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- Book 1 of 5 in Order of the MoonStone
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"Ms.Morrows creates intrigue, suspense, and romance all within the pagesof the novel. I cannot wait until the next one comes out. This bookis an excellent read." ~ToniShiloh, authorof A Life to Live
"Thenarrative style and voice are reminiscent of older works of fictionand unlike what this reader usually finds in today's YA, but theysuit the story, setting, and characters very well." ~CynthiaT. Toney, authorof award winning YA novel; 8Notes to a Nobody
"Iended up devouring it. The Order of the MoonStone series has thepotential, if played right, of being a fan favorite." ~NicoleL Rivera, authorof FindingUnauthorized Faith in Harry Potter
"ARELUCTANT ASSASSIN,the first book in the Orderof the Moonstone series,is a must-read." ~ABackwards Story Book Reviews
From the Back Cover
Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait -- for the perfect moment.
Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .
But due to his father's unexpected death and an archaic law -- he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.
And the one woman he wants -- just might be the one who is there to kill him...
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 230 pages
- Publication Date : September 29, 2015
- Publisher : S&G Publishing; 1st Edition (September 29, 2015)
- File Size : 2050 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0137ZPN92
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,232 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Set in our planet’s future, at a time after the fourth world war, the story details that monarchy has become the dominant form of government and that ancient customs surrounding the succession of rulers abound. A prince is poised to take his father’s empty throne, but first he must marry.
Hopeful brides-to-be descend upon the kingdom, each with families eager to become a part of Prince Dvarius’ realm. Among them is Kayden. Kayden is not your average ordinary bachelorette. She has a mission. That mission’s directives do not include landing a spot on the throne as Dvarius’ queen.
Things don’t proceed according to Kayden’s plan and she finds herself in an uncomfortable spot. Is she Cinderella in this post-apocalyptic fairy tale or is she more akin to Lady Tremaine? Can she – will she complete her mission. Can she – will she survive the outcome either way?
Kayden is a great character. She’s a strong-willed, intelligent and highly competent individual. She’s tough, but human. She’s heroic, but flawed. All that works to the story’s advantage. Dvarius is an enigma to her. He doesn’t fit the princely mold. There’s something different, and deep, about him. The complexities of Kayden’s character and mission coupled with the mystery surrounding the prince work together to produce a fun read that leaves the reader anxious for the next installment.
Note to parents: This book is free from profanity and adult situations. There is some mild violence, but nothing at all explicit. The story is wholesome and reflects positive values. It is appropriate for pretty much all ages, but would be most enjoyed by those in middle school or higher.
Yes, Prince Dvarius is religious. But the way J.C. Morrows wrote his belief was amazing. She made him realize that his faith was his. He never pushes it on other characters and even when it is mentioned, it's not over the top. The one portion where it is heavily used made sense for the character and for the overall plot of the story.
Now, to digress from that point. This book was breathtakingly beautiful. You have an assassin, Kayden, that is thrust into a life of luxury that she is unaccustomed to in order to assassinate Dvarius. On top of that, Dvarius is in a position where his father died, but he cannot be on the throne without a queen (because rules). They are both thrust into uncomfortable positions that they must deal with in order to get to their goal.
Honestly, there were two reasons I gave this four rather than five stars. One is due to the relationship that develops between Kayden and Dvarius. I realize that this is a work of fiction, but I felt at times their romantic attraction seemed to have no basis. Mainly because we see no real interactions between him and the other girls selected as potential spouses other than one girl he sends away, and Catarine.
The other reason is that there was a side character that would occasionally show up to be all pissy that Kayden was chosen for this job. But we get no real information on him and I was left wanting more about him. Hopefully in the next one! Because yes, I am continuing this series. Especially with the little sneak peek I read at the end of this novel.
I like Kayden. She's spunky, fierce, daring, and brave. Although at first, she was very determined in her goal and as the story progressed she became a little unsure of herself, I liked that she was real. She had real emotions and to be blindsided the way she was, even though it was her mission, showed the multiple sides of humanity.
Dvarius was a strong, undermined, emotional man. I liked him too!
This story came across to me as Ester meets Cinderella. I loved the thrill of danger with the glint and glamor of balls and gorgeous dresses.
I'll have to purchase the next book. This was too good to not continue the series!
This book reminded me very much of "The Selection Series" but with a sinister twist. Kayden Argos is sent to masquerade as one of the hopefuls who will win the prince's heart, but she is sent to kill him. The book is set in the kingdom of Auralius, in a future time, although not futuristic in the science fiction sense. There are still castles and all gowns.
Prince Dvarius is not so sure he wants to choose a bride just yet. By the end of the book, readers come to an unexpected end that keeps you wanting to know more....(I don't want to divulge any secrets here) but in the end scene we meet Sir Alfried Malcom, which I am sure will probably be an interesting discovery as the story continues. The Order of the Moonstone is an underground resistance movement. Drey is a mysterious figure we hear about briefly, he is an important figure in this resistance. The story does not really center around him, but around Kayden and Dvarius and their struggles as they come to terms with their various roles in life.
The story ends on a cliffhanger and the second book in the Order of the Moonstone Series is called, " A Treacherous Decision"
I would recommend this book to a younger audience, it's clean and easy to read.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
Having said that I have to be fair and say it is a well written story. Obviously set in the future flowing a terrible war, but using historical ideas as well. Almost going back to mediaeval times & manners.
Can't wait to read the next book!! Bring it!!
It is not a heavy book with great details about the characters but enough to know were they are coming from.
This book is not meant to find deep meanings in every word they say but it is a journey for the characters from were they once were to were they are going. It is more a refection of life and deciding what is more important and the decisions that people make affect more than now thing.
I am going to read the rest of the story.
The books are on the short side but also on the low cost side also. If you buy a series of books it will end up the same price if you bought one fat paged filled book.
Still... intriguing premise: what if, in a dystopian future, a Cinderalla-type is sent to kill the prince?
Kayden (the assassin) and the prince are complex and appealing characters, and I think the rest of their story would be good reading.