YA fantasy is our feature today and we have a Jennifer Anne Davis book to celebrate. On our Cage of Deceit review tour stop we share our thoughts on this intriguing YA fantasy. Have a great day!
Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
Reign of Secrets #1
Young Adult, Fantasy
Expected Publication: August 25th, 2015
Jennifer Anne Davis's best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.
Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.
Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Cover comment: It's an okay cover. I like the use of a key as the letter T.
Book source: Promotional copy
I love a well written YA fantasy and that's exactly what Jennifer Anne Davis has presented readers with in Cage of Deceit: a gripping and engrossing yarn featuring a princess, a prince, an arranged marriage and lots of court politics. Princess Allyssa is very likable as is her friend Grevik. I enjoyed her chemistry and talks with Prince Odar's servant, Jarvik (as well as the twist involving him). This story has so much going on I'm afraid I can't do it justice with my review.
There are two important elements needed to make any fantasy believable and they are worldbuilding and character development. Cage of Deceit has both. We fully see Emperion and other areas as well, learn about the politics and anything else necessary. As for the characters, they are so fully realized this reader ran the gamut of emotions during my read- from wanting to yell at them or smack them alongside the head when they made a bad decision-but any feelings or urges I had were simply a result of well written characters.
This is the first novel I've read by this author and I loved it. The princess isn't typical, nor is her storyline (I adored her snark and attitude), and the plot created an air of mystery, intrigue and solid storytelling. I became hooked and remained that way until the very end. Romance, action, behind-the-scenes court politics, Cage of Deceit is a real page turner and I loved it!
About the Author
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her high school sweetheart. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.