Once again I don’t have a Thursday Quotable for you, but I do have a Review 😀
I finished this book last night, so that leaves my December TBR complete! Yay!!
Series: War of the Princes #1
Author: A.R. Ivanovich
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Published Date: January 5, 2016 (First Publication: May 26, 2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Teens/YA,
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars
I received this book from Netgalley and the Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
For hundreds of years, the peaceful country of Haven has remained isolated from the rest of the world. But for adventurous seventeen-year-old Katelyn Kestrel, Haven’s calm has always been a little, well, boring. She can’t help but wonder what lay outside Haven’s seemingly impassible borders, but no one will talk about the mysterious catastrophic event that separated Haven from the outside world. Katelyn has a strange knack for finding things, and when she miraculously finds a passage into the outside world, she thinks she’s solved a longstanding mystery. Instead, she discovers that some things should never be found . . .
The outside world is more treacherous than Katelyn ever imagined, full of monsters, magic, and two princes locked in a bloody, centuries-long battle. The moment she arrives, she is kidnapped and held captive in a nearby keep, accused of being a northern spy. With the help of a hardened young soldier and a handsome lord, Katelyn must try to escape and find her way back to Haven. But there are dark forces at work that Katelyn can’t begin to understand, and she’ll be lucky to make it out of the fortress alive . . .
I just adored this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I am really excited to move on to book 2.
Most novels, especially in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, move a little slowly in the beginning; especially the first book in a series. You need to get to know the world and the characters. However, A.R. Ivanovich’s first book in the War of Princess series was not slow at all! I didn’t find it dragging on in parts, and I was never bored. She did a great job in world building, character growth, and overall in making me care about what happens.
Katelyn is a girl who has a special gift, and quite frankly it is a gift we could all use. She can find whatever she is looking for. There is nothing she can’t find; lost socks, missing car keys, her best friend in a crowded room, secret entrances to a world her people have been blocked from for 700 years…
Leaving Haven is the first mistake of many, as Katelyn navigates the outside world and unknowingly becomes a pawn in a war that has been waging, and a barbaric world that Haven has been hidden from for decades.
Katelyn is a believable heroine. Rune, the love interest, isn’t in the story as often as I would have liked but he is seriously the only good character in the entirety of Lastland. Seriously every single person; and the ones not quite human anymore, are plain evil! Dylan, oooh…don’t get me started on Dylan! (Spoiler) I know I shouldn’t have trusted, well Katelyn shouldn’t have trusted him, from the beginning but he is so charismatic and charming that even I was fooled, and I know better!
Anyway, seriously good book. I definitely recommend it!