Friday, April 22, 2016

Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner -NO

Castner, K.D. Daughters of Ruin 314 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13
Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren are all future Queens. But Rhea is different, her father Declan is the King of the country that won a big war. The other princesses are held hostage at his court until they come of age to ensure their future loyalty when they are placed on the thrones of their rebellious kingdoms. They are all trained to be deadly fighters, which has often pitted them against each other, making them sister enemies. Each girl has their own strengths and weakness, but one thing they have in common is their love of the handsome stableboy Endrit. When a rebellion from an unknown origin occurs, the girls just try to survive, but their loyalty to each other and their home kingdoms are tested.
This book was an odd read, as I hated the beginning, loved the middle, and totally despised the ending. Overall its just cheesy and full of sexual innuendos and lust for this stableboy. Blech. There are a plethora of extended fighting scenes, obsession about the stableboy, and hatred for each other, the king, well everything. It creates the scene for a very negative read. I liked the escapes that happened during the rebellion and found the characters interesting during this sequence. But the end made me wish I hadn’t spent time with any of the characters and wished I hadn’t read the book, they are each totally despicable.   
HS –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Does not sound like something I will buy, but interestingly enough, one of my 8th graders has been obsessed with books about princesses who are also assassins. I'll recommend this to her, and she can get it from the public library!