Jan 19, 2016

The Shadow Queen by @cjredwine {Review}

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
(Ravenspire, #1)
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 400 pages
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
This cover is everything. I'll be honest, it's what got my attention before I even knew what it was about. Then I read the description and I knew this was something I needed in my life.

We dive right in to the magic of this book right off the start. It follows the story of Snow White pretty well while it has it's own amazing twist on it. While Lorelai physical description is one of Snow White, she is her own person and she is powerful. She's fierce and she's a complete badass with being pretty pure of heart. I liked her from the very beginning but my respect and admiration for her grew the further and further we went in this book. I had faith in her from the beginning but many times, I questioned whether or not she would be strong enough to fulfill her mission and take back what is rightfully hers - Ravenspire kingdom.

This book, early on, broke my heart. I am still not over it and I don't know if I ever will be.

Then came Kol. I really liked him. He had to grow up in a matter of minutes and it was tough to see. To go from the screw up Prince to King; it's hard. He never thought he'd rule since his older brother was being polished to be the next King, as it usually is, but then a terrible accident changes all of that. I think, for his troubled self, he really turned over a new leaf. He became a great man (which, I think he was before anyway) and a true leader. He put his kingdom and his people before everything.

I'm not sure if this is a spoiler so I will hide it just in case . . . *highlight to view spoiler* HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WERE DRAGONS?! Kol's kingdom is a draconi kingdom. They've got two hearts. A human heart and a dragon heart. This was such a lovely surprise and totally made everything more exciting. *end spoiler*

This book was full of adventure, had it's moment of humor, moments of tears and sadness and most importantly, it's frustrating. Frustrating because more times than I can count, the Evil Queen had the upper hand. I was becoming frustrated for Lorelei every time this happened. It's like that Paula Abdul song . . . take two steps forward and one step back. That is a pretty good explanation of how this book went. The romance was cute and sweet and swoony, even.

Once you read this book, I'm sure you can guess when and where this book completely and utterly gutted me.

Thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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