Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Molly and Tobias return in The Cup and the Crown, the second book of the The Silver Bowl trilogy. Readers should aim to read the trilogy in order. The author does provide some background information, but readers may still feel as if they do not know the characters or understand the plot as well as they should.

In the first book, Molly and Tobias were saving a King, in this latest novel, they are finding a specific cup for King Alaric. It might sound a bit silly at first, but readers will soon know the reason behind this desperate need for a cup. The cup itself can make anyone who drinks from it fall in love. King Alaric intends to use the cup to make a princess fall in love to ensure better security for his own kingdom.

Molly’s gift makes things both harder and easier on the way to find the mythic up; every time she tries to get a handle on it the gift changes. The reader will follow Molly and a few of her friends as they make their way to Harrowsgode, where she hopes to find the cup. When she finally arrives at Harrowsgode, she discovers that not everything is as it seems. Will Molly be stuck there forever or will she succeed in her quest to return the cup to the King?

Molly’s character is very fun to read about. She is constantly thinking about her gift and how she can better the Kingdom. She doesn’t shy from adventure and provides interesting and humorous dialog that the reader will enjoy. Her friends are similar to her, adding background information to the book and helping the reader get to know Molly’s character.

The Cup and the Crown does revolve around just a few characters, but the reader will likely appreciate that he/she will get to know just a few very well. The plot itself was interesting and fast-paced. Molly always seemed to have something to do, something to fix or discover. The setting is really intricate; the author does a phenomenal job of setting the scene and changing the setting every once in a while.

Readers who enjoyed Ella Enchanted will love this book. Overall, The Cup and the Crown is recommended to teen/middle grade readers.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.