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He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he's not making it easy. The pr He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he's not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for. Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything. In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation? Is love essential?


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He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he's not making it easy. The pr He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he's not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for. Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything. In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation? Is love essential?

30 review for The Promised Prince

  1. 5 out of 5

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    LOVED it! Labeled as a YA Dystopian, there were glimpses of a dystopian life--it's set in a future time, there are some throwbacks to the society in the manner of clothing and ways of life, and an obvious desolation has occurred, but if you're looking for something like The Hunger Games, you won't find it here. That said, I absolutely loved it! I'm a huge fan of royalty and loved the role the crown played in this intriguing, adventurous, romantic, humorous tale. Trev and Renna had the cutest meet LOVED it! Labeled as a YA Dystopian, there were glimpses of a dystopian life--it's set in a future time, there are some throwbacks to the society in the manner of clothing and ways of life, and an obvious desolation has occurred, but if you're looking for something like The Hunger Games, you won't find it here. That said, I absolutely loved it! I'm a huge fan of royalty and loved the role the crown played in this intriguing, adventurous, romantic, humorous tale. Trev and Renna had the cutest meet-cute and the wit and banter only escalated from there. Trev is one of the most dashing, charming, and likable protagonists ever, especially as he strives to fulfill duty and making sacrifices to do what's best for his country. Renna is not only sweet and amiable, but she's somewhat of an enigma for her times, daring to test boundaries and rules. I. Loved. Them! I loved the conspiracy element and the danger helped propel the plot at a thrilling pace, but be still my racing heart! It was the romance that clutched me and caught my full attention. I devoured these pages and couldn't believe this was a debut novel. The supporting cast of characters were superb as well, which always makes for a great story. Please tell me there's more to this world because I just couldn't get enough of this world and the characters inhabiting it! Content: mild+ violence; mild+ romance

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    First, I have to say that this book is not really Dystopian. It's a royal love story with some perimeter dystopian elements that have no bearing on the story or the storyline really. This story could easily be set at any time period with very few adjustments to the story. If you read any dystopian books, this will not feel dystopian to you. It's a YA love story- royal style. Yeah, I was a little disappointed, thinking this was dystopian. I spent the first third of the book thinking the author wa First, I have to say that this book is not really Dystopian. It's a royal love story with some perimeter dystopian elements that have no bearing on the story or the storyline really. This story could easily be set at any time period with very few adjustments to the story. If you read any dystopian books, this will not feel dystopian to you. It's a YA love story- royal style. Yeah, I was a little disappointed, thinking this was dystopian. I spent the first third of the book thinking the author was just setting things up with the characters and the real dystopian parts would soon be coming into play. I eventually gave up on that and just read the book. That aside, this was a fun story. I enjoyed the characters very much. Trev and Renna have a great first encounter that really sets the stage for the whole book. Trev has an arranged marriage with a neighboring princess that he's never met with the intent to unite countries as allies and gain military support. He meets Renna and then everything sort of blows up. There is political intrigue, lies and turmoil in Trev's kingdom and surrounding areas. It helps add to the story and gave it some substance. There are a lot of secondary characters but the author did a good job of introducing them in a natural way so I never felt overwhelmed. I could easily visualize the scenes taking place which was awesome. Books that feel like movies in my head are the best. This author is new to me and I will be watching for more books by her. I picked this book up on Kindle Unlimited.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    This was such a great read! The beginning felt vaguely similar to its companion novella, but the story soon diverged into its own plot. My favorite part of the book was the two main characters - their fun loving personalities and witty conversations were adorable. There is a love triangle that starts to drag just a little in the middle of the book but just when I was about to despair, the plot picked up steam with some unexpected twists and turns. I especially adored the last few chapters of the This was such a great read! The beginning felt vaguely similar to its companion novella, but the story soon diverged into its own plot. My favorite part of the book was the two main characters - their fun loving personalities and witty conversations were adorable. There is a love triangle that starts to drag just a little in the middle of the book but just when I was about to despair, the plot picked up steam with some unexpected twists and turns. I especially adored the last few chapters of the book. 4.5 stars for this debut novel and I will definitely be picking up any future books by this author! I received a complimentary copy from the author but was not required to leave a review and all opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I love it! 😍 This was amazing! I started this book with a huge smile on my face and ended it with one. And in between? *takes a deep breath* It was a rollercoaster. Gonna be honest. The hype for this book I’ve seen on bookstagram lately had me a little intimidated how I was gonna feel about it. It 100% lived up to the hype. *turns on fangirl mode* The chemistry between Trev and Renna... it was incredible! Oh my goodness. From the very beginning, they had me rolling. Their sense of humor, their fun I love it! 😍 This was amazing! I started this book with a huge smile on my face and ended it with one. And in between? *takes a deep breath* It was a rollercoaster. Gonna be honest. The hype for this book I’ve seen on bookstagram lately had me a little intimidated how I was gonna feel about it. It 100% lived up to the hype. *turns on fangirl mode* The chemistry between Trev and Renna... it was incredible! Oh my goodness. From the very beginning, they had me rolling. Their sense of humor, their funness (is that a word?), their chemistry, everything. Ahh, I just loved them. I loved, LOVED these characters! Renna was awesome. I loved her so much. She’s fun, sweet, fiery, vivacious, funny, honest. She speaks her mind but not annoyingly so. She doesn’t take herself so seriously. Trev was also incredibly lovable. Good grief, he was fun. He had me laughing right off. The two of them together was just perfection. I just adored their relationship. I love how they were honest with each other and they kept things fun. They were completely themselves with each other. They’re just real with each other. Dumb jokes and pranks and weird conversations and their pretend stories... everything. I LOVED IT. *fangirl squealssss* I really grew to like Seran and I was really torn for her. I didn’t think I was going to really care about her but I did. I think her side to the story is a very sad but compelling one. I found the Queen’s story interesting too. I really didn’t like her at first but eventually, I seemed to like her better. The king was a pain. Same with Jonnis. Oh, and I really, really liked Drake. I almost thought there was gonna be a love triangle there. And funny thing is, I saw on the author’s Instagram where she said she almost did do a love triangle. That would’ve been interesting no doubt. But my anxiety would’ve been up for sure. 😂 The dystopian aspect of the story is very low-key. It’s not super dystopian like others like The Hunger Games. And I really liked that! I just liked focusing on the characters and their conflict. This was a rollercoaster. The conflict was on point. I could just feel the tension and the emotions so, so well. I could feel Trev and Renna’s pain and conflict, especially Renna’s. I was hurting for her. And Trev. There’s just a lotta little things I loved about this story. A lot of memorable moments. The first meeting at the pond, the mistaken identities, the reveal, the wrestling match, the gun competition, the dance in the red dress... I could think of more. When they were talking about what their life might’ve looked like, I almost cried. And the list Trev makes. Oh and the ending? Yeah, I loved that. It was so cute, my cheeks hurt from smiling. (Which could be said about this entire book) I laughed out loud, smiled till my cheeks hurt, teared up, made weird noises... I loved it. I’m so excited to see what other books this author has for the future.❤️ ~QUOTES~ “Sometimes, life comes from behind and scares you so badly that it takes your breath away.” He patted her hand, leaving his on top. “But don’t worry. You will breathe again.” -Mangum “He was part of her story now, but he wouldn’t be the only chapter. She knew, sitting there, that she couldn’t let this experience cripple her. She was a survivor.”- Renna “A soft breeze blew through her hair, cool enough to remind her summer was over. The warmth would soon fade, allowing room for something new. She would miss Trev like she missed summertime when in the depths of the winter, but winter ice eventually thawed into a beautiful spring, a new beginning. She just needed to figure out what her new beginning would be.”-Renna “‘Thank you.’ She shrugged her shoulders. ‘For what?’ ‘For teaching me what it feels like to have a broken heart.’”- Trev “I’ll take anything I can get from you, even if it’s only a broken heart.” -Trev “Every fiber of her being swore she was meant to look at him for the rest of her life and beyond, but somehow this was goodbye. She loved him enough to let him go. She turned to leave, letting their story end one last time.”- Renna

