Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking

Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Netgalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.
Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?
As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

Right off the bat, I wanna admit that I had no idea this was part of a trilogy when I requested it from NetGalley. I just saw Hocking's name and clicked it immediately.
In my defense, there was no mention of previous books in the description, so I just assumed this was the start of a new series.
And you know what happens when you ASS-U-ME something.
You end up with marshmallow fluff, hardening at an unbelievably rapid rate, all over the inside of your microwave. Amirite?!

What? Was there another analogy or something?
My point is, I went into this with a lot of missing backstory. A. Lot.
But I will give Hocking credit, I felt like she did a great job recapping the other stories, and I didn't feel as lost as I could have. By the end, I think I had a pretty good grasp on the overall plot of the other two books!

The problem was, I didn't care much for the actual plot.
It wasn't bad, just middle of the road. But, by the end, I just wanted to be finished with the book, so I could tick it off my to-do list.
Again, this could quite possibly be because I wasn't fully invested in the outcome of these characters, due to not having read the first two of books. And I haven't read her Trylle trilogy, either. Some of the characters from those books appear in this one, since this (appears to be) a spin-off from that world. I said that to say this, fans of those books may find this one to be much more interesting than I did.

So, there's a Troll world living within our world. And they're split into several different kingdoms.
Bryn is a high-ranking tracker from one of them, but because of events that have transpired in the other books, she's been framed for treason & murder, which has landed her on the kingdom's Most Wanted list.
In order to save her friends, family, and true love, she'll need to find out who is really responsible for the conspiracy. She teams up with unlikely allies, forms unlikely friendships, uncovers secrets, and tries to save the day.

Having not read the other books, I don't feel right rating this lower than 3 stars, but I'm not going out of my way to recommend this one to anyone, either.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

You know, I haven't read any of her books. This does sounds like a good one, that I'll have to go to the first book though. ;)

Anne Hannah said...

Let me know how you like them!

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