Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander

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.

pages 252
My Review and Thoughts:
Cover: Gripping and appealing to readers to want to know more! 
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult

Ryleigh is on the 'run' with her younger sister trying to avoid they eyes of social workers. (She's not of legal guardian age yet) She gets hurt in a earthquake, ending up in a hospital where strangers start to appear. Jackson, banished from his realm because he didn't execute his first mission is sent to earth to prove his innocence that's including Ryleigh. 

Must say, I think this book might wanted to be more romance than fantasy. The world the author created, Cymmera was not fully explained nor was it of focus as in a fantasy book would do but more on the instant spark of Ryleigh and Jackson's blooming relationship! Plot was briefly described, reasoning of the war, and the people with magic. Ryleigh was to accepting of the realm and her new duties. Maybe if Ryleigh had more emotions or reaction to the new world, it may have changed some things in the book. 
Happy to have made Mia smile, he elaborated. “Yup. Special powers.” Ryleigh snorted. “Powers that are conveniently non-existent at the moment.” Jackson winked at Mia and elicited a giggle. “When I get them back I’ll show you, and you’ll be amazed.” “Uh huh.”
I've mentioned in previous review, if there's going to be a fantasy world created it has to go all the way and bring that reader to this new world in my opinion and preference but others may not need all that! The blurb describes the books storyline as it is. 

I do like Jackson! He was a fun character, Prince and  warrior!

The author does have a story going on in her book. I do like the premise of the book with the death dealers, different realm, but I need more background story. I do suggest it more for readers who are looking for mildly fantasy, more romance type of book.


Mini Excerpt
“How do you know? You seem to know an awful lot about a world you supposedly don’t even live in.” Desperation demanded he act. He shoved it ruthlessly aside. “Death Dealers receive extensive training in and about the human realm.” 
The door shook. Another snort. A grunt. “That’s one of Daygan’s savages out there.” He backed up, pushing the girls behind him. “That’s ridiculous. Why would they knock on the door?” A loud thud hit the door, rocked the house. Mia whimpered. 
“Probably hoping you’d answer it and they could just grab you quietly.”
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the release of Reluctant Prince and for taking the time to read and review! :)