Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Fallen Prince official blog tour: review

Welcome to our stop on the Official Blog Tour for The Fallen Prince. This Young Adult fantasy series is an adventurous romp faerie fans will really enjoy. For our stop we have our review and a spotlight. Enjoy!

The Fallen Prince (Keepers of Life #2) by Shea Berkley
YA fantasy*Paperback/eBook, 330 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Entangled Publishing, LLC

Dylan finally feels like he has it all. He's back home in the human realm with his beautiful girlfriend, loving grandparents, and some crazy powers over the elements. But Dylan's temper is climbing out of control, and along with the bursts of rage come new powers he wasn't expecting.

Kera has these new powers, too. She's seen them before and knows what they can do if kept unchecked…and it’s not pretty. Plus, going back to her home realm, Teag, would hasten the process. Kera is determined to keep her one true love, Dylan, safe on Earth, but when the barrier between the human realm and Teag weakens, allowing monster-like creatures to pass over, Kera becomes desperate to protect her home.

When Kera is kidnapped and imprisoned in a corner of her world that no one has ever escaped from alive, can Dylan overcome his unbridled powers—and himself—to save her?

This is the first book:

The Marked Son (Keepers of Life #1) by Shea Berkley
YA fantasy*Paperback/eBook, 334 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published July 27th 2011)

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before...in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...

About the author:
Shea Berkley

I'm an author of YA fantasy novels, which means I'm the luckiest person alive 'cause I get to spend my day playing with my characters. Some are totally cool, others aren't so nice, but they all bring something to the party.

In The Marked Son, author Shea Berkley successfully created a cool fantasy story featuring one magical world inside our normal world. Imagine dreaming about someone as a child and then actually seeing that same person in the flesh when you're older. Not only do you then know you're not crazy, there's something strange (magical?) going on. That's what Dylan endures. He's a teen guy and spots the girl in the woods and follows her into this new world, Teag. Fans of stories about the sidhe will notice the play on the name Teag. Many of the inhabitants are called "firsts" or Keepers of Light. Then there's the little creatures called pux and killer insects, millispits. Dylan needs to figure out about his dreams and his connection to this mysterious girl, Kera. 

In Kera's world, their leader wants to rid the land of the hybrids and rule the realm. Kera has her own secret and doesn't want to become the wife of this ruler. Together with Dylan, they embark on an awesome adventure. For a kid accustomed to leaving whenever his mom's relationships fail, the now abandoned Dylan has a chance at love with Kera.  With a strong supporting cast of secondary characters, including his grandparents, friend Jason, Leo, and Bodog, Dylan does. Told in the first person pov of Dylan, we are witnesses to the immediacy of the story and with Kera's third person pov, the novel is rounded out by her insight into her magical world. Seeing both worlds--earth and Teag--interact with each other was great.

Realistically dark, The Marked Son is a fast-paced fantasy touching upon serious issues like abandonment, belonging, and identity, along with heaping doses of action and a touch of romance. Fey fans will like this series. In The Fallen Prince, the important word is "change." Dylan is changing, he now has cool powers but he also has this increasing rage which he has to learn to control along with his increasing fire power. Kera also faces change, realizing what's happening to Dylan but not telling him everything in fear of her homeland of Teag. Trust becomes an issue as Dylan begins to doubt her. When she is kidnapped and held in a place where none have survived to return, Dylan embarks on another adventure where the increasing evil of the Teag and the Unknown where Kera is, seeps out into Dylan's world. Can Dylan learn to control his new powers, retrieve Kera, and finally take his place as the Prince of Teag?

If the fast pace of The Marked Son kept me firmly in my seat, the increased pace and complexities of The Fallen Prince had me wishing I could read faster. Reading from a guy's pov has really given this series a unique feel as we experience and see everything Dylan does. When paired with Kera's pov, her third person pov helps us keep our perspectives as 'visitors' while we still gain the advantage of watching what happens to her. This split in pov took some time to adjust  to in the first book, but I now like it and feel the story has depth and feeling from this combination of narration. Favorite characters like Lucinda (can she be any better?) and Pops, only increased my affection for this series and for Shea Berkley's creative mind and writing. I can't spoil the creepy, wicked fun of this second installment of The Keepers of Life series, so all I will say is, Dylan and Kera are only getting better and their tale more addictive. Bring on book three!

The Marked Son: 
The Fallen Prince:
Cover comment:
Some may argue and say these covers are simple featuring the same hooded model and while I may agree, there's something about these covers that works. The first cover has a more secretive, held back Dylan and the second has Dylan closer up and looking more defiant and comfortable in his own skin. I think the photos reflect the journey of his character. I also like the image of the woods and the typeface (love the font for The Fallen Son, digging the "O").

Book source:
I received two eBooks from the publisher in return for my honest review during the blog tour.

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