Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

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Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: February 14, 2019
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.80

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Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.

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It has been arranged for Princess Charlotte of Besmium to marry Prince Young of Vires. Charlotte is not excited about marrying Young, and their relationship gets off to a rocky start. However, before the nuptials take place, Besmium is attacked. It is up to Charlotte to decide what is right for her kingdom.

Told with alternating points of view from Princess Charlotte, Prince Young, and a a few other characters. Most of the story is from Charlotte and Young’s POVs, but a few chapters are from other characters – Minseo, Emmett, and Milly. Minseo is Young’s brother. Emmett is a prince competing for Charlotte’s hand in marriage. Milly is Charlotte’s lady-in-waiting. I enjoyed the alternating POVs from Charlotte and Young, and felt it added to the story.

Charlotte is a spoiled and selfish princess. Unfortunately for her, her kingdom is on the verge of war, and she needs to marry to help save Besmium. Prince Young is a kind and honorable prince. With their union, his family’s kingdom of Vires will have a strong alliance with Besmium. When Besmium is attacked on their wedding day, the future of their relationship and the kingdom of Besmium is at risk.

This is a standalone young adult fantasy novel. With so many YA fantasies being part of a series, it was refreshing to read a standalone novel in this genre. The characters are diverse, and I enjoyed that the multi-cultural aspect of the story was written simply and without fanfare.

I found this book to be light and entertaining. It’s not very long, and made for a quick read. My only complaint is that the characters were not very well-developed. I would have liked to go a little deeper into some of their stories. Due to that aspect, I would say this is more geared toward younger teens. Overall, a fun, charming, and fast-paced book.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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