To Betray My King Review

Title: To Betray My King
Author: Kayla Lavan
Series: The Betrayal Legacy #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: 01 May 2017
Source: YA Bound Blog Tours
Format: Ebook
Pages: 276
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 27 February 2018 - 28 February 2018









Goodreads Synopsis:

Forbidden Love. Elemental magic. Unavoidable war.

Sol is divided by three seasonal realms: Spring, summer, and winter. Magic is dying and more people are born without powers. In a world where the magicless are shunned, killed, or even enslaved, Ari is the only place they can seek refuge. The Voidian city. The city were Arianna will one day rule… until her whole future is turned upside down on eighteenth birthday. She is told she must leave her home and marry a man she has never met: Prince Roland.


Roland is what you would expect as the only heir to the most powerful kingdom in the spring realm: Egotistical, flirtatious, and has never heard the word ‘no’, until he met his new bride, Arianna. Even when forced to adapt to a unknown world, her stubbornness and fiery attitude struck something in Roland he has never felt before.


Before Roland could start understanding these odd feelings, assassins are sent to the kingdom and war is upon them. Roland must leave to protect Ari from the invading forces of the summer realm. He leaves Arianna to be protected by the only man he trusts: His childhood friend, Conrad. A strong and dutiful knight. 


Arianna must deal with her husbands absence while he fights for her home and people. She makes new friends, new enemies, and plays political games in order to help Roland gain a upper-hand in the war. All while assassins are after her around every corner, and withholding secrets about herself that could ultimately cost her marriage or her life



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I absolutely love the cover of this book! It is definitely the thing that pulled me in and made me request this. I have no idea what this book is about but I am excited to find out.

Thank you so much to YA Bound Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book to review. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this doesn't not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was full with detail. The author constantly created these scenes that just pulled you in. I liked the dialogue but at times it felt stiff and awkward as if it was trying to come off as something fancy. I also really enjoyed how fast the pacing of the writing was. The writing is what actually pushes a person through this book. It draws you in and keeps you there. One minute you are on page one but the next you find yourself half way through the book already.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was okay. The basic idea behind the book was good but I felt as though it wasn't executed well in some areas. If you didn't read the synopsis, you would get a surprise that the world is sectioned off into season. It is not something that is made clear from the get go but what I did like was how we started. Ari is faced with this decision that will either save her people or make her happy.   I also found that the plot didn't actually get a lot of depth. It seemed flat but still enjoyable. There wasn't really anything intricate when it comes to the plot. However, you could definitely argue that it worked for this book. 

Character Thoughts:

The characters all had their quirks and were all likeable and I enjoyed reading about them. However, I did find that due to the lack of depth in the plot, the characters also lacked depth. They often seemed one dimensional and lacked certain qualities to make them more realistic. Also there was a small case of insta-love going on here and at times it really seemed too much and a little too weird.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the book wasn't too bad. It had quite a few high points but it also had a few low points that affected the reading experience. The writing was really good. It had a lot of detail that helped to set certain scenes but the plot lacked the depth that it needed to make the story more believable. The characters had their quirks but they didn't develop and they were also one dimensional. However, despite this, the book was fun to read. There were a couple of funny moments and sometimes the romance was adorable.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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