Endless thanks to Rebecca Coffindaffer and HarperTeen for sending me a beautiful review copy!
Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy, even leaving behind the Kingship and her uncle, the emperor, for a life of exploring.
But when her dying uncle announces a crownchase—a search for the royal seal hidden in the empire that will determine the next ruler—Alyssa is thrust into her greatest, most dangerous adventure yet.
What an amazing sci-fi read!
Recently, I’ve been diving deeper into the science fiction genre, and Crownchasers has very quickly made it to my list of favorites. This book promises high stakes, endless thrills, and a brutal conflict spanning across a galactic empire… and boy, does it deliver!
Crownchasers is one of those books that had me hooked from the very first page. The story is told in the charming perspective of Alyssa Farshot, a free-spirited explorer who just wants to escape the legacy of the royal family and her uncle, the emperor. I really enjoyed getting to know Alyssa. She kind of gave me Aelin from TOG vibes, but at the same time, she was unlike any other YA character I’ve met before. She was snarky, strong-willed, and incredibly badass, but she was also complex and damaged too. In the book, she is thrust into a position of leadership that she doesn’t even want, but does that stop her from being a strong, caring, and empathetic leader? Not at all. Alyssa’s relationships with the other characters in the book were excellently written as well, because beyond all of the adorably witty banter (which I totally loved, by the way), there were deep, unbreakable bonds and friendships that just warmed my heart.
Coy and Faye were two supporting characters in the book that really stood out to me. Probably because they were both very flawed, and (what can I say?) I always vibe with the morally grey characters/anti-heroes. Even Edward, the story’s main antagonist, was interesting to read about, because his motivation to do wicked things came from a very deep place.
This book is marketed as a mash-up of The Hunger Games and Three Dark Crowns, and I must say, I totally see the similarities… A deadly competition where everything is on the line? Check. A fight for the crown that will have you turning the pages like crazy? Check. Backstabbing, betrayal, and fragile alliances? Check! Don’t be mistaken, though: Crownchasers is such a unique story, and it definitely stands out amongst other books within the YA genre. Alyssa’s perspective packs a powerful punch, and so do this book’s thrilling plot twists and jaw dropping cliffhanger.
Speaking of which, let’s just take a moment to talk about that ending… LIKE, WHAT?!! It was so shocking, I seriously still haven’t come to terms with it, and I read the book weeks ago! Why, Rebecca, why?! What am I supposed to do with my life now???? (In all seriousness, though, that was one epic ending! It tore me apart, but in the best way possible!)
All in all, I absolutely loved everything about Crownchasers–the crew, the plot, the setting. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I already know that the wait for the sequel is going to be a hard one. This was a fantastic debut novel, and if you’re anything like me and you think you’ve read so much YA fiction that you just can’t be surprised anymore, I implore you to give this book a read! You’ll definitely be pleased!