Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Review: Kingdom Soul (Kingdom Cold #2)

Author: Brittni Chenelle
Started reading: November 4th 2019
Finished the book: November 26th 2019
Pages: 248
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: May 31st 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.51
My score:
Synopsis
Besmium has been reduced to rubble, and sinister Camelot reigns supreme. Abandoned by Minseo, brother of the fallen king, widowed Charlotte's path is perilous. New to life beyond her walls, she's forced to face the winter and motherhood alone, while being hunted by a soldier whose life's goal depends on her capture.
When whispers reach Minseo that Queen Charlotte survived, he decides to leave his drunken shame behind and seek his lost love. He knows finding her won't be terribly difficult but protecting both her and daughter Morgana is a different errand--one requiring more than time's power to heal.
Beyond the landscape of lies and treachery, Charlotte will need to navigate her feelings wisely. Can Minseo be trusted with the ultimate secret? Wherever young Morgana goes, a trail of ash is left behind, in consequence of something sought by sorcerers and mortal fiends...united, closing in.



My thoughts
I remember being really moved about the ending of Kingdom Cold, the first book in this series. I was also quite happy that the book seemed a standalone. So I wasn't sure how to feel when I saw this book. I did really like the first book, it was a 5-star book for me, but I also remember me saying that I was glad that the book was a standalone because it made the book stand out amongst all the series. I did want to try this book, mainly because I liked the first book so much.

Pros
  • Final 20%: I liked the final 20% of the book the most. I had some trouble getting into the book, because after the first book, the story felt ended for me. When I got into the story I felt like not all that much was happening, but I can see now that it was a big build-up to the final part of the book. I was rushing through the final 20%. 
  • Grief: The first book ended with a big shock and that was a big part in this book as well. Grief is a big theme in this book and I feel like that was written in a very believable way.
  • Shocking: The ending was just as shocking as the ending in the first book. I'm so curious about the next book right now so I'd definitely feel up to reading the next book, now that my mind is used to the fact that this is a series and not a standalone book!
Cons
  • Didn't flow: Some of the conversations in the story felt a bit forced and in the middle part of the book I had the feeling that the story wasn't that easy to get through.
  • Couldn't get into it: I think that this was just my problem with feeling that the first book was a standalone. I had a very hard time getting back into the story and I didn't feel as involved with the characters. 
Overall
Seeing the Goodreads score for this book, a lot of readers are happy that this is a series. I think I'm one of the few that was a bit disappointed maybe, because I liked the first book so much as a standalone. The book did win me over though, with the final 20% of this book. I was so shocked by the ending and it didn't even cross my mind EVER what happened there...

Thanks for reading!
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