Crier’s War — Book Review

  Author:     Nina Varela
   Genre:    YA/Sci-Fi
   Pages:    429
   Format:   OwlCrate Hardcover
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war. 


Crier’s race has taken over the humans. Ayla is a human, and a revolutionary. She wants revenge on Crier’s family for her family’s death. But when political machinations start popping up and Crier’s world is turned upside down they both must learn to take chances – on each other and on the world.

First off, so many people raved about this book. They absolutely loved it. So I went into it thinking that I was going to be engaged from the start. I wasn’t. If this hadn’t been an OwlCrate book I would have DNF’d it. From the very beginning I was pretty disinterested. The overall idea was interesting, and the writing was good, I just struggled to get into it. It was an okay book for me. Will I pick up the sequel? If my library buys it sure, but other than that probably not. Right now, I have a very pretty book sitting on my shelf that is never going to be read again.

This was touted as a f/f fantasy by everyone. We didn’t really get that until the end. There were hints of it, but it was nothing like what I thought. I’d had such high expectations for this book in those regards, and it just didn’t meet them for me. This is not the books fault in any shape or form. I went into it expecting something else.

And besides, if there was something off, something, Flawed, something different about her, she’d know it already…wouldn’t she?

But I did learn robots/machines in sci-fi? Not my thing. I don’t really care about them at all. Clearly, I do have a very particular like in sci- fi, and it does not include robots. It’s unfortunate though. Because I think I could have really liked this book in other circumstances.

I like Ayla a lot as a character. I even liked Crier! So I have nothing bad to say about them, and I did like the political machinations happening during the plot. I loved the contrast between Crier and Ayla. And what I liked above all that was the history we get. Those parts were entertaining! I wished the whole book was about those parts!

You couldn’t depend on much in this world, but you could depend on this: love brought nothing but death.

The ending was a cliffhanger. This book was definitely a build up to something bigger, but I just didn’t really feel anything for it.

The writing was great! I really enjoyed the writing and the world building in this book.

It was an okay book. It was an overall okay book. I don’t have anything negative to say about it other than that it was simply not my thing. It was only at the very end that I even minorly started getting invested in the book. Hence the reason I will read the sequel if my library gets it. I would like to know what happens, however.

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