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    There was a lot I loved about this one and I am so excited to have discovered a new author to follow! When my good friend Deb told me to drop everything and read this book, I obeyed! For those who have read the book, you'll understand why I decided to do my review a bit differently this time... 1. When I first saw this book, it totally sounded like something I would enjoy. 2. I kept seeing it pop up here and there and friends started reading and loving it so I knew I really had to give it a try. There was a lot I loved about this one and I am so excited to have discovered a new author to follow! When my good friend Deb told me to drop everything and read this book, I obeyed! For those who have read the book, you'll understand why I decided to do my review a bit differently this time... 1. When I first saw this book, it totally sounded like something I would enjoy. 2. I kept seeing it pop up here and there and friends started reading and loving it so I knew I really had to give it a try. And I loved the cover! 3. I was quickly sucked into the story and connected with Renna right from the start. She's a likable heroine. 4. Trev was great! Their first meeting(s) were spot-on, great way to get the story going, knowing what they didn't know added to the fun. 5. Their relationship has a lot of ups and downs, the whole forbidden-love element added great tension. The scenes with them together were my favorite! Their chemistry jumped off the pages. 6. Good world-building, personally would have preferred if it were a straight High Fantasy instead of a Dystopian future (set about 250+ years into our future). 7. This would have been a five star read, one I would read again and again, if it weren't for one thing. Now....maybe I'll read it again, but do some small skipping. 8. I am still mad about a certain event that did NOT need to happen. It for me, ruined the flow of the book and put a damper on the rest of the book. It was not at all necessary IMO. (view spoiler)[I was also REALLY hoping this character would get their own book so I was also bummed about that missed opportunity. OR maybe the author COULD still write a spinoff and right this terrible wrong. lol (hide spoiler)] 9. This was a great debut, seriously I was impressed. I really enjoyed the overall story and will happily be looking forward to reading more from Ms. Keisel. I would definitely recommend this to dystopian or high fantasy fans. Or just if you're looking for a swoony well-written romance. Content PG Romance: Clean, kissing Language: None Violence: Mild, nothing overly graphic Similar Reads You May Enjoy...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison (SPELLBOUND READER)

    I haven’t read a dystopian novel in years. That in itself is a crime against humanity, nature and myself! Thank you Kortney Keisel for giving me the opportunity to read and review your work. . If you are in the mood for a classic YA romp featuring travel, arranged marriages, love triangle, forbidden romance, etc. I would recommend A Promised Prince! It’s a quick read and you would also be supporting an indie author!! .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Thornell

