Friday, November 4, 2016

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game
(The Crown's Game #1)
Evelyn Skye
YA Fantasy
Paperback, 416 pages
17th May 2016 by Balzer+ Bray

Goodreads Rating: 3.79/5
My Rating: 2/5

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

“Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠” 

The Crown's Game has a pretty strong and intriguing start. But as the pages grow, it grows rapidly downhill. Disappointed is an understatement. It could've been SO good if its written and plotted brilliantly, but oh well. 

For a game that promises death at the end of it, Evelyn Skye plotted the whole thing horribly. I expected some life-challenging, gory and a death-threatening Game that would showcase the two Enchanters magic ability. I expected the tsar or anything at all to construct a well-planned Game for the whole Russia to watch because its a legendary Game after all. BUT ALL WHAT HAPPENED WAS SOME USELESS MAGIC TRICKS AND ARTS THROWN ALL OVER THE CITY LOL WHAT IS THIS JOKE THAT GAME WAS MADE TO CHOOSE AN IMPERIAL ENCHANTER AND ADVISER FOR THE WELLBEING OF RUSSIA HOW IS SOME ARTS AND PRETTY ISLANDS GONNA IMPRESSED THE TSAR AND HELP RUSSIA AT ALL THEY DONT EVEN TRY OH MY GOD IM SO PISSED THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST MAIN PLOT EVER whats worse is that there were a few times where Skye hinted that Russia was in a war with the Ottomans and all and these Enchanters could've used that to prove to the Tsar that they are worth it and should be chosen BUT NO THEY ARE IGNORANT SHITS THATS WHAT

The writing style or the sentences itself lol im so sorry but it is so simple so mundane so immature so dull it was laughable its like reading wattpad novels. even wattpad authors can string better sentences than Skye can. 

The romance part in this book is also meh. Nikolai and Vika has a bit of a chemistry and i can tolerate their relationship. But then here comes Pasha the prince aka the other guy to cause love triangle. First thing first, when will YA authors realize that we don't need another love triangles in books? Second, the 'love' Pasha feels for Vika was UTTERLY LAUGHABLE IT WAS SO FORCED BY THE AUTHOR JUST FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING A LOVE-TRIANGLE-BETWEEN-TWO-BESTFRIENDS-AND-A-GIRL PLOT LMAO. Third, some authors (or maybe Pasha himself) really need to read some romance books or sth. i am SO over characters who met their love interests only for a few times then suddenly a 'love' declaration was made and 'i love her/you/him' was thrown over everywhere so easily. DUDE. thats not love that's infatuation. It takes more than that to call whatever you feel about Vika is love, Pasha.

The only thing that truly sparks my interest is the present Aizhana but that also is ruined towards the end by Skye's way of writing. 

Overall, the uttermost letdown was the writing and the Game itself. 

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