I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Fairy tales are steeped in folklore. We all know there are elements of truth behind such tales, no matter how small that truth is. We sit and imagine we are the princess’ need saving. Or, at least, their best friend that can reap a few benefits. We dream on going on a grand adventure like one of our favorite fairy tale characters.
Princess Adalina got such a chance. She didn’t need saving, oh no. She took it upon herself to do the saving. The Royal Princess knew from childhood what was in store for her, her destiny, in a fairy tale and dreams. It called out to her, and she answered, “I will find you one day… And I will set you free” (Marie, loc. 80). Finding the Nihryst, was not all. Her brother and a guard must hope Adalina is right, while they pretend nothing is wrong.
The characters grab you at the beginning of the story, to where you must read it in one sitting, or you feel you are missing out. Cait Marie lures a reader in, making them believe they are a part of this tale traveling with Adalina on her grand journey. Not just that, you feel the intensity and heartbreak of her brother, Prince Shane and his best friend (and her’s) slash Royal Guard, Phillip. The story makes you feel you are there, and you wish you could be there to help.
This book is beautifully written, and it does not feel like a self-published book, but one from a publishing house. It feels like you are watching a movie in your head. You feel, see, and taste what the characters do. What they wear, their movements, the feel of the breeze on their faces.
If you are into story tales with strong characters, like Sarah Maas’ Celaena Sardothien in the “Throne of Glass” series, you will love this book.
Cait Marie is the creator and manager of Functionally Fictional. Since 2017, she has held multiple positions within Coffee House Writers, including C.O.O., Advertising Supervisor, Editor, and Writer. In 2019, she joined the indie staff of YA Books Central as a reviewer and then Indie Assistant Blogger. She graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and she is currently enrolled in their Master of Fine Arts program.
Cait lives in Indiana, where she freelance edits and provides a variety of other author services. When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching Disney movies or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, painting, or singing along to showtunes.
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