themes in her book is just completely effortless, she is a masterful storyteller, not everyone can execute this type of a story effectively but Varela knocked it out of the park. This book is full of themes that can be difficult to handle properly – the unnecessary loss of loved ones, the cost of war, coming to terms with how things are not always as they appear to be, the consequences of clinging to hatred, and learning what it means to be human. Plus it’s gay as hell.
There is so much to love about this book. The tension! The plot! The masterful worldbuilding! What I loved most about the dynamics and relationship between our two main characters, Alya and Crier, is that while they were indeed slowly falling for each other and coming to terms with what that meant; they did not just forgive each other or forget what was currently happening or what happened in the past to bring them to this point. Not everything was all hearts and rainbows. Alya would still call out Crier out when necessary. I really empathized with Crier and I could understand her struggles about who she was and what her place in the world was. I have often felt like there was something wrong about me or different about me just like Crier felt like she was “made” incorrectly and/or was faulty. I’ve had my share of issues with feeling out of place, or different, or misunderstood. You are not going to want to miss this book!
I have to give a shoutout to Shri over at Sun and Chai because I feel like she summed up Crier’s War in the best possible way:
“Between gorgeous writing, numerous allusions to our current societal institutions and prejudices, and a heart wrenching love story amidst tumultuous politics, Crier’s War is The Cruel Prince for the gays (most notably removing the bad boy love interest out of the equation ay.)”
Her Review can be found here. 🙂