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Review + Giveaway: The Shadow Prince

May 8, 2015

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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 don’t think I’ve read any YA books dealing with Greek mythology—I haven’t even read the Percy Jackson series. With that in mind, I completely understood the book and had no issues with having to know the myths inside and out beforehand.

I enjoyed this book. It is somewhat long, but I liked the plot and main characters. I think it took me about a week to read since I’ve been busy with school lately and read a hardcopy of the book. I had about 200 pages left when it started becoming hard for me to put down the book.

Haden is a disgraced prince from the Underrealm. The only way for him to earn his father’s approval and birth right back is to journey to the mortal world and search for Daphne Raines, the only person who can find Hades’ lost key. Daphne Raines has lived in a small town all her life with her overly protective mother. She’s a music prodigy and the daughter of a rockstar. After seeing her father only a handful of times throughout her life, he suddenly pops back into it and takes her to Olympus Hills where she’ll attend the high school there and be apart of its stellar music program.

Haden starts off a little jerkish and creepy, but definitely redeems himself. He’s practically Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Daphne is tough and stubborn. She definitely doesn’t put up with Haden and his destiny nonsense as she sees it, and it’s him who falls in love with her first. One character I didn’t like too much was Tobin. Daphne meets him during her audition for the music program, and they become best friends right away. Tobin kind of bothered me throughout this book and I hope he’ll improve in book two.

The book had a pretty good pace and just the right amount of details. I liked both worlds Bree Depsain created and I’m interested in how she’ll add more to them in the coming books. I liked Bree’s ideas and how she incorporated parts of the myths into the story.

I’d recommend this book if you like Greek mythology, especially if you like it with a modern twist. I’ll definitely be reading the second book, The Eternity Key, soon.

 

My Rating:
4 hearts

*This novel was provided to me by the author, which in no way affected my review of the book.* 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books May 9, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    This book sounds interesting enough and like you, I’ve never read a YA Greek Mythology book and I feel bad that I’ve only read half of the first book if the Percy Jackson series. I’m glad you liked it though. 🙂

    • Reply Jordan May 9, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      I feel bad that I haven’t read any too—someday I’ll get to them. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Reply Jacquelyn May 12, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I love it when people are willing to give books away to fans! It always makes me excited to find new books this way

    • Reply Jordan May 12, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      I do, too! Thanks for commenting, and good luck!

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