Hey guys – welcome to my stop on the Kiss of the Royal blog tour. Before we continue, can I just say, this book cover is gorgeous! The book itself is pretty cute too…. 😀
Kiss of the Royal
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 3, 2018
In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.
With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.
“True Love’s Kiss is a story told by cult-believers – not Royals – because it’s a bloody fairy tale!”
Okay, before we get too far into the review I need to ask for some willing suspension of disbelief here. I’m going to get into what bothered me most about this story right off the bat. It was very hard for me to believe that there was this entire nation of people who thought the idea of Love was nonsense. Especially since nearly every person in this world at one point or another became incredibly emotional. I was skeptical that it took 500 years for two people to find each other and ‘fall in love.’ What the hell took so long?
But, okay, let’s put that aside and just believe for a second, this world could exist. Now we’re getting somewhere because this story was pretty good once I stopped obsessing over this detail.
I’d never thought I would bend to Lust’s will so easily, submitting to petty emotions like jealousy, which the Legion taught so severely to evade… It was painfully apparent to me that one glance from Zach was more exciting to me than any Kiss I’d ever shared with another prince.
First off, the world building was impressive. I love that this was a stand alone & it is often so hard to create a world, especially one in the middle of a War with so little time to do it. It did take a few chapters to really get into it but I could tell that Duga really tried to spread out the information so as not to completely dump it on the reader right in the very beginning. There was a learning curve & I’m especially happy that a lot of my questions were answered by the end of the book. She left no stone unturned.
Ivy and Zach were pretty cute together. And while I generally like a little snark in my heroines, Ivy was honest and intelligent in a world that seemed so domineering and a bit sexist. I didn’t love that she just accepted the sexist aspects of her culture with the excuse that it was “logical” but I appreciated that she worked to change things regardless. Zach was goofy and a bit sarcastic to offset Ivy’s seriousness. Most importantly, I believed their relationship & completely understood what they liked about each other.
Isn’t the irony hilarious? The girl I love begging me to kiss her everyday, and I have to refuse. And I have to. Not just for my own beliefs and this golden theory, but for my own sanity. Because a kiss would mean nothing to you, while it meant everything to me.
The romance was a bit of a slow burn. For most of the story Zach was fighting his feelings and Ivy was struggling to come to terms with her emotions and understand how she felt about Zach, especially since she was raised not to believe in Love (I know, ridiculous). But for a book with hardly any kissing, there was sure A LOT of Kissing (capital “K”). For the Royals, magic was cast with a Kiss – on the battlefield and off – and it was mentioned A LOT – like several times a page.
Kiss of the Royal was a cute, quick read. No, it was not perfect but I’m impressed with Duga & fully intend to see what she does next. I really do recommend it to any YA romance/fantasy fans out there with one warning: you probably won’t want your following read to have anything to do with K/kissing. 😀
Love wasn’t logical. It was the opposite of everything the Legion taught. The Legion taught us to rule without emotion, to base every decision on reason and lead others to do so… Did the Legion teach us only of Lust because we needed to prevent the powerful, irrational emotions that accompanied Love?
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.
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