October 30, 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist.
Today, I have my review of the book as well as a tour-wide giveaway!

 THE OPAL CROWN (The Opal Mask #2)
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Find it: Amazon Barnes & Noble

Warning: The summary below contains spoilers if you have not yet read The Princess in the Opal Mask(Book 1)!
Book Summary:
The sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask.
In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames.
    But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, takes the Galandrian throne after their father's death, and he reveals the girls' deception to Kyrenica’s royal family. Viewed as traitors, Elara and Wilha realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country. However, with only one crown and one throne to overthrow, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, the next savior for their people.
FYI: My review is spoiler free...whether or not you have read the first book yet. : )
***My Review***
The Opal Crown was everything I could have asked for in a concluding sequel! I felt that everything was wrapped up nicely and there were no major plot points that were left unresolved. Although, Lundquist did leave us with a bit of a surprise at the very end. ; )
The main characters in The Opal Crown change quite a bit throughout the story. I felt as though while one girl was undergoing major growth in Book 1, the other girl had quite a bit to discover about herself and her journey in the sequel.
This book was a super quick read, though I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I just HAD to know what was going to happen next...how everything would turn out in the end.
The great world-building in The Princess in the Opal Mask continued on in The Opal Crown. Jenny Lundquist is a great fantasy writer. I loved this duology, and would really like to see her write more in this genre. I can easily see her becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors. 
 Though the plot is exciting and well-developed, it is definitely "lighter" than other books in the same vein. This is not a bad thing...more like testing the water in a pool and getting used to the temperature before jumping off the high dive. I love the HBO show Game of Thrones, but when I tried to read the book, it just felt soo slow and I just couldn't get into it! Jenny's writing is quick to pull you in, and I never had to go back and re-read pages to figure out what was happening or who a character was.
  I would recommend this duology to anyone who enjoys a book with romance, palace intrigue, mystery, solid character and world-building. I would definitely recommend this to anyone new to the fantasy genre.
My Rating:
4 STARS
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not compensated in any way. Any and all statements made in this review are my honest opinion.
About Jenny:
Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.
Giveaway Details:
(1)  Winner will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes &Noble Gift card and a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only.
(4) Winners will receive a set of THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN. US Only
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule
Week One:
10/20/2014- Tales of the MarvelousReview
10/21/2014- The Reading Nook ReviewsInterview
10/22/2014- A Dream Within A DreamReview
10/23/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
10/24/2014- The Paige-TurnerReview


Week Two:
10/27/2014- A Backwards Story- Interview
10/28/2014- Bibliophilia, PleaseReview
10/29/2014- Stories & Sweeties-Guest Post
10/30/2014- Jessabella ReadsReview

10/31/2014-  Me, My Shelf and I- Guest Post

21 comments:

  1. Good luck with your books I know it will do well because the little I read I like! Thank you for the giveaway too. :D

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  2. I hope.to someday be an author,.too! Hopefully I will be as talented as you!

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  3. I am a sucker for a good fantasy book with princesses and princes. They give me a good place to escape to. I heard good things about these books and am looking forward to checking them out

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  4. I just love a good fantasy with an amazing cover! I've wanted to start this duology since I first discovered The Opal Mask on Goodreads. It sounds awesome! Also, I think my whiney cat Buttercup would give the author's cat a run for her money. :)

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  5. This cover is solo gorgeous I can't even... <3

    I need to read this duo logy asap - let's see if the odds are in my favor xD

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win <333

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  6. I just traded for a copy of The Princess in the Opal Mask and can't wait for it to arrive! So glad the sequel's coming soon, I can't stand waiting. :)

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  7. love stories involving twins. great. Phyllis Lamken

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  8. I would love to win and read! Awesome giveaway!

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  9. How have I not heard about this series until now? Wishlisting!

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  10. I love the covers for this series!

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  11. I haven't heard of this series before but after your review, I'm super interested!

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  12. I am very interested in these books. I loved Jessabella Reads review. Since I have not read the first one I appreciate that there were no spoilers in it. Jenny did not need glasses with magic powers--she had them inside her. She can make a story come to life in some one else's mind. That is magical to me and I can't wait to experience the magic for myself.

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  13. This series sounds really good! High fantasy YA fiction has been growing on me as of late, and I have been trying to find some good book within that genre. The Opal Crown sounds so good and I need to start reading these books. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

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  14. I haven't started this series yet, but I know that I need to, especially with the second book releasing! My librarian read the first book and really liked it and recommended it to me so I think I'll enjoy it, it looks really good. I love both covers as well! :)

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  15. THIS BOOK! Yay this is a series that I'm DYING to read! Definitely looking forward to it and thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  16. I've been wanting to read the first book for so long! And the covers are so gorgeous!

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  17. I read the review and not the spoilerm looks great

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  18. What a generous giveaway! A friend recommended the book series to me, and I'm greatly anticipating reading the Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown. It's been on my TBR for a while now, and I'd love to read it!

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  19. Love the cover looks very nice book looks very good as well.

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  20. I have some students who would really enjoy this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Dede

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I truly appreciate each and every one of your comments!