Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao : Kingdom of curses and shadows book 1


One prince wants her out.
Another wants her as a pawn.
Someone wants her dead.
Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.
Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn't attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place.
Now she's competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It's her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she's a fragile damsel who doesn't belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he's stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.

And then there's someone trying to kill her.

Lets start this review with the cover. The art on the cover of this book is absolutely stunning and depicts Zora almost exactly as I imagined. 
I wasn't expecting too much from this story, I thought it might just be a fun read but I was so surprised. I really enjoyed the story and I cant wait for the second instalment of this series. 

First I love that Zora is a woman scorned and the whole story kind of starts off as a revenge mission to show her cheating boyfriend that she is better than him. Zora is smart, strong and brave she makes a refreshing change from some of the needy heroines that we get in some YA books. I always love a book that has some royalty in it so two princes and a king is a fun scenario. 

The plot was also really interesting I thought it was kind of a mix between the selection by Kiera Cass and The Tri-wizard tournament from Harry Potter with a little bit of Hunger Games. There is a little bit of magic and the hint of a bigger world that will be built throughout the series.

It was a really fun fast read that I wizzed through it. 

In Conclusion I loved everything about this book. 

Thank You to NetGalley, Day Leitao and Sparkly Wave Publishers for providing an Arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank You for reading

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