Mini Reviews: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Posted June 8, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags: ,

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Mini Reviews: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin BeatyRoyal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Traded
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four-stars

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

This book was actually just a lot of fun. It was pretty much non-stop action from the beginning and I just got completely sucked in. The modern language didn’t bother me at all but I did get a little annoyed at the info dumps near the beginning. We get a lot of telling in this book and not as much showing as I would have liked. But that was really the only thing that ever made me feel like putting this one down. Otherwise, it was a full on adventure with a group of interesting characters. I really enjoyed watching them interacting and getting to know each other. If you like books about misfits and ragtag groups, you won’t want to miss this one. It definitely leaned toward to the lighter side of fantasy with just some basic explanations for the different countries and loyalties and history and mostly focused on the groups journey from beginning to end. And I had no problems with that! Sometimes it’s nice to read a book with adventure and magic and battles that’s also light and a little bit of fun fun and doesn’t get bogged down with lots of detailed histories and bloodlines and long explanations of how the magic and the world works. I love those books too but I appreciated this one for it’s lighter approach. So if you want something on the lighter side of fantasy with an interesting group of characters that’s completely addicting, check this one out. I hope they’ll be more to this story!

 

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin BeatyThe Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty
Series: Traitor's Trilogy #1
Published by Imprint on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Romance
Pages: 344
Format: ARC
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four-stars

An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

I really enjoyed this one! And I’m so relieved. I always get nervous reading books that seem to be getting a lot of hype. Especially fantasy type books. For some reason, they just don’t always work out for me. But this one did! And I’m so excited for you guys to read it too! It has romance, a really good slow-burn one, but it also has deception and spies and sword fights and dances and libraries and friendships and betrayals and so many great things happening. I really didn’t want to put this book down! The first part of teh book is where we meet all of the characters. It didn’t feel slow to me because I loved getting to know all of them and their place in this world and see them develop relationships with each other. I loved the time that they were on the road traveling to their destination and the moments between Ash and Sage. But I also loved the second half where the action really picks up and we see the world starting to divide and a war that might be starting. I loved seeing Sage discover what was happening and seeing her work as a spy and learning everything she could. I loved that she wanted to do everything and never hesitated when there was a chance that she could help. But she also wasn’t an irritating know-it-all or someone who couldn’t accept help. I really loved her. And then there was Ash and Quinn and Casseck and Charlie and Clare and so many more characters who really made the book special. The only part I didn’t love was the parts with the brides and the girl-hate that came with it. I loved Sage and that she wasn’t a “typical” girl who just wanted a good husband but I didn’t like that those girls were all looked down on and were all pretty stereotypical. I wish that had maybe been dealt with a little differently but it’s not a big part of the book so it didn’t affect it too much for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to get more of this story and the characters. There’s no cliffanger in this one, which is really nice considering it’s the start of a series, but there’s definitely more story to be told here. If you liked The Kiss of Deception, I’d definitely put this one on your list! (But don’t worry, there’s no love triangle here!)

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