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 Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Dear Bookworms, 

I don't think words can adequately express just how much I enjoyed this book, it was that good!

For nine years Loreli and her brother have been on the run from their evil stepmother, Queen Irina who killed their father and assumed (re stole) the throne of Ravenspire.  Over these last nine years, Queen Irina has grown weak, the magic she uses to bewitch the land and the people in it to bend to her will, has taken its toll. In a neighboring kingdom of Eldr, Prince Kol suddenly finds himself King after his family is killed in an ogre attack. Unable to fend off the beasts and fearing the destruction of his kingdom, he takes off for Ravenspire to strike a deal with Queen Irina. The price for her magical protection is steep, kill the lost Princess Loreli and she will protect his people from the ogres. Both young royals find themselves in a terrible battle of self will and preservation,but can they pool their talents and resources to defeat Queen Irina and restore their respective kingdoms to peace, or will she fare too formidable of a foe? 

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This book absolutely came alive on the pages. Everything from the characters, Ravenspire and surrounding lands, the intense and fierce battles, the devastation and heartbreak - it all just radiated from the pages. Redwine has such a rich and vibrant writing style, I was immediately immersed (addictively so) within the books pages, wresting myself back to reality (begrudgingly) when real life called. Lorelei was fierce, brave, selfless, and strong- all things that make an enjoyable heroine. I loved that she was the one who saved Kol, countless times; no damsel in distress here, she definitely kicked ass! The Draconi were fantastically unique, adding another dimension to the plot and Kol as a character which was fun. Now I have to add Draconi to my list of fictional future husbands... *sigh*..... Although seemingly heartless and wicked to the core, I was surprised to find our villainess, Irina, written with glimpse of humanity as well. While I wasn't rooting for her by any stretch of the imagination, I did feel a sense of pity for her throughout most of the book. If only she didn't let her hunger for power consume her, her life could have been so much different. 10000000/10 would recommend this read to any lover of a fairytale retelling. Absolutely enchanting in all the best ways! 

Favorite quote of the book:

"...for nothing scares the wicked so much as the realization that someone has chosen not to surrender, even when the cost of defiance is almost too much to bear."

Who else loves a fairytale retelling? What are you favs?!

Until next week!

XOXO,

Coco

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