{THE CORONATION} blog tour

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Hey guys! Today I’m taking part in a blog tour (in case I didn’t say that in the title 😉

Livy Jarmusch recently published her book, The Coronation, and I received a free ARC in exchange for a review! Thus here I am reviewing this lovely book as part of Livy’s blog tour! 😀

Synopsis:
Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities.

Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig.

Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?

MY REVIEW

I had no clue what to expect when I picked up this book. Reading this genre was a huge step outside my comfort zone. I must say that I am glad I took the step, as I thoroughly enjoyed The Coronation!

This is an absolutely wonderful story filled with princesses, castles, sweet romance, and ACTION. Seriously. I had no idea how much action would actually be in this book! And the characters’ journeys were SO AMAZING. Like… it was beautiful, just beautiful. I was grinning so big at the end.

Fangirling aside, on to my usual review process xD

THE PLOT

The plot starts out as pretty typical — a prince getting ready to take on the crown — but there are several twists to it. First off, this said-prince has seven siblings! AND they are a family striving after Christ! Christianity was a HUGE part of this book, which I LOVED.

Romance also plays a large role in this novel, and over half the plot revolves around it. I’ve never been a huge fan of romance-related plots, but this one was done very nicely, stressing “guarding your heart. I loved how it was presented with a Christian worldview.

There were a few parts where the story lagged, like from the 25% to the 50% mark, mainly where the preparations for Addison’s coronation came. I was thankful later for how slow it went though. Because the midpoint… just WOW. I had a sneaking suspicion that SOMETHING of this sort would happen, but could never have guessed just how it would come about. After that point, I was utterly hooked and could not put the book down.

The end was wrapped up sweetly, hinting at a sequel to come. A couple loose ends sort of bugged me, but I figured they would be part of the sequel’s plot 😉

THE CHARACTERS

WHERE DO I START??? I mean, besides the fact that there are almost too many characters to mention here xD. At times I was a little overwhelmed trying to follow everyone’s story, but I loved each character so much that I can’t complain now.

So I mentioned above that Prince Addison has seven siblings? You get to personally meet every single one of them in the novel! In general, Addison was my very favorite, as he was just so human. Despite the fact that he was about to be crowned king, he was still a big brother at heart. He had struggles, doubts, but strength and faith and was… might I say “perfect”?

I really loved Bridget (Addison’s oldest sister) and Vanessa as well. They were my next favorites, mainly because they were so believable and easy to relate to. I liked them better than Hope, Chasity, and Jillian (next three younger sisters), because Bridget and Vanessa weren’t falling for random pop stars and security guards. Though Hope won me back in the end with how maturely she handled her situation. 

I’m running out of room to talk about all the characters xD. I’ll have to finish by saying Millie (youngest sister) was perfectly sweet and adorable. <3


ANYTHING ELSE?

– This is a very Christian story. A few parts felt a little pushy, especially with how the entire kingdom was Christian, but in the end it was all right, as I felt that the characters really needed that in their lives. I applauded a lot of the messages in the novel..

The romance. As I mentioned, it turned out beautifully in the end (with a message I feel a ton of teens these days need to hear.) I just had a few moments of exasperation as some of the princesses swooned over guys. In all though, the romance was pure and totally appropriate, which I highly appreciated.

Hanson. He was a security guard, and I was left confused when the whole deal made about his story seemed to vanish.

Asher. Okay, so I saved him until the end because I want to flail over him xD If you’ve read the book, I KNOW he isn’t the best character to be totally fangirling about. BUT I always fall for the dark side characters who are extremely interesting to read about 😉 He reminds me of a certain character I have in my own novel, and I look forward to hopefully seeing a lot more of him in the sequel and watching him change for the better! 

So, to wrap it up, I would definitely recommend The Coronation to anyone who wants a Christian story with extremely likable, relatable characters, a bit of action and beautiful romance, and happily ever after moments that make you feel like you’ve stepped into your favorite fairytale <3

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so I MIGHT have squealed a little bit when it came to this part of the story? just a little?

And here are all the links so you can go stalk the lovely author herself! Livy is also the founder of Crown of Beauty Magazine, and I’d highly recommend checking out all her stuff!

The Coronation

Follow Livy

Crown of Beauty Magazine

Thanks for reading everyone! And a HUGE thank you to Livy for letting me read her book and be a part of her blog tour!

<3

audrey caylin
p.s. I’m taking part in ANOTHER blog tour this coming week, but then I’ll have a wrap-up post for Realm Makers on Saturday!

Have you read The Coronation? Have you looked at Livy’s Youtube channel? *whispers* her voice is GORGEOUS.

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  • Reply
    Jane Maree
    July 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    OOH EEEP. Okay so it was about a week ago that Livy somehow found me on Goodreads and offered me a free copy of this book?? NOW I DEFINITELY WANT TO READ IT. *nods and nudges it up higher on my reading list* I have no idea how she found me though?? And now I keep seeing her name/book everywhere and it's like 'WAS I BLIND BEFORE??' XD

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    Ivie Brooks
    July 29, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Awesome review, but I worry that this isn't in my genre liking. I'll have to see. I know I read about this book somewhere. I must have stumbled across the author's blog. Often times, I'm all over the place, lol. It sounds like an interesting story, but romance isn't my favorite focus. I like romance in books when its done nicely, but I prefer it to compliment the other parts of the book.

    Either way, your review was amazing. Great job! 🙂

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    Melissa Gravitis
    July 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds like an amazing book! Your review made me want to pick it up straight away and read it in one go. 🙂 I can't wait to read it so I can fangirl with you! XD

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    Gray Marie
    July 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This book sounds like a must have! Once I have money I'll buy this!!!

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    Ivie Brooks
    July 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Lol, every book lover's struggle.

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    Anna
    July 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This seems so cool! I'll have to go check it out!

    By the way I tagged you for the Character Karaoke tag 🙂 So if you want to do that, check it out below 🙂

    http://worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com/2017/07/character-karaoke-tag-music-meets-my-wip.html

    Anna – http://www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    abigail lennah
    July 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    GAH! I love all of Livy's books! <3 She's a really well-done writer, and I do admit her characters are very much fangirl worthy. xD

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    Jess
    August 1, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Ooh, this looks so amazing! I'll have to check it out!

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    omw the same thing happened with me xD She found me on Instagram and suddenly I was seeing her everywhere and wondered if she'd had an invisibility cloak on before that made it so only I couldn't see her????

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    *nods* I totally understand. Romance isn't really my forte, especially as a main plot. Mostly because I've read and heard of so much unclean stuff. I'm thankful that this particular plot was clean and Christian.

    Thank you, Ivie! 😀

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Aw, thank you, Melissa! I've never done a review on my blog, and this one was fun.

    I can't wait to hear what you think!

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I say that myself so much xD Maybe it will be free with Amazon prime for Kindle? Kindle saves me tons of money every month 😛

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for tagging me, Anna! That sounds like a really cool tag. I'll definitely go check it out! 😀

    <3

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I KNOW. Her characters are so easy to love. I've heard that she has an ongoing series called "Regal Hearts" too and I can't wait to check that one out!

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    Audrey Caylin
    August 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    IT IS. You should definitely go look at it 😀

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    Jane Maree
    August 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    A+ ninja skills. XD

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