    It has been ages since I read a YA or a dystopian, but I was intrigued by this book so I signed up for the ARC team... and I’m so glad I did! 😍 Renna is accompanying her step-sister, the Princess of New Hope, to meet her mysterious betrothed. But on the trip she meets her own “mysterious dream man” and starts to fall for him. The problem is, HE is her stepsister’s betrothed and HE thinks she’s the princess. 😬😭 This book has a hilarious, mysterious plotline where Renna & Trev navigate repressing the It has been ages since I read a YA or a dystopian, but I was intrigued by this book so I signed up for the ARC team... and I’m so glad I did! 😍 Renna is accompanying her step-sister, the Princess of New Hope, to meet her mysterious betrothed. But on the trip she meets her own “mysterious dream man” and starts to fall for him. The problem is, HE is her stepsister’s betrothed and HE thinks she’s the princess. 😬😭 This book has a hilarious, mysterious plotline where Renna & Trev navigate repressing their feelings, discovering their futures and the futures of their kingdoms, and figure out the politics of this dystopian world. They were both relatable characters and I found all the side characters and side plots to be very interesting as well! The second half of the book was my absolute favorite. After a little revealing conversation with Renna's mother, the pace really picked up and I couldn't put it down! It was laugh out loud funny, unique, sweet, and such a fun read. Now I'm off to read "The Rejected King" and I can't wait to see what else Kortney has in store for us! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This debut novel by Kortney Keisel is so well written and will keep you guessing from the very beginning. There were a handful of plot twists that surprised me and I always love it when an author can pull that off. This is a dystopian romance, but it’s different from any other dystopian I’ve read before. I liked that there wasn’t as much corrupt government and terrible life circumstances as in other some other dystopian books I’ve read. Because it was written a little differently I didn’t feel l This debut novel by Kortney Keisel is so well written and will keep you guessing from the very beginning. There were a handful of plot twists that surprised me and I always love it when an author can pull that off. This is a dystopian romance, but it’s different from any other dystopian I’ve read before. I liked that there wasn’t as much corrupt government and terrible life circumstances as in other some other dystopian books I’ve read. Because it was written a little differently I didn’t feel like I was reading a repeat of some of the other popular dystopian titles and I really liked that. I also liked that it wasn’t typical teen/YA romance, not as much drama and teen hormones. Renna and Trev actually have to fight for their relationship—but they also can’t, which makes things so intriguing. I was left guessing until nearly the end how things would work out. I will say that the first half was a little slower to me. Almost exactly halfway through, a crucial conversation takes place, which sucked me into the story fully and kept me there through the rest of the book. I felt like that’s when things really got moving and I was completely hooked. At that point I absolutely could not put it down until I had finished it. The first half was a three star read to me but the second half is easily five stars. Renna is a character you can’t help but like, though there are also things she did that drove me crazy (this is typical of YA protagonists for me). Sometimes she seemed mature for her age (18) and other times her age was showing like a stamp on her forehead, maybe even a little worse. However, she’s also had kind a rough go of the past four years of her life and her mother is really hard to like, so I gave her a pass. Ultimately, I liked her. I liked Trev from the very beginning. He is in an impossible situation and I think he really did the best that could have been expected of him. I liked his personality and I loved how much he sincerely desired to be the kind of king his people would actually need, rather than a king seeking to serve himself. I can’t think of a single thing that made me not like him. Seran is really pretty amazing and I liked her a lot. King Carver is a jerk. Queen Mariele is SO hard to like. I just couldn’t relate to her at all—until that crucial conversation in the middle of the book, like I mentioned earlier. Then her story starts to make more sense. I do wish she had been more involved in Renna’s life, more her mother. But she is definitely a complicated character. Mangum is the coolest and gets better as the book progresses. Drake kind of falls into this same category for me. Jenica is annoying and I felt badly for Lizanne. I loved Nellie and Preetis and I feel the same as Trev about Cypress: she scares me a little. Haha! And King Bryant might be the best character of them all. I respected him so much. If you like: * YA books * Books that keep you guessing * Really good romance, with swoony kissing scenes and quotable lines * A dystopian book that isn’t focused on overthrowing corrupt government * The Selection series * Books that are well written, have fantastic characters and good character development, and a plot that hooks you You should definitely read this book. Quotes I loved (that have potential to contain spoilers so read at your own risk): She laughed “Have you ever tried swimming in a dress? It doesn’t work very well.” “This may surprise you, but I’ve never gone swimming in a dress,” he said, his tone serious. (pg 15) “I really love food. Like really love it. I would lick my plate clean at every meal if it was acceptable.” (pg 46) And his looks. They couldn’t be ignored. The combination of his athletic build, dark curls, severe blue eyes, and that boyish smile were proof enough that God was feeling generous the day he had created him. (ppg 53-54) “You don’t have to keep me company,” Renna tried to release him. “You can go talk to somebody else.” “And leave you alone?” Trev smiles. “I’m too much of a gentleman to do that.” (pg 130) “That was not flirting. That was friendliness. Don’t confuse friendliness for flirting, or my kindness will all go straight to your head.” (pg 160) Renna had woken up feeling depressed like there was nothing to look forward to in her life, but she refused to let that feeling take over her day. She needed to forget about herself and all her stupid boy problems... (pg 193) Renna looked up at the sky and took a deep breath. “At first, the pain was suffocating, but I guess after so many years, I’ve just gotten used to it. Grief sticks with you—it changes and shifts as you grow, but it never leaves you.” (pg 226) She loved him enough to let him go. She turned to leave, letting their story end one last time. (pg 322) Can you believe it has been 166 days since you pretended to drown, and I pulled you out of the water? It has also been 132 days since I last saw you, but who’s counting? Definitely not me. (pg 374) “Ezra, it’s within your power to love your country and to love Renna. A good king doesn’t need to choose. He can do both.” King Bryant stood, walking over to where he sat. He extended his hand to Trev. “Let everything else go.” (pg 378) “We spend so much time thinking about and deciding what it essential. The last two months, that’s all I’ve done. I’ve spent all my time worrying about what is essential for everyone else. You...” He took a step closer, his hand reaching out to touch her face. Her skin was warm and smooth, and just like he knew it would, a surge of energy flew through his body. “You are essential to me,” he said softly. (pg 386)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vippi

