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To be Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press
(ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.
And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
My review :
This book was damn fine.
“Radu is the one who makes friends. I am the one who makes people want to whip me.”
And that’s all you need to know about our two main characters. Brother and sister, even though they don’t act like it. And sometimes I feel like how’re they even related. They’re just so different!
Radu is the sweet boy with dimples who wins hearts with his smile. He isn’t the strong one or the brave one. Usually hides in the corner and acts invisible. The unwanted child.
Lada, on the other hand is fiesty and mean and so damn angry. She’s comes off as a really strong character from the first moment. She despises weakness and acts brutal and crazy. This is a whole different kind of badassery.
The theme of this book is a twisted Vlad The Impaler retelling.
“Souls and thrones are irreconcilable.”
I felt like there weren’t many plot twists in the book and the ones that did occur didn’t surprise me that much.
I love the characters and could go on and on about Mehmed, Bogdan, Huma and Nicole all day but the storyline wasn’t that intriguing.
I enjoyed the Lada’s way of talking, Radu’s internal conflict, Mehmed’s growth and how their stories were interconnected. Yet it lacked that intenseness.
I think the book was good so, 4 stars. ^_^
Love, Alex 🙂