Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Book Blurb:

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: July 3rd 2018

Entangled Teen

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Fairytale, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Teen--

"Seems like you're awfully eager to kiss me, Ivy. Why don't we just cut to the chase?"

In a world where the Royals must battle evil and save their people, Princess Ivy needs a partner. Her most recent partner has been bespelled and won't wake up, most likely fading away to his death- just like her last four partners. But Ivy can't have just any Prince to bond to since she is a direct bloodline to the Queen who started the magic of their realm. When a new partner is found for her, she is desperate to bond and get out and fight for her people regardless of the situation- but she never counted on "just" Zach.

This had a very fairytale feel to it with an Evil Queen (which is her name, awesomely enough), goblins and trolls, magic and a powerful kiss to cure all ails that I was really drawn into. But then it also had the gritty aspect of death and fighting that fairytales usually gloss over. Add in the fact that romance is a ridiculous idea that only the Romantica heretics believe in, instead bonds and mating pairs are made strategically with power and influence in mind (which I guess is good that nobody is romantic or in "love" since everyone goes around kissing others for, you know, magical reasons...). What a crazy world, with all these idea thrown together and mixed up to create this fantastical story that I absolutely loved.

The fact that the royalty are the ones out fighting the war instead of cowering behind their people was fantastic. And lets also talk about girl power here- because Ivy has it in spades! Girls are needed for their magic but taught to fight from a distance (aka bows and arrows) to stay safer but Ivy wanted to be a true partner and fight up close with the evils. She can take on anyone and has the skills and confidence to prove she belongs.

If this is what Lindsey writes as her debut book, with such a vivid world and imagery and the best kind of surprising characters, I can't wait to see what she will create next. I highly recommend this adventure for anyone who like fantasy, fairytales and overall entertaining stories.

​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio:

Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. By day, Lindsey isanaccount manager at a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By night, and the wee hours of the morning, she writes both middle grade and young adult. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TVshow, practicing yoga, and listening (and belting) to her favorite music artists and show tunes. KISS OF THE ROYAL is her YA debut novel.

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