January 4, 2016

4 Star Review: The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist #4Star #bookreview @Jenny_Lundquist #giveaway

Title: The Opal Crown (The Opal Mask #2)
Author: Jenny Lundquist
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: October 28th 2014
Purchase: Amazon
Action, romance, sibling rivalry and court intrigue combine for a page-turning read in this sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask, which VOYA called “engaging and action-packed.”

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.

The Opal Crown definitely lives up to it's prequel, The Princess in the Opal Mask. It was filled with conclusions, some immaturity, romance and finality. While many hope for the series to continue, for me, it was the conclusion that I had hoped for and sought after. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. Elara and Wilha both are trying to become Queen of Galandria, jointly. They return to Galndria as traitors. Elara goes into hiding, while Wilha returns to the castle to sit alongside her brother, Andrei. What they don't realize is that old enemies are made known and "guiding" Andrei on ruling the kingdom behind the throne. But things start to go terribly wrong for all those involved, and people start to reveal their true selves. 

I really didn't want this story to end, but when the conclusion came, I was very happy with it and thought that this ended on a really great note. I highly recommend this series.

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 cafĂ© in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.

Find Jenny: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Prize pack includes:
(1) Paperback of The Princess in the Opal Mask
(1) Paperback of The Opal Crown
(1) Masquerade Mask
(1) Masquerade Charm
(2) Signed bookmarks

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bookbunny68 said...

I don't think so. I'm too OCDish to leave my life behind unfinished.

Linda Romer said...

Probably not, even when your a twin you have your own differences. Thank you ♡

Emma A. said...

I always wished I had a twin to do just that! I would have loved swapping with my twin to drive people nuts. I think I would have actually preferred a male twin to an identical twin, but it would have been great!

Alisha S. said...

lol probably not. I don't think I would be that great of an actor to keep it up.

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