Review: The Ring and The Crown

May •  21 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Ring and The CrownThe Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Historical/Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Another book that has been getting a lot of buzz, I decided to dive on in and check it out. The story is good, yet there are some parts that I did have problems with.

Plot/Multiple POV’s: I don’t mind point of view’s so long as they are within reason. This story has over 5 multiple point of views. That is a lot. When you have a story, that is constantly being switched from character to character in several different areas, it can get confusing fast. For the first part of the story I felt confused. It took me almost half-way through the book to get a good feel for the story. The overall plot of the story is good and gets even better towards the end.

The Ring/The Crown: I have to admit that the title had me interested. After getting through half-way the book I understood and could see how the  title fit. There are several plot twist within the story, especially towards the end and man, did it give me a rush. I think there is a lot at stake right now and I’m genuine interested in the second book.

Ending: This is the best part of the story. I promise that if you stick it through, it will get better…MUCH BETTER. The ending really pulls the entire story together creating much chaos/drama for the reader to enjoy.

This is an great book. My only issues os the constant pov switches but once you get a hang of the story, it seems to flow nicely from there. I’m excited to see where the story will go next. The Ring and The Crown is pretty good!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Mary @ BookSwarm
    May 21, 2014

    Five POVs is really pushing it. But at least it all comes together in the end.

  2. Jenny
    May 21, 2014

    Overall I like the sound of this one Savy, but I think I’ll struggle with the multiple POVs as you did. I definitely get confused or out of sorts when we bounce between too many characters, and 5 is a couple to many for me. I’m so glad it ended on a high note though!

  3. Not happy with the multi POV. Still, you enjoyed it so that is good. I have this on my tbr so I am now curious about it!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    May 23, 2014

    I agree that there are a lot of characters and subplots. But then it all starts to come together. I thought this one was really fun!

  5. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    May 23, 2014

    Have heard about the multiple POVs but am still excited to check it out. Glad you liked it, Savannah!

  6. Candace
    May 27, 2014

    I didn’t realize this one had so many POV’s. That might be an issue for me. I’m glad you like d it overall though cause I have it on my TBR pile.