Friday, November 17, 2017

Best of: And I Darken by Kiersten White - Book Review

Originally Posted: June 27, 2016

And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press


And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

No one expects a princess to be brutal.

Well Lada is not only brutal, she's ruthless, smart and a total fighter. Which is why I absolutely loved her.
I have a bit of a soft spot for ruthless female characters; they get what they want when they want it any way they can get it. I can't not admire and immediately fall hard for them.

She's a fighter in no way content with being a "damsel" and giving everyone what is expected of her. She won't conform and makes it obvious that she has every intention on doing things on her terms.

I don't think there's one word to describe all that she is and everything I felt and thought about her. Memorable, instant favorite, someone I look forward to reading more about.

Actually that goes for all the characters and the book itself.

I can't believe this is just the first book, it's basically the tip of the iceberg of what I'm sure will become an awesome series.

These three characters go through and grow so much in this one alone that I can't wait to see who they will becomes at the end of the series.
(No pressure there.)

It's a wonderful reimagining set in a great historical setting that I did not mind at all getting lost in.

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