Book Review: The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine

Dear Bookworms,

Another stellar read from Redwine! 

I'll admit, while she had me absolutely enthralled with both The Wish Granter and The Shadow Queen, I came into this read thinking I wouldn't really love it as much only because I don't really have a strong connection with the fairytale it's based on, The Prince and the Pauper and The False Prince. 

But boy was I wrong.... Redwine BLEW. ME. AWAY.

After spending 10 years training at an elite boarding school, and graduating top of his class, Prince Javan of Akram is set upon by assassins intent on killing him before he reaches home while a boy who strikes an uncanny resemblance to Javan is instilled in his place back at the palace. Thrown into the formidable prison, Maqbara, after confronting the impostor, Javan has but one hope to be granted audience with his father and out the impostor; win the deadly gladiator style tournament hosted twice at year in Maqbara. Finding an unlikely ally in Sajda, stoic and cold slave of the ruthless warden, the two work together to try and keep Javan alive long enough to gain audience with the king. Sajda is hiding her own deadly secrets and in a place as dangerous as Maqbara, everyday is a fight to stay alive. 

Absolutely blown away once again by Redwine! Girl can write! The Traitor Prince was full of all the same elements I have come to know and love from one of her fairy-tale retelling's; the well crafted characters, heart pumping action scenes, heartbreaking loss, and incredibly detailed writing style. Her words comes alive on the pages and the breath she has breathed into her characters is something rare indeed. Can not sing her praises enough! I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next Ravenspire novel. 

Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Dear Bookworms,

THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD AND MY HEART IS BURSTING OMG.

Twins Ari and Thad, the bastard children of the King of Súndraille are suddenly thrust into the spotlight (and Thad the throne) when the royal family mysteriously dies overnight. In a fool hearty attempt to save his sisters life, Thad had made a deal with the Wish Granter. A fae whispered about from childrens stories; evil and cruel, he could grant your hearts desire, for the price of your soul. Ari refuses to allow Thad to loose his soul and is determined to find a way to defeat the Wish Granter at his own game. With the help of the new weapons master, Sebastian, Ari embarks on a deadly game of tit for tat with the most powerful and ruthless fae in the land.

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I have to say, I think I loved this book even more than The Shadow Queen (if that's even possible?!). Redwine gives us another fairytale retelling (Rumpelstiltskin) from one of Ravespires neighboring kingdom, Súndraille. I enjoyed the cameo in the beginning from Loreli and Kol (made me sqeeee!), those two are just too cute. Ari was hands down my favorite princess, ever.

"Dancing is for people who don't truly appreciate the buffet" 

She is totally my kind of people and I like where her heads at. Not only does she have a healthy appreciation and respect for snacks; she is brave even when she's terrified, smart and cunning where she lacks physical strength.



Sebastian's transformation was really the best part of the book for me. Seeing this hard, anxious, mess of a young man transform into someone who allows love into his life was fun to read. The poor kid endured so much pain at the hands of his cruel and malicious father Jacob, and was obviously suffering from some pretty hard core PTSD, and yet he was able (with Aris help of course) to break down those walls of isolation and self preservation and be able to face his worst fears and inner demons to not only love, but allow himself to be loved in return. Simply beautiful. His whole arc just proved that your upbringing doesn't define you, you choose who you want to be, day in and day out. 

I am so excited to see which kingdom/fairytale we will visit with Redwine next. Whichever it is, I am certain it will be incredible! 

Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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