Coming to you today with a long overdue post, so I’m gonna skip the quirky intro and just head into the review!
Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangles Teen
Pub Date: July 3rd, 2018
Price: $13.99 CAD
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.
*I was provided with an advanced digital copy via Netgalley by the publisher, this does not affect my opinion*
What I Liked:
I enjoyed this book. It was not a favourite, but in the moment I enjoyed it.
When I first read the title and I knew this was gonna be cheesy and it was cheesy, no doubt about it. I thought the whole Kiss thing wouldn’t bother me. But it just felt super duper cheesy and yet I was very intrigued by it.
I liked Zach. I expected him to be moody, broody and mean, but he was actually super funny, charismatic and gentle. (Maybe I’m getting tired of the moody broody…dun dun duhhhh) It was really refreshing to read about a male character who was funny and dorky, but still strong and but kicking.
Ivy was plenty fun too. She has to deal with a lot. Especially as her beliefs were challenged and her world is put upside down. I totally understand her struggle and warring emotions when you are told that everything you believe in is untrue and that your whole way of life is just a big nope. I think everyone can relate to that a little. And boy does she struggle coming to terms with it. She is stubborn and determined to do what she thinks is best, but sometimes her judgment was clouded and she didn’t truly open her eyes to possibility. Her stubbornness was quite admirable, but she grows throughout the book and gains a better perspective of the world.
The World was quite fun. I wish the creature/monsters were more developed but the magic was great and the battles were great. Again the cheesiness did have me cringing just a little, but it was a good world.
Okay so the romance — it was clearly a heavy point of this book. It was nicely done. Slow burn and all. It was literally the answer to many problems for *reasons.* I shipped the ship. The two bumped heads a lot, but they were able to grow aside each other. The only only thing that had me kind of ummmmm was that Ivy really changed for Zach, but Zach didn’t change much himself……………………………
WhatI I Disliked:
Squeaky clean ending. This did not work for me. Duga had set up a great battle with a great beast. There was magic to be had. Excellent fighters at the wait and she delivered it with a two second end. No fighting needed. And while I get why she chose to end the battle in that way………………….I wanted more……………action. More risk. More. More. More.
That being said. Backstory was really lacking for me. This story had a great history to go with it and Duga lends it all in one big info dump flashback right before the battle. Come on…..I wanted it to trickle into the story slowly. For her to give us an understanding of the history without giving it all away in one go. But no.
Its just a tad cringey. Just a tad. Not super bad. But you know when you read the words “Magical Kiss” or “True Loves Kiss,” don’t you cringe even just a little???? I mean the whole kiss element was not bad and while you might think there was a lot of smooching in the book, that was actually not the case. But still you had to bypass little cheesy phrases such as those. Or maybe they are not so cringey and I am just a little too over that.
Overall, it was a fun book. It could have used maybe a little more oompf and you have to be comfortable with reading some cheesy lines. It’s a fast(ish) read, so I think many of you, should you choose to read it, will fly through it!
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars
Recommend: It’s a solid 3, so yeah!
Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Do you ever find yourself cringing at certain phrases in a book? How do you deal with too much cheese?