kingdom cold – brittni chenelle | review + #KingdomColdTour

43203291Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Published February 14th 2019 [Self-published]
Genre: young adult, fantasy, royals

links: Goodreads| Amazon

rating: ★★★★

synopsis:

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.

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EXCERPT

“Married? To who?” I seethed. It didn’t even matter. “Married!”

My mom, Queen of Besmium, let out a breathy sigh. “Honestly, Charlotte, can we skip the theatrics?”

I rushed closer to her. “I’m only sixteen. You said I’d have more time, until eighteen at least.”

She crossed her arms. “And you would feel differently about marriage in two years?”

I opened my mouth to speak, but nothing came out. Tears stung my eyes. I clenched my jaw, rage pulsing through me. Was this a punishment? Everyone knew I would make a terrible queen. I wasn’t cut out for rules or duty. My parents were never able to conceive another child, so they gave in to the fact it would have to be me. Married off for an alliance. “No. I won’t do it,” I said.

“I wasn’t asking your permission.” Her gaze cut into my resolve but I refused to surrender the modicum of freedom I had.

“I won’t say ‘I do’,” I said, locking my knees to keep them from shaking. Marriage? Even the word repulsed me. It sat at the back of my throat and I chocked on it. 

She stepped forward and leaned her face close to mine, her voice almost a whisper. “Could you be any more selfish?”

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REVIEW

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Kingdom Cold got me hooked from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down until the end. I was so invested in the book that I only took me less than a day to finish it. The plot was fast-paced and action-packed. There’s always something going on and you can never predict what’s going to happen next.

I’ve got to say Charlotte was a brat and that’s one attribute that I don’t like in a character. I did remind myself constantly that she’s thrown into an arranged marriage with an unknown prince at 16 years old. So, I pushed on and hoped that her character would be better later on. I’m glad I did that because I saw how much Charlotte’s character grew. Initially, she was thoughtless, careless and a spoiled princess but after her kingdom was invaded and she was forced to run, I could see a different side of her. She became stronger, tougher, and more calm. She wasn’t doing things on instinct, and was less impulsive than before.

Prince Young and Minseo are so different in terms of personality, and I loved it. It’s obvious that the two brothers love each other and would do anything for one another. I need more of the both of them despite what went on at the end.

Now, let’s talk about the relationships. I would’ve liked it more if the relationships were less complicated. Since it was already a very fast-paced book, the feelings characters have for one another felt rushed. Although it wasn’t an “insta-love” situation, but it seemed like people “move on” or “discover they have feelings” for someone very quickly. That aside, I loved the cannon couple. When their relationship started to mature and establish itself in the plot, it began to felt solid and real unlike the other romances which were fleeting.

It was such a short read filled with so many drama, mystery, and action. Brittni Chenelle definitely did a wonderful job in managing every detail and plot in the right way at the right pace. I enjoyed seeing the characters grow and the relationship deepen. Royal books were always a joy to read, and Kingdom Cold gave me the same satisfaction.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brittni Chenelle currently lives in Seoul, Korea which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favorite genres to read and write are young adult fantasy, young adult romance, fairytale retellings, and young adult dystopian novels. She’s very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her fantasy stories.

Here are five fun facts about Brittni:

  1. She lives in South Korea. It’s true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.
  2. She’s a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as “Beetie” which is what inspired her children’s book “Life with Beetie”. When she wants something from her parents she tells them, “My Beetie hurts.” It’s a trick that has never failed her.
  3. She doesn’t really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel “Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree”, Brittni INSISTS that it’s a true story.
  4. She’s OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
  5. Sorry guys, she’s married. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks “how?” she gives a different reason. I’ve overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

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