The Cup and the Prince

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The Cup and the Prince
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Publisher Name
Sparkly Wave
Age Group
15+
Published Date
October 15, 2020
ISBN Number
978-1-9992427-8-7
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Born in the Dark Valley, a cursed and isolated place where shadow creatures spawn in the dark and survive in daylight, Zora cheats her way into the Royal Games for a chance of proving her worth and bringing hope to her people. But she faces unforeseen opposition in a prince who'll do anything to have her eliminated and another prince who wants to use her as a pawn in his flirting games.

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The Cup and the Prince Review
Overall rating
 
4.5
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
5.0
The story itself is pretty simple but there was a rawness to it that I really enjoyed. It starts off with our heroine pretty much saying she was being a petty, revengeful girl and that's how it all stared. I do wish there was a little more background of the Dark Forest but that wasn't the main point of this book. The main point was Zora making it to the city and winning the challenge. There is a lot that goes on without making it seem like a lot. This was definitely good writing and made the flow nice. There wasn't a lot of filler with training or balls. It was very straight to the point which I definitely appreciated. The one aspect I absolutely loved about this book was how real it felt. Sure, it's fantasy but every decision felt accurate and nothing that didn't seem unnatural. I also really enjoyed the challenges. I know I'm using the word refreshing a lot but it just so accurately describes how I feel about this book. Each challenge was different and wasn't the same battle over and over again. This was really fun to read how Zora overcame each one. The ending was a little wild and definitely makes me want to continue the series.

Zora was an interesting main character. I feel like there is a part of me that wants to dislike her but it's nearly impossible. I think the reason why is because most characters written like her don't realize what they are doing and think it's alright but Zora always accepted what she did. She knew if she was being petty or doing something wrong but accepted it. I absolutely loved this about her. Another refreshing idea in this book was that Zora wasn't this overpowering girl. Sure, she was strong in her homeland but she wasn't naive enough to believe that she could be stronger than her male rivals. Zora needed to be smart and I really liked how she maneuvered each challenge.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao was a refreshing fantasy story. I do wish more about the land and this world was talked about but the main focus of the book was Zora winning the challenge. It was interesting reading the different challenges instead of the same ones used throughout all of fantasy books. Zora was a great main character to follow and definitely was unique. She was aware of her limits and tried her best to come up with different solutions to each challenge. I definitely can't wait to continue her and Griffin's story.
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The Cup and The Prince
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4.8
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable)
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
5.0
I always love stories that flip gender roles. I feel like there is a character for every type of personality in this book.
Good Points
The story was interesting. It's like if The Selection and Hunger Games had a baby. The ending was fantastic. I'm excited to see what happens next.
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