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A Reluctant Assassin (Order of the MoonStone, #1)
     

A Reluctant Assassin (Order of the MoonStone, #1)

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by JC Morrows
 

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What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?

Kayden never thought of herself as the Belle of the ball, but she finds herself in the royal palace, surrounded by society darlings - and the only thing she has in common with them is that they're all vying for the Prince. They're after his crown. She's after his head.

Her mission was

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What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?

Kayden never thought of herself as the Belle of the ball, but she finds herself in the royal palace, surrounded by society darlings - and the only thing she has in common with them is that they're all vying for the Prince. They're after his crown. She's after his head.

Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . . 

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .

But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

Books in the Order of the MoonStone series:

A Perilous Assignment (BONUS Short)
A Reluctant Assassin (Book 1)
A Cunning Masquerade (Short Story - takes place toward the end of book 1)
A Treacherous Decision (Book 2 - DEC 2015)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940152296495
Publisher:
S&G Publishing
Publication date:
09/29/2015
Series:
Order of the MoonStone , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
283,595
File size:
631 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

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A Reluctant Assassin (Order of the MoonStone, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
A Reluctant Assassin was an amazing read. I was shocked when it ended, I didn't even realize I was near the end (I read it on my ereader). J.C. Morrows does an excellent job in creating a different world. One that's been torn apart by wars. Where believing in God is not a popular choice. She creates intrigue, suspense, and romance all within the pages of the novel. I cannot wait until the next one comes out. It's a great read!
DJMynatt More than 1 year ago
W.O.W. A Reluctant Assassin is oh-so-wonderful… It’s the typical “Prince Charming will choose his bride at the ball” story – except for a teensy, tiny twist. One of the ladies at the ball was sent to kill… eliminate… assassinate… the Prince. As the author puts it so eloquently — “What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?” Oh. My. Gosh. I have always loved the Cinderella stories… one of my favorite movies is Ever After – to me it’s the most realistic Cinderella story ever told. And I have books – lots of books – with princes, princesses, kings and queens. But this is the first book I’ve owned with a prince – and an assassin! Without making the story a thousand pages, JC Morrows gives the reader enough back-story to stay interesting – just a few hints – while creating intriguing, bigger-than-life characters, who keep the reader – well, reading. And she throws in a plot guaranteed to keep anyone on their toes. JC purposely leaves out information, such as why Kayden is an assassin… and why there seem to be others whose goal is to kill the Prince. If her intent is to make me eager to read the next story in the series – it’s working! I’m beginning to feel sorry for the Prince. What has he ever done to deserve this? He hasn’t even begun to rule, and from the looks of things, he may never be crowned. And… that’s enough to share for now. If your interest is piqued, get the book. JC Morrows is a talented storyteller – you can tell by the success of A Reluctant Assassin. Although she previously released a short story in this series, Morrow’s success has been tremendous! The day after it released, A Reluctant Assassin reached the #1 spot on Amazon (YA action/adventure) – and it stayed the #1 choice (for hot new YA action/adventure releases) since its’ debut almost 30 days ago. Don’t wait another minute to read this story!
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
She thought her mission was simple but... He was finding his mission was hard! I found this an entertaining story of young lives brought together for totally different purposes. His for finding a wife, hers for murder! No matter their training we find that when emotions come into play.. anything can happen! I liked this story and found it a fun read too.. I was not expecting that ending, but, JC gives us a peak into the next book and I am very much looking forward to the next adventure in Kayden's and the Prince's life! If you like Young Adult, Inspirational speculative fiction try JC Morrows.. I think you will enjoy it! I liked it. . This is clean inspirational with a little into the future aspect...
NicoleLRivera More than 1 year ago
"A Reluctant Assassin" is a dystopian novel based in the future U.S.A. where monarchs rule, women wear big dresses, and princes must marry to become kings. The story opens at a ball where twenty-five of the most eligible ladies have been selected from the kingdom in order that the prince might choose his bride. Only, one of them isn't really a wealthy noble, she is an orphan plucked from the streets and trained to assassinate the prince. But, as she gets to know him, will she have the heart to fulfill her mission? I really, really liked this story. I ended up devouring it. The Order of the MoonStone series has the potential, if played right, of being a fan favorite. The story is told mainly from the perspective of the prince and the assassin. The author does a beautiful job of keeping each character's voice distinct enough that I had no problem knowing whose head I was in without the need of subtitles. And I never experienced any dull or lagging moments in the plot. Everything in this book is there for a reason, not just to fluff the story. Given all this, let me add a disclaimer (or a few): 1. "The Reluctant Assassin" is not long like most fandom books, i.e. Divergent, Hunger Games, etc. And ends rather abruptly, but that wasn't too bad because the "sneak peak" of the next book eases the reader out of the story while still keeping us pining for the next. 2. It is formatted in British style, so be warned that there are no Oxford commas, some of the words are spelled differently, etc. Oxford commas are a pet-peeve of mine, so I feel duty bound to warn others who feel as I do about having the additional comma. 3. Read all the forward materials. They explain why the book is formatted a bit different than today's traditional formatting. The author is formatting the book as if it was published at the time in which it is set. At first this was a bit hard for me, but a few pages in I got the hang of it. And the story was way too compelling to let a change in formatting keep me from racing through the pages to the end. All in all, this was a very good read. If you like dystopian, I recommend "A Reluctant Assassin" as your next read. I would like to thank J.C. Morrows, the author, for providing me an ARC of "A Reluctant Assassin" for an honest review.
