At the Midnight Ball, leave your inhibitions at the door and be who you were born to be… In the magical kingdom of Sydlandia, 17 year old Grace is hiding a secret. You see, she’s the heir to the Sydlandian throne. But according to hundreds of years of tradition and history, those with her particular secret are not allowed to be Queen. Grace is torn between two worlds: the one where she is queen, reigning over her people with strength and authority. Then there’s the other world: the one where she doesn’t have to pretend. Where she can be herself. Where magic and secrets come out to play. The Midnight Ball gives her the freedom to be someone else for the night. But for Grace, that is not so easy. When a devasting event upends Grace’s world, it will force her to rethink everything she’s ever known. And question everyone around her. After all, she’s not the only one hiding secrets. From the bestselling author of The Dragon Heart series and the Legend of the Archangel series, comes the first book in an all new YA fantasy series.
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The magical aspect of this book had me turning pages quickly. It was easy to read and fun to read. I never found myself getting bored or distracted as I read. The story sucked me in from page one until the end. I loved the world building and the different kingdoms. The author clearly put a lot of work and imagination into creating her world. I loved the unicorn kingdom the best! I wished we could have seen more of it. The witches kingdom was also super cool to read about, especially the way they got there. The aspect of the secrets surrounding Grace’s birth was intriguing and had me flipping through the book quickly.
What left me wanting more:
I felt like Grace fell way too quickly for Maddi. There wasn’t enough time to build a relationship organically between the two of them because they jumped from meeting to kissing almost immediately. Looking back, I’m guessing that flaw was intentional since Maddi was a bit of a shady character. Still, it was a bit frustrating to read about Grace jumping into a relationship so quickly and foolishly.
When Grace became queen, she abolished the law that said only men and women could be together romantically. I felt like that was done with too little resistance and didn’t have enough conflict involved. She was supposed to have a group of lawmakers vote on the law and she abolished that rule too since they were the patriarchy and she knew they would vote against her. It was too easy and fell a bit flat.
Overall, this was a fun, engaging story with brightly imaginative world building laced with mystery and danger. The action and fantasy landscape was enjoyable to read about.