Asian Prince and Black Princess' Love/Hate Relationship | Kingdom Cold


Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Release date: February 14th, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 278
Source: Received from the Author
Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.



Review

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Don't read this book. Because once you do, you won't be able to stop and not any kind of cosmic forces would keep your eyes away from it even for a second. Believe me, I've been there.


Oh, Holy God. Where do I even start? There's not a SINGLE THING that I dislike about this book. I found myself getting absorbed in the story more than to any books that I've read. I delayed breakfast, didn't study for my finals (which was 1 hour after I finished this book), didn't even move from my sitting position because God forbids my reading experience got disturbed while I was reading this.

He was my cage, my captor, the death of my freedom, but in one kind of glance, in my darkest hour, he granted me a modicum of comfort.

Everything about this book was just perfect. The characters were more alive than characters from some books I've read. They were all multidimensional and SO. DIVERSE. How diverse, you ask? Well, for starters, Prince Young was Asian-slash-Korean, mind you. Or, at least I think he was the equivalent of Korean in this book's fantasy world (it didn't exactly have the same world map as ours), while Princess Charlotte was black. However, I also felt like the diversity wasn't forced down my throat like some authors did in their books in order to just appeal bigger audience. It was effortless in a way.

I felt fear seep into my skin before my next question manifested. "Do you want to marry my brother?"

She shook her head. "I don't want to marry anyone."

Also, the book is told from the perspectives of multiple characters. It sort of made this book way more interesting because then you could understand the reasoning behind each character's actions. Like, something might seem too sinister or cruel to one character, but then you understood the motives behind that action and somehow felt that it was a teeny bit justified. Oh, and also, the thing that I liked about how these multiple perspectives are used is the fact that we didn't have to read about the same situation, at the exact same time, through the eyes of many characters. Sometimes, you just don't have the time to read about the same incident told in two different kinds of ways, you know?  And thank God, for that.

People who are only charming when it suits them aren't charming at all.

You would love this book if you love slow burn romance and are allergic to insta-love. The romance was not rushed in any way. I thought Charlotte and Young's resentment for each other at the beginning was endearing and seeing them being lovey-dovey after all that turned my heart into mush. There was also a lot of politics in this book, which normally would make me yawn or skim or lose interest in any book. But somehow, with this book, I didn't mind at all. In fact, the thrills and drama excited me even more. The plot twists, the up-and-downs, they all just gave birth to this one heck of a surprisingly bittersweet story.

I felt my skin prickle beneath his unwavering stare. He gave nothing away. Something hot radiated from my forehead down to my chest as if my body understood his message but my brain didn't know how to translate it.

In all, this book is one hell of a journey filled with blood, sweat, and tears (mine and the characters, no blood on my part, though). Nothing was more important than turning to the next page and trying to finish it as fast as I could, but at the same time, I also didn't want this book to end. I loved how I couldn't take my eyes off the screen of my Kindle from the second I landed on the first page. And that is rare, I tell you, to have a book suck you into the pages without you having to actually force yourself to be absorbed. Only remarkable and unforgettable books do that. And this book is one of those.

Our rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

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