Release date: November 8th 2014
My Rating: 3 Umbrellas
A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.
This is one of those books that I can’t decide if I really love it or it’s not for me. I’d like to read the next book to confirm it I would like to finish the series. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it. This is another example of how I get mixed feelings while reading books. This is a good thing, considering the author does a job of making readers feel some type of way.
I will start with the writing style, which is dual POV. I can handle two characters whose voices are so different, and it was easy to ascertain who was speaking which POV. There are also a diverse group of characters in this book, which I absolutely love. There seems to be not enough diversity in YA books, but it’s picking up slowly with each book I read.
The romance between Elora and Taylor felt kinda insta-lovish to me. Maybe it was because of how Elora’s character had a mission to fulfill, and getting it out there quickly seemed to fit with the plot line. We really don’t get to delve into the world of the fae until the last bit, and this is where I can’t seem to be anxious or annoyed. Anxious because it makes me want to read book 2, like, RIGHT NOW. Annoyed because I thought that it would be outstanding throughout. The ending leaves you wanting more, and for that I liked this book. Nothing says anticipation like a cliffy at the end of a book.
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would. But don’t go into it with expectations of nothing but fae. This felt more like a prequel, getting you ready for what is to come for this series and the war that is sure to get rather long. I enjoyed most aspects of this and for that I am looking forward to reading book two.
Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.
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