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!Ebook ♿ A Stolen Kiss ☲ A stolen kiss An unstable curse One big mess in the makingDerric Harver never expected to amount to anything than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria s curse keeps her from accepting a prince s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn t dare refuseWith the help of a lady s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them Reaching their destination won t be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they ve fought for years to keep hiddenA Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous lies, and being true to the power within When I just saw this book on Netgalley, I thought that it will be really fun and amazing, but unfortunately, it wasn t To be honest, I didn t love the characters but I didn t hate them I didn t care Then, the story was kind of slow and I just wasn t interested and I didn t want to continue on with this book I am really sorry that I haven t finished, but I m sure that it will take me forever and I just don t have any interest By what I ve seen, how other people have reviewed it, I just feel When I just saw this book on Netgalley, I thought that it will be really fun and amazing, but unfortunately, it wasn t To be honest, I didn t love the characters but I didn t hate them I didn t care Then, the story was kind of slow and I just wasn t interested and I didn t want to continue on with this book I am really sorry that I haven t finished, but I m sure that it will take me forever and I just don t have any interest By what I ve seen, how other people have reviewed it, I just feel bad for not liking this book This was a quick cute innocent read This fairytale story was different from what I expected, I enjoy so much seeing characters grow, and this happened with every one of them Granted we didn t go that deep into their thoughts and who they are, but you learn to care for them as the book goes on The plot was interesting enough, you can guess the big reveals , I mean, it s a fairytale Anyways, it isn t an iconic book that I ll spend hours obsessing over and I probably won t think much of it in This was a quick cute innocent read This fairytale story was different from what I expected, I enjoy so much seeing characters grow, and this happened with every one of them Granted we didn t go that deep into their thoughts and who they are, but you learn to care for them as the book goes on The plot was interesting enough, you can guess the big reveals , I mean, it s a fairytale Anyways, it isn t an iconic book that I ll spend hours obsessing over and I probably won t think much of it in the future, but I enjoyed reading it I received a free digital copy from the author publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.In A Stolen Kiss Maria, the princess of Opea, was cursed as a child by the sorceress Gilda Now, Maria, with the help of her maid Sarah, Sarah s brother and stableboy Derric and her betrothed Humphrey set off on a mission to find Gilda and get the curse reversed This ends up in ad adventure full of secrets to be revealed, magical creatures like centaurs and shapeshifters plus one epic showdo I received a free digital copy from the author publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.In A Stolen Kiss Maria, the princess of Opea, was cursed as a child by the sorceress Gilda Now, Maria, with the help of her maid Sarah, Sarah s brother and stableboy Derric and her betrothed Humphrey set off on a mission to find Gilda and get the curse reversed This ends up in ad adventure full of secrets to be revealed, magical creatures like centaurs and shapeshifters plus one epic showdown with an evil sorcerer.This was what it says on the tin a fluffy, fun, romantic fairytale Most of the story was fairly predictable but it was easy to read and fun while it lasted I enjoyed most of the characters who were all generally honest and good people I liked the bromance between Derric and Humphrey and the fact that Humphrey wasn t a cliche preening poncey Prince though I did vomit every time he said Mumsy but someone with a good heart and a firly good head on his shoulders I would say that the writing was certainly not the best I d ever read and the dialogue did suffer a bit from the too much being said all the time thing which ends up in it sounding very forced and unrealistic in my view Some of the rules about the magic and the curses were a bit confusing at times for me as well but I did enjoy the threads of magic Derric found and how he could use them and how they responded But for a debut novel, this was a good one and I d recommend it for anyone looking for a princess fairytale read On Hold for now because my kindle is doing something where all my books either are there or disappear I don t like to stop reading for a week Edit 5 26 16 I enjoyed this book and I want to thank NetGalley for graciously sharing this with me for an honest review Thank you.A peasant with brains goes on a quest with a girl in this adventure of a story They work