Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Edelweiss.
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Edelweiss.)
Haden is a disgraced prince of the underworld, sent by his father the king to earth to find a boon – a girl called Daphne Raines.
Daphne lives in a small town that her mother never lets her leave, until her rock-star father bursts in, and takes her to live in a swanky community, and enrols her at a school with a music programme – exactly what Daphne has always wanted.

Haden knows that he must take Daphne with him back to the underworld, but he also knows that she’s very unlikely to agree to it of her own free will.
Can Haden complete his task? Can he have his honour restored? And should Daphne have really left the small town where she grew up?

This was an interesting story, but there were a couple of niggles that annoyed me a bit. I did like the book overall though, and it didn’t feel long, even though it was!

Haden was an okay character. I felt sorry for the way his father treated him, but I also thought that his actions were sometimes inadvisable, and his desire to please people was sometimes a little too great. At times he really needed to think about things, and decide what he thought was the right thing to do, rather than what would get him the most honour.

Daphne was an interesting character, but I didn’t quite get why she didn’t think her mother’s desire that she never leave her home town was maybe a bit suspect. I also thought that Daphne’s actions were a little na├»ve and un-thought-out. When she was told not to go to the glade, she didn’t wonder why people didn’t go there, or ask why she shouldn’t go, she just thought the acoustics would be good, and went there anyway.

The storyline in this was interesting, and although this was a long book, it didn’t feel long. There were a couple of little things that didn’t quite sit right though. I think if you really loved this book you’d be able to overlook them, but I personally did notice them. When Daphne’s father turned up with a court order saying that he had custody, it was never questioned, yet nobody thought to ask why he had gone to the courts for custody, why he would be granted custody when he’d only met Daphne once in her entire life, and why the hell he suddenly wanted her anyway! And considering that her mother never wanted her to leave the small town where she lived, she didn’t exactly kick up much of fuss that Daphne’s father was taking her away! She just sort of shrugged and said okay!
There were several other little things like this that were a bit silly, but I don’t want to get into any more of them because of the risk of spoilers.

The story was split between Haden and Daphne’s points of view, and at first this was a little strange, as their points of view were very different, and it took a while for this to settle.
There wasn’t really much of a romance in this book. There was one kiss, but there wasn’t really a relationship of any kind.
I did enjoy this story overall though, and I did think that the story was written well, so that the large bits of information didn’t feel too info-dumpy. I also thought that the mythology side of things was integrated well so that it fitted in with the rest of the story without feeling totally foreign.

The ending was okay, but although we had a showdown, a lot of stuff was left unresolved at the end, and we were even left with some extra little bits of information to keep us interested in reading the next book in the series.
Overall; a good paranormal/mythology story.
7.5 out of 10.

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