My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: July 30th, 2019
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Royalty, Diversity, Family
If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D)
Debbie Rigaud’s writing and narration styles reminded me of Kasie West’s, seeing that both authors are straight-forward, eloquent, emphasize dialog over description and both are great at developing heroines and love-interests that appeal to teenagers.
But while both authors seem to prefer fast-paced stories, Debbie Rigaud is on fire. This is not a good thing, unless all you want is for a book to entertain you for an afternoon and you care little if you remember it afterwards or not.
The problem here is that events unfold one after another in a very quick succession and I don’t know if what I just said made sense but I don’t care because this is how the book went anyways. Something happens and you’re like WOW WHAT? but the author already moved on to something else so you better keep up or you’re left behind. I make it sound awful—it’s not—but I really would have wished for some scenes to be longer, slower, more detailed.
Emily is a character that should have been discussed much more. She is tremendously important to Owen and a person Zora wonders about, and yet Kelsey—a ‘‘villain’’ in the story—is discussed much more than this Emily who seems like such an amazing person. I guess it’s because Emily is dead and Kelsey is alive (not a spoiler) but still.
But hey, I had fun reading this book. I’m not sure I’ll remember much from it in a couple of months because of how fast it was, but I do believe I’ll remember Zora and adorable Owen for longer than the plot itself.
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