Cruel Crown is a companion novella for the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. Cruel Crown is made up of two stories: One is Cal's mother, Coriane's, story and the other is Captain Farley's story. Personally, I wasn't as drawn into these stories as I was by the Red Queen novels.
I did really enjoy hearing stories from Coriane since we didn't get to know her at all in the series since she died before they began. I also really like how Aveyard drew many parallels between Cal and his mother, which not only made me feel like I was getting to know a new character but that my knowledge of Cal was also deepened ( and he's one of my favorites! ).
I also felt like I got to know Farley better which was nice since she was such a mysterious and less detailed character in the series. I have always been intrigued by her and liked seeing a more human, personal side to her. I do wish that this novella came out after the third book, rather than before it, as I feel that this is more of an addition while we're still seeking a completion to the series.
Ultimately, I enjoyed this novella and can't wait for the third book in the series! I'm really hoping for Farley to have more involvement in the third book and obviously for Mare to overcome -- and her getting a happy ending would be nice, too!
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green