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Review: Princess of Shadows (Court of Lies #1) by Olivia Hart


Wanted by a Queen.

Hunted by an assassin.

Stolen by a Dark Prince.

Yesterday, I was just a normal girl trying to survive college. Except that normal girls don’t walk through mirrors and meet the man sent to kill them. Now I’m being dragged kicking and screaming into a world where nothing makes sense.

Sebastian, my dark and mysterious captor, promises to protect me. But how can I trust someone who can sneak into my dreams?

Someone who hungers for the untouched parts of me.

Sebastian claims I could be the next Dark Queen of the Fae. He says I have powers, that I’m immortal… and that he’s the only one I can trust.

He’s arrogant and bossy, but I might have to trust him in a world where shadows are gateways to other worlds. Where every gift has a price, and where the man in black might turn out the hero.

Everyone in this new world is trying to murder me. If I’m to survive, I have to embrace the shadows and become more than human. I have to become something stronger. Something darker.

Something they’re afraid of.


My Review: ⭐️⭐️.5

I was really excited to read this book because, I mean, Fantasy Romance about fae where the MC is kidnapped by a dark prince who also happens to be a half incubus and is tasked to kill her. I don't think I need to say more than that, really.

Unfortunately, I was quite let down. I felt that the book had such potential with the story, and it started off really well in my opinion.

The story was easy to follow, but it was a little boring. Thinking back on it, not a lot actually happened. And I also felt that the secondary characters didn't really have any body to them. Sure, they all had different jobs and were different creatures, but other than that they were pretty much the same and all they did was help our main characters in kind of mundane ways.

Then there were our two main characters - Rose (a fae who doesn't know she's a fae) and Sebastian (half-fae, half-incubus). Rose as a character kind of seemed to have the opposite of character development in my eyes. She started off knowing nothing about the world and was ready to learn, but within a few weeks of her being there, she was suddenly the fastest fae and the most powerful and I thought that was pretty boring. Plus, she started being all demanding and taking charge of everything and bossing everyone around. Again, didn't like that.

Plus, there was an insta-love kind of situation, which is pretty much exactly the opposite of what I was hoping for in this book. Otherwise, I think the book had HUGE potential and I'm a little sad that I didn't get to see what it could have been.

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