About This Book:
Two kingdoms teeter on the edge of destruction.
When a plague sweeps across her land, Princess Cali embarks on a dangerous journey to another kingdom across the sea. There, she hopes to find a cure for the disease ravaging her people.
Instead, she finds another princess, Soraya, who looks eerily similar to herself.
Soraya owes a great debt to the pirate king, and Cali's about to pay it when she reluctantly agrees to meet with the pirate king's son, Baelor Kelsey, in Soraya's place. The ruse is her only way to access the palace rumored to contain the magical cure she needs. The brooding, beautiful Bae, however, quickly becomes suspicious that Cali is not who she says she is, putting her mission--and her life--at risk.
Bae is a scoundrel and a pirate, and Cali has a cure to find. And if she isn't cautious, this pirate will not only be her people's downfall...but likely Cali's too.
*Review Contributed by Sissy Lu, Staff Reviewer*
What I loved:
Pirates, princesses, and a curse! What wasn’t to love and be drawn in by the premise? I wanted to know what was happening next with the characters and storyline.
Right from the beginning, I was drawn into Cali’s plight to save her kingdom and loved ones. She must travel to a magical land that will cost her greatly, but she doesn’t realize how great. With a time limit of only 5 days, she’s tasked with a mighty job of finding a potion, and answer that will heal and help her kingdom.
We are allowed to experience and see the new kingdom through Cali’s eyes, which is seeing it for the first time, and it allows us to learn things with her at the same time. I thoroughly enjoy Bae as a character, he’s mysterious and interesting with more layers than I think we can see during this first in a series, and he’s by far my favorite character. He is the Prince of Pirates, the son of the Captain, and he has more than just a mysterious air surrounding him, he has secrets too, and those drive his actions and his father’s during the book.
What Left Me Wanting More:
The pacing left me wanting a little more depth between the characters. The entire book happens in a week or so, which leaves Bae and Cali’s interactions limited to 3-4 days. I would have loved to see this built up and drawn out a little more to make sense of their connection.
Outside of Cali, Darren and Bae, I felt as though the other characters needed more depth as well. They felt a little stiff for me, and I couldn’t relate or feel for their plight.
Princess of Death has an intriguing plot that anyone who loves pirates and princesses will love. With the promise of an action-packed sequel, this novel will surely hook fans of Pearson’s work! A fast-paced page-turner, that will have readers diving for it.
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