    *recensione in italiano a seguire* You know what? I was going to give this book 4 stars. After all, it is not perfect. It's not the history of the century nor the most original (I mean, entire libraries have been written about forbidden, impossible love...). It is not even a dystopian (so if you are looking for a new Hunger Games or go nuts for complex and articulated worldbuilding, go further). NONETHELESS... I just loved The Promised Prince because this is, without a doubt, the cutest love stor *recensione in italiano a seguire* You know what? I was going to give this book 4 stars. After all, it is not perfect. It's not the history of the century nor the most original (I mean, entire libraries have been written about forbidden, impossible love...). It is not even a dystopian (so if you are looking for a new Hunger Games or go nuts for complex and articulated worldbuilding, go further). NONETHELESS... I just loved The Promised Prince because this is, without a doubt, the cutest love story I've ever read. Renna and Trev are great! I surprised myself several times smiling like an idiot reading their banter and their storytelling games; I loved the sincere way they both tried (view spoiler)[note: try >> keyword (hide spoiler)] to be just friends, to stay away from each other, to do the right thing; I struggled as the marriage with Seran approached and (view spoiler)[ afterwards Icursed Trev for not going to Renna right away (although, obviously, I understood him perfectly well) and, with every point he added to his list, I wanted to hug him a little stronger. .. and well, obviously that stupid smile appeared again, stronger than ever, reading the last chapter: “Okay, then.” He took a quick breath. “I’m going back to the transporter, and we’ll redo the entire conversation—with you being happy to hear that I love you and excited that the love of your life has arrived.” He started jogging back to the vehicle. “And depending on how you respond,” he turned, walking backward so she could easily see his adorable face, “we’ll see if I get enough courage to ask you to marry me. Okay?” The butterflies were back, stirring inside her. “Okay.” “All right, Trev loves Renna, take two,” he said as he opened the transporter door, ducking inside, then shutting the door. (hide spoiler)] So, to hell with the 4 stars. This oh-so-sweet story deserves the full score. *stupid smile at full power* ********************** Sapete cosa? Stavo per dare 4 stelle a questo libro. In fondo non è perfetto, non è la storia del secolo nè la più originale (insomma, di amori proibiti, impossibili sono state scritte intere biblioteche...). Non è nemmeno distopico (quindi, se cercate un novello Hunger Games o andate pazzi per worldbuilding complessi e articolati, andate oltre), ma piuttosto una storia d'amore ambientata in un ipotetico futuro post-apocalittico. EPPURE... ho semplicemente adorato The Promised Prince perchè questa è, senza dubbio, la più tenera storia d'amore che abbia mai letto. Renna e Trev sono fantastici! Mi sono sorpresa più volte a sorridere come un'ebete leggendo il loro modo schietto di prendersi in giro e di sognare insieme a occhi aperti; ho adorato il modo sincero in cui entrambi hanno cercato di essere solo amici, di stare lontano dall'altro, di fare la cosa giusta; ho penato man mano che il matrimonio con Seran si avvicinava e (view spoiler)[ho maledetto Trev per non essere andato subito da Renna, anche se ovviamente lo capivo benissimo e a ogni punto che si aggiungeva alla sua lista avrei voluto abbracciarlo un po' più forte... e be', ovviamente il sorriso da ebete è esploso leggendo l'ultimo capitolo: “Okay, then.” He took a quick breath. “I’m going back to the transporter, and we’ll redo the entire conversation—with you being happy to hear that I love you and excited that the love of your life has arrived.” He started jogging back to the vehicle. “And depending on how you respond,” he turned, walking backward so she could easily see his adorable face, “we’ll see if I get enough courage to ask you to marry me. Okay?” The butterflies were back, stirring inside her. “Okay.” “All right, Trev loves Renna, take two,” he said as he opened the transporter door, ducking inside, then shutting the door. (hide spoiler)] Quindi, al diavolo le 4 stelle. Per me è punteggio pieno! *sorriso ebete alla massima potenza*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    Omggg how can I adore a book so much when it is full of PAAIIINNNN?!?! Oh wait, yes, that’s right - it was the good kind of pain *insert evil laugh* You’ll see what I mean. Get ready for alllll the fangirling. My Moodboard Goodreads summary: He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s Omggg how can I adore a book so much when it is full of PAAIIINNNN?!?! Oh wait, yes, that’s right - it was the good kind of pain *insert evil laugh* You’ll see what I mean. Get ready for alllll the fangirling. My Moodboard Goodreads summary: He's promised to another. She's promised to forget him. Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he's not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for. Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything. In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation? Is love essential? *Once again, I thought this synopsis does a great job of encapsulating the book!* EEEKK ohhh do I love this book. OH do I love it. This book filled my heart with so much emotion that it honestly made me extra emotional in real life. I don’t understand it, it just happened. But in all seriousness, that good pain I joked about? The Promised Prince is full of tension and forbidden romance and clandestine meetings and longing stares (special thanks to T-Swift for the ever-applicable song lyrics) and I am here for it. I’m all about forbidden romance, and Keisel does not disappoint! Our two main characters, Renna and Trev, try so so hard to follow the paths laid out for them by their society and their families, and that means staying well behind the friendzone line when they discover he is the Prince of Albion and betrothed to her step-sister, the future queen of New Hope. But they just can’t help it - their feelings only grow stronger as their personalities intertwine and what first was attraction becomes a deep love. I adore their relationship, for even through the pain and the resignation and the arguments born from both, its like their souls locked when they first met and there is no key. It’s so so good, y’all. Though this book is primarily romance-driven, very similarly to The Selection, their dystopian world is interestingly woven into the plot with some fantasy-esque elements that make the story feel so fresh. It feels like a fantasy, with its royalty and castles and a ballroom scene (I know right? *swoons*), but it also tackles themes of conforming by society’s rules and asks when the people should take charge of the problems they see in the world. They have guns and electricity and old magazines that make the world feel modern as well, since the book takes place two hundred years after the apocalypse… 😶 Anyways, all of the elements of The Promised Prince come together to form a beautiful, funny, romantic, and unique story that literally filled me to the brim with all the feels. I have soooo much love for these characters, and I want this book to blow up big time. Therefore, READ IT. Please and thank you. *THANK YOU, Kortney Keisel, for the e-arc in exchange for the honest review!! All opinions are my own! This book released on January 12th, so go forth and read!!!* PS Jesus is in the acknowledgements :)))) (I always look ahaha) If you enjoyed this review, you can friend me here on Goodreads and follow my Bookstagram and Pinterest @ashton_reads. Thanks for reading!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dana Claire

