Book Review For:
The Coronation (The Tales of Tarsurella, #1)
By: Livy Jarmusch
My Rating: 3 stars
First I want to give a special thanks to the author, Livy, for giving me a free copy in exchange for a honest review. And just a disclaimer, but the author did not pay me for the review and all the thoughts here are my own honest opinion.
This book was good. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. But I did really enjoyed it.
The story then changes to a POV of a man name Hanson, who is not one of the "Royals". This wouldn't have been a problem, but before the story even began, we were given interviews of the "Royals". So I was kind of expecting the story to begin with one of them. Though all put aside, I love the character Hanson, so it didn't matter too much that I was given the unexpected.
Then in the next chapter the scene changes to one of the "Royals" named Addison the prince, who is going to become the next king. This worked great for me. As just as the title suggested, it's going to be about a Coronation, so it makes sense to have the POV of Addison.
So later we get to Princess Chasity's POV, and this is about where I started to notice the "head hopping". We constantly head hop without warning from Chasity's POV to Hanson's POV.
So this is my biggest issue with the story: "who's telling the story?". Because at times it is almost like the story is being told from outside source, to Hanson's, to Chasity's, to Addison's, to the King's, to Bridget's, to Hope's, to Jillian's, to the cook's, then back to Chasity's, and then to Millie's. Usually the head hopping would only occur to the people whom was in that room at the time of the original POV entering.
Don't get me wrong I love a large cast of characters, and when an author can pull it off without confusing me, I love it even more. I just thought that this book had a lot of characters which made it difficult to keep track of them. Furthermore, I thought it embarrassing when I was reading a definite male perspective then all the sudden changing to a definite female perspective when I still think I'm reading from the male's perspective. The head hopping also had me rereading paragraphs all the time to make sure I knew which character POV I was in.
Head hopping put aside, let's talk about what I really did love about the writing.
The descriptions. I mean you read this book and you know Livy did some research about castles and the life in a castle (or she has a great imagination, though I think she definitely has and done a little bit of both). I felt like I was there, walking the palace halls with the characters, or in the Queen's garden. Or the library (Beauty and the Beast vibes anyone?). The place is just so pretty. And who wouldn't want to live there? (Especially the library, because let's face it, I am too much like my favorite character Chasity. =))
And reading about the country of Tarurella you think that it might be a real place.... Wait.... Is it a real place?.... Checking.... Be right back.... Okay, so it is a fictional place. But the way it is written, it feels like I could go and get a plane ticket and go there today. (And that is a good thing, I love books that can make a invented place feels so real.)
Livy can also write with a sense of humor. I can remember laughing out loud at some of the guards (or one guard in particular. (Yes I am talking about Lance)) his antics and over protectiveness and taking his job very seriously. There was other things that made me laugh as well, in a good way. But that guard..... :,D He made my day.
I love how the royal siblings treated each other as a family (well, some of them anyway) and how they gave each other moral support when they needed it. I also loved how they tried to understand one another instead of being bitter.
One of the biggest issues I have with the characters though, is that some of them I didn't think responded how they should have in real life with some of the events they faced.
First off we have Addison, because he is what the book is about. He is the firstborn prince and is about to be crowned king in just a few days.
Bridget.... The second born. She is a princess who just wants to be a normal teen. And of all of the characters, I think that Bridget had the best character development to how she responded to the events around her. Now this is not saying that I thought she was always right of how she responded (actually there was some times she really annoyed me), but it was the emotional level she had that just felt really real.
Chasity, the third Princess and my favorite character! Okay, what's not to love? She is an introvert, she loves books, she doesn't mind getting on a wild horse, and I love her attitude! I didn't understand one thing about her, but Chasity? She was cool.
Hope, the fourth born. I had some problems of her at first, but then I was like..... Girl how are you are even doing this???
Asher..... The fifth born. No I didn't like this character, and he also wasn't around much, which was okay.
Jillian, the sixth born. I loved her, because I love her guard.
Millie, the seventh little princess. She was just so adventurous and kind.
Willie, the eighth born. We usually saw him around Millie, but we never really got to spend a lot of time with him. Mostly because he was so young.
There was also many, many other characters, like Hanson, Lance, the secretary, the cook, the pop stars, and so many more. And these characters also played major roles in this book as well.
The book though is very slow pace, but fun to read as well (did that just make sense?). First off, because of the large cast of characters we spend time with each one of the them (except like Asher and Willie). We are also given tons a back story of the Royals. Actually some of it might even be considered as "information dumps", as most of it was just told to us, instead of showing us in little sequences.
The book at first is more like a day-to-day life with the Royals of Tarsurella. I mean yes, they are preparing for the Coronation. But it also reads like a diary, in a way.
Most of the time characters in this book seem to have the perfect and very sheltered life. Any of the Royals could literally just ring a bell and get anything they wanted, and some of the fun events that happens goes overboard with the activities, entertainment, and even food. Maybe some royals live this way, though at times I just thought it was a little obsessive.
It wasn't until like page 220 when something really bad happened. Now there were some threats and other things that were going on earlier in the book. But no one ever acted on the threats, and it didn't affected enough of the main characters to really have you on the edge of your seat throughout the book.
But when I did get to around page 220 I was surprised by the unexpected plot twist that I was flipping through the pages to find out what was happening and how and if the characters were going to be okay. (This is by the way, is a very positive thing. I love plot twists and I love how when I got to this point I was desperately wanting to know what going to happen next.)
The Biblical Points in the Book:
- Knowing what God wants you to do in your life.
- Waiting and knowing who God wants you to spend the rest of your life with (romance wise).
- Forgiving others for the things they did to us (and we are not just talking about little things here).
Content In Book:
- Mentions of someone trying to force a kiss.
- A little bit of violence, (none of it was very detailed).
- Mentions of a man threatening to undress a girl (nothing happens).
Here is a Overview of My Review:
What I Liked:
- The character interviews at the beginning of the book.
- The writing (only some of the writing style).
- The fact that is a very fluffy and clean read.
- Some of the characters. (Chasity and Lance anyone?).
- The descriptions.
- The country of Tarsurella.
- The library (or should I say my dream library?).
- The parts that made me laugh.
- The plot twist.
- The Biblical points.
- The way the royal siblings treated each other.
- The cover!
What I Didn't Like:
- Not starting the book with a royal POV.
- The head hopping.
- The very large cast of characters with everyone getting a POV.
- The feeling that some of the characters lacked some emotions.
- Sometimes the slow pace, sometimes I just wanted something to happen.
- The feeling that everything was almost too perfect at times, that at the ring of a bell you could have anything you want.
- The feeling that they are too sheltered.
- The information dumps.
- The day-to-day life. (I just felt like the book kept getting off track from the overall plot).
Will I Continue With The Other Books In The Series:
So will I read book two? I am thinking that I might pick it up after it is released. Even though I had some problems with this book (to tell you the truth, I always have at least one problem with every book I read, even my five star rated one's), I was overall please with the story. Plus there was some loose ends that hasn't been tied at the end of the story that I am very curious to find how everything is going to work out.
Who I Would Recommend The Book To:
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