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
I knew I had to get a copy of this incredible story the moment I saw the cover, there are just some books you KNOW you're meant to read and this is one of those books for me :) In the land of Auralius, there has been much suffering and turmoil for everyone leading Kayden to be sent on a mission to kill the prince. Little does she know how different the prince really is from what she has been taught. She has never failed an assignment before while working for The Order and she is determined not to let Drey (her boss) down, any other option would mean death or worse. Current circumstances have forced Prince Dvarius to take the throne early, but before doing so he has to choose a bride from among 25 esteemed ladies his advisors have picked out for him. The only trouble, is it possible to choose the right one that will make a proper queen that Dvarius can also love? Or must he choose for duty to his kingdom? The book was slower paced than I anticipated, but the story is wonderfully done and it's easy to like Kayden as she figures out how to handle her mission throughout. The movie I thought of relating to this plot the most was Elektra starring Jennifer Garner. This assassin is the best at what she does, but she ends up caring too much and questioning what the right choice for her will be. Favorite characters....easily Marek and Lady Catarine! Lady Catarine is supposed to be Kayden's competition, but that changes quickly :) She's honorable, sweet, innocent, and loyal. She enhanced the plot nicely. I'm wondering about Drey's relationship with Kayden and how that will change. There is VERY little violence in the story, nothing offensive, short chapters (which i always appreciate), and the prince is the only one described with faith in the plot but it was wonderful seeing how he constantly prayed and sought God's presence while believing His best for everyone in the story. *no love triangles, YAY* The book gives both Kayden's perspective and the prince's, they're both easy to love :) The story ends on a cliffhanger, but the book gives a peak into Book 2 at the end and is enough to keep the reader interested without being frustrated. Morrows has definitely gotten my full attention wanting to know more about Kayden for Book 2!! I truly enjoyed the beginning of Kayden's story and I'm so grateful for the author's writing style. Everything I love about a good clean YA story is present in A Reluctant Assassin and I'm looking forward to more books by Morrows!! *I want to thank the author for the eARC copy I received, I was not compensated or required to write a positive review and I was blessed to read this book*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hits all the right notes of a YA romance without any excess. While it was a little short on description at times, I didn't mind that. Sometimes you just want the essence of story, not all of the extras. I certainly want to read more and learn what happens! A solid introduction. I only wish there had been a little more to the narrative. I enjoy a fast-paced story, but a little more might have been nice. Hopefully the next book will yield deeper developments!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Reluctant Assassin ( Order of the MoonStone Book 1 ) By: JC Morrows A Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the Order of the MoonStone Series. I enjoyed the story and the characters, both were easy to follow. Morrows weaves us a fairy story for the Young Adult, but all will enjoy. It is packed with action and is a fantastic short read. I was captured right from the start and was not let go till the end , and then I wanted more. Darius is not ready for a crown or a wife. He would like to wait and choose one of his choice. Kayden was sent to the palace to kill Prince Dvarius , but she is among the twenty-five chose to be the Prince’s wife. Wow, what a job she has. The Prince has eyes for this beautiful red head. What will she do ? I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review .
MelonyTeague More than 1 year ago
As soon as I saw this beautiful and intriguing cover I wanted to read this book. (Just wait until you see the cover for book 3, stunning!) This book reminded me very much of "The Selection Series" but with a sinister twist. Kayden Argos is sent to masquerade as one of the hopefuls who will win the prince's heart, but she is sent to kill him. The book is set in the kingdom of Auralius, in a future time, although not futuristic in the science fiction sense. There are still castles and all gowns. Prince Dvarius is not so sure he wants to choose a bride just yet. By the end of the book, readers come to an unexpected end that keeps you wanting to know more....(I don't want to divulge any secrets here) but in the end scene we meet Sir Alfried Malcom, which I am sure will probably be an interesting discovery as the story continues. The Order of the Moonstone is an underground resistance movement. Drey is a mysterious figure we hear about briefly, he is an important figure in this resistance. The story does not really center around him, but around Kayden and Dvarius and their struggles as they come to terms with their various roles in life. The story ends on a cliffhanger and the second book in the Order of the Moonstone Series is called, " A Treacherous Decision" I would recommend this book to a younger audience, it's clean and easy to read. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.