Late to the Party ARC Review – The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty

19160352Title: The Cracks in the Kingdom

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens — each with a special ability — from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.

Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot’s value to the Alliance is clear: He’s the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine.

Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home. The stakes are high, and the writing by turns hilarious and suspenseful, as only Jaclyn Moriarty can be.

Huge thank you to Scholastic and Netgalley for this this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I really enjoyed A Corner of White. It was quirky, fun, and a little crazy. But then again, the The Colors of Madeleine series has always been about crazy ways of communication, and the second book Cracks in the Kingdom continues the adventures in cross-communication between Elliot and Madeleine.

Overall, this took me awhile to get into. The plot started off a bit slow, a touch unfamiliar and it wasn’t until about halfway through that I found the pacing had really hit its stride and took hold. The characters are still fantastic, the new ones just as fun and well-realized, and once again there was such a fantastic sense of humor that I found myself laughing throughout.

This book’s touch of seriousness though was really its best part. Some of the communication between Elliot and Madeleine gets so heated, and yet you understand both sides of the argument without much difficultly. Totally broke my heart so many times.

I do think this book is actually on par with the first one> I don’t know if I would say it’s better, but the charm and the insanity of the first book is still very much alive in this story. The ending was solid and fit really well that I hope that there isn’t a continuation. If you like fun, quirky world-building and characters, I highly recommend this series. The writing isn’t always the easiest to get into, but once your in — your in for the long run.

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