The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain
EgmontUSA | March 11, 2014 | 496 pages
eARC via NetGalley.
Overall: 26/30 = 86.6% B
Title/Cover Bonus: 2
Well done mythological story about a prince, a girl, their friends and their enemies.
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.
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I did the unforgivable the day my mother died, and for that I’ve been punished every moment of my life. — Haden
Most Memorable Scene
I enjoyed so many scenes but the scene when Brim shows her true hellcat side was a good one. I also enjoyed the audio booth scene too.
I am not too up to speed on my mythology but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book immensely. Haden is the son of the king of the Underrealms. He will be given a task that involves Daphne, a mere human.
I enjoyed the plot and found that there was an abundance of details. I felt like the plot was moving slowly and that a conclusion would be impossible at the rate it moved. I was surprised that it did end well.
Set in a private community called Olympus Hills. This setting was a bit creepy. I enjoyed Daphne’s home city of Ellis Fields. We visit the Underrealm a few times but I wish we would have seen a few more areas of it.
I was already a fan of Bree’s writing. As I mentioned before I was scared of how slow the plot was moving. I felt like where the story started was very early but I am glad we got the preface of the story before all the action started. I guess I didn’t realize how long the book ended up being. I loved the switching of point of views from Haden’s to Daphne’s. The only thing I disliked was the overlap of narration from the end of one to the beginning of the next. To me it’s distracting to rewind and review the same scene from a different point of view, if even for only a second. I like smooth transitions when switching narrators.
Very original. I enjoy mythology based stories and was surprised to like Haden so much.
Haden is a great character. I enjoyed his whole being. He has a great heart. I loved how he took every saying literally since he’s from the Underrealm it provided great comic value.
“Knock yourself out.”
She pats the seat next to her and I figure she’s inviting me to sit next to her, not punch myself in the head. So I sit. — 84% into the book eARC edition
Daphne is also a great character. She was fun to get to know. I enjoyed her cast of secondary characters from her home town as well as the new ones we meet at Olympus Hills.
Dax was one of my favorite secondary characters from the Underrealm. I really wish we could have learned more of his story. I am hopeful that Bree will publish a novella of his story.
Of course we learn early on that Daphne is Haden’s Boon. I was very leery of how the attraction was going to go down since Haden was not a very smooth guy. He does a few things that startle and repels Daphne away from him. The common factor of course is music. Without music I’m not sure what Haden would have done to woe Daphne. The romance though was lacking. I wish there would have been a bit more chemistry between the two.
I do not like the title, The Shadow Prince, but I LOVE the series name. I love when a title is taken from a line of the actual book. And this line is huge. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE it! I don’t love the cover either though. It’s good but not great.
Great ending. I was scared of how all was going to be wrapped up but the length of the book provided enough time for all to be addressed. I can’t wait for the next book!
Book 2 will be out some time next year!
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