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This had a really promising storyline, but it just failed to hit the mark. The idea was great, but there was so much that was unrealistic about the characters and what happens. Teens might enjoy this but it’s too cliche for adults.
Imagine a more violent version of The Selection with a dash of the Hunger Games.... I present you The Princess Trials.
I felt like it mirrored a couple of popular YA tropes but I was still completely captivated once I got to the 20% mark and I desperately want the second book already 🙈
It's packed full of action and can get quite intense but in a very good way. It's a reality show that's a mix of survival trials and a beauty pageant so you can imagine 😂 And the romance? For a competition to marry the prince trope this actually has a nice slow burn instead of the instant love bs I get grumpy about 😂
It's a full length novel with plenty of intrigue, murder plots, an outspoken lead and a pet kakapo 🙈 I mean for that alone I love it!
Seriously gripping read though! Definitely pick it up if you're a fan of the selection or hunger games 👌
I really wanted to love this story, but there was just a little something that held me back, perhaps the constant petty and catty actions of some of the characters, perhaps the over detailed descriptions of some scenes, or perhaps I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters. All in all it was good, well written, decent plot, but I am not in a hurry to continue the series.
This book Ahhhhhh I don’t know what to think. It has so many twists that left me captivated but at the same time annoyed. I think it tries to hard to keep the reader in the plot. Nonetheless, I will be reading number two hahaha 😆
I must say, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a book this much. It was just soooooo good! The best way to describe it is to compare it to The Selection series. That series was tea parties and petty rivalry, while this one is anger, murder, revenge and bad girls gone psychotic! It was so real in its depiction of a possible future for the world, and the characters were so vibrant and endearing. I loved every single word and read it in record time. A definite must read! Killing me to wait for the next book!!!
****spoiler alert****This book disappointed me a little bit. Zea is just too naive sometimes in the book. For example, the whole thing with Ryce, he is definitely manipulating her and she can even see that but she chooses to believe he wants her. Then Berta turns on her several times and how she speaks to Zea is just awful bit Zea just over looks it. I was hoping Zea would be more of a badass. Yah she does a good job trying to defend herself but that's all you get for a girl that wants to change the world. And I was hoping prince kevon would be more perspective on what Zea says and not be so clueless all the time. Also how vindictive those girls are, is so wrong. At least have Zea be better on thinking on her feet and be more aggressive to them. I'll probably read the second book in hoping it gets better. I didn't really want it to be JUST like the selection but a version of it that is more badass and not so damsel in distress.
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this book. I like the general concept of the series, but it is frustrating to see so many despicable characters. From the queen to the royal guards, the elite society and even the commoners - everyone one of them is hateful, back-stabbing and cruel. Even Katniss had Peeta! In this book, the only person you root for is the heroine. I have decided to read the second book when it is released, mostly with the hope of seeing all of these terrible characters come face to face with karma
The development of the protagonist was exceptionally well done. Zia's failure to see the manipulative nature of her childhood crush was exceptionally realistic, as it can be hard to see the flaws of the objects of our infatuation. Her hot headedness seems a little explosive, which was surprising given her early successful attempts at self control, but understandable, given the intensely stressful nature of these trials. However, I found issue with the lack of development for almost all other key characters. There was little to no complexity to them, and I am hoping that an added depth will be revealed in future books. I also find several of the events to be completely unhinged and random, as if they're just there to add drama without contributing anything to the plot. I hope that the events of the next book have a stronger sense of purpose.
This book was fast paced and I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story. I think the characters are well written and there is a good balance to the writing. I was really looking forward to reading the book and it did not disappoint.
Zea is a fascinating character. She has so much innocence to her and yet she wants to fight for a revolution that she does not full understand. She lives in the lowest echelon in their society, the harvesters, and despite her life not being easy and living on rations they are better off then the counseling’s who have no part in this society. I don’t think she fully understand what she want to fight for and this becomes more complicated after she goes to the Oasis. She thinks the fight is just about rations of water and food, but it becomes more than that. They is an evil that underlies the society in the higher echelon and she is going to have to decide where her fight lies and how she wants to be the catalyst of change.
She can be far too trusting throughout the book and I think this is in part a good quality. She is able to see the good, or at least look for the good, in several characters that would otherwise be barely mentionable. Her relationship with Prince Kevon is really very simple, but is made complicated because she has a crush on a boy from her region. This other boy and his mother, as you can see from the beginning, uses and manipulates Zea’s feelings to get her to do what they think will start a revolution. Zea is swept up in their thinking and is almost blinded by what they have told her. While what happens in their region is wrong and the class system is wrong, she doesn’t see that she can have more power if she plays the games and wins, instead of starting a revolution.