Published: February 24th 2015 By: Scholastic Press
Genres: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle Source: Purchased My Rating: 2.5 Stars
I kill with a single touch.Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
Quick and to the point…………
I’m not sure where to begin with this. I think that this story could have been epic, had it been told with more reverence. This was like a made-up bedtime story for a child. It was so outlandish! A queen who is evil. A girl who wanted more, but like all naïve teenage girls, she fell in love with a liar. She was used by both the Queen and Lief. The story of the God and Goddess holds no weight.
Then, I started to like bits and pieces of it. Prince Merek, while he seemed like an ass at first meet, he really was the only one paying attention to everything around him. He knew his mother was full of it. His stepfather, the King, was also a great character who got caught up in the Queen’s clutches. And the whole incest thing is too much. Like why? Why would you want to keep the bloodline pure by having siblings and cousins marrying each other and procreating? And if it was to remain pure, why is Twylla betrothed to the Prince? She’s not in the family. And the ending was so rushed that I could barely keep up.
I’m used to fantasy that has world building, customs, and characters fleshed out. For this to be dealing with royalty and the people, it sure is washed over. Nothing made sense, and what little that was plausible – still doesn’t make up for the world as a whole. Pretending to use a girl as a weapon, when it was truly uncalled for. She left her home, her little sister, because she thought she would be living the high life. How wrong was she. Then, there’s the Sleeping Prince. I’m not even gonna read the next book because I honestly don’t think that it will be better. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ll take my chances.
This just isn’t my cup of tea. This book may appeal to some readers, so don’t take my word for it. I’m seriously at a loss right now.