Monday, May 05, 2014

BITE SIZE BOOK REVIEW: The Key • by Jennifer Anne Davis

The Key (True Reign #1)
By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: November 16, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Genres: YA • Mystery • Fantasy • Historical Time Period Style • Romance • Good vs. Evil • Action • Political Intrigue

Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect? 

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
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I was charmed by this interesting story. The plot was unique and for the most part, the characters were engaging. I was very annoyed with Darmik and pretty much wanted to knock him over the head with a two by four for much of the book. He gave me hives he was so irritating at times. The few pet peeves I had were about the interrupted flow the simplistic wording, insta-love and not mucg character development. However, Jennifer did a great job of describing the scenes and characters and I didn't want to put the book down. The beginning had me in tears. It was engrossing and I had to know what happened, so it kept my interest and emotional connection. The ending was a cruel cliffhanger so I am eager to read book two to find out what happens.