on Aug. 6, 2014 :
I would like to express my gratitude towards the group David Estes Fans and YA Books Lovers and the author A. C. Harrah for giving me the honor to read this book for an honest review!
Ok, let's start with the confession that when I started this book I was like great another male point of view, why do I keep doing stuff like this, I would slap myself but I am so vain that I do not feel like hurting my skin and less my gorgeous face, what if I meet my frog prince, I mean my own prince Liam….Ok, it feels so good to let that out of my chest!!
And I can openly said that I am so fortunate to read this, because it was just perfect, not Disney fairytale perfect, but this story was executed better than I originally thought, it had everything on it, romance, friendship, vengeance, violence, seduction, caring, cruelty, it was full of great twists and incredible narrative, I did not only got one centered perspective but many sides of the story, for a moment I felt like I was watching my favorite novela (Note: I am Hispanic and I am still into Novelas, you should look at my face when I am watching Univision, you'll get a good laugh out of my facial expressions), I couldn't just finish a chapter without wanting to read the next and the next, I barely got any sleep, not that I am complaining, no way, it was a challenge, I needed, craved and desired to read more about Liam and mostly because I wanted to see if he got what he surely was lacking off and oh my dear rana and castles and ponds and rings and horses and brothers and balls and jeez…… I couldn't get enough, I need rehab, a vacation, better a boat ride…. Or a trip or a well.
Liam was just the jerk guy you meet at the bar, who does not give a …. You know what…. About what others think or expect of him, his honesty and bluntness got him into the slimy situation he put himself to, but I should said that it was not fair but I am glad it happened.
Cordelia was, oh baby Jesus, an spoiled brat, who was very upset after rejection, but I admired her strength and very feminist side of her, I should applaud to her when she stood for herself against her parents, wow! And it takes guts to admit that you f-up…. And there is no way to fix it!
Gabrielle, oh that poor child, I was so moved towards her and how the author introduced her to us, she became like a friend to me, and then I just loved her, I could have imagined her with Liam but then again Cordelia's feelings toward Liam gotten in the way….
Alan, awe, the misfit brother, the baby brother, who gets no kingdom, well I can relate to him a little bit, and I tried to sympathize with him but I thought of him more of a very jealous, invidious, and even ambitious pal than a compassionate one, well he kind of redeems himself and then I warmed towards him a tiny bit….
Riona, oh this girl seriously needed a good security guards a 24/7, for a moment I thought I was watching Jerry Springer….. I wanted to cut someone's testicles, for god sake's what a disturbed mind. Poor Riona!
Anyways, the frog turns into hero, the witch finds redemption, the second son still has not what his heart desires, the king got his son back but there were a lot of untold, so now I get to speculate what is going to happen next….
Thank you for the read!!!
(review of free book)
on July 26, 2014 :
This was such an outstanding YA Fantasy Romance for me. I loved the different aspects of family drama, incest, friendship, love, betrayal and so much more. A. C. Harrah has created a novel that follows seamlessly. My only compliant was that the world building was not there. I felt like there could have been more to learn about the kingdoms and people in it. However, despite the lack of world building I was still pulled in at every turning page.
The basics: Liam is a young prince that loves to play games, do pranks and avoid his duty as future king. He even refuses to find a bride. The night of yet another ball for him to find a bride, he and his friend Cordelia prank the guests. In the end, his father punishes him by agreeing to marry him off to Cordelia. He says no because he sees her as a sister which causes Cordelia to become angry and curse Liam. He is cursed and transformed into an animal. The only way to break the curse is to feel the pain Cordelia felt.
From the start I enjoyed this book. Learning about Liam and how immature he was kept me hooked. Cordelia was an interesting character for me. I liked her, then hated her and then loved her at the end. She was a major b*tch in how she treated Liam and how she abandoned Gabrielle.
Gabrielle was an awesome character, but to find out who she really was add another plot twist to the story. Riona was such a sweet character. I totally loved her and to find out why she ran away from home killed me. I had to cry for her.
I couldn't stand Alan. I tried to but he was just the jealous younger brother that didn't care for his older brother. It disgusted me how he acted at the end of the story.
The ending was perfect! Liam matured, found love and it was just the perfect happily ever after.
Totally enjoyed reading this book.
(review of free book)