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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, 3) Audio CD – Unabridged, April 20, 2021
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Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.
She's been the victim and the survivor…
Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.
The enemy and the warrior…
Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible―travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people―and each other.
And now she will become Queen…
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 20, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713548194
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713548195
- Item Weight : 3.24 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At that point, I was thinking that there's a lot to wrap up and I discovered that there is more book(s) after this (I'm not sure how many). Considering that I would have cut out about 2/3's of this book, I just about had enough of poor Poppy and her 'am I good enough' routine.
I toughed it out and I'm glad I did because the author really redeemed herself with the big cliffhanger ending again. I'm not sure if it's enough to make me continue the series, but it was much better action and plot movement. I wish more was given to Cas to do than have sex with Poppy and tease her about Miss Willa; he seemed to fade into the background in this book which was disappointing to me. I'm not all about THE CHOSEN ONE trope, and it was more than emphasized here. A tight edit cutting out the fat and repetition would have done a lot to make this book better.
This book was a rollercoaster of stunningly intense, high stakes scenes and boring, repetitious doubt-filled ones. I’d start to lose interest in Poppy’s obnoxious, “Am I good enough? Why would anyone put up with this for me,” and then, BAM. An action-packed, can’t-look-away chapter would suck me back in and I’d think, “YES! Here we go!” And then a little later back to the slog of Cas obsessing over Poppy’s perfection as she continues to insist she’s not good enough for him but he’s good enough for her drivel.
There’s a good story here. There really is. But for my review I’m not willing to overlook the sheer number of pages I had to skim over to get to it.
70% of this book consists of long boring conversations and inner monologues. The chats with Miss Willa were fine, that's how they should be, short and concise.
I also dislike how Cas was "erased" as a character, really old boy meets really young girl and stops being himself, is she a succubus? Poppy didn't really evolved, she just discovered sex. The relationship with the wolven was weak.
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The mystery of Poppy’s parents flip flopped so many times I just didn’t care by the end. Too many twists equals exhasperated readers.
The romance was pushed past all interesting concepts. There was maybe one conflict where casteel finally called poppy on her childish nonsense but then it went back to fawning adoration.
Also, the ancient but attractive man falling for a teenager trope is beginning to feel very midlife crisis and a little creepy.
I just can’t believe all the 5 start reviews out there. I was exhausted by this book 95% of the time. And now we have to read 3 more of them?!
No thank u. I’m out.
Now the book itself… Holy amaze balls this was soo good. I mean anxiety inducing good. The first few chapters had me on the edge, I was so scared reading each page, incase someone died. But I love it when books do this to me and its one of the reason I love Jen’s books so much is because she does this so well!
The story picks up immediately after the AKOFAF finished, so you find out right away what’s going on after the jaw dropping revelation that happened at the end of the last book. From there a lot of stuff goes down that I’m not detailing because SPOILERS. There’s plenty of hilarious banter between the Fab 3, Poppy, Cas and Kieran. As well as some really pull at your heartstrings moments between Casteel and Poppy.
And then that ending…. I can’t even! Like I knew something was gonna happen hence the anxiety I mentioned above but jeez I was not expecting that and cannot wait for the next book, if feels like the wait is going to feel longer than the wait for this one was.
In a nutshell…
The Crown of Gilded Bones is an emotional rollercoaster that you won’t want to get off! It will make you laugh, cry and in true Poppy style make you feel stabby – Enjoy the ride!!!
Nothing happened. Zero. It was as entertaining as making me read through 200 pages of tedious bullet points on random historical facts. Instead of developing any of the existing characters so that we could actually care about them and what happens to them (because it is book 3 after all) there are just random new characters introduced with so many identity twists - I lost track of who was related to whom.
Also, skip any inner monologue (i.e. every other page) as it will 100 per cent get repeated in the next pages preferably in the form of another lengthy conversation. How can a conversation be 30 pages long and still nothing is being said?
This book just made me angry for wasting my time.
They went to the land of the gods... an exciting prospect where it could have built more interest, but they went in and out of their like a dose of salts. Nothing much happened, I was a bit numb by then with the story.
It was an odd book as i kept waiting for it to begin and then it was over. I felt trapped all the way through in mind blowingly boring narrative about more and more description on a dress or food, okay but then go to land of gods and NOTHING. What an opportunity missed!!
Then the weirdest thing was walking into something with their eyes wide open... A trap!! They all had to know it was as they didnt meet the queen on mutual ground but at her place.. Eh? A child of 10 could have worked that out and yet here was Casteel who had been around hundreds of years and he just upped and said, yep lets walk right into this trap with no way out. talk about dumb. he lost more credibility as a character. That was a sad old thing to let happen in this book and took it to the most unbelievable point. I stopped caring about the characters
as they were used to fit the plot rather than a deeper creative meaning. It was unbelievable for the characters to act in this way and wasnt clever. So i lost even more interest and think maybe the author was also losing interest, which I cant blame her as she has a lot of books on the go. I dont feel I will read the next one.
On the other hand I Loved the last series Roth and Layla, Elemental and thats really worth a read. you can love those characters. This book "The Crown of Gilded Bones" is not, and is not rounded enough for me. I guess loads will just love it regardless, but where is it going? just circling around and around. Needs a bit more genuine action to spice this up. Casteel started out really hot and now.... Not. Whereas Roth and Layla in The Dark Elements series, worked well. Good characters. Although Poppy is good she doesn't have a lot of personality just a bit badass and getting a bit bored with it and these types of characters that have super human strength. Want to see some vulnerability, which is more real from all of them. no one is like this so it needs to have a tad more realism as young girls are going to bite into this. They will look at that perfect love and think it is real. It can be but not when you go looking for it or think it is your right. Make the girls in the books work a little harder and the boys not fall over the grils quite so much, as the girls arent all gloriously good nor the boys and neither is anyone. I wondered if Poppy was going to get off with the Wolvern. Hes a bit more interesting at least. Sorry to say I am disappointed and not a fan of this book. I also want to say that Jennifer is a good writer and prolific so I can forgive her for this book as I think she is juggling serveral stories almost at once. I can see how this can end up in a tangle. I've seen discrepancies throughout this book and others. Shes writing real fast. Well done regardless of what I feel about this book. Thats why I havent put it at 1 start.
From those opening scenes right through to the end, readers will be enthralled and captivated. It's intense, exciting, daring and full of so many amazing twists and turns. You will laugh, cry, sigh and maybe gowl absentmindedly. You. Will. Experience. Everything. And isn't that the whole point. The sign of an epic saga like this, is when you can connect to the characters and their emotions regardless if it all feels otherworldly and implausible. It's pure unfiltered magic on paper.
Author Jennifer L Armentrout is a literary crafts woman. How she weaves a tapestry with so many different beautiful threads joining into one glorious picture. The dialogue, the action sequences, the magic and power and rules and destruction, it's all so impeccably well done and will have you invested, intrigued and on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
This book was utter perfection. It's no wonder readers are falling in love with Poppy and Casteel.