Kiss of the Royal
By: Lindsey Duga
Genre: YA high fantasy
Publication date: TODAY! (July 3rd, 2018)
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.
My spoiler-free review:
Happy book birthday to Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga!! I’m so glad I get to celebrate the release day of such an amazing novel with this review for the blog tour!
Kiss of the Royal is one of those books that I never wanted to end. I could have spent a thousand more pages in this world, delving even deeper into the magic system, and spending time with the characters. That’s how much I loved it!! I rated it 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and I have nothing bad to say about it!
This novel takes place in a fantasy world where it’s wrong to lead by your emotions, there is no such thing as Love, and a Kiss is only supposed to be used for a princess to transfer magic spells to her partner that will fix curses, kill monsters, heal, or protect in battle. But there are heretics called Romantica who actually believe in Love. They believe that the Kiss that Royals use does more harm than good and a kiss should be an act of love, not a weapon.
This world completely fascinated me. Can you see how it’s sort of a metaphor for how our world can be today? Kisses are not as sacred as they should be, and they are often acts of Lust, not Love. In the book, the main character Ivy starts to realize that maybe there’s some truth to Love.
Clearly, I thought the world-building and the magic were amazing!! It also had the perfect balance between a character-driven story and a plot-driven story. I fell in love with the characters almost immediately.
Ivy’s characters was fantastic in every way imaginable. She was smart, brave, opinionated, and firm. Yet, she had flaws. Flawless characters are always great ones, because anyone can relate to them. And even though the was firm in her beliefs, she was eventually willing to open her eyes to evidence that the world was not necessarily all that she had been taught that it was. Her perspective of the story was a great one to read from, and first person past was the perfect POV for her!
Then, we have the other characters. Prince Zach was one of my favorites – he was smart and goofy and had such a big heart. Millenia was also an interesting character, and I loved her addition to the story about halfway through. Ivy’s mother, Queen Dahlia, was another characters whose backstory was a very intriguing one. Ivy’s relationship with her mother really shaped Ivy’s motives behind certain decisions, and it just added to the complexity of both the plot and Ivy herself. I saved my favorite character for last, and that would be Bromley, Ivy’s page and childhood best friend. His and Ivy’s relationship was just everything that a sibling relationship should be. Their relationship was introduced very early on in the book, which made Ivy seem a lot more human.
As you can tell from that long paragraph, I LOVED the characters!! Their backstories, motives, and relationships with each other were so complex, and each one added so much to the story itself.
Now for that ingenious plot!! I think one of my favorite things about it was that everything that the author included was necessary to the storyline. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but there were no random bits of information that were never brought up again. Everything had a purpose, and the way certain things from past chapters played into the plot blew my mind! There were also numerous plot twists that left me with my mouth hanging wide open.
I think I mentioned this already, but I am completely in love with this book! The characters, world, plot – all of it. It’s one of those books that left me thinking deep thoughts while also fangirling over the characters. And I think that’s all you can ask of a book. I asked, and Kiss of the Royal certainly delivered!
If you are at all a fan of the fantasy genre, then I know you will love this book! I can definitely see it rising to the top of the YA fantasy world in the very near future!
I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings, and happy reading!!
About the Author:
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 is an account 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 TV show, 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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