Title: A Stolen Crown
Author: Kelsey Keating
Published: January 17, 2017 by Swanifide Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Period: August 29 – September 2, 2017
A stolen crown. An unbreakable friendship. One big mess in the making.
When Princess Cecily Degalt travels south to wed a prince she’s never met, she’s ushered into a strange new world alongside her best friend and bodyguard, Rory Castille. With an MIA fiancé, his handsome twin brother, and a kidnapping gone wrong, life in Myrzel isn’t quite what Cecily expected.
Rory will do anything to keep Cecily from harm–but when Rory’s darkest secret comes between her and Cecily, the greatest danger to the princess might be Rory herself.
Torn apart for the first time, each girl will have to think like the other as she faces not only the darkness of Fangralee Forest, but a dangerous enemy closer to home.
As I go through with the table of contents, this book has lesser number of chapters than the first book (A Stolen Kiss) which I thought it is a short story. Nevertheless, this is another adventure at Fangralee Forest!
Princess Cecily is sent to Myrzel as Prince Rakesh betrothed. She is Prince Humphrey’s sister. Rory is Princess Cecily’s best friend and personal bodyguard. She’s a girl gifted with strength. Prince Ephraim is Prince Rakesh twin brother who always fall in love who is also Tom’s brother, a sorcerer. Daegan is one of the servers at Myrzel, who is also Rory’s master.
As you’ve read how those people above connected to each other, you’ll already have an idea how twisted this story might be. A Stolen Crown is a unique concept. For me, this book is refreshing and entertaining. Princess Cecily’s insecurity about herself represents how women are unsatisfied with their body. I like how her companions give opinions about her body size when Princess Cecily became so anxious about it. I am speechless at Rory’s bravery and persistence, and her helplessness when she was controlled. Actually, I like how A Stolen Crown’s character presents their selves because there are strong and weak points.
Moreover, maybe I only got three predictions correct in this book. Like the first book (A Stolen Crown), there are so many twists that I did not anticipate. I enjoy book that makes me think and surprise me at the end.
A Stolen Crown is full of humor, twisted twists, but what really fascinates me are spells such as Love at Kiss, Love at First Dance, Love at First Fight. Additionally, how spells work. While reading, it makes me want to explore the world of sorcery or witchcraft. This book is well-written, and I highly recommend this book for those readers looking for YA, fantasy, magic, and romance.
P.S. These are my final thoughts:
Poor Rory, so helpless. Poor Daeghana, so helpless too. Abusive Mercusius. Stupid Prince Ephraim. Innocent Tom. Kel’s hot. BUT what breaks my heart is… why do you have to kill Gene?! WHY?!?
P.P.S. I’m having a hard time posting a review without spoiling it!
P.P.P.S. Gorgeous BOOK COVER!!!
“I often find we are too harsh on those we should be helping and too lenient on others. A noble, for instance, would be more likely to go unpunished for murder than a peasant would be for stealing bread to feed his children. A broken system.”
“You don’t know what it’s like to have someone control your every move—to be forced to do things you don’t want to do. You have no idea how I feel right now.”
“Falling in love is an emotion, how you feel for a day. Real love is something you choose over and over again.”
“Can you imagine a world where people were honest with each other? Think of it. Instead of hiding who we are and keeping secrets, we’d tell people the truth, the way I just told you about my past.”
“People would hurt each other if they always told the truth”
“Life can be terrible. It’s filled with darkness. That’s why we need the light.”
“When men say a woman is like a sister to them, it almost always means they’re secretly interested in her.”