Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Prince: The Young Royals 1 by S.A Gordon (Review)

Hi Y’all. It’s been a little while. I recently requested “The Prince: The Young Royals 1” from Net galley in order to review it. I was duly approved for a free copy in order to facilitate the process. I must say that I enjoyed the book. I really liked it. It was like getting an insight into some of the things Kate Middleton faced while dating Prince Williams.

The most interesting part for me was the dynamic of the relationship between Prince David (the second born son and spare) and Caitlin. For all intents and proposes, they have an unequal relationship. Except that Caitlin is American (You know what that means, no monarchy). One of the real live royals the author was inspired by was the Swedish Royals. For all those who aren’t aware, like me before I read the book, Sweden has a crown princess. In this book, the United Kingdom has a crown princess. That is, the future monarch would be the first-born child, who just happens to be female. S. A Gordon went into a little bit of what Alix (Alexandra, The crown princess) was going through. I am uncertain if any of this matches reality, it seemed to. And that ladies and gentlemen, was one of the things I liked about the book, the pseudo-realistic aspect.

I would have liked to see more angst from Caitlin. She had some issues, and being in the limelight should have further emphasized those issues. Unfortunately, we only saw a little bit of angst. I would have loved to see the paparazzi tear her up [a bit wicked of me, but that’s all part of the fun of books (not reality, books)] and then see her rise above it all, but alas. There just wasn’t enough of that. She is too damn sweet and understanding. I would have loved to see her and David fight a lot more than they did but I understand why they didn’t. Caitlin just wasn’t secure enough to do that (clears throat: unequal relationshipppppp).

Overall, it was a lovely read. I’m excited for Alix’s story but I suppose Rita (Magarita, the spare spare, the other princess) might have to go first in something in her life. Born last, didn’t get to know her mother well, and her father was always the king… A girl needs something… Sign me up for Rita and Alix’s story (see, I put Magarita first). Maybe this is all she deserves for now (After all, she has a [secret] boyfriend, more than Alix has, now). Give me Ailx’s story first! Please?

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Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

Gin Blanco is the Spider. An assassin with stone and ice elemental powers, she’s been a myth and then a legend around Ashland. She has a loyal group of family and friends she’ll do anything to protect. For a long time, revenge drove her to help people in a bid to hunt down her nemesis. We saw her lose and win and now she’s in the biggest fight of her life. Mab Munroe is gone but a new power is here in Ashland. Gin will have to risk everything to protect those she loves.

Daaaaannnng son! Poison Promise was good but Black Widow was amazing! If you think, Gin Blanco’s story is finished, you couldn’t be more wrong! I had always assumed that Book 12 would be the last, but the story is truly just beginning, with the potential for more (not to give any spoilers). We’ve seen Gin Blanco do some things but this book will truly take the cake. I had mistakenly assumed that the story was lagging, but I don’t know how Estep pulled this one from the hat. We thought Mab Munroe was dangerous, well M.M Munroe is a whole new breed. I was oohing, and aahing and shouting and  stomping! What the heck? Some people might think the story is the same old schtick but that is not so. Of course there’s a villain and then there’s Gin but, things are hardly the same. This one is even more jaction packed and bound to sweep you off your feet. I don’t want to give any specifics, but anyone who read Poison Promise saw an intro into how things will be, but there’s no part of this book I did not enjoy, plus that surprise at the end? I want a spinoff! It might be my favorite out of the whole series. It’s a must read!