- File Size: 1499 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (July 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0786NJVQQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A heart-warming and charming debut. In Kiss of the Royal, Lindsey Duga carves out a delightful fantasy adventure wrapped up in finding first love." ―Sara Wolf, NYT bestselling author of Bring Me Their Hearts
"A timeless tale with a marvelous twist!" ―Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author
"An action-packed fantasy filled with richly-drawn characters, page-turning twists, and a steamy romance, Kiss of the Royal will capture your heart like a magical kiss." ―Brenda Drake, NYT bestselling author of the Library Jumpers series
"Full of swoony romance intertwined with non-stop adventure, Kiss of the Royal was a delight from start to finish. Lindsey Duga has created a world with fairytale charm and shivers that readers are sure to enjoy." ―Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon and Onyx & Ivory
"Brimming with detailed world building and characters you can't help but fall in love with, Kiss of the Royal left me breathless until the very last page, just as any good kiss should!" ―Amber Mitchell, author of Garden of Thorns
"...Unlike anything I've read before...like a new fairy tale..." - HappyWhenSheReads
"A thrilling and alluring read." - Book Queen
"The universe and lore that Duga builds in Kiss of the Royal is so unique that it's bound to capture your attention." - Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Lindsey Duga's descriptive language is just beautiful, there is no other word for it. The creatures, the landscape, the effects of the magic spells... It's all written in such a way that you feel as if you are there, seeing everything Princess Ivy is seeing. I had a clear picture in my head the entire time I was reading, and I loved every minute of it. It's a beautifully written book!
The premise was also very interesting! I could see some of the turns coming - ok, girl meets boy, and they don't get along? I guess they're going to end up together! But, the more central plot twists were unexpected, and I get excited when a YA book can surprise me!
I really enjoyed Kiss of the Royal, and I can't wait to read more from Lindsey Duga. This time, her words transported me to Myria, and I am excited to see where she takes me next!
Author Lindsey Duga
Description from Amazon
Princess Ivy has one goal―end the war against the Forces of Darkness.
Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair―if only they could agree on…well, just about anything.
But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help, and he’s not exactly cooperating.
Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they’ll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right…
Please see my hype post for my full initial thoughts, but I was excited enough to read this book all in one day (the day I got it).
Bromley — nothing got past him. He knew everything and I loved his character. Despite what their society believed, he always encouraged Ivy to give Zach a chance. He was more of a sibling to Ivy than either of Ivy’s biological sisters. I’d like to see a spin-off about Bromley. He deserves it.
Somethings I Liked
I thought the world building was interesting — I can’t think of any other books where something fundamental (like love in this case), was not believed in. It’s an interesting way to create a setting.
The length of the book — I thought this was the perfect number of pages for this story. I was a one day read and that was just right.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
The magic system — I thought the magic was a little bit cheesy.
Overall, I thought this was a cute story the likeable characters and unique world building. It was a fast read and the price on Amazon was great for a paperback.
Recommendations for Further Reading
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – while the magic and world building are not at all the same, the main characters and their dynamic are quite similar. If you liked Ivy and Zach’s banter, check out The Lady Rogue.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – again, the magic and setting are different, but if you liked the idea of one character challenging the fundamental beliefs of another, give this book a shot. Irie, Eelyn, and Fiske all have different and conflicting beliefs in Sky in the Deep and coming to terms with all of it becomes the difference between life and death.
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – this is a story where the main character is basically taught that love isn’t real. Mari has one mission and one objective: marry the prince and steal his fortune. Her mother and her way of life have taught her that you don’t need love to survive.
Goblins, dwarves, griffins, dragons, curses, witches, magic, Princes, Princesses, KISSES!
Oh my word, it MUST be another fairytale!
But NO! It isn’t! It’s BETTER than JUST another fairytale. This is the tale that puts all those other stories of fairies and….tales…to rest! ENOUGH of those sputtering damsels in distress. Poison apple this, lost slipper that! “But It can all be cured by TWU WUV’S FIRST KISS!”
LADIES! Get a HANDLE on yourselves!
“By the seventh day of constant agony, I wished I hadn’t already killed the dwarf who cast this locking curse on me. I wanted the opportunity to kill him again. Slower this time.”
