*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book.*
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .
Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face–including Wilha herself.
When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.
Okay, first thing: THIS DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND WHICH GIRL GETS PRINCE CHARMING OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE.
I know, right?
Now, there is a prince in this novel . . . though I’m not sure if you could call him charming. And there are other guys around, but this isn’t one of those YA fairytale novels where the girls fight over prince charming.
So Elara and Wilha are complete opposites. Where Elara can manipulate and tough through situations, Wilha hides behind her mask and is meek and kind of always frightened. But don’t worry, dear readers who want a kick butt heroine, Wilha changes pretty quickly and does some rash and unexpected things of her own.
Something I really loved about both girls: At one point or another, both of them discover that the guys they like (at the time) aren’t going to be with them, but neither of the girls do that annoying teenage girl thing where they mope around for the next one hundred pages of the book about how unfair life is.
Now, I’m not usually interested in the princess and prince thing in YA books, but I quite liked this one. Elara and Wilha are very likeable and both do rash and unexpected things at some point or another.
This book is just something new, to be honest.
If you like the whole mystical kingdom and secrets of the royal family kind of books, this one is for you. However, realize that this isn’t your normal prince charming kind of book. The prince? He’s not that nice at first, and Elara gives it to him straight. There was one scene where I really hated the guy, but he made up for it by the end of the book.
Oh, and the end? I thought I knew where each girl was going to end up. I thought this was one of those books where both girls where going to do “the right thing” and “go back where they belonged” like I’ve seen in so many other novels. But they didn’t. They did what they wanted, not what was expected of them, and I loved that. Honestly that was probably the highlight of the book for me.