Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review of The Kindness of Kings by Chelsea Ballinger

The Kindness of Kings

The Kindness of Kings

Some will fall. Others will rise. True love might be the only way to save them all.

In a modern world where monarchies still exist and swords and knights are replaced with bodyguards and guns, King Caius rules as a tyrant obsessed with power. He breathes it and his arrogance blinds him, hindering his faith and humility. He thrives to teach his eldest son, the crown prince, Sedgwick, these same ethics of a King. But while he has love for one son, he despises the other.

Prince Louie has always been content with his role as the second son. He is not someone who embraces responsibility and who is willing to sacrifice his freedom. He is fine being known as the bad boy prince and the black sheep of the family. He loves his brother and believes he will make a great King and even though he envies the love his father gives to his older brother, he is completely conflicted with guilt and jealousy when it comes to the girl whose eyes linger at Sedgwick like he is the sun while Louie sees her as the Universe he will never be able to grasp.

Mina has known the princes all her life. While her aunt worked in the royal palace, she shared her childhood with the brothers. Soon the playful games with Sedgwick turned into first love and the teasing from Louie turned into a low tolerance for him. Never seeing the truth of Louie or his heart, but giving hers to Sedgwick who is torn between his love for her and his loyalty to his father and his duty as the next king of Serenity.

They have all known their roles in their sheltered society, but what happens when dark times test the true nature of each? Relationships, loyalties, faith, and destiny will be tested in this epic love story that will alter a kingdom...

Review by Gia:
I wasn't really sure what to except.  I don't often read the synopsis for a book before reading it but with this one I did read the synopsis first and still didn't know what to except.  The Kindness of Kings is a great read.   It's one of those books that kind of creeps up on you and in the end you look back at the story and realize how great it is.  
There's a lot going on in this book.   It's has a King and Princes but it's set in modern time.  King Caius is a greedy hard handed King.   He has two sons close in age which he views as not good for the kingdom.  Prince Sedwick, is the oldest son and will become king.  Prince Louie is the younger brother and he is not treated very well by his father.  Mina is the niece of a maid and grows up with the princes.  
I kind of went back and forth between liking and not liking Sedgwick.  He has a relationship with Mina but is not strong enough to stand up to his father.   Louie has always liked Mina but did not always show it well.   Mina is a very strong character.  She deals with a lot of stuff from the princes.   I love Louie.  He is a great strong character who has a very big heart.  
Towards the end of the book some things happened that had me cringing.  I was hoping everyone would get a happy ever after.   There is no cliffhanger.  The Kindness of Kings is a great book and you won't be disappointed by it.
4 Amazeballs Stars!!!!

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About the Author:
I am a dreamer who aspires to be a therapist and writer. I'm obsessed with Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, and good people.
Since I was a kid, I've always had a an imagination that consumed me in more ways than one. I've always created these stories and pictures in my head, but never thought I would actually get a chance to do something about it. All I can say is thank God for Amazon Self Publishing! I used to think I was weird because of it, but due to the people who support me, I realized God gave me a gift. So that's my story. I want to do what makes me happy and creating stories makes me happy. If I'm not writing, I am either in deep thought (Analyzing everything), chillin with my family and friends, listening to music,reading, watching movies, or daydreaming.Well actually I daydream while doing all of that stuff but in the end God Bless love, technology, and pop culture!
My advice to people is do what makes you happy and use the gifts God has blessed you with.


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