My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook Purchase
Publication Date: October 2017
Publisher: Jordan Rivet
Point of View: 3rd Person Heroine
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
I was not expecting to like this book so much! I mean, I knew I would like it--the premise is a good fit for my reading tastes, the (gorgeous) cover promises excitement and intrigue, the reviews I read were good. But I was expecting a "that was cute" kind of read.
What I got was a page-blazing-can't-put-down-omg-what-is-happening kind of read!
I loved how Jordan Rivet flipped my expectations every which way. Her heroine, Mica, IS a kickbutt heroine, but she doesn't perfectly embody the kickbutt heroine mold. She is inexperienced and her inexperience shows . . . and influences the plot. She's very talented and has a great go-getter attitude, but she's still got a lot of learning and growing up to do! And I found that relatable. Made me feel more invested in her as a character while she's trying to navigate the incredible complex world into which she's been plunged.
Rivet flipped my expectations on that world as well! Mica is sent to work as an impersonator for the royal princess--a princess who, at first glance, is one incredibly spoiled, petty, feather-brained, beauty-obsessed young woman with absolutely no redeeming value. When I started reading about her, I actually felt irked at the simplicity of the character. Oh great, I thought, another "mean girl" trope.
But . . . yeah. That's not where the story was heading at all. I don't want to give away spoilers, but I WILL say that by the end of the book, Princess Jessamyn was my favorite character.
The romance added a nice touch to the story without ever interfering with the adventure. I like a romance in my kickbutt heroine fantasy, but never at the expense of the heroine being heroic . . . and this author struck a nice balance. I will say I'm not entirely certain I'm shipping these two romantic leads, though. I mean, I really like both of them as characters, and their interactions are sweet . . . but I'm just not sure that I actually want them to end up together . . . But I'm happy to wait and see what Rivet does with this relationship. She's flipped my expectations so many times, I wouldn't be surprised to find she's got a trick or two up her sleeve where these two are concerned!
Anyway, all that to say--fantastic read by an author I'm glad to have discovered! I've got a few more books I need to read on my TBR stack, but then I'm very eager to get book 2 in this series -- An Imposter with a Crown.