Aug 23 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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Crown of Coral and Pearl

by Mara Rutherford
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: August 27th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

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Favorite Quotes

Our history was woven into our childhoods like sea silk threads, so fine, it was hard to tell where one stopped and another started.

Because if I were prettier, it meant she was uglier, and a compliment at my sister’s expense was no compliment at all.

He may have my heart but you, my dear, beautiful Nor, are the twin of my soul.

Mother had given us one gift, at least, that no amount of time or distance could erase: each other.


About the Author

Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019.

Review of Crown of Coral and Pearl

Review (5 Stars):  I fell in love with this beautiful story about these two amazing young women.  Nor and Zadie are twins but due to a childhood accident, Nor has a scar on her cheek that prevents her from being in the running to marry a prince.  When the chosen day comes, her sister, Zadie, is chosen but doesn’t want to go because she has fallen in love with a local boy.  Nor goes in her place and finds that life in the castle isn’t exactly as she dreamed it would be.

I absolutely loved this book because I instantly connected with Nor as she wanted to do more in life than stay in her little town.  Her relationship with her sister, Zadie, was amazing and inspiring and I could see why they would do anything for each other.  Nor was a strong, brave, young woman and you will get swept away with this amazing story.  The only thing for me was that I didn’t want it to end.


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