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Mar 12, 2014

ARC Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

The Shadow Prince
Bree Despain
Pages: 512
My rating: 4 Stars
Buying liks: Amazon/ TBD
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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.

***I received this ARC in exchange of my honest review. Thank you!***

I think I have a problem with Bree Despain's first books. And is not that this book was bad, it was so good, but it wasn't as amazing as I expected, and it was too long...

The plot of this book is amazing, I loved how the author used the mythology and turned it into the world of Haden and Daphne.
Something I didn´t have clear if the world building, I don't think it was perfectly explained and I was left with some questions, that maybe I missed, or maybe I didn't have.

Anyway, my favorite part (If I can call it that) is Haden. Haden is character I want to know. I loved how he was trying to adapt the human world, I loved how he talked, I loved that he wasn´t the typical bad boy, he was cute and sometimes he was naive and so adorable.

Daphne was a great character, too. She was a strong and selfless heroine, but sometimes I find her ¨too¨smart, not that was bad, but in that moments I couldn't connect with her.
I loved that this book was unique, not a cliché. The music is a great part in the story and it helped me connect a little more with the characters.
Another thing I should say is tha The Shadow Prince doesn't have insta-love and I thank Bree Despain for that. The romance come slowly until I wanted to have more of Haden and Daphne together.

The twist and turns, the myth adaptation, a war between gods and descendants.

The Shadow Prince is a great book and I cannot wait to read what will happen next time.
I hope I love the second one as much as I loved the second book in Bree Despain's Dark Divene Series.
The story line, and the writing was fast passed and enterteining. Great and likable characters, a great plot and a adrenaline packed ending. The Shadow Prince is a book you have to read. 


  1. This is the first Bree Despain book I've read and I loved it! I agree it was great that it didn't have many cliches and it was very fresh! Love the new twists on the mythology and the way the romance was developed! I am a newly convert fan of Bree after this book!

  2. Sounds really good! In general, I prefer very long, almost too long books, so I don't think I will have any issues with this one. The characters sound interesting (I like that Daphne is smart and there's no instalove) and I was a little undecided on this book, but I'm going to go for it. Great review!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  3. Good to hear you enjoyed it. I've been reading quite a lot of DNF and low ratings for this book. So it's really refreshing to read positive things. I may just give this one a try.


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