    The Promised Prince, I promise will not disappoint. This was such a great read and so exciting as a debut author wrote it. She drove right into her writing career with an A+ start. Not only is it a wonderful store line, it’s a really fun and humorous romance. The story is set in a dystopian background, but the romance is the focal point. Two people from different upbringing meet unexpectantly and immediately there is chemistry. Not to give too much away but mistaken identity happened and thus re The Promised Prince, I promise will not disappoint. This was such a great read and so exciting as a debut author wrote it. She drove right into her writing career with an A+ start. Not only is it a wonderful store line, it’s a really fun and humorous romance. The story is set in a dystopian background, but the romance is the focal point. Two people from different upbringing meet unexpectantly and immediately there is chemistry. Not to give too much away but mistaken identity happened and thus results in the romantic angst we see throughout the rest of the novel. Everything you’d want from the YA romance novel was in The Promised Prince. I promise you will enjoy it. Keep a watch out on this author. She’s got a great career ahead. I can’t wait to read what’s next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    When your mood and perfect book meet = ignoring all household chores, children, husband, food, phone calls and messages. I was engrossed into this world from the very start. Loved Renna and Trev! How they first met... yes! There second meet... swoon! My heart about broke for both of them when they realized who the other person was. I loved Seran, and I wished her story would of turned out different. King Carver was a tool. All that being said, there were a few things that I wish were different t When your mood and perfect book meet = ignoring all household chores, children, husband, food, phone calls and messages. I was engrossed into this world from the very start. Loved Renna and Trev! How they first met... yes! There second meet... swoon! My heart about broke for both of them when they realized who the other person was. I loved Seran, and I wished her story would of turned out different. King Carver was a tool. All that being said, there were a few things that I wish were different to make it the perfect book overall. But, you can’t really go wrong with a book that keeps you from eating, can you? 😉

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    The Promised Prince was one of the most fun and inviting debut author reads I’ve experienced this year! Not only IS it a great story that flows well, it’s ESPECIALLY a great romance. This is the type of book I can confidently hand down to my daughter when she’s old enough and know she will love it just as I did and feel good about the content in the book as well. The Promised Prince has a dystopian background but the romance takes it to center stage. It circles around 2 people from different soc The Promised Prince was one of the most fun and inviting debut author reads I’ve experienced this year! Not only IS it a great story that flows well, it’s ESPECIALLY a great romance. This is the type of book I can confidently hand down to my daughter when she’s old enough and know she will love it just as I did and feel good about the content in the book as well. The Promised Prince has a dystopian background but the romance takes it to center stage. It circles around 2 people from different social circles who find themselves attracted to one another by unexpected circumstance. Renna is unabashedly herself, silly and adventurous and I think that her and Trev bring out the best in one another. Obviously plans have been made for Trev that seem out of his control and the two of them will have to decide to stand for duty or risk everything for love. Trev seems to battle within himself what is right and what is expected of him but I adored his character as well. The chemistry? There. The cute YA romance and dialogue? There. I was smiling throughout its entirety and just craving more scenes between these two characters. There are other relationships in the book that only add to the sweetness and sincerity of the story. I’m SO GLAD that I was able to receive an early copy of this book and to share my honest opinions because Im so impressed with Kortney and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Madi G.

    Synopsis: In the town of Vassel on the border of New Hope, Renna escapes the ever annoying changes to her life by escaping to the countryside of her departed fathers estate. Low and behold, a random stranger saves her from a fake drowning.... which starts the downward spiral of love, betrayal, heartbreak, defiance, friendship, and so much more. Book Review: After reading the prequel to this book, “The Rejected King”, I didn’t think I could love another book as much....... oh man was I wrong. It’ Synopsis: In the town of Vassel on the border of New Hope, Renna escapes the ever annoying changes to her life by escaping to the countryside of her departed fathers estate. Low and behold, a random stranger saves her from a fake drowning.... which starts the downward spiral of love, betrayal, heartbreak, defiance, friendship, and so much more. Book Review: After reading the prequel to this book, “The Rejected King”, I didn’t think I could love another book as much....... oh man was I wrong. It’s like loving your children, you love each differently!! This book was truly so amazing! It had suspense, drama, death, conspiracies, betrayal, informants, war, kidnapping, romance...... y’all name it and it had it. And it had it in the best possible way! I sat on the edge of my seat reading it, and was so intrigued by every turn it took. I will most definitely be encouraging everyone I know to read this book and/or any book by Kortney Keisel. Just read it! You will not regret it!!! Happy Reading..... cause you know I know you won’t sleep til you have finished this book;) yes the hype is real..... yes it meets the hype..... so just read it;) And if it wasn’t clear by the review..... I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    I loved The Promised Prince! Renna and Trev were so cute together and their witty banter kept me laughing throughout the book! And their romance was so cute. I was in such mental agony with all the hard stuff with that (avoiding spoilers is hard lol)!! I also loved that there was a bigger plot to the story. While the romance was the main focus, there were also other things at work.👀Also, there was a crazy plot twist. That’s all I’m going to say about that!😂 I like it when people include info on t I loved The Promised Prince! Renna and Trev were so cute together and their witty banter kept me laughing throughout the book! And their romance was so cute. I was in such mental agony with all the hard stuff with that (avoiding spoilers is hard lol)!! I also loved that there was a bigger plot to the story. While the romance was the main focus, there were also other things at work.👀Also, there was a crazy plot twist. That’s all I’m going to say about that!😂 I like it when people include info on the content of a book, so here you go: It was pretty much clean. While there were some mentions of more-than-kissing (like a guy asking, “What are you doing tonight after the ball? *waggles eyebrows*” type thing), detailed kisses were as far as it went. Pretty much the only thing I didn’t like about the book was the use of a bad word in one scene (but that was it as far as language). For those reasons I would recommend this book for older teens and up. But as far as today’s romances go, this one is among the cleaner options.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    “Sometimes, life comes from behind and scares you so badly that it takes your breath away.” Magnum patted her hand, leaving his on top. “But don’t worry. You will breathe again.” • Oh man. This book! First off, can I just say how completely thankful I am that Kortney writes a romance that leaves you short of breath, heart thundering, while not getting … overly steamy? There were parts that left me blushing, but not from inappropriateness. It was just … intense attraction. And I am HERE FOR IT! • Oka “Sometimes, life comes from behind and scares you so badly that it takes your breath away.” Magnum patted her hand, leaving his on top. “But don’t worry. You will breathe again.” • Oh man. This book! First off, can I just say how completely thankful I am that Kortney writes a romance that leaves you short of breath, heart thundering, while not getting … overly steamy? There were parts that left me blushing, but not from inappropriateness. It was just … intense attraction. And I am HERE FOR IT! • Okay, that said, this book also left me with so many complicated emotions whilst reading it. (The ending was nicely resolved, so don’t worry!) I went from my heartbreaking for Renna and Trev, to rooting for them, to wanting Trev to do the right thing, to wanting him to do the morally good thing even though it was KILLING ME, to being quite mad at him and Renna to falling for them both all over again. • Like I said, complicated. • But this book has a five stars from me! It’s clean, intense, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, and had me blushing, laughing, and crying in turn. • To quote the book itself: “Thank you.” “For what?” “For teaching me what it’s like to have a broken heart.” • Five out of five!
Ages 16 & up! (If you haven’t read it yet, check out The Rejected King also by Kortney!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    If you liked The Rejected King then you will love The Promised prince! Here is what I loved...The plot was great and had me guessing all the way to the end how things would get resolved. I was way off, and that actually made me really happy, because it wasn't predictable. And I loved all the characters, especially Renna and Trev. There was a depth to their relationship that you don't always get with some romance books. There was believable physical attraction, yes, but there was also real friend If you liked The Rejected King then you will love The Promised prince! Here is what I loved...The plot was great and had me guessing all the way to the end how things would get resolved. I was way off, and that actually made me really happy, because it wasn't predictable. And I loved all the characters, especially Renna and Trev. There was a depth to their relationship that you don't always get with some romance books. There was believable physical attraction, yes, but there was also real friendship. I completely believed how much they enjoyed being around each other. Plus, I laughed out loud multiple times, which is not an absolute must for me, but a definite bonus. I can't wait to see what Kortney writes next!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Johnson

