Thursday, August 13, 2015

*ARC* Crystal Kingdom - Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

Crystal Kingdom (The Kanin Chronicles #3)

By: Amanda Hocking

Published: August 4, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin

288 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC via publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Bryn must decide: follow her head or her heart. Thrown into a world of suspense and intrigue, Bryn now has to fight to clear her name. But she's not alone. With help from the Trylle - including Finn Holmes - she's on a quest to discover the truth.

With her life and her world on the line, will Bryn be able to risk it all?
This book is the culmination of the series and as such a BIG battle comes between the troll tribes, all led and manipulated by one villain who had a connection with someone I wasn't expecting. Bryn has been accused of treason and escapes from the Kanin dungeon with the help of Ridley to avoid execution and to give herself time to clear her name. She finds herself allied with Konstantin Black - another of the Kanin's most wanted. Just as she had begun to discover in the previous books, she realizes that all is not as it seems in her Kanin tribe.

All through the book I was more and more confused by Bryn and her connection with Konstantin. Am I the only one that felt their interactions were filled with a heavy dose of sexual tension and flirtation at times? Given her feelings for Ridley this seemed either out of place or not quite explored enough. Konstantin's continued use of the nickname, "White Rabbit", he has given Bryn, along with the way he would look at her, led me to believe his feelings toward Bryn were more than just friendship. And if I'm being honest, I was disappointed that their connection wasn't explored more. It was actually more interesting to me than her connection with Ridley.

I found the language in this last book to be much more mature than the other 2 books. I started highlighting words and there were (what I would consider to be) a lot of F bombs (for a YA book series).

This book had me tear up, and any book that is able to pull at my heart strings gets bumped up in rating. It was a satisfying end to the series for me.

Favorite Quotes:
"But you can't save everyone. You can only do as much as you can, and then you need to move on."

Vengeance never brings people happiness or peace.

"I'll always come back for you."

"I came back for you because you're my first thought in the morning. Because you push yourself to be better, and in the process, you push everyone else around you to be better. You make everything better."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4 stars

View my reviews of the first 2 Kanin books:
Book One, Frostfire
Book Two: Ice Kissed
Read an excerpt from book Three: Crystal Kingdom

About the Author:
Amanda Hocking is The New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and a lifelong Minnesotan. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she became the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.

Win a Paperback copy of Crystal Kingdom AND a $5 Amazon giftcard! Ends 8/21/15.
For full giveaway rules please go HERE.
This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada.
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  1. This series looks so good!! I've had the first book on my TBR list for a while, maybe it's time I start reading it!

  2. I like the book series. Thanks for the giveaway. the rafflecoppter messed up my email: caliwillette(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Great review! Much appreciated, and thanks for the chance for the giveaway : )


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