-Ivy, Kiss of the Royal
In Ivy’s world, the ones with royal blood are the ones that fight on the front lines of battle. With the four kingdoms in a five-hundred-year battle against the Evil Queen and her dark forces, the need for royal warriors is in high demand. A partnership between a Prince and Princess is a force to be reckoned with, but the kiss that a Princess can bestow on a Prince is even stronger. Each kiss can heal a Prince of a curse put on them by a troll or dwarf, and it can also give the Princes the warrior power of ten men. The more pureblood a royal is, the stronger the kiss and magic. As Ivy is a direct descendant of the original Queen Myriana, her kisses are the most powerful. But with the death of her fifth Prince, Ivy must find another partner to go into battle with. Enter, Zach. Zach is unlike any Prince Ivy has ever met, and to say he is unorthodox is an understatement. Soon Zach and Ivy are given a dangerous task that holds every kingdom’s fate in their hands, but Zach refuses to kiss Ivy or cooperate with her in any way. With two very different outlooks, these two must come together to defeat a common enemy.
A prince that won’t kiss a princess?!? Color me SHOCKED and SPEECHLESS, and heavy on the sarcasm! 😉
Let’s just dive right in, shall we?
So where this story differs from our regularly scheduled fairytale programs, is that these Princes and Princesses are bred to be warriors. Literally. Princesses are sent to a place called Frieda to be paired with Princes and produce strong royals to be trained for war. Once a Prince or Princess has gone through training, they are bonded with a partner who matches their skillset or power. The more pureblood a royal is, the stronger they are. In this story, the Princesses are the real heroes. As the Princes charge into battle, the Princesses stay back an act as their eyes and ears; firing at anything that gets close to their Princes. If a prince goes down, their bonded Princess gives them a healing kiss and saves their lives. But these Princesses can kick ass too! They train just as hard as the Princes, and I love it!
Obviously, the main aspect of this story centers around kissing. When I started reading I kept thinking what a funny concept this was. For these Princesses to just be running around kissing Princes like it’s nothing? Oh, no big deal! But due to how these royals are raised, it isn’t a big deal. They believe in lust, but they don’t believe in love. They believe that love is a fantastical thought and idea that the “Romantica” created, and that there is no such thing. For these royals who put their lives on the line each day, kissing is what keeps them alive and fighting. It is a weapon, and that’s it.
But for Zach, that isn’t the case. Zach is a Saevallan Prince who travels to the Crown City of Myria with his Saevallan army to aid in the battle against the dark forces. He is rumored to be the best swordsman and fiercest warrior they have, which isn’t a lie. But Zach is unlike the rest of the royals. He was raised on the streets, didn’t acknowledge his royal blood until recently, and best of all…he was raised as a Romantica. DING DING DING. ROOOOMAANNNCEEE. So naturally the pairing between Ivy and Zach would be a formidable one, except for the part of Zach not wanting a partner. As a Romantica, Zach doesn’t agree with using the “kiss” as a weapon because it means something different to him. Which is true…but there is WAY more to it that I obviously can’t tell you.
As one could guess, a romance develops…but a difficult one at that! A boy who was raised on love and a girl who was raised to not even think it was real? Talk about complicated! As the two set out on their task, they encounter countless battles and dangers. Though I was a bit miffed about that ending, it wasn’t a complete issue for me. I wish the author would have wrapped everything up JUST a little better. I feel like I missed a ton of important moments between the ending of the story and the epilogue. I felt like this could have been elaborated on more because it left me feeling a bit rushed.
There is a ton of action in this story, a few close calls, countless arguments between Ivy and Zach, and a truly different outlook on the normal fairytale. These characters are developed in a way that showcases their fierceness, as well as their innocence and value. The reader is encased in a battle between doing what one is taught, and doing what one wants and feels. It is SUCH a different outlook and take on the “true loves kiss” idea and it is done PERFECTLY! I’m only wishing this was a ten part series…I want more, more, more!
“When had I become someone who struggled with the difference between a kiss and a Kiss?”
-Ivy, Kiss of the Royal
Top international reviews
Ivy und Zach waren einfach super zusammen. Das Gezanke zu lesen hat Spaß gemacht, aber auch die Abenteuer, denen sie sich stellen mussten waren spannend und ich konnte das Buch einfach nicht aus der Hand legen, denn ich musste wissen, ob es sich lohnt, an die Liebe zu glauben.
Eine herrliche Geschichte über die familiäre und romantische Liebe, aufregende Abenteuer und was es bedeutete, für einander da zu sein.
Der Schreibstil war sehr flüssig und locker, das Englisch einfach zu lesen und es hat einfach mega Spaß gemacht.