Book Review: “The Ring And The Crown” by Melissa de la Cruz

17200974_1190394871070094_2385203544738160469_nBack in April, I got a chance to purchase a new book! I found it at Wal-Mart for about $8 and it was called “The Ring And The Crown” by the author Melissa de la Cruz. If she sounds familiar, she’s written the Blue Bloods and Witches Of East End series. I immediately recognized her name so my exceptions were already high to begin with, but it wasn’t long before this book wasn’t hitting that mark.

The book starts with Aewlyn and shows how much power she has and how she can control it since she’s been away to Avalon. The second character is Princess Marie-Victoria who is heir apparent to the Lily Throne, while her mother Queen Eleanor and her magical adviser Merlin (and Aewlyn’s father) at her side. Marie has been plagued with sickness throughout her life so she’s still quite frail but as heir she will do her duty to the people of London. However, she does not want to, plus she doesn’t even want to marry the Prussian Prince Leopold after he opened Pandora’s box to win the war – in an act to bring peace to both sides, these two will have to marry to secure the alliance.

However, there are more characters included into the story than besides these five people. You have Prince Wolf, who is Leo’s brother, Isabelle of Orleans, who was arranged to marry Leo as a child while her father was still alive to secure the family fortune and an American named Ronan who comes to the season searching for not only a husband but a title to help her secure her family name as well! And this is where the review turns a little sour. So if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t suggest you to continue reading this next section!

There are a lot of pros and cons to the story. I liked the outline of the ball, magic and the two main characters, but there were unfortunately too many cons in the story as well! The amount of characters and their roles with each other can be extremely confusing if you’re not careful. I think Isabelle could have been just a mistress to Leo and that’s it, but instead her story line is as big as Marie. And I felt Ronan and Wolf could have been a separate story altogether.

One of the biggest things with the plot that I had trouble wrapping my brain around was the time frame. It talks about London and the Prussian Empire but there is not a direct date and I know because it’s a fictionalized story it shouldn’t matter, but if you’re going to talk about King Henry VII in certain sections, you need to be more clear on where it is at that time for all of these characters. Melissa gives you more descriptions on the fashion and magic, but the most important part of the story is missing!

Despite the fact that I have written out this book review, I have not finished the book. I still know what chapter I left off on, but I cannot continue to read it. I actually gave it a 2 on the Goodreads rating. I know my mom will think I let the reviews I read about the book itself has helped in my judgement but all they did was help me realize that not all books deserve a full 5 stars and if I don’t think a book is up to par then I need to stop.

If you’ve read the book, what were your thoughts on it? Did you ever finish it?

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3 Shows That Were Cancelled Too Early

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I’ve been wanting to write about this since I seen Sara Bloo write about it on her blog either last year or the year before, I can’t remember at the moment. She had a pretty good mix of TV shows that she’s been missing and ever since then I’ve been thinking about what all I miss and which ones to include on here.

I like a lot of different shows, I don’t stay into one slot even though my brain wishes I would because I tend to get confused with the different characters and plots! One thing that all three have in common is that the final episodes were cliffhangers! Fans were left with not exactly knowing what would happened to these beloved characters! So I hope I have put some shows that maybe you enjoyed also and maybe we can bond on our favorite scenes and wonder where the story could have gone if they were allowed one more season!

1.) Forever – Fantasy/Crime starring Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, and Judd Hirsch (2014-15)

I personally loved this show! Unfortunately, this was one of the shows that I ended up recording because it would come on so late at night. You’d think this wouldn’t be such an issue but at the time it was. I like having an hour or two to listen to my iPod before going to bed officially.

I found the story line to be very interesting! I have always loved the idea of immortal human beings, so the main character Dr. Henry Morgan being alive after he was shot on board a slave ship in 1814, everytime he is awaken he ends up in the Hudson River butt naked! He has an aging son Abe, which is such a good and creative outpost for this very complicated character, he basically can’t trust other people if he tells them the truth about how he gets out of these dangerous situations.

Of course, we have a couple of love interests. His first wife Nora committed him into an asylum when he told her about him being an immortal. After escaping and a few decades, he marries again to a woman named Abigail, who was his nurse when he treated soldiers in World War II, this is where they find Abe as a baby and they decide to adopt him. Again, after a few decades he meets Detective Jo Martinez who can’t quite get her head around this mysterious man and the things that seem to happen all around him. During the final episode, Henry finally talks to her and we’re pretty sure he finally confesses up to the secret of his life.

2. Mistresses – Drama starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjim Kim, Rochelle Ayles, and Jes Macallan (2013-16)

I will say that, despite the fact that this show was treated like a normal soap opera, I definitely see it like that. I’m still surprised that I watched it every summer and looked forward to the previews starting in March! Sadly, I never saw the news of it being cancelled so by the time March came along, I was wondering about it and thought maybe they were going to premiere later in the year. Well one day I got enough courage and found out that it got cancelled the previous September. SEPTEMBER! How the hell did I miss this because I follow basically the whole cast on Twitter!

My thoughts are because of the graphic nature and actions of the character “Joss” everybody seem to lose interest, however I disagree with the direction. As a sister of domestic abuse victim, how the character presented herself was normal. My sister didn’t go that route, but her anxiety heightened after everything happened. Once that changes, your whole personality can suffer too. They’re just trying to make everything they went through go away.

3. Witches Of East End – Fantasy/Drama starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, and Machen Amick (2013-14)

I’m still trying to figure out how I got into this show in the first place! I’m pretty sure Jenna Dewan-Tatum had something to do with it, but I think I was actually curious about it. For one I had never heard of the book series before the show premiered but quickly put it on my TBR list after a few episodes aired! Another thing that weirded me out was the fact that it was on Lifetime or all channels!

Wendy is my favorite character, I’m not being biased when I say that, because if anybody watched it and have been reading this blog for a while, you think you know where I’m going with this, but you don’t! I’d wreck all nine lives if I was a cat! Anyways, I liked Freya and interesting past lives she had with Killian. I also loved the story line with Athena, the mother of both Dash and Killian and daughter of Archibald, a warlock who didn’t necessarily like the Beauchamps in East End.

This one also had another crazy cliffhanger that I have always been wondering about, because Ingrid had the weird “relationship” with the Mandragora and had a sauce-y fling with Freya’s ex-fiancee Dash and at the end of the finale we found out she’s pregnant but no chance in hell or ever finding out who is the father!

Did you watch any of these shows? Can you name a show that was short-lived and would come back?

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