    I absolutely adored this book! Miss Keisel nailed it, I love her new world setting the fun flirty side of Trev and Renna and their serious and loyal sides it just worked. Her descriptions of clothing, transportation, classes, everything was great. I've definitely found a new author and I can't wait for her next book. The only bad thing I can say is I had a problem putting it down to sleep at night, but that's a good thing right? 😉🤣 I absolutely adored this book! Miss Keisel nailed it, I love her new world setting the fun flirty side of Trev and Renna and their serious and loyal sides it just worked. Her descriptions of clothing, transportation, classes, everything was great. I've definitely found a new author and I can't wait for her next book. The only bad thing I can say is I had a problem putting it down to sleep at night, but that's a good thing right? 😉🤣

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca (beccas_bibliophilia)

    Thanks to a friend I was able to read The Promised Prince this month and I enjoyed it even more than The Rejected King. I loved Renna and her fiery attitude. I was also drawn in by the political intrigue and post-Desolation society. This week I discovered my reward for reading both of the books by Kortney.... an announcement for another book! I can’t wait to read The Stolen Princess

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clean Romance

    Praise from the Clean Romance Team: “I love love love this book. It's so funny and sweet and compelling and it pulled me in quickly, faster than most.” “The best book chemistry I've ever read!” Praise from the Clean Romance Team: “I love love love this book. It's so funny and sweet and compelling and it pulled me in quickly, faster than most.” “The best book chemistry I've ever read!”

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    4,5 - maybe even 5 stars... It was really good. I'm surprised how much I enjoyed it. And there was some things I was NOT EXPECTING... 4,5 - maybe even 5 stars... It was really good. I'm surprised how much I enjoyed it. And there was some things I was NOT EXPECTING...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Macall

    I finished this book about a month ago, and it has my whole heart and soul 😍 I signed up for the ARC team because my good friend Tasha recommended it. But I was super nervous. What if I didn't like the book? What do I say to the author? But I shouldn't have feared! It was so good!! Most of the time when I receive an ARC, I enjoy it but don't buy the real book (mostly because I don't have enough money to do that with every book). But with this book, it was worth it to me! :) 👑 THE. CHE-MIS-TRY 👏 ye I finished this book about a month ago, and it has my whole heart and soul 😍 I signed up for the ARC team because my good friend Tasha recommended it. But I was super nervous. What if I didn't like the book? What do I say to the author? But I shouldn't have feared! It was so good!! Most of the time when I receive an ARC, I enjoy it but don't buy the real book (mostly because I don't have enough money to do that with every book). But with this book, it was worth it to me! :) 👑 THE. CHE-MIS-TRY 👏 yes. Just YES. Thank you, that will be all. 👑 The world was so well developed, and I loved the Council of Essentials. Just enough dystopia vibes to satisfy me, but it didn't take away from the main plot! And the "is love essential" part of the summary?? *applauds* 👑 No spoilers, but that ending. 😍 *swoons* :) 👑 This book gave me all the feels. Literally. It emotionally wrecked me, but in the best way possible 😉 Go!! Get this right now! It comes out January 12, but a little birdie told me the paperback is available early...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Happy release day to Kortney and this amazing book! I was so fortunate to be able to read the ARC of this book and promote it leading up to it's release! If you want a good idea of the vibe of this book, think The Selection meets Ivy by Taylor Swift! Renna and Trev’s story is fun and sweet and emotional and tense and beautiful and satisfying and just all the good things! I loved their dynamic with each other and watching their characters develop throughout the story! This book is SO MUCH FUN! It’ Happy release day to Kortney and this amazing book! I was so fortunate to be able to read the ARC of this book and promote it leading up to it's release! If you want a good idea of the vibe of this book, think The Selection meets Ivy by Taylor Swift! Renna and Trev’s story is fun and sweet and emotional and tense and beautiful and satisfying and just all the good things! I loved their dynamic with each other and watching their characters develop throughout the story! This book is SO MUCH FUN! It’s set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world and, refreshingly, isn’t focused on overthrowing the government! The politics and intrigue of this book were some of my favorite parts! So unique and fun to learn about!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becca Allison

