Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

I came across this book randomly and with just the little synopsis it seemed as if it would be worth the read. I really enjoyed the stories and the good-heartedness of each character. It was very refreshing to read a story with everyone that was so honest with themselves. There are hints of the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella fairy tale, but these are just sub-plots for the main focus which is to protect the princess and the entire realm. It is turning these other stories around by not making them about the princess but about their rescuer. They rescuer is Bristal she is a kitchen maid who discovers that she is an elicromancer. This means that she has magical powers and she is immortal. As she discovers the secrets to becoming an elicromancer she must also  make sacrifices in order to fulfill her role of being an elicromancer. Although there is not a ton of depth to each character,(this is because each of them are so perfect), they still all have some small insecurities. This causes the book to tread the fine line between cheesy and humorous. This is because every character was so perfect it was almost cheesy, but it did not go there. Instead of becoming cheesy it become refreshing and funny as if it was a sitcom. This made it even more enjoyable to read and it kept the dialogue and the story moving at a fast pace. I would sum this book up as a good fluffy summer book.

 

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