I’d wear a crown any day, if only it doesn’t mess up my hair. And also it might just get lost in my hair. Anyway! Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has got you covered for the prompts so go look here for books with crowns on the cover/title/synopsis!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (GR/SG) – This definitely goes on the list as a favourite retelling. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, but focusing on the Queen of Hearts, which is great and she’s a baker, so it mentions food all the time, which I love. Just don’t be hungry when you’re reading this.
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (GR/SG/My Review) – I don’t think I’ve screamed about this book in a while so I’m gonna scream about it NOW. No, truly, this is one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read (and yes I… still haven’t read the last book. I’m scared of the ending, okay? I just want everyone to be okay and for me to not use up a whole box of tissues (probably will only use half a box)).
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.
Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.
It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.
Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (GR/SG) – This was a very anticipated book for me – it had a gorgeous cover and I really liked the synopsis… and then I just didn’t read it. And then I was hyped for the sequel – which I also didn’t read straight away (after reading the first book, you know). So you know, perfect time to read it… some time soon. I know I sound like a broken record but uhh yeah, that’s how it works all the time.
A new fantasy series set in the world of Camelot that bestselling author Christina Lauren calls brilliant, reimagining the Arthurian legend . . . where nothing is as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself? *THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco (GR/SG/My Review) – Second book in the trilogy so read the synopsis at your own risk. I can’t wait to reread the first two books before the third one comes out later this year!
After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.
She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria… even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.
The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world… or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?
Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (GR/SG/My Review) – I’m going to… reread this series soon. Maybe this year. Maybe I’ll start on New Year’s Eve. I don’t know. There’s so many series I’m currently reading. But this is a favourite from way back when (and the movies are great). It’s just all great. Plus Anne Hathaway narrates some of the audiobooks so I have to listen to that.
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.
Is she ever in for a surprise.
First mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?
I do always love a good crown on a cover. Most of the time, a crown on a book (especially YA) indicates it’s a fantasy, so double yes for that! Have you read and enjoyed any of the books on here? What’s your favourite ‘crown on the cover’ book? Chat to me in the comments!