Thoughts on Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan.Read More
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I have been falling in love with Young Adult fantasy novels lately (related: The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King) and I can't believe that a few years ago I would never have imagined that I would love fantasy so much. Back in 2016 when I really started reading a lot again, I picked up a few fantasy novels that I just fell in love with.
One of those that I read was Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. I read the entire book in one sitting on a day where my anxiety was high and loved it immediately. Britta was likable, the world and magic system was interesting and I was hooked with the little bit of mystery throughout the book.
Fast forward to last week, when I decide to reread Ever the Hunted. In January I received all of Erin's books from a giveaway that I'd entered on Instagram and won! I wanted to read the other to books that take place in the world, but I couldn't remember much of what had happened in Ever the Hunted.
I'm so glad I reread it though! And I've started Ever the Brave and I'm liking it even more! Britta lives in a land where magic is forbidden. After her father is killed and she's left near starving, she ends up poaching on the kings land. Instead of being sentenced to death she's sent with the Kings captain to find the person who killed her father. Ah. It's just so good.
There was also a little bit of romance, which always makes my heart happy. But, if you're looking for a great new fantasy world to dive into (and one that isn't heavy or hard to understand) I highly recommend picking up Ever the Hunted! I'll also share my thoughts on Ever the Brave once I've finished that!
What have you been reading recently? I'd love to hear about it!
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I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince when I read it in January. And I waited rather impatiently for a couple of weeks (I know, such a big problem) to get a copy of The Wicked King from my library. It finally came and I picked it up on Saturday and read most of it, then I finished reading it on Tuesday. This book. This series. It will destroy you but in the very best way! When I finished the book, I just held it in my lap for a few minutes staring at it. Do you know those books that make you fall in love with reading again? Well, this book did that for me. I loved (and hated) all of the characters and I was pulled in again and again by the story. This is one fantasy series that you don't want to miss.
This next part does contain spoilers from The Cruel Prince, so if you haven't read that yet, don't read anymore! You can read my review about The Cruel Princehere.
We start off The Wicked King with Cardan on the throne as king but Jude is really in control. I really enjoyed watching their relationship throughout this book. In The Cruel Prince there is sooo much hate and then some love but still more hate. And in The Wicked King, I felt like they were still both as dark and evil (not really the right word, morally gray works better) but they are starting to understand each other more. Plus they are able to see how they can use each other more to get what they want. I love their hate to love to hate to love to hate relationship that they have. It's definitely not healthy, but it is addicting to read about. I cannot wait to see what happens in book three. The Wicked King had a more interesting story than The Cruel Prince. We already know about Faerie and the rules and I felt like there wasn't quite as much build up in The Wicked King simply because we already had the basics of the world, which meant we could jump right into the story. And there is so much happening, so many people plotting murder on other people and the politics of the kingdom are very interesting.I was super surprised by the ending (and again, can it be 2020 yet so I can have book three in my hands?!) but I also thought that the ending was very true to Cardan's character. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you've read either The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King let me know because I would love to chat about them. Now, excuse me while I run over to Amazon to order my own copies of these because I want them in my physical library!
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This post contains affiliate links. This means I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase. I only share books and products that I love and know you will love! I read the first few pages of The Cruel Prince last March. At the same time I picked up another book (that I can't remember) but that I didn't love. Then I spent the last 10 months not liking The Cruel Prince because I thought it was that other book. I decided to pick up The Cruel Prince again because The Wicked King just came out and everyone seems to adore this series! I thought that I could give it another try and I am so glad I did! The Cruel Prince follows a mortal girl, Jude, who's taken from our world into the land of Faerie because her mother had run away from Faerie with Jude's older sister. Jude then grows up in Faerie but is considered less because she's a mortal. I LOVED this book so much. Everyone is so morally grey and you hate them and love them all at the same time. The world was fascinating and I want to go to Faerie, even though it isn't the greatest place for morals. But I still want to go :) The Cruel Prince had me captivated from the very beginning. The main character Jude is one that you'll love and also hate, and the same goes for Prince Cardan. I feel like I can't say a lot about this book because I went in not knowing a lot and it made the story so much better! But I will say that there is death and murder and love and magic and all the best things you need for a fantasy novel. I definitely recommend The Cruel Prince if you've been looking for a great fantasy world that you want to escape too. The Cruel Prince will pull at all of your emotions in the best (and worst) ways. And then you'll run to pick up The Wicked King because you'll need to know what happens next. I can't wait to dive into The Wicked King.