Blog Tour! ARC Review: Reluctant Prince

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Hi, all! Today I'll be reviewing Reluctant Prince by Dani Lyn Alexander as part of the Reluctant Prince blog tour! Huge thanks to the author and to the team at InkSlinger PR for having me on the tour. :)


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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince
"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!"
~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate. You can find her on her website, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook
Now on to the review portion of the post! 

Reluctant Prince by Dani Lyn Alexander
Format: eARC 
Rating: 4/5 stars
Part of a series: Yup! This is the first book in the Kingdom of Cymmera series. 

When I saw the cover, I knew this would be a book I could get into. It's mysterious and alluring, just like the kingdom of Cymmera itself is. My favorite aspect of this book is probably the story of Cymmera and its traditions. Alexander did a great job of both creating this kingdom with a fascinating beginning and writing about it in a way that made me want to read more. Setting is especially important in fantasy novels, and while present-day Cymmera isn't a place I'd like to live, it's still the kind of place I'd keep a picture of pinned to my wall. Even though it's dark and dangerous, it still sounds beautiful. 

It's hard to talk about exactly why I feel this way without getting too spoilery, but I will say that I liked most of the characters enough, but they annoyed me too. Mia acted a lot younger than a fourteen-year-old should, so she was coddled throughout the novel. Jackson was also a bit naive, but again, I can't get into that without getting spoilery. There are also these characters called Death Dealers that I loved. You'll have to read the book to find out what exactly it is they do because it's really interesting. 

Bottom line is, if you're looking for a short (about 200 pages) YA fantasy with an original storyline, you might want to check out Reluctant Prince. You can grab it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble