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Blog Tour: Crier’s War by Nina Varela (Review!)

Hello everyone! I am so stoked to be hosting a portion of the Criers War blog tour! It was and is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of this tour! Let’s hop in to it!

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Crier’s War by Nina Varela, published October 1st by HarperTeen

Trigger Warnings:

General Content Warnings-

  • Discussions of war; discussions of the suffering & exploitation of humans by the Automa ruling class
  • Past, offscreen death of family (Ayla’s; violent, but no graphic detail)
  • Offscreen death of minor characters (no graphic detail)

Specific Content Warnings

  • Self-harm:In Chapter Seven, two characters draw blood for a ritual. It is not cutting in the context of self-harm, but the descriptions could be triggering.

NOTE: In the ARCs for CRIER’S WAR, Chapter Eight contains the offscreen death of a child (no graphic detail). This isn’t in the final version, but just a heads-up for anyone reading the ARCs.

Official Synopsis:

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.

Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the Eno River, building faerie houses from moss and bark, and running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people toppling the monarchy/patriarchy/whatever-archy. On a related note, she’s queer. On a less related note, she has strong feelings about hushpuppies and loves a good jambalaya. CRIER’S WAR is her first novel. 

Wow, this book. What drew me to it in the first place was how absolutely stunning the cover is. It kind of reminds me of the metal plates you use to make prints, like a big stamp almost. I love the metallic-rainbow vibes it gives off as well, and especially the way the cover is placed. It almost reminds me of a cover of a fairy-tale book, but this is definitely not that.

I’d say that the first 8-10 chapters or so are world building and character introduction, but after, that, it completely hooked me. Slow burn f/f romance, enemies to lovers, love triangles, lost twins, evil queens, androids, rebellion and so much more!

This book is like if HBO’s Westworld met Emily Duncan’s Wicked Saints. You’ve got the androids and the god complex they feel from Westworld; and the romance and rebellion of Wicked Saints. Mixed together, they make for a truly epic story.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the made/magickal things, like Ayla’s necklace. She doesn’t know how it works, but it definitely does something and when she *did* figure out how it worked, it was really cool and a fun way to show backstory world building without it feeling like you’re being taken out of the current plot line!

Twin talk time. I had no idea that this book featured twins, or even that the main character was one! It was annoying at first when you find out her brother was dead, because it made it seem like the author just threw in the fact that she was a twin to make her “quirky” but when he shows back up, it made sense. I can’t wait to see the star-crossed twins aspects play out in the next book. I just hope that Storme isn’t a d*ck to Ayla about their separation. Ayla is completely justified in her feelings and the fact that he is playing it off as she is too young and naive is SO FRUSTRATING.

I’m not signaling this book out specifically, but I feel in the YA genre in general, there would be a lot less stress and heartbreak if characters just talked with each other. I know it helps the book play out more dramatically but as a reader, it can get annoying seeing it in every book you read.

This book was really riveting and angsty, and I loved it. I am so excited I got to read it early and now I can’t wait to read the sequel! Do yourself a big favor by picking this one up!

Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me a copy of the book to read, and thank you for letting me help host the tour!


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