Death to the Crown by Shamika Lindsay

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When his high school popularity wanes, Jason revels in his newfound ability to exist outside of the limelight, outside of other’s scrutinizing gazes. He loves his new life; he tries to remind himself of that every day.

One moment he sits idly in his home, the next he reels from the devastating news that digs up the ghosts of his past. They resurface and turn his entire world upside down, he soon realizes that a dark secret that once waged war on his family is back—worse than before.

Something seems wrong, something feels wrong but he can’t prove it—at least not without reemerging into the limelight.

However, Jason finds himself troubled by memories of his past and becomes overwhelmed with moral questions. Will his moral compass allows him to find out the truth or will he die trying?

–from the blurb about Death to the Crown

hank you so much to Shamika Lindsay for providing me with a digital copy for review! You can stay up to date with her on Instagram or find out more through her website.

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Rating: 3.5/5

Hello and welcome back, everyone! A couple of days ago, I posted my review for Popularity Rules by Shamika Lindsay; now, I give you my review of Death to the Crown, the sequel!

I enjoyed this one, too; in fact, I actually liked it more than the first. But I’ll leave the details of why for the review, of course.

And, without further delay, here it is!


The main reason I enjoyed this second installment more than the first has to do with the characters. In the first book, I thought they could’ve used some more development and nuance. And Lindsay definitely delivered on that front with this second book, just as I hoped she would!

Of course, the fact that the characters were adults in this book and high school students in the first had a lot to do with that. Obviously, in real life, the older people are, the more well-rounded they are; and the same applies to characters. Still, the fact remains that it made for a more enjoyable read!

Also, the age of the character definitely altered the tone and overall feel of the story. Where the first book was a bit more of a melodramatic high school drama, this book had a little more of a sophisticated tone. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the overall feel and vibe of Popularity Rules, of course! Honestly, I just found it interesting to see the shift and the change between the two books.

Moving on from the characters, though, I also really liked the plot of this book. There were plenty of twists, turns, and reveals; all in all, I had a good time reading this and it definitely held my interest. Also, the plot of this book definitely flowed better than the first. The pacing and the general structure of it just worked better; in that sense, I could definitely see improvement in Lindsay’s craft, which is great.

On the topic of Lindsay’s craft, I once again really enjoyed her writing style. She had a lot of talent when it comes to writing itself, and I continue to have no complaints in that area.

TL,DR Recommendation

In short, I definitely recommend checking this one out if you have the time and you enjoy thrillers. It was an exciting read, for me, and I think a lot of people would enjoy this one. Obviously, you should check out the first book first, though.

If you do choose to give these two books a try, drop a comment down below and let me know your thoughts! I always love to connect with others about the books I read. Also, if you enjoyed this review of Death to the Crown, feel free to use the Book Reviews tab above to access my full library of reviews.

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