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Posted July 4, 2013
I want to thank the author Shea Berkley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
Blurb from Goodreads:
There is a magical realm that exists alongside the human realm, but it wasn’t always so. The firsts are beings who were created to nurture the land. The world was split into two realms, and the firsts were allowed to redeem themselves. Sadly, the majority continued with their self-indulgent behavior to the point where one of their own, a king, became so obsessed with power, he was secretly banished by the court in hopes his absence would calm the masses. But a spark of madness was ignited and not even the lost king's absence could curtail what he set in motion.
So when I read the first book in this series, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I loved the cover the first time I saw it and it had been on my TBR for a while. So when I was contacted by Entangled to read the second book for a blog tour, well, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to jump in. And I'm so glad I did.
Certainly the covers draw my attention. I love books that are told from the male POV. Although, we also get Kera's POV through third person in this book (as we did in the first). I did find it odd that the author used two different voices in this way, but it really didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the story. And I love how the hoody is incorporated into the covers of these books. It reminds me of the first time we are introduced to Dylan in The Marked Son when he's in his mother's car, slouched down with the hoody pulled up over his head!
This book picks up a few days after the end of the first book. Dylan is no longer in Teag and Kera is staying with him and his grandparents. But turmoil is constant in Teag and Dylan feels the pull to be there to defend it.
Dylan continues to be an awesome main character. I love his passion more than anything else. And he has such commitment to do things that he knows need to be done. And Dylan's new found powers are building, and he needs to figure out how to control them. You can feel his struggle to fit into the human world. He feels pulled between what he has known all his life, and the land that calls to him, Teag. He has several moments of self doubt and pitying during this book. But I think it goes along with his personality in general: having never fit in anywhere, never having had friends, parents who abandoned him.
Kera remains a bit mysterious during this book. She has secrets she keeps from Dylan. I get that she doesn't want to put him in harm's way, but at the same time I feel badly that she doesn't feel she can trust him to keep himself safe. She fears for her world, but also fears for Dylan and what the "war" between their two worlds could possibly mean.
As with her first book, Berkley does a phenomenal job with creating her secondary characters. I love how she introduces humor through them. It breaks up the action and drama that could possibly monopolize the story and make it out of control. And she introduces more characters to us that really fit in well with the story and make the story line that much more interesting. We also revisit characters from the first book who were not quite developed at that time, but now we're truly seeing who they are.There are too many characters to list, but believe me, you will see that there is rhyme and reason for each and every one of them to be part of this storyline. And she does a great job making them realistic and relatable.
And holy moly can Berkley write. She starts the book off with a bang and it doesn't slow down. I didn't want to put the book down, but a girl's gotta get her beauty rest! I read it so fast, I didn't even have time to add it to Goodreads and give updates! Her descriptions are spot on. She gives us action, which makes your heart pound. She gives us romance, which makes you sigh. She has funny characters that literally make you laugh out loud. And she has dark characters that make you fear for the good guys. Berkley was able to pull every emotion I can possibly think of out of me. She makes it fast paced, exciting, and fun.
I really enjoyed the storyline. This book has an arc that is complete. I am not a huge fan of cliff hangers, especially when there is a long wait between books. The story takes us through the battle and then delivers us an ending that is plausible and realistic. And, while there is certainly room for another book, I don't feel like it left me so out in left field that I am annoyed. And the story is full of surprises that you really do not see coming. And something that really stands out for me is that her characters form a band of misfits that come together to fight for what they know is right.
I am really looking forward to The Bastard King. It cannot come out fast enough for me!
Posted July 2, 2013
This one picks up not long after the first book. They defeated one evil only to get another. Both Dylan and Kera have come upon new powers. Kera never really had her own but now does and Dylan has to learn to control his or everyone could be in danger. But it's totally a kick-ass power to have.
