- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628541970
- ISBN-13: 978-1628541977
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,682,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Prince; Two Kingdoms Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Like I said, I loved the premise. A teenage foster kid discovers he's a Prince and has to chose which kingdom to reign over, The Kingdom of Light or The Kingdom of Darkness, while the two kingdoms and two girls compete for him and his loyalty. That sounds AMAZING to me! I had high expectations, but the final product was very different than what I was envisioning.
The writing is first person in present tense. This is what's happening to him and what he's thinking right now. It was all about Johnny's present; there was no communication or connection with the reader. So, there was no explaining anything; there was no world building, no background information on anything, no explaining! The reader just jumps into his present where he's already fighting monsters and making portals. I just found a lot of the elements in this book to be really random.
I'll admit the ending surprised me. I'm curious to see if she'll write a sequel because I have no idea how that would even work. I was in no way expecting the book to become interactive with the reader, and I think that was my mistake going into this book. In preparation of buying this book and reading it, I read some about the author. Jana Grissom is a middle school teacher who has foster children and offers help in bullying, intervention, prevention, identification, and a bunch of other amazing things. Basically, she's an amazing person who loves, knows, and works with children/teenagers.
With that in mind, this book totally makes sense. She wrote something for her kids - offspring, foster, and student. She wrote in the voice that they could relate to - being in the mind/present of an almost 16 year old guy. At the end, she wanted the reader/her kids to get to decide how the story ends and what would happen if they were in Johnny's shoes. This book is literally for all of her kids, and that is pretty amazing... but you might want to keep that in mind if you want to buy it.
He's the Prince, turning sixteen soon, and must make a decision that will change the balance between the light and the dark. It doesn't help that he has the raging hormones of a teenage boy, is trying to survive in a series of foster homes, and must attend high school. He's attracted to two very different and beautiful girls, which makes his decision more difficult. He was raised by guardians of the light but the temptations of the dark draw him with equal intensity. Why must he choose?
I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this fast-paced book and recommend it to readers who enjoy dark fantasy.
If someone asks me what attracted me to the book, I would say the book cover. I know I sound shallow but the darkish atmosphere created by the image matches the story perfectly. After the picture sucked me in, the blurb added the final nail in my coffin. Who could resist a tug of war between Light and Darkness? Definitely not me!
The author has portrayed Light - Heaven and Darkness - Hell in a quite different light. The setting and world building was very good. I have never seen shops, malls, pubs and other worldly attractions being depicted as a part of Hell in any book. That alone put a smile on my face a couple of times while reading the book. It goes well with the lesson between the lines conveyed by the author.
The play of scenes between the normal world and the spirit realm added an unique dimension to the story. It was one of the highlights of the book. It was a bit confusing at the start, trying to figure out which was which but it got sorted as the book progressed.
The story was well paced and the characters imbue the pages with colour and life. It was an emotional roller coaster ride. The story had highs and lows simultaneously and I was literally dragged through the pages. The protagonist, Johnny irritated me and at the same time, made me like him with his struggle between his good and bad sides. In truth, it's the story of him overcoming or succumbing to his darker side. The supporting cast of Caylee and Canyon had me entertained with their warrior skills and their banter. Shay made me roll my eyes at her effect on Johnny while Danielle made me like her with her sweet and stubborn nature. This was one conflicting read for me.
I was quite surprised with the ending and I am sure I have let my preference know with my comments. I loved the last chapter and I want to know more about the characters introduced in it. I don't want to spoil it for you so I am leaving it at that. I would like to conclude saying that this book won't be everyone's cup of tea. And lovers of darkish fantasy, take a peek at this book.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3/5
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