First and foremost I have to apologize to you and all those involved with the RELUCTANT PRINCE Blog Tour, and especially Dani-Lyn. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to post my review post for Reluctant Prince on the day I was scheduled. Family emergencies are no joke, and literally blind-sided my entire family. Regardless, I have a duty to post what I signed on for. Hopefully you all can understand.
All that aside, I am very honored to be discussing Dani-Lyn’s RELUCTANT PRINCE today!
* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review! *
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Released on: November 3rd, 2014
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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.
Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.
Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.
Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince
“A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!”
~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
The plot of this book was very intriguing from the description and, honestly, it had been a while since I picked up a book where the main character is acting as the “chosen one” and it all falls to this one ordinary girl. We all know that trope right? Of course. But I had a hard time really connecting with this book. And I feel it has a lot to do with the fact that this is the first book in a series. First books tend to set everything up, help build the stakes, and then book two is where the real conflict and character development starts to take shape.
I’ve read first series books where the author can do just that in book one, not only book two. That’s not the case here though.
For that reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters because they felt one dimensional. The “romance” between our two mains is sweet and I can definitely see it growing beautifully in book two. But as far as book one goes, it’s a good starting point. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t push the two together. Instead she pointed them toward each other and let the characters do the rest. That was nice.
I would have liked to see more from Ryleigh as far as main protagonists go. I felt like I only saw one side of her and half the time she was just soaking in all the information like a sponge but never really acting on it. I did, however, appreciate that she always clung onto the duty of big sister. That was kind of like her fall back when everything got weird, or confusing, or just plain scary. That says a lot about her character. However, that’s all we saw in book one. I would have liked to have seen more or at least hint to other aspects of her character. Her sister, Mia, was a confusing one. She’s fourteen but doesn’t act fourteen? Sometimes she acts younger (like she’s eight or nine) but then she turns around and says something really profound and mature (like she’s 30 or something). So that threw me off. I think the story would have benefited more if Mia were younger. Whenever she has those younger moments, she’s actually more tolerable for me. The young, innocent, kind of confused about what’s happening act is a good one for her.
Jackson was probably the one character I appreciated the most in the story. He’s got his mission but also his doubts that make him question what’s really true and what traditions need changing. Right there is already more character development than I’ve seen from any of the other characters in this book.
That also being said, I wish there were more side characters! Especially for first books like this, the side characters can help so so much with shinning some light on your main character’s personality. Who they make quick friends with, who they dislike, who they seem drawn to, where they get their information, even the best friends – they all bring out a different side to main characters.
In this book though, Ryleigh doesn’t have anyone. It’s just her, Mia, and Jackson. That’s it. I was disappointed by that.
The actual plot itself though has a lot of potential that I can see taking more shape in book two. We barely scratch the surface of the plot and conflict in book one so it’s hard to really say I disliked or liked it. I can just say that “I want to know more!”
I will, however, say that it was incredibly predictable. Of course the one guy trying to get the prince killed for treason is the one we should be looking at. I knew from the first encounter with this character that he was the bad guy. My only other question then becomes, who is he working with? So, that’ll be something that gets answered in book two (hopefully). There’s also a part of me that hopes the author is just being sneaky. Like, “yes, obviously it’s this guy… but he’s not the real mastermind behind all this… muahahaha!”
I hope that’s Dani-Lyn behind her laptop screen.
Other than that, i found the book to be a fast read. I just wish there was more of pretty much everything. More character traits, more character development, more story line, more world building, more description on fight sequences – just more, please.
MY RATING: 3/5
Dani Lyn Alexander Bio:
Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
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