Uh-oh the wall between the human and the first realm is deteriorating letting creatures cross over. One of the crazy creatures takes Kera to a place nobody wants to be in. With the help of his friends old and new they embark on the journey to save her. They realize that things in Teag are not how they left them. Someone that is supposed to gone is wrecking havoc and they have to rely on the help of someone who shouldn't be trusted. I like that surprise, I didn't expect that.
I liked this book. I thought it was a great addition to the series and I look forward to the next book to see how things go for our gang of misfits. :)
*I received this from Netgalley for a review*
Posted June 26, 2013
Posted June 25, 2013
Dylan finally feels like he has it all. He's back home in the human realm with his beautiful girlfriend, loving grandparents, and some crazy powers over the elements. But Dylan's temper is climbing out of control, and along with the bursts of rage come new powers he wasn't expecting.
Kera has these new powers, too. She's seen them before and knows what they can do if kept unchecked…and it’s not pretty. Plus, going back to her home realm, Teag, would hasten the process. Kera is determined to keep her one true love, Dylan, safe on Earth, but when the barrier between the human realm and Teag weakens, allowing monster-like creatures to pass over, Kera becomes desperate to protect her home.
When Kera is kidnapped and imprisoned in a corner of her world that no one has ever escaped from alive, can Dylan overcome his unbridled powers—and himself—to save her?
Before reading The Fallen Prince, I read the first book in the series, The Marked Son, mainly to get a feel for the flow of the story and the series itself. I'm not usually a YA or Teen reader ... mostly given my grandmotherly age! I was very impressed with the both the storyline and quality of the writing. However, I was worried I wouldn't be able to do the review justice so, today, I am turning the review reins over to my 14 year old grandson, Dawson. When I asked him if he'd like to help me review the book, his response was "Wow, Grandma, how did you get the book early? I've been waiting for this every since I read The Marked Son." - Talk about scoring big grandma points!
The Fallen Prince is even better than the first book in the series. Dylan is a teen we can all relate to, wanting to do his best and live happily with his family, friends and especially his girlfriend, Kera. His new powers make him vulnerable and his temper sometimes gets the best of him. When Kera must choose between staying with Dylan on Earth and saving her own native world, it's not a decision she wants to make. Yet, she's honor bound to care for her home and the people in it. The action, especially Dylan's attempt to rescue Kera, was very well written and packed full of excitement. The best way to sum up my impression of the book is to ask: How much longer will we have to wait for the next book?
Posted June 16, 2013
One day, a couple years ago, I sat by the pool on my vacation, burning to a crisp in the sun as I completely devoured an ARC I’d been sent to read. The book, The Marked Son, was the first book in a brand new series from an author I’d never even heard of before.
Now, I think the fact I allowed myself to fry pretty much says it all, but I really couldn’t put the novel down and when I did finally finish it, I was totally left wanting more.
Well, it took a while, almost two full years, but I finally got more.
And I must say; the second installment, The Fallen Prince, was just as enjoyable to me as the first had been; hence my 4 out of 5 star rating.
Despite the long break between books, I was easily able to fall right back into the wondrous and magical world Ms. Berkley created. From endearing characters to a very entertaining storyline filled with action, suspense, romance, and tons of surprises, this book has everything I look for in a book to read.
I must say, my favorite aspect of this book was the fact that even though most of the book is spent in perilous situations in the midst of a war, it was still funny. I’ve found sometimes, in the midst of all the seriousness, it’s tough to bring comedy into the mix, but Ms. Berkley did a wonderful and very realistic job of doing it.
Overall, I thought The Fallen Prince was very much worth the wait and like after reading the first; I’m now excitedly awaiting the next installment in the series, The Bastard King.
Disclaimer: This book was supplied to me for review as an ARC by the publisher and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion. I have not been paid to review this book.
