The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye
ay 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I…. I barely know what to say right now… so here goes ~ a mess of words and emotions. Don’t worry, this is spoiler free.
First of all, the elephant in the room. The plot of this book is nearly IDENTICAL to the Night Circus. Maybe I should rant about that but you know what.. I didn’t really care? I love both books so I didn’t mind the nostalgia. There are parts I liked more about each of the books- but I just found myself savoring this book to pieces regardless. Plus, this one is going to be a trilogy – so I see the series spinning off drastically from where the Night Circus ended.
Okay, now that is out of the way…
HOLY WOW. I just need to point out all the reasons I loved this book.
Magic Russia will never ever get old. Never. (BRB going to watch Anastasia now…) And not only is the magic system here lush, it is completely unique and imaginative.
The Writing + Pacing
This is is where I see the most complaints. But honestly, I just savored it. I’m glad it wasn’t too fast paced. But yes, this is a slower book… so don’t go into it expecting otherwise. The writing itself was every bit as beautiful as The Night Circus – the prose, descriptions.. everything!
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
I think I can safely say that each character will tug at your heartstrings (though Nikolai was my favorite for obvious reasons.. gentle, sly, and TOPHAT.) Just enjoy discovering each one… I’d rather not give any further hints.
As it was in the The Night Circus, the game aspect of the plot was just heartbreaking. It was a bit more vicious in this book… more intense and emotional. Yes, there was a “bit” of insta-love, but it was not handled the way a YA book typically handles it. There was much more of a connection than just attraction even though some things seemed to escalate quickly. I had no complaints in that department. Overall, I was completely swept away in the entirety of this story.
Someone help me because I am a WRECK. No, I am not OK. Will I be? That rests in your hands, Evelyn Skye. Please save us all. I literally beg you. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THIS WORLD.
For real though I need some serious comfort food right now…