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The beginning is fantastic. You're immediately thrown into the action of the main character, Arianna, losing the queen, and having to compete against the other heirs for the crown. It's pretty obvious from the get-go that she's going to be queen, and I kinda wish there had been more...tension about her succeeding. But of course, Arianna is just slightly different from her other heirs, and flies through the challenges with little to no issue with results above everyone else. Which makes her nerves about not being crowned seem a little fake. After she is crowned is when the book lost me.
In a stereotypical way, she defies everyone's suggestions of staying safe before her coronation and ventures out to central park where of course, everything goes wrong and they are attacked by the new antagonist, the fae. From here everything in the story felt like it turned into a muddled mess. The characters are not growing. If anything, it feels like they are getting dumber. The dialogue got stale, and the fae don't make any sense. If they are SO much more powerful than the shifters, so much so that they can kill their queen without even leaving evidence, why don't they just annihilate everyone? Maybe that's later on the story but it seems to be a situation of a stereotypical all powerful villain that's held back because...of no good reason other than there wouldn't be a story otherwise.
Otherwise, the world building in this book is insanely good. I love the concept of the wolf shifters vs the bear shifters, as well as the male vs female hierarchy. And if this book does anything right it's the romance! The budding romance and secret kiss between the bear king and Arianna, is amazing. It leaves you wanting more! It's forbidden, but they have insanely genuine chemistry, and it's just everything you want to route for.
All in all I will probably EVENTUALLY finish this book. I probably will even buy the sequel. It's a decent read, but not the best that I've ever read.
The writing was really disjointed and rushed on top of the cliché fest the story is. I have noticed that the only Jaymin Eve books I really don’t like are the ones she has co-written with Leia Stone, so I do wonder how much of this is really Jaymin’s writing and if it is mostly Leia Stone, because it’s a hot mess.
This book is NA, not YA, the characters are in their 20’s and the content is in that age range.
The plot of this book intrigued me which is why I picked it up in the first place. I love shifter books. There has always been something about them that interests me. What caught my eye about this book was the blurb. “The queen has been murdered and four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.” This just spoke to me for some reason. I feel this promises plenty of action in the book, which is one thing I think shifter books need. Then there is the bit about a “forbidden kiss” and a “bear king” that just adds some mystery along with some idea that this romance is going to be far from typical.
The characters in this book are so dynamic. Arianna is a wonderful character. I love how much strength she has. She is 20 years old and has been groomed to be queen one day, but never thought it would happen. Even with that, she has run a whole borough of the city as Alpha and seems to be doing a great job at it. Add in the fact that she takes responsibility for her 5 year old sister and you have one strong and amazing female character that our young girls can look up to. I think what I love most about this character is she allows herself to feel fear, but does not let it control her. She is able to keep herself put together for her people.
This book has many other characters as well. The council plays a part in this book and it just reminds me of how much I hate politics. You have the other heirs as well. Only one was most noteworthy and not in the best of ways. Arianna’s friends play a big role in this book. She has her circle of 6 who guard her, but who are also her friends. They protect her not out of duty but out of love. It shows what kind of person Arianna is. Then you have her advisor who is pretty amazing. While she is a stickler for rules, she also genuinely cares about Arianna. Violet is a wonderful character and I hope she gets her own book or novella in the future because she is a spitfire that would be interesting to read from her point of view. The final character is Kade, the bear king. He is probably my favorite character because while Arianna is mistrusting of him, it is clear to me as a reader that Kade is transparent. He is strong and fair. I wish we got to read from his point of view.
The heat in this book is there, but not too much. There are a couple of forbidden kisses and intense moments, but no outright hands on moments. I feel this book’s goal in the heat department was to get the readers to really invest in this forbidden romance and be rooting for it. Each time the two characters would get together, even the readers could feel the sexual tension. I think this aspect of the book was wonderfully written.
The writing style of this book was flawless. I could not believe that this book was written by not one, but two authors. I feel it is hard to get a book to seem so smooth when there are two different people who have two different voices writing the same story. I am amazed that this book did not seem to have a problem. The pace of this book is steady with a lot going on, but not so much that the reader feels there is too much. I think this book was just the right amount of mystery and set up the series to continue on into the next books.
Overall, I fell in love with this book. It is an amazing novel that kept me enamored the entire time I was reading it. I did not want to put it down. I have already started recommending this book to friends. I have already started the next book and plan to have the series read in the next day or two. If you haven’t started it, then what are you waiting for?
Writing Style: 5/5