- File Size: 2802 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Publication Date: July 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074DRTKJY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was a beautiful thing to read. Since the very beginning, Carla de Guzman enchanted me with her writing and her flower-y metas that she uses for some stuff. Felipe is a prince but he is also a farm boy, he loves plants and flowers and that's why we get lots of flower-y things.
One other thing I absolutely loved were the characters, Nina and Felipe. You know me and how much I love fake dating and yup, this book has it. It also has childhood friends so x2 feels! They really do have such a sweet and soft relationship, they get along so well so it's rather easy to get into the fake relationship and soon enough we see feelings developing.
I love that it's a story about a scandalous princess (soon to be queen!) and a quiet prince from the neighbor country. I love that Nina holds a higher rank than Felipe, because as you know, if you read lots of romances, is that most of the time the hero holds the power and it's always some sort of Cinderella story. You're gonna love all the moments they have together (he writes her letters!! he doesn't have a cellphone *I'm screaming*) This story is so grounded and earth-y, I guess?, and so much fun to read!
The Queen's Game is a fun whirlwind of a story. I immediately loved Nina. She does what she likes, she's independent and she gets the maximum out of every situation. Her behavior might not be impeccable, but she's genuine and has a good heart. She makes people feel good about themselves, which is something I liked about her a lot. She's a great friend and she and Felipe have a wonderful easy connection. I couldn't wait to find out if Nina would find a way to avoid becoming her aunt's pawn and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. She's discovering a lot about herself and finds romance in the process, which made the story even more cute.
Carla de Guzman writes about the most beautiful settings in a gorgeous vivid way. I immediately fell in love with Cincamarre. I liked the way she describes both the atmosphere of the island and the problems the people are dealing with, so it isn't just a magic fairytale island, but it's also clear for the reader which challenges Nina would face when she'd become queen. She does this with a heartwarming sense of humor that works really well. The Queen's Game is charming, endearing, incredibly entertaining and very sweet.
It's my first time to read a book that features Filipino royalty. Monarchy isn't a thing here but I'm sure there's a lot of us that are fascinated with royal families. Nina, the main character, sort of reminded me of Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries. She's rebellious and there were a lot of scandals surrounding her but she proved herself to be a great ruler, which I think Nina will grow to be one. Felipe was just too adorable, I loved the chapters in his POV because it showed a lot about him. I really can't explain much because I'm afraid it might get too spoilery, all I can say is that Nina and Felipe had the perfect chemistry. Albeit seeing the polarities in Nina and Felipe, I wish I saw more depth in terms of their personalities, and the others included. Then again, the length of the novel was shorter than I expected.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially to readers who want to see how monarchy mixes with our culture. Carla De Guzman's writing style keeps getting better and this book is one you'll never want to miss!