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I wasn’t sure how this one could compare to “The Rejected King”, but I was shown. This one was BEAUTIFUL! Trev & Renna are the cutest couple. I love how they are constantly bickering in a playful way & making jokes. I was not expecting most of what this novel held & was surprised in the most lovely way. The list that Trev made near the end was so darling & emotional! To me, the characters seemed really relatable, deep, engaging, good, passionate, etc. I loved Seran! Even if she Wow, wow, wow!!! I wasn’t sure how this one could compare to “The Rejected King”, but I was shown. This one was BEAUTIFUL! Trev & Renna are the cutest couple. I love how they are constantly bickering in a playful way & making jokes. I was not expecting most of what this novel held & was surprised in the most lovely way. The list that Trev made near the end was so darling & emotional! To me, the characters seemed really relatable, deep, engaging, good, passionate, etc. I loved Seran! Even if she wasn’t the one for Trev, she was amazing & definitely put the typical fairytale-step-sibling to shame with her goodness. A novel story of her own would’ve been great. Though this is not a Christian book, it is a clean read. Kortney has done an absolutely phenomenal job with her first debut novel (as well as with “The Rejected King”) & I can’t wait to see what she releases next because I know I’ll be reading it! Go grab your copy today & support her first release!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ana-Maria D.A

    “Renna’s smile faded. ‘I would give it all up, all the nice things, just to have you back’ “ The year of 2,259 – 200 years after Desolation. Renna Degray is accompanying her step-sister, the Princess of New Hope to meet her prince. On their way, Renna and her family are making a stop at “Wellenbreck Farm”. After years of not being there Renna’s taking the chance to escape her family to roam around the familiar places. On her escape she’s meeting a mysterious and handsome stranger. With hope in he “Renna’s smile faded. ‘I would give it all up, all the nice things, just to have you back’ “ The year of 2,259 – 200 years after Desolation. Renna Degray is accompanying her step-sister, the Princess of New Hope to meet her prince. On their way, Renna and her family are making a stop at “Wellenbreck Farm”. After years of not being there Renna’s taking the chance to escape her family to roam around the familiar places. On her escape she’s meeting a mysterious and handsome stranger. With hope in her soul and towards her future they’re marching again towards the Albion. Trev, a young man with a lot of pressure on his shoulders is being awe struck by this mess of a girl that feels intoxicating and connecting with him – but he needed to deny the connection. He was engaged! Well, well, well… I sniffed the plot after a couple of pages in, mostly because of my brain and my passion for true crime series lol, but that still didn’t destroy my surprise. I was in shock once the plot unfolded itself, because their feelings, their surprise and their shock you could’ve feel it through the pages, making your hearth race inside your chest. The story is set in dystopian background but the main focus is romance, there is nothing fantasy related, and considering this was the first book romance related that I’ve read in a long time, it really didn’t disappoint. It was the perfect book among my fantasy books. The way the romance is being described into this book is so sweet and innocent that makes you want your own fairytale – even tho this book is all that but. Trev and Renna can’t be together, he’s betrothed to someone else, and she is forced to forget him. Into a world controled by the Council of Essentials, organized marriages for a greater good of two regions, their fate is really hanging on a thin thread. As the book develops under your eyes you see that Trev and Renna are incapable of keeping the distance from each other, their love is like a pull that brings them always together and their actions – they can’t control themselves. They keep trying and trying to stay apart, but fate has other plans. This book keeps you on your toes with each page you turn, I loved the relationship Trev and Renna developed and I’ve shipped them so so hard and I wished they will eventually find a way to remain together, and the past won’t repeat itself where 3 people will end up being unhappy for many years to come and it didn’t disappoint and with that I end my review. You really need to grab this book if you love romance between two young people where fate is being decided by others.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angeline

