Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Publication Date : February 14th 2019
Read Date : March 24th 2019
Genre : YA / Romance / Fantasy
Pages : 278
Stars : ★★★ /5
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.
Kingdom Cold was YA fantasy romance that revolved around love story of Princess Charlotte of Besmium and Prince Young Vires. It was about love, friendship, betrayal, power greed, game of love and politics.
Charlotte – First thought about her was, childish, insensitive, and insincere. But when situation turned sour and dangerous, she developed into brave and wise and sensible woman. I admired her for strength and capability of leading the kingdom that underestimated along with Young and other characters. She lost so many things in the book that I felt bad for her.
Young was most likable character in the book. He was sincere, sensible and kept conscience even in worst situation. But he had his flaws, he was less confident person and couldn’t trust his instinct related to Charlotte’s love.
Minseo was Young’s brother, polar opposite of Young in nature, charming and easygoing person. He made story and situation complicated but I admired him for sticking with his brother. He developed along with Charlotte at the end.
I didn’t like Milly. She was worst friend one can ever have. She was totally unpredictable and shocked me more when she accused Charlotte and called her monster while she should be thankful. She got what she deserved in the end.
Book started with Charlotte’s tantrum and silly attempts of stopping her marriage with Prince Young of Vires which was fixed as a political alliance. She wanted anything to be normal girl, to be outside of palace wall and moreover to fall in love and marry a person of her choice but not so early and young. All Young wanted was his own kingdom to rule by marrying Charlotte but he felt humiliated by Charlotte’s behavior. Things turned interesting when kingdom was attacked on the day of marriage. Young and Charlotte were forced to run and spend time together which changed their life and thoughts and feelings for each other.
Book was written in first person narrative from multiple POV. Writing was good engaging, plot was interesting. I was curious to know what Charlotte will decide once she reach to the safety of southern castle. Will she marry Young or she will abide the Queen’s order and decision? Will her best friend see right thing or will betray her on her first opportunity? What will happen to kingdom and Young? Will they have their happily-ever-after?
I liked relationship of Young and Charlotte. They both brought out best in each other and saw the qualities that other failed to see. Bond between Young and his brother was great. It was very clear from the very start it’s ultimately Young and Charlotte’s story, what I didn’t expect in the book was love triangle and not just one but three.
Twist and turns were most impressive. As soon as I speculated the next move and direction of the story, something new turned up that made it hard to predict the story and the end.
Climax was exciting and surprising that kept me on the edge. For a second I hoped characters will find a way to come out of situation but I knew better than to hope nice happy ending. It was tragic end of game of love and politics all because of arrogance and immature decisions. I liked last chapter which gave the story a perfect end.
First, I didn’t feel the royal tone of book and characters. It was written in casual manner. If there wasn’t a kingdom and royal titles, it can easily go as a normal story.
Second, characters made some silly mistakes that I wasn’t expecting at least from adult characters like King and Queen who should be more foreseeable and well prepared. I couldn’t buy the situations in the book.
To be clear – King of Besmium was least prepared both for war and marriage. He didn’t ask for military support looking at the situation and planning wedding in-between the war. Of course, enemy would take it as opportunity to attack. Moreover Young arrived for marriage with just a handful of soldiers, not a solid protection! And this happened twice!! Queen acted so rashly! She not only showed low respect for Young but also went against her husband’s agreement and sought out a new prince to marry off her daughter in exchange for protection and even after all that, she was so insensitive that she forgot about Young’s circumstances and imprisoned him. Which Queen does that!
Third, I didn’t appreciate Young and Charlotte engaging in passionate moments and solving person matters in middle of war. Shouldn’t they be out there supporting their soldier and fighting along with them!
Story had potential but it lacked logical situation and behavior from characters.
Overall, it was not the best read but was interesting, entertaining, fast paced with potential plot.
*** Note: I receiver e-copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***
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