Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

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 Get ready for your next obsession! 


Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle 

Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

 MY  RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Get ready for one of the most dazzling YA releases of the year. Not only is Kingdom Cold intense and thrilling, it is culturally diverse and full of twists and turns. If you're looking for something romantic and action-packed to sink your teeth into in 2019, look no further than Brittni Chenelle's Kingdom Cold. You won't be able to put this novel down, I guarantee it.

You'll notice right way that Kingdom Cold was crafted with the utmost care and detail. Vivid as it is quick, the novel itself grips you from the very first page. I had this feeling within the first chapter that it wouldn't go quite the way I expected, and it truly does not. Whereas many authors fall flat in terms of keeping their stories unexpected, this is never the case for Kingdom Cold

At first, I felt a little daunted by the general shortness of the novel. Its overall length is just shy of 300 pages. Yet, Chenelle makes good use of every single page of her book and, in many ways, teaches her contemporaries just how to tell a story that is near perfect in execution. Kingdom Cold doesn't fall victim to its pacing, nor its length, and every chapter flows together effortlessly.
Another thing you'll notice is that the characters each have their own distinct voice which is, of course, a necessity in story-telling. In each of their voices, you'll find many traits that make up a series of wonderfully strong characters.

They aren't the sort of characters you'll soon forget. You'll favor some and fear others. One thing's for sure: you'll love or love to hate them. I found the development of each character to be refreshingly real and unexpected. I came into the story expecting one thing from specific characters, and ended up receiving something else entirely.

(I'm looking at you, BETRAYAL IN THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE BOOK. I won't say who, because spoilers and it's definitely an experience.)

From Charlotte, and her husband to be, Young, to his brother, Minseo, all the way to the secondary characters scattered throughout, there is something compelling about each of them. I'd say that the characters, and their growth, are the best part of the book, but the truth is that Kingdom Cold has so many brilliant qualities to it, it'd be impossible to say which is the absolute best.  

Not a page goes by without a deeply intriguing moment of betrayal, those signs of subtle cruelty that come with being both a royal and a human, to action and to love.

The thing about Kingdom Cold is that it will build you up and break your heart. It is fitting that I read this book on a cold day that was full of freezing rain mixed with snow--it fit my mood, and the atmosphere of this book, perfectly. At the end of the day, I adored this book and only wish to have one more moment with it--especially after its final pages.

It'd be foolish to miss out on Kingdom Cold. Consider this your must-read of 2019.

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