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Review: The Shadow Prince (Into The Dark #1)

Posted by Monika MacFarlane on 06 August 2014. Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

My Thoughts:
I really wanted to love this, or at least like it more. I love modern re-imaginings of mythological stories we all know. And I did like a lot about this book. I liked the way the myths were retold, I enjoyed most of the characters. But, somehow, I didn't feel all that connected to the characters and, for me, that's a problem. You know how sometimes the characters don't jump off the page? That's what was happening for me. I feel bad saying that because the writing was very good and the story was too, but when I can't connect to the characters, I just can't feel anything for them.

But, I can see why so many people seem to be loving this series. The world building is very well done, the characters are, for the most part, fleshed out and develop throughout the book. I really enjoyed the politics and workings of the Underworld. And I've always loved the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Persephone and Hades.

All in all, it was a fun read, but for me, it fell a little flat. I think it's me and not the book. But, I think anyone who loves Greek Mythology and fated love stories should by all means give this a try.

Format: Kindle eARC provided by Netgalley


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