Whew, I made it! This book was really, really cute. It revolves around two girls, Cecily and Rory, and their friendship through many tests (men and magic and secrets included.) This read like a movie, almost like a Disney-esque movie… it is fast-paced and incredibly dialogue heavy, but in a good way. You can really hear their voices and feel what they are feeling.
So much happened in this read that your head can be left spinning, but it is darker where it needs to be a light-hearted through the majority of it. Cece and Rory are both very strong characters, though not without their flaws (which get called out over the course of the book.) At times Cecily shows her age and immaturity, as she should. And Rory for all her wisdom, cunning and confidence as Cece’s bodyguard, is also prone to hurting her friend’s feelings.
While the main tale seems to be that Cecily is on her way to get married, and adventure ensues along the way, the real story is between the girls. And that makes it very likable.
A Stolen Crown is the second book in the Stolen Royals series, by Kelsey Keating, in a planned trilogy. You do not need to have read the first book to be able to enjoy the second. While both books take place in the same world, they can be treated as standalones otherwise. That being said, the first book is worth a read as well. I think this is perfect for mature middle-grade readers or young adults who enjoy classic (and slightly fractured) fairy tales. It is definitely not historical fiction, the dialogue is really modern in places, which lends itself fine to the age. Basically, it’s not to be taken too seriously, it is just a fun fairy tale.
Thank you to the Swanifide Publishing and NetGalley for this reader’s copy in exchange for a review. A Stolen Crown was released on January 17, 2017 and is available now.
When Princess Cecily Degalt travels south to wed a prince she’s never met, she’s ushered into a strange new world alongside her best friend and bodyguard, Rory Castille. With an MIA fiancé, his handsome twin brother, and a kidnapping gone wrong, life in Myrzel isn’t quite what Cecily expected.
Rory will do anything to keep Cecily from harm–but when Rory’s darkest secret comes between her and Cecily, the greatest danger to the princess might be Rory herself.
Torn apart for the first time, each girl will have to think like the other as she faces not only the darkness of Fangralee Forest, but a dangerous enemy closer to home.