The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel book review

The Rejected King by Kortney Keisel book review

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

Book blurb

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?

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: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

With this Pledge by Tamera Alexander book review

With this Pledge by Tamera Alexander book review

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander, USA Today bestselling author

This story broke my heart 😭 It is sad, I can tell you that, yet it is also a beautiful story of grace. 
The Civil War is my least favorite time period to read about. I really don’t know why but something about it just doesn’t appeal to me as a reader as the World Wars do. 

Even so, this book was the rare unicorn that I actually liked! ✨
It was a rollercoaster of emotions, to be sure. The plot twists were phenomenal and the characters were just amazing. The fact that it is based on real-life characters and circumstances makes it even more special. 
One thing I applaud the author in is portraying all the medical procedures and injuries accurately! Was it graphic and gruesome in many instances? Yes, it was. Would I change that? Never. It gives the story more power and has a bigger impact on portraying the brutalities wars produce. That is another thing I loved about this book. The author portrayed each soldier, each fallen life as a human a thus precious. Be them federal or confederate. 
I also love how the main character, Lizzie, explored both sides to the story yet didn’t judge others who believed different than her but instead extended them grace, the same grace God extended her. She kept her values upfront yet prayed for those who hadn’t been touched by God’s truth yet.

There were also some touching subplots that complimented the story so well 😭 (I won’t say more or I shall get all mushy inside 😂 )
Then why four stars, Breny? 😆 Well, the pacing for my taste was too slow. The beginning was great as well as the end but the middle was saggy. The middle was just retellings of day to day mundane things and it wasn’t bad, because it certainly gave you a bigger perspective on things, but I believe they didn’t add much value to the story in general. 

Book blurb

On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can’t abide. He compels Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain’s leg but also his life.

When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie’s arms that night, the boy’s final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy’s first name. And, as she soon discovers, there’s no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones’s offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.

Content: ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 It got kissy in some scenes but nothing too bad. As I said above, there are graphic mentions of amputated limbs, blood, medical procedures, disfigured bodies, death, etc. 
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/4 

About the author

Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund book review

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund book review

Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships): Jody Hedlund: 9780764232954 ...

This has been my first Jody Hedlund book and I must say I’m very, very satisfied.

To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this book…a cheesy mail bride kind of story or a cliche enemy to lovers one 😂 . Thankfully I was wrong! This book mixes history and fiction in such a cool way, I was pleasantly surprised. Read more