Title: A Stolen Kiss (Stolen Royals #1)
Author: Kelsey Keating
Published: March 2, 2016 by Swanifide Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Period: August 21-28, 2017
In her debut novel, Ms Keating takes us on an adventure journey filled with magical surprises.
A stolen kiss. An unstable curse. One big mess in the making.
Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria’s curse keeps her from accepting a prince’s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn’t dare refuse.
With the help of a lady’s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends–all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won’t be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they’ve fought for years to keep hidden.
A Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series–an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous lies, and being true to the power within.
I need to breathe from reading too much contemporary romance! So, I decided to read A Stolen Crown which is part of my NetGalley. However, I can’t start reading it without reading the first book which is A Stolen Kiss.
Derric works at the castle stable. Sarah is Derric’s sister where she works under Princess Maria Regalla of Opea, who is cursed and Prince Humphrey’s betrothed.
This book is cute, fun, entertaining and page-turner. The twists keep on coming way to fast but it is not to the point where you couldn’t keep up anymore. Most of my theories are not correct. I can’t predict this book, seriously. There are so many unexpected revelations. Twist after twist. And there is one particular twist that blew my mind.
Further, most of the time the chapter title is obvious; I still look forward to what will happen in each chapter.
Additionally, the presentation of female centaur left me in awe. In their world, male centaurs are the homemakers and female centaura are the hunters. What if that’s the case here? The women empowerment in this book is very strong. If you’ve read my other reviews, you could notice that I’m a sucker of books presenting women in power.
I commend Kelsey Keating for detailed description of every scene or every creature/monster because it helps me so much to fully imagine it.
I’m glad that there’s a bonus material specifically the Magical Clauses and I’m learning so much about it. Plus, I think centaur in this book is a foreign version of “tikbalang” here in the Philippines.
I highly recommend this book especially to those readers looking for something extraordinary story. This has magic, adventure, love affairs and unimaginable world. I’ve tweeted before that this book is under promoted and I still believe that it is. I hope that many people read this one.
I can’t remember the last time I had so many quotable quotes in a book. I can’t believe I gathered so many in one book.
“Anything worth having is worth struggling to achieve.”
“The question is what he’s willing to lose in order to have what he wants.”
“Magic isn’t evil, not at its core. It’s neutral. The user is the one in control, just as with any other power source, like money or nobility.”
“We’re all liars in our own way. It’s a despicable thing, but we lie to protect ourselves.”
“Tell one truth, cover it up with two more lies.”
“Like my head might split apart. Like maybe I’ll never know happiness or warmth again.”
“Don’t tell me I know nothing of pain. Don’t act like you know my life.”
“We all have our shortcomings,” Maria said. “I don’t think there’s any way to get through this without them coming to light.”
“it’s not the centaur males out there fighting—it’s the females. Haven’t you learned anything from them? I don’t want to be cooped up or fragile anymore. I want to help. I want to fight!”
“Things always work out as they should, regardless of our feelings in the matter.”
“…if you can’t make decisions for yourself, what makes you think you have the right to make decisions for them”
“Humans. Your females are capable of so much, and yet they try to convince you that you are nothing. Without you, the human race couldn’t exist. It is about time you start realizing your own amazing talents, because no one else can give you self-worth.”
“If you focus on your mistakes and your failures, you’ll never grow past them. You’ll never overcome them. This darker part of you will fester and eat at your soul”
“keep your eyes open and remember: people are more than a single layer. They are more than their name or their bloodline.”
“Darkness hides in all of our hearts, but each of us has the strength to fight it. We need only choose to do so.”
“Everyone’s so obsessed with doing the right thing, but if you’re miserable doing it, how can it be the right thing?”
“Even the strongest can be broken,”
“Blood does not make a family. Family is made up of the people who love you no matter what.”