I received a copy from Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.
"Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.
When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself.
Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined…."
Scores and scores of reviews ago, I reviewed another book by Cayla Kluver. I believe it to be called Legacy, starring a princess and an enemy. Many of you know that I was sorely disappointed in its debut. Legacy (you can read the review if you like) is one of the most disappointing books ever because the synopsis is so damn great. (Total letdown. I hate books like Legacy.)
The Queen's Choice is unfortunately as disappointing as Legacy. Without the romance (or the near absence of it) in Legacy, The Queen's Choice is still as exciting as Legacy.
When I say the Queen's Choice is as exciting as Legacy, I mean it is as boring as Legacy. They both hold the same level of excitement. Frankly, the four hundred pages of The Queen's Choice could have been cut down to three hundred and be more awesome than Legacy. There's too much distraction of events for the main characters that the book starts to get dry and boring.
I like what is going on in The Queen's Choice, but it gets too overwhelming quickly. All these events mimic real life (other than the fact that there's pirates, faeries, killers, murderers, royalty, etc.). It has the same pace of a busy/bad day in your life. And you can tell what the plot is going to be like from what I just said. (And endings are usually fast paced right? Yep, its really fast and crazy. There's lunatic in every page, especially the main character, who is perhaps the biggest lunatic of all. I think she's going crazy without her...whoops, almost spoiler alert!)
The Queen's Choice starts off promising. I like it, but I was suspicious of it because Legacy had a good start with the right foot. My suspicious thoughts are correct, it turns out. As the plot starts turning around in circles, my fears grew and I instantly knew. The ending left off with me bored out of my mind. My thoughts on the last few chapters: Yawn. Gasp. Gasp. Yawn. Uh-huh. Yawn. Yawn. <-Yup, I was bored and slightly interested in a certain part, but overall I wasn't entertained.
Even without romance, The Queen's Choice is actually decent and I'm delighted (for a little while) by this change. (I know I mention this earlier; I don't have Alzheimer's yet.) It's interesting. I wish Cayla Kluver explain the world of The Queen's Choice in more details because she didn't give a lot of details in the book.
Anya is (a lunatic) fey. She longs to be free of duty and responsibility. She's a confusing character, complex yet not really hidden. She's intelligent and sometimes stupid in the most annoying way possible. I'm practically screaming "It's right there!" when she is having one of her problems.
Rating: Three out of Five