Featured Review: OverRuled by Brittney Joy

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About This Book:

Two Girls. One Kingdom. No way out. Nova Hart knows nothing of Sterling, the kingdom she was born in. She has never been exposed to strict rules, a controlling monarchy, or black magic. So when Nova and her Dad travel back to Sterling to rescue her recently orphaned cousin, she quickly understands why her family packed up and left Sterling sixteen years ago - before Nova could crawl. Stunned by the way magic is used to control the kingdom, Nova is ready to leave the second she arrives, but what she doesn’t know may stop her. Inside the boundaries of Sterling, Nova is being watched, hunted - for a power she’s not sure she has. Princess Jade has never stepped foot outside the castle, bound by its walls for protection as she’s the sole heir to the throne – and the magic that comes with it. But the Queen’s not ready to give up her royal status. Not now. Not ever. Queen Katrina sees Jade as a hurdle, rather than her legacy. And Jade has started to wonder if the castle walls are truly there to keep her safe. Fighting for freedom against a queen that wants to crush them both, Nova and Jade are forced to discover their own powers as their separate lives become intertwined by Chael, a royal guard with secrets of his own. But does Chael have the knowledge to help them break free of the queen, or is he using them both to secure his own agenda?

 

*Review Contributed by Michelle Lynn, Staff Reviewer*

 

A fun and intriguing fantasy that any reader can really sink their teeth into. 

The story:
Nova and Jade are two girls who have led very different lives. The story alternates between their points of view. Jade is a princess under her powerful mother's thumb. Her life is constantly in danger because as she ages and her magic grows, her mother will weaken, leaving the queen desperate to keep this from happening. 
Nova is from a land far away. She has her father and her cousin and just wants a simple life. She's always been good with animals and it isn't until she is captured by the queens men that she finds how just how far that talent stretches. 
Two girls from different worlds who are brought together for one purpose, but no one ever said they were going to play by the rules. 

What I loved: 
The world. Ms. Joy has done a fantastic job of world building, leaving me anxious to know more. The overall plot of the story is so well done. It's difficult to find something so original these days, even in fantasy, but I've never read a story quite like this. The queen is perfectly evil and the magic is very well done. 
From beginning to end it is such a well done book. The cover, the formatting, and the editing are all about as professional as you can get. 

What was just okay for me:
I was hoping for more from some of the relationships. It would have been nice to see a bit of banding together from the two girls and instead we only get suspicion and jealousy. The romantic aspect didn't completely work either and I couldn't tell if that was purposeful. It almost seemed like the beginnings of a love triangle, but only one of the three of them showed any kind of feelings towards anyone. 

Final Verdict: A solid read that is hard to put down. Well-written. Fun. It's easy to get sucked into this elaborate world of magic and treachery. The biggest problem was that I didn't have the sequel sitting on my kindle right when I finished.*

 

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