Book Review: The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel

The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel

Published by Independently Published 

Genres: YA, Dystopian, Romance, Royals

Series: Desolation #1

Pages: 282

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Perfect for fans of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. Be swept into a world of political intrigue, forbidden love, and royal romance.

The king hired her to find him a wife. She fell for him instead.

Marriage is the only thing that can save King Davin’s most-hated reputation. And to make things worse, Davin hired the one girl he’s most attracted to, but her social class makes her an impossible choice for his future.

Emree Dutson has one goal: raise the king’s approval ratings so she can get a permanent job at the castle. Falling in love with the king wasn’t part of the job description. Now her feelings for him are ruining everything.

Will Davin risk his crown for love?

My Review

This book has been appearing on my Instagram feed for a while now, so I decide to give it a try. The first book of this trilogy, The Rejected King, was for free on ebook so I happily downloaded it and started reading away : )

Guys, I wanted to love it, I truly did! That cover is gorgeous and it gave me all the fantasy and YA vibes!

Sadly, for me, it didn’t fufill my expectations. I was expecting a fast paced fantasy book filled with all the world building and complex characters but somehow I feel the plot didn’t match the vibe I was getting from the cover.

This is definitley not a fantasy book. It is sci-fi-ish? Like, its in 2050 but the plot of the book makes it seem like civilization went backwards instead of forward in technology. I kinda liked that spin though- depicting tech as strange and foreign in a world where it was decided to never make use of the technoloyg that destroyed civilization in the first place. Kinda interesting twist.

The whole idea of the book was intriguing but there were three things that just made me feel kinda ”eek” about it :

  1. There is no world-building **cries**. There are some books that are these rare unicorns that people love even tho there is no world-building, The Selection being a good example. But I feel this book lacked a lot of world-building. I wanted to be THERE, feel, touch and see you know… I didn’t even get a good description of the palace to make up something about it : ( Kiera Cass made us get so invested in her chracters nothing else mattered, but in this book I felt the characters needed more development to get to that level.
  2. The romance **hides**. I’m so sorry, but I don’t know how this book can fit under the ‘’clean’’ category of books! I was cringing so hard through the books it was just too much! Yes, there aren’t any sex scenes, but they might as well put some with all the descriptions and lusty thoughts in the book. The romance between the main characters was so physical it was cringey. The poor dudes couldn’t even control their eyes, and nope. Also, the ‘’romance’’ starts with the Prince accidentally getting in the girls bed and they are both ‘’so tired’’ they don’t realize they are sleeping with each other until they kiss because -duh- ‘’dreams are oh so real’’ and then they both wake up and realize that nope, it wasn’t a dream, they were kissing each other **cough cough* passionately. That scene catapults all the very superficial, love at first sight romance. Sprinkle some more unnecessary physical and lusty descriptions throughout the book and, yeah. I’m so sorry, but I can’t condone this content in books at all. I honestly thought I was going to love it and even posted a story on my Instagram about it. I will not lie, the first chapter was INCREDIBLE! It was a Flashback chapter and that why I made the post-thinking the story would develop the same way that chapter did.
  3. The characters are cliche as cliché gets and have super predictable behaviors. I’ll leave it at that because it kinda connects with the romance point. Also, plot wise, it was very predictable and it felt like the author was inspired by The Selection by Kiera Cass and somehow she tried to give it that vibe but sadly it was a no for me : (

Any final thoughts? Well, I dunno. I don’t like writting negative reviews, believe me I don’t. But sometimes you have to do what you have to do. It wouldn’t be fair of me to just write positive ones when in reality this blog is for that- to help readers find potential books they can fall in love with and share my honest thoughts about them with you all. <3

Content: ⭐️⭐️ Too many sexual physical descriptions. Descriptive kisses, descriptions of abs and ”glistening muscles”, shirtless guys, a girl and a guy sleep together (no sex yet passionate kissing is involved), a lot of romantic tension.

Characters: ⭐️⭐️

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


About the Author

Kortney KeiselKortney graduated from the University of Utah with an English degree and spent a few years before motherhood teaching 7th and 8th graders how to write a book report, among other things. But after a reading slump, where no plots seemed to satisfy, Kortney pulled out her laptop and started writing the “perfect” love story…or at least she tried. Writing love stories is her job…just kidding. Her real job is taking care of her five awesome kids and spending time with her husband.

Kortney loves a good romance movie or book, warm chocolate chip cookies, and traveling the world.

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