Published by Entangled Teen on July 3, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.
With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.
Kiss of the Royal surprised me. At first the book’s cover and description didn’t grab me, so I passed over it. I’m so glad I ended up going back for a second glance, because it turned out to be one of my favorite 2018 reads!
Goblins and griffins and wraiths oh my! Kiss of the Royal had a great, new magical setting, with a lot of evil creatures, new forms of magic (I.E. magical kisses), and original mythology.
A world that I wouldn’t want to live in. Ivy’s been conditioned into thinking that love doesn’t exist, only lust. She and the rest of the population are expected to produce children with specific people, at specific times, in order to breed the best and strongest soldiers. Kiss of the Royal reminded me of the The Handmaid’s Tale, because of the disturbing, oppresive society that controlled procreation.
Zach stole my heart. He’s not only goofy (knocking things over), and hilarious (constantly cracking jokes), he’s also incredibly passionate. He believes in true love and marriage, two things that are outlawed in his world. Even though being a romantic and preaching about it, can lead to a death sentence, Zach doesn’t hide who he is and what he believes in. I was scared and impressed by his refusal to back down.
Digestion problems. The one issue I had with Kiss of the Royal, was the info dump that happened in the beginning of the book. Instead of a slow introduction, we’re tossed headfirst into Ivy’s world, expected to easily grasp how it works, the creatures, magic, laws, and mythology. It took about 50 pages before I was able to smoothly follow along. I’m so glad I stuck it out too, because this book was worth it.
I’m still hungry. I was devastated when I realized this was a standalone book. Even though the story wrapped up nicely, I can’t help but crave more Ivy and Zach, one of my favorite 2018 couples.
Magic spells, sword fights, terrifying creatures, lots of romantic swoon – this book has it all!
A few of my favorite quotes
An icy ball of fear weighed in my gut. It was so cold I thought it would freeze my insides. But at the same time, something much more powerful burned inside me. In my chest, melting that block of ice, were flames fueled by anger and passion.
Logically, I knew it was a good plan, but it didn’t feel like an evaluation or a test. It felt like a competition for me. And I didn’t like being viewed as a prize to be won.
Isn’t the irony hilarious? The girl I love begging me to kiss her everyday, and I have to refuse. And I have to. Not just for my own beliefs and this golden theory, but for my own sanity. Because a kiss would mean nothing to you, while it meant everything to me.
About the author
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.