A YA fantasy that explores feminist themes from the perspectives of a witch and a cursed princess.
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I found the perfect chance to read this when I was participating in the #MakeYourMythTaker readathon!
TW: This book speaks about abuse so readers should proceed with caution.
Published June 28, 2020 by Simon Pulse
Data from Goodreads
Summary (Goodreads): The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
My Review: Meh… I’m Disappointed
With such a beautiful cover and interesting premise, I was expecting a lot more than what was delivered
The Pros: What worked for me
- I’m a big fan of strongly themed books and this one delivers on that. It does not pack punches when speaking about sexual abuse and eating disorders.
- The romance was not the most important part of the story, which was nice to see.
- I liked Jane’s character. She was not weak even though she felt that way and I connected with her on a deep level.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- The worldbuilding was confusing. I knew what the author was trying to do by creating this elaborate setting but some of it just didn’t make any sense.
- Reagan’s character was a major problem for me. I like characters that grow and develop as the story continues but she never did. Her complete fixation on her own problems, and her insistence on returning to her own version of things annoyed me. She never listened to other people and she was NOT always right.
- There were elements of the story that were just too repetitive and I didn’t like that.
While I support strong feminist themes, I also want the books to be well-developed. That wasn’t the case here. I liked the themes but I didn’t like the execution of the story. Pretty cover, though.
For those reasons, I’m giving it a 2/5 stars.