Welcome to my stop on the FFBC Blog Tour for Crier’s War by Nina Varela! I am so excited to share with you my thoughts on this fabulous book, and a chance to win a copy of your own- trust me, you want it! 
Crier's War by Nina Varela
Series: Crier's War #1
Published by HarperTeen on October 1, 2019
Pages: 448
Format:eARC, Hardcover
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review, Copy provided for review, via Edelweiss

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 War straight up reminded me of why I take chances on fantasy. While I had been striking out lately, this book sucked me in from the very start. So let us discuss all the things that made this one a huge win for me!

What I Loved:

  • First, the premise is so unique and fresh! It’s almost a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, which is a win in itself. My biggest qualm with fantasy books lately has been that they all seem to have been done before. Not so here! It still has all those basic elements that make us love fantasy, but every aspect has a new spin. Instead of just royalty, it’s Automae versus human, but it lacks none of the best parts of royals versus commoners.
  • It’s incredibly thought provoking. Because okay, humans are the “lesser” species here. It’s inarguable that the Automae have a physical advantage. They’re clearly not using it for good, but then it makes you question if humans use it for good now. Granted, we’re not dealing with any other sentient species, but what if we were? I love when a book bends your mind with the “what-ifs”!
  • I feel in love with the characters. All of them, tbh. Sure Ayla and Crier are awesome but I even grew to care about a lot of the secondary characters! Especially those in Ayla’s life. She may have been a mere human, but the people around her made it worth it in my opinion.
  • The romance is very ship-worthy. It’s both a forbidden romance, and enemies-to-lovers, what more could we ask for? The chemistry between the women is completely apparent, and loving them both as individuals made me even more excited to see them come together romantically. I mean, I want them to be happy, my babies!
  • The story sucked me in, from start to finish. When I was done, I was mad only that I couldn’t read more! Like do I actually have to wait a year for the sequel? That doesn’t seem fair!

Bottom Line: Look, you need this in your life. Great characters, great story, great premise… it lacks literally nothing.

About Nina Varela

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.
You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at www.ninavarela.com.

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Okay real talk: Would you rather be an Automae or a regular ol’ human?

Posted October 2, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 11 Comments


11 responses to “Crier’s War by Nina Varela: Review & Giveaway!

  1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Shannon! I’ve been keen to read more and more f/f fantasy and I love the blend of science fantasy that we seem to be seeing more of. You’ve made me even more excited to pick this one up!

  2. OH. Yes I need this immediately and so much!! 😍The premise is reminding me a bit of The Diabolic?! I really love that one and I want moooore f/f fantasy books too. *starts stalking book prices*

    I love your raving flailing reviews 😂My TBR doesn’t, but *I* do. 😘

  3. I’m so excited for Crier’s War! It wasn’t really on my radar until allll the positive reviews started coming in, and I learnt that the romance is F/F. Plus- enemies to lovers AND forbidden romance together? I NEED. I love the way you talk about the romance and the characters – it’s always such a pleasure when the supporting cast feels well-developed. 🙂 Great review, Shannon! 🙂

  4. Beth W

    I feel like an Automae, just given how capitalism has shaped my entire life. And I tend to conform to the expectations of others. :/
    I’m so glad this one is as good as it sounds! I’m 100% for more mingling of classic scifi and fantasy elements in one book.

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