Friday, May 1, 2015

The Shadow Prince & The Eternity Key by Bree Despain -- Dual Review -- Spoiler Free.

I briefly touched on The Shadow Prince and The Eternity Key by Bree Despain in my March Wrap Up, and I wanted to expand on my thoughts on this series so far because The Eternity Key was released this week! During the Fall YA Scavenger hunt, which I HIGHLY recommend that you look into if you haven't already, I won a mini giveaway hosted by author Bree Despain for an Advanced Reader's Copy of The Eternity Key, and because I did not own, and had not read The Shadow Prince, I immediately purchased it, but I didn't get a chance to read the two books until last month.
The Goodreads description for The Shadow Prince reads:
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.

I immediately dove in to this series because I am a sucker for any type of myth retelling, but I literally can't stop myself from reading anything that has to do with the Persephone/Hades myth. For real. So here we are. I gave the first book 3 1/2 stars, but not quite 4 stars, and I gave the second book a full 4 stars. There were some minor annoyances in the first book, but a lot of these are specific to me, for example I hate when exclamations are altered for a different cultural norm, for example, this book uses "harpies" instead of say, "God!" or other Underworld slang. I felt it was overused, and fairly annoying. There were also some inconsistencies in what Haden knows. He makes some pretty adamant statements about having never heard music before--not even knowing what it is, but then everyone knows that it's banned, and later, he recalls a lullaby his mother sang for him. I really enjoyed Daphne and Hayden as characters, and some of the side characters were really fun to read about. I recommend picking up this series if you want an original Persephone, Hades, or Euripides, and anything Greek myth, pick this original and fun series up.

Overall, I would give the series so far a total of 4 STARS, because even the things that bugged me about the first book, the second book pulls the whole series up.


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