Parents' Guide to

The Ring & the Crown

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Titillation the main attraction of this predictable romance.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great story.

There are 2 sx scenes, but most teens by thirteen understand what it is and that its adults not kids. I loved the twists and the romance and so did my daughter. You can censor the sx scenes by ripping them out of the book or bookmarking them and trust your kid to not read those scenes. there is a shooting scene, but if youve watched hamilton then it should be fine.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

With THE RING & THE CROWN, veteran author Melissa de la Cruz presents light fare that will titillate and thrill kids who love romance, dazzling costumes, and courtly intrigue. Otherwise, there's not much on offer here. The narration alternates among the large cast of characters whose voices aren't very distinct and is sometimes confusing, although it gets easier to follow once the characters become more firmly established. It's unfortunate that de la Cruz's alternative timeline, with fantasy elements of Arthurian-based magic, and in spite of some powerful female characters, presents a world of such old-fashioned sexism in which "a wife's job was to placate her husband and learn to hold her tongue."

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