My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: Feburary 21st, 2017
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dragons
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.
Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.
As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .
I feel nothing.
Nothing for the characters, nothing for the romance, nothing for the story. A little something for the writing, but that’s about it.
This is your typical commercial fantasy YA book. The heroine is *unique* because there’s this whole prophecy about her.
You just know she’s going to be the special one, even though she’s not that intelligent or skilled at much of anything.
I mean, if she were really intelligent, she wouldn’t have chosen to die instead of marrying a forty-year-old *barbaric* man.
I get it, he’s not the man of your dreams. Plus he’s married already. I really do get it. But girl, you didn’t think about anyone else but your little self. You know this tradition is necessary to keep the two kingdoms in good terms, yet you care not an ounce about that.
But hey, we know that from the start, since it’s clearly stated in the blurb. What is not stated, though, is that the love interest is one of the main reasons why she decides to die.
He toyed with her, terrifying her with speculation of all the bad things the wife of the man she’s supposed to marry might do to her, when in fact he wouldn’t have married her in the end, because those people are monogamous! Stupid boy, you saw she was scared and did nothing to ease her spirit.
So clearly, I did not enjoy the romance between them. It does have that insta-love vibe also, even considering the fact that they don’t kiss until a good couple of chapters have passed.
And it really, really isn’t convincing. Sorrow is pretty much a petty version of Rapunzel, since she’s not allowed to leave the castle, but when she’s obliged to wear a corset, she says she never has before. Okay, so there never was a celebration at the castle before that she was supposed to attend wearing an abominably tight corset? I doubt it.
Very disappointed in this book. I feel generous with my two stars. DNF at 35%.
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