Posted June 12, 2013
This book takes off shortly after the end of the first book, The Marked Son. Dylan and Kera are in the human realm, avoiding returning to Teag as many don't want Dylan to return. Lately, Kera has been acting strange and suddenly run off leaving Dylan wondering whats wrong. His connection with Kera usually allows them to know how the other is feeling, but lately its been weaker. One afternoon, she does just that, but Dylan chases after her, but has lost her in the woods while he begins to get "hot under the collar" and the next thing he knows he's a walking torch. He's a danger to everyone if he can't control his anger which seems to make the new power grow and show itself. His dreams are haunted by a man he knows all too well to him, but unsure of his true intentions. He is left with a mind full of "what ifs" and thinking things aren't what they seem.
If that isn't bad enough a giant pink spiky worm/snake pops out of the ground... Things are going from bad to worse ans they realize the creature is armor plated and human weapons can't get past it's armor. Good thing for Dylan and his new power, the creature has already had a hold of his grandfather, but when it goes for his Grandpa that sets Dylan off. He holds his sword in hand, and it erupts in flames and he lunges for the tongue reaching out slicing it off. This only makes it MAD and Dylan and Kera work hard to get rid of this creature form Teag. This sets everything else into motion.
Kera ends up visiting to Teag only to find thing are not as they should be. Some of her friends believe she has abandoned her people and that they aren't any better off than before. There is an evil loose that is reeking havoc all over, and with a new leader, who is turning their world to ashes. Her friends show her whats going on when shrill cries send them running into a scene straight out of a human horror movie. They help save the people, but the danger isn't fully gone. This evil is hungry and it seeks to take over. They fend them off with the help of Kera's new magic. She reluctantly returns to the human world to try and iron things over.
More creatures are coming into the human world, causing havoc, one was sent after and captures Kera sending her back into Teag, but not into a good part. As she learns where she has been sent and tries to find shelter she's lured into a deadly trap. Lulled into a false sense of security and snared by a dark creature in The Unknown. She succumbs to a dream where she is visited by the same man haunting Dylan, he offers to help her, but her dreams grow darker in nature and she realizes the horror of what is truly happening.
Everyone must fight to save both the human and magic realms before the evil leeches out and ruins both worlds, but can Dylan learn to use his powers and accept his birthright as the ruler of Teag, save Kera and restore peace or will this new enemy be more powerful then Dylan and send Teag and eventually the human world into darkness? You have got to read this adventure to find out!!
I have been anticipating The Fallen Prince for a LONG time, ever since Shea published The Marked Son I knew things were only ramping up. Dylan and Kera together have to harness new, untamed dark powers, stronger then any they've faced yet. Along they way the encounter new dangers, new allies and an unforeseen evils being let loose. Shea builds up the adventure again with more creatures, more mysteries and more danger. The fallen Prince doesn't disappoint in this continuation! I gladly give this story 5 stars for getting me hooked again and I'm (again) anxiously awaiting the third story, The Bastard King.
Posted June 11, 2013
Not long ago, Dylan didn't even know there was a possibility of another realm alongside that of the human realm. Now he has been to Teag and is thankful to be back with his family in this realm. But he hasn't come home the same. He now has some amazing powers, a beautiful girlfriend with her own powers, and fierce bouts of temper that are growing wildly out of control. With each "tantrum" Dylan gains even more power. Now what? Is this normal? The Fallen Prince by Shea Berkley is a non-stop journey into the world of fantasy where you must suspend your belief in what you can see and open your mind to what could be! The veil between the two worlds is thinning, monsters are escaping and Kera fears for the world she left behind. When kera is put in mortal danger, it is up to Dylan to save her, but is he able? Can he control himself long enough to reach the woman he loves? Even with his new found abilities, is he strong enough?
Shea Berkley can write! Her attention to detail and sense of being in the moment with each character has brought this fantasy to life! She is not afraid to make the villains evil and dark, but she doesn't coddle her heroes, either. In our world, at any given moment, there are millions of things going on, in Shea Berkley's world, it is the same! Pay attention to the details and enjoy this fast-paced tale! and, please-pick up and read Book One first, you'll want to be up to speed!
A review copy was provided by NetGalley and Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review.