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The Key (The True Reign Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I feel that before I start with my review, there are a few things that I need to address right off the bat.
1.) I DID receive a copy of this book for MY honest review.
2.) I absolutely can NOT stand YA. I’m sorry it’s just not my cup of tea.
3.) I completely hate cliffhangers.
4.) I am completely IN LOVE with this book and can’t wait for the next book!
Now that I have those out of the way, I will start with my review.
When I first started reading this book, the switching of the POV’s was slightly annoying at first. I was really getting into Rema’s character and then Darmik would pop his head in. And it was reversed as well. But as the story progressed, I did enjoy the way that the author was able to switch the POV’s in a way that it added more to the story than if she would have told it from only 1 character POV.
The character’s themselves I feel were written very well, the attention to detail when it came to describing not only their looks but also their personalities was done in a way that you weren’t left confused or wanting more from them. Each of the characters in the story had their own completely different personalities, even down to the chamber maids and it was great fun to read and see how they interact with each other.
There was quite a bit of drama that was taking place throughout the story, and while I don’t usually like stories with that level of it, I think that the author was able to incorporate it in the story very well. There were enough twists and turns that were taking place that this story will suck you into it and you won’t want to put the book down.
With every book, no matter how much you love it, there are also the downsides. To me, the “discovery” that Darmik made? I totally saw that coming, but even still, I enjoyed the book. I really wish that I would have known there was a cliffhanger because come the end of the book I was on baited breath waiting to find out what was going to happen next. I also felt like there were more questions than answers during the course of this book. I am hoping that the next book will be able to answer some of those questions, because I felt in a way that we didn’t discover anything new in this book.
Overall, I did completely enjoy this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great new read!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The first book in the series is technically free, and that isn’t always a good thing. However, free is free and the description sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a shot.
There wasn’t a lot that I didn’t like about it, 2 things really, and they were both pretty technical. It is obvious to the reader who Rema is. Given that you read the prologue, the reader knows for a fact that Rema is the secret princess almost right away… we are just waiting for everyone else to figure it out, including herself. Saying that, the first point on my con list is that there were SOO many clues as to who Rema actually was and Darmik is so blind to it. I was getting pretty annoyed. And when he does figure it out, he gets all peeved because he thinks she knows who she is and lied to him and planned this huge scheme all along, which wasn’t the case at all. The second part I had a problem with was the riddle that is given. It was SO vague and it was solved in no time. It wasn’t really that great of a riddle to begin with, which is a major pet peeve of mine when it comes to that type of thing. It definitely could have used some revising.
Now on to my loves! I LOVED the characters. Rema was headstrong and free spirited and wild, but had a fierce sense of loyalty and showed compassion. Important qualities for a princess… even if she doesn’t know she is one. Darmik was also well structured. I liked how dedicated he was to his job, he was actually sentencing executions and trying to defeat the rebels, he wasn’t helping them escape or showing mercy like I expected his character to do. I don’t think I would have liked him so much if he didn’t have that hard, military side to him. He is a man full of flaws and it was perfectly done… even if I didn’t agree with some of the writing choices, I did like how it tied together with his character.
I WAS a little disappointed by the lack of character development. Darmik maybe develops a tiny bit, but everyone else pretty much remains the same. However, I am willing to cut the author some slack because it is the first book in the series and she was pretty busy laying down the plots foundation. Saying that, I am loving the plot! It has definitely been done before, it reminds me a bit of Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass (which you can read my review about HERE). Secret princess, tyrant king, love triangle between the prince and the commander of the army. Very similar, even though I would be hesitant to call whats between Rema, Darmik and the prince a ‘love triangle’ seeing as there is an obvious love interest… or at least there is for this first book. I would be interested to see if that changes in the next two novels.
Overall, it was pretty well done. The writing was engaging, the plot is pretty good, I don’t always agree with the artistic choices the author made, but I don’t necessarily disagree with them either… some things were done differently than I would have imagined but the same outcome came out of it. I would definitely recommend this book to my medieval lovers out there, and those who are fond of the whole secret princess aspect. I can’t wait to read book 2!
Orphan girl actually princess, handsome hero unaware, bad guy (s) thwart love at every turn. Really? However, I could have gotten over the lack of plot if the characters had shown any sort of depth or intelligence but they didn't. The good guy tortures and kills people but we're supposed to forgive him because...the author never actually gives an excuse. The bad guy has no problem raping and killing anyone but gives in when the heroine asks him not to kiss her? The heroine acts like a child but every once in a while throws out a political statement about the abuses of the people then in the next paragraph, dreamily swoons over her love-one of the same royal family who abuses the people. And then the end...wait, there is no ending (at all) so you must buy the next book. No thanks.
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