The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Egmont March 11, 2014
An ARC was provided via the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.
Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.
Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.
My Thoughts: This book is told in two different perspectives (point of view); Daphne and Haden. Haden has to go on a quest to find Daphne and bring her willingly back to the underworld and if he succeeds his honor and title will be restored.
I really tried to get into this book but I honestly could not stand the main character Daphne nor did I like Haden that much either. In the beginning there was a lot going on with learning about Haden and what he was chosen to do but would have liked to have learned what the significance of it all was earlier rather than later. To me Daphne is a coward and she should have known that if she told the truth rather than lied to her new “friends” that she made when she transferred to Olympus Hills High that people would end up not liking her (common sense here because eventually what you don’t want people to know about you will come out). I also knew that Tobin, a kid that Daphne first meets at her school, would be interested in her (relationship) and would want to protect her from anyone. Talk about instant love at first sight ( its obvious that Tobin likes Daphne but I don’t think that Daphne realizes it).
Haden wasn’t a favorite of mine because I didn’t find his point of view all that interesting. I mean sure its nice to learn about what he thinks of the human world and learning all about the different technology (iphones, what a refrigerator is etc.) but I thought that he was too headstrong. Rather than wait for directions on how to win over Daphne in the beginning he takes it upon himself to try and force her to come with him (that ends badly).
The only saving grace in this book is that the mythology is interesting and how it is incorporate into this book was well done (based on the parts that I read). Feel free to check out these reviews of this book where others loved this book: http://theskepticalreader.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/review-into-the-dark-1-the-shadow-prince-by-bree-despain/ and there are plenty of reviews on Goodreads