DNF review: The Shadow Prince

April 18, 2014 Book Reviews, Review Archive 3

DNF review: The Shadow Prince

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, YA
Published by EgmontUSA on March 11th
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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 have only read one other book by this author and it was a long time ago. I thought I would give this author another chance but I just don’t think her books are for me.

The Shadow Prince sounds so interesting with it different take on mythology and I like mythology books, but I felt the pacing was just really slow. I kept thinking is anything interesting going to happening. I did try and give this one a good try but after 67% and not really feeling invested in the characters I just had to let this one go.

Haden is considered a disgrace to his father, Lord Ren, who is king of the underrealm. Haden shows to much of his human side and has to many emotions. Haden has a chance to redeem himself when he is chosen to be the champion that goes to the human world to find his boon. His boon is not just an ordinary girl, she is the ‘cipher’, the one who holds the ‘key’ to helping the underrealm.

Daphne, just up and leaves her mother to go with her father who he doesn’t really know. Joe wants her to attend school at Olympus Hills and be a part of the music program. While attending some strange things are happening with some of the girls being attacked at first she thought it was Haden but the more she got to know him she was sure he wasn’t a part of it.

I think the reason I couldn’t get into this novel was I just didn’t care for the characters. Haden, was sort of a jerk. The way he treated the Lesser than he made come with him and the way he was with Dax just didn’t make me like him. I understand that he is an underlord, but he needs to learn that in the human world he is not as big as he thinks he is. He was starting to feel some human emotions when around Daphne but by then I just really didn’t like him. Daphne wasn’t really much better for me as she just left her mother for a father she doesn’t really know. I can understand her wanting to get out of Ellis Field and her mother’s over protectiveness but it just didn’t make sense to me. Then while she is with Joe all she can do is find fault with him because he wasn’t much of a dad and hate all the good things he tries doing for her. (Umm, so then why did you go with him??)

The longer I read the more I found myself not really carrying about the outcome of this novel and that was the reason I decided to stop. If I can’t anticipate what is going to happen then why read it.

I have seen a lot of great reviews on this novel so I know it must just not be a book for me, so I won’t say not to read it because you might actually like it. So if it sounds like something you might find interesting give it a try and then let me know what you thought.

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3 Responses to “DNF review: The Shadow Prince”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I think you did give it a fair try, Stormi – 67% is pretty good, you hung on for over half of it.

    If I DNF a book, it is either because I can’t understand/connect to/enjoy any of the characters or because the editing is too bad, and it’s hard to understand the story through the grammatical errors or typos.

    I think you explained very well why this didn’t work for you, and it might even help someone else give it a try, because it may be just what they’re looking for.

    I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday 🙂

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