    Wow! This book was amazing, and breathtaking. The Promised Prince is Kortney Keisel’s debut novel and it was simply stunning! The cover is beautiful and I adored the characters. Renna Degray is hopeful about love and the future after she encounters a handsome stranger, but then she discovers that the handsome stranger is none other than the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Trev has no room for mistakes, he must marry the princess of New Hope. His kingdom depends on him, but lov Wow! This book was amazing, and breathtaking. The Promised Prince is Kortney Keisel’s debut novel and it was simply stunning! The cover is beautiful and I adored the characters. Renna Degray is hopeful about love and the future after she encounters a handsome stranger, but then she discovers that the handsome stranger is none other than the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Trev has no room for mistakes, he must marry the princess of New Hope. His kingdom depends on him, but love has a way of changing things. The Promised Prince was a lovely book! Renna was such a fun main character and I loved her quirks. She was kind and sweet, she didn't let others tell her what to do. I really liked reading about her and her fun adventures. She was herself and she strove to be that way no matter what. I thought that it was really nice how Seran, her stepsister and Renna got along and how they still cared for each other. Trev was such a sweetheart, he was kind and he really cared for his people. I thought that he was so honorable. I found his relationship with Drake sweet and funny. They were like brothers and I really enjoyed reading about them together. I liked Trev a lot, he was just trying his best and I felt so bad for him as he tried to make the right decisions. I loved the characters, they felt real. I really liked Drake, Trev’s bodyguard. He was a great character. It was so sweet to read about Renna and Trev as they tried to do the right thing and care for the people around them. This was such a thrilling book, I wanted Renna and Trev to end up together but I didn't know how it would happen. Trev and Renna had to figure out how to work past the expectations of others. They also had to figure out if they were willing to risk everything to be together. The ending was amazing. I know that I keep on saying amazing, but this book was just incredible. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I started reading I was hooked. The Promised Prince was an incredible debut novel and I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Keisel writes. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Promised Prince By Kortney Keisel Rating: 5/5 Release date: January 12, 2021 Wow. I can’t even describe how awesome this book is. I literally started reading right before bed and then read straight through for the next four hours. I could not put the book down. So good! The book is full of many laugh out loud moments, grief-stricken tears, and heart-pounding romance. This is a standalone novel but I believe the author is going to continue writing within the world and I definitely cannot wait to The Promised Prince By Kortney Keisel Rating: 5/5 Release date: January 12, 2021 Wow. I can’t even describe how awesome this book is. I literally started reading right before bed and then read straight through for the next four hours. I could not put the book down. So good! The book is full of many laugh out loud moments, grief-stricken tears, and heart-pounding romance. This is a standalone novel but I believe the author is going to continue writing within the world and I definitely cannot wait to read more. (Signing up for her newsletter grants you a free story from the same world). Renna Degray has felt displaced ever since her father died and her mother remarried the king of New Hope. When a trip to her childhood farm allows her to visit her father’s grave, she finds more than she bargained for in Trev, someone who works for the king’s guard. Just a few hours with him has her mischievous side coming out and she feels a hope of belonging again. But anguish comes when Trev turns out to be already engaged...to her stepsister, Princess Seran. Renna must try her best to hide her attraction and chemistry with Trev in order to let the political alliance continue. There is trouble in Albion and Prince Ezra Trevenna (Trev to his friends) is trying his best to rein in his father’s animosity toward Tolsten, the bordering country, and avoid all out war. Marrying Princess Seran would give his country access to their substantial army and help him in his campaign for king. Can Trev find a way to make Renna his bride or is he stuck fulfilling his duty to crown and country? This debut novel is brilliantly written and will make you want more from this author! Her characters are endearing and imperfect. Her story has depth and so much heart. And it is CLEAN romance. The world the author has built is interesting and I look forward to reading more about it in future books. Highly recommend if you enjoy YA dystopian romance with lots of humor and political intrigue. My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Initial Thoughts I saw Kortney was looking for reviewers on a Facebook group I belong to. The cover was so eye catching and stunning, honestly, I didn’t even care what it was about because I knew I had to read it. Luckily, the synopsis also sounded fantastic! Some Things I Liked Lite dystopian. I loved the idea of a “Post-Desolation” world. The society and world building were definitely dystopian but it wasn’t bogged down with sci-fi elements or anything too extreme. This is a love story that happe Initial Thoughts I saw Kortney was looking for reviewers on a Facebook group I belong to. The cover was so eye catching and stunning, honestly, I didn’t even care what it was about because I knew I had to read it. Luckily, the synopsis also sounded fantastic! Some Things I Liked Lite dystopian. I loved the idea of a “Post-Desolation” world. The society and world building were definitely dystopian but it wasn’t bogged down with sci-fi elements or anything too extreme. This is a love story that happens to take place in a dystopian society. Cinderella vibes. I loved that this story paralleled Cinderella between the step-sister element to Renna’s insecurities about not being good enough to be with a prince. Wit and banter. I loved the banter between Renna and Trev. One thing I love about Kortney’s writing is her ability to make me laugh out loud with the things her characters say. Her characters are unapologetically witty and I just love that. Subtle references to pop culture. I loved the Diet Coke and Blake Lively references. I thought they were fun ways to remind the reader that this is a different world, but it’s also an extension of our world. Series Value I have already read the prequel story, The Rejected King, and really enjoyed it. I’d love to see more stories set in this Post-Desolation world and more about the various rulers. We didn’t really meet or hear about any other characters in this story that I’d specifically be curious about, but, I think there is tremendous series value in the setting. Final Thoughts I loved this book. It was the perfect love story to snuggle up on the couch with. I felt so many different emotions and, most importantly, I found myself rooting for the characters. I love a love story that makes me want to cheer for the main couple. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel – if you liked the writing style and setting in The Promised Prince, definitely try the prequel story that is free if you sign up for Kortney’s newletter. The Selection by Kiera Cass – if you liked the Cinderella, dystopian vibes here, try this classic series by Kiera Cass.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kit Snicket

    This book is so weird. I'm almost halfway through it and it's just so confusing. So far the dystopian aspect of it is kind of irrelevant, which is a shame. But this plot could have been told anywhere in any setting, the dystopian setting seems like an afterthought and doesn't make sense at all so far. So after the desolation, which as far as I can tell was a series of volcanoes that destroyed all land mass except parts of America... of course... people decided they wanted to go back to a simpler This book is so weird. I'm almost halfway through it and it's just so confusing. So far the dystopian aspect of it is kind of irrelevant, which is a shame. But this plot could have been told anywhere in any setting, the dystopian setting seems like an afterthought and doesn't make sense at all so far. So after the desolation, which as far as I can tell was a series of volcanoes that destroyed all land mass except parts of America... of course... people decided they wanted to go back to a simpler time, got rid of all technology and, get this, instead of having a president they would have kings, and after one of them ruled 30 yrs, the people would vote for which kings son would rule next.... okay.... that kind of makes having a king pointless doesn't it? So it's a monarch democracy.... moving on. *** OK so now I'm done with this book, literally and figuratively haha 😂 The dystopian part literally made no sense. And it was completely pointless. There was no mystery about why it happened, and the current system they were in was corrupt anyway, almost exactly like before except now it's a kingdom that doesn't follow kingdom rules. The dialogue didn't make sense, the plot was weak, it was a very teenage book and I just wouldn't recommend it at all. I felt like it took the teenage/trashy parts out of Just Ella and the Matched series by Allie Condie (both of which I love and will defend to the death) and added none of the other elements that make both those stories great, with just enough trashiness to make them delicious. (I'm not sure that's the right word, but anyway) I found it annoying that by the end of it we knew most of the information so it was just being re-fed to us as the characters tried to make up there minds. Did it have some redeeming features? Yeah... The farm was great, some of the cutesy moments were funny, one even made me laugh! The heroines bodyguard/father figure was my favourite character. But these parts were just like tiny choc chips buried in a really not great cake. This metaphor works, because cake, even bad cake, is always still edible, and someone will love it, but that someone was just not me. I found myself leaving the dry, unsatisfying crumbs on my plate and looking for a glass of milk when I was done. And now I'm done, thank goodness for that.

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