Title: Kiss of the Royal
Author: Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Page Count: 400
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars
In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.
With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.
Curses, witches, a dragon, and a magical Kiss. A beautiful princess. A handsome prince. You may think you’ve heard this story before, but trust me, you haven’t. Kiss of the Royal offers a unique take on the young adult fairy tale and fantasy genres. I mean, magic Kisses that protect the land and enhance the power of the princes? That’s definitely not a fantasy I’ve read before.
The premise of Kiss of the Royal had me intrigued and when I read the first line of the book, I was immediately hooked. The concept of transferring magic on the battlefield through a Kiss had me enamored and wanting to know more about this mysterious fantasy world and the brave and fiery Princess.
Princess Ivy has the strongest Kiss of all the princesses. But when she can’t break the curse on her prince, she fears the Forces of Darkness are getting more powerful. And the only way to stop it is to become partners with the prince of myth himself, Prince Zach. However, Zach refuses to be her partner at first, before something (or someone) changes his mind. The two must destroy the Sable dragon in order to ensure peace in the world, all the while fighting their growing feelings for one another.
The chemistry between Princess Ivy and Prince Zach seems to fly right off the pages. The intensity of their chemistry is wonderful and electrifying. Both are polar-opposites when it comes to political views; Princess Ivy thinks all she feels for Prince Zach is Lust, not Love, but Prince Zach would say otherwise. All Princess Ivy wants to do is defeat the dragon using her magical Kiss. She wants nothing to do with these feelings she shouldn’t be having for Princes Zach.
But Zach wants nothing to do with Princess Ivy’s Kiss. He refuses her time after time after time. This part was puzzling because I wanted to know why Prince Zach kept refusing Princess Ivy’s Kiss, since the Kiss was needed to save the world.
The pace of Kiss of the Royal was well-written and kept me interested from the first line to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the fierce action scenes, and the many characters they both met on their journey. Kiss of the Royal is one book I will be adding to my shelf as a favorite of 2018.
Lindsey Duga brings a captivating and delightful new story to the young adult fantasy genre. This dazzling and lovable book lets readers know what it means to fight for your people and for what you believe in.
Kiss of the Royal comes out tomorrow, July 3, so pick up your copy at your nearest bookstore!