together to help a kingdom and I really enjoyed their characteristics the characters.Take the journey and give this a try It s a On Hold for now because my kindle is doing something where all my books either are there or disappear I don t like to stop reading for a week Edit 5 26 16 I enjoyed this book and I want to thank NetGalley for graciously sharing this with me for an honest review Thank you.A peasant with brains goes on a quest with a girl in this adventure of a story They work together to help a kingdom and I really enjoyed their characteristics the characters.Take the journey and give this a try It s a nice light novel read.3.5 5 stars Lessened the stress for a big test 3.5 stars Review copy provided by Swanifide Publishing for an honest review.If you adored The Potion Diaries then I ve found you re next love You re welcome No, but seriously this book and The Potion Diaries share a similar writing style, and both follow friends on a magical quest plotlines The relationships and characterization is also similar, and both books deal with royalty The one major difference is that A Stolen Kiss is set in atraditional fantasy world than The Potion Diaries 3.5 stars Review copy provided by Swanifide Publishing for an honest review.If you adored The Potion Diaries then I ve found you re next love You re welcome No, but seriously this book and The Potion Diaries share a similar writing style, and both follow friends on a magical quest plotlines The relationships and characterization is also similar, and both books deal with royalty The one major difference is that A Stolen Kiss is set in atraditional fantasy world than The Potion Diaries and I think this is where it loss some of its appeal to me The Potion Diaries is set in amodern, magical world than A Stolen Kiss so it felt unique and different to books that I ve read before A Stolen Kiss wascan I say traditional again I think I ve said it already, but it followed a plotline that didn t feel nearly as unique I m avoiding the word cliched here because I didn t think it was cliched necessarily, just not that different either I think I m rambling now so moving on.I loved how fairytale like the story was It had the most whimsical of writing styles, and was fun, imaginative and easy to breeze through But it was also a little simple Okay, that s a bit harsh What I mean is that while the storyline was engaging, and even threw me a little at times with all its twists and turns, the action was never really that thrilling or gripping The baddies always got away a little too easily The convenience of Derric Daniel s magic was just that convenient The good guys were always going to win There was no urgency to the action, or doubt And I think that made the story feel a little half hearted at times I never felt the emotional pull of the quest that we could truly lose one of the characters or have something awful happen I never felt that panic, and I really wanted to The relationships in this book, like a lot of middle grade books, were also the case of insta bonding Yes, that s a word I just made up Bu what it mean is that everyone seemed to become best friends super close friends within days of meeting each other I get stressful situations and near death experiences are great bonding opportunities, but Humphrey and Daniel Derric s friendship while never feeling fake was too easy Maybe I m just a grumpy old lady at heart, but spending time with someone before declaring them your bestie, to me, is quite important And the romance suffered from this too Maria and Derric Daniel felt inevitable so I could never really get on board there romance There wasn t much chemistry or tension between them With all the being said, the story truly did amuse me I liked the characters, I cared about what happened to them I enjoyed the world, and seeing the new creatures The epilogue wasn t actually that bad, it wrapped things up well and I feel wholly satisfied I m confused at what the sequel is going to be about, but I ll be reading it anyway Edit I just discovered this thing lost part of the content section frowns at Goodreads so I just added it back on Okay, I want to start my review by saying that, when I started this story, I posted an update saying I thought this might be a retelling of the Swan Princess However, now that I have both finished the book and researched Swan Princess Swan Lake I realizes this is NOT a retelling While the princess does turn into a swan every night because of a curse, this is otherwise it s own Edit I just discovered this thing lost part of the content section frowns at Goodreads so I just added it back on Okay, I want to start my review by saying that, when I started this story, I posted an update saying I thought this might be a retelling of the Swan Princess However, now that I have both finished the book and researched Swan Princess Swan Lake I realizes this is NOT a retelling While the princess does turn into a swan every night because of a curse, this is otherwise it s own story with no parallels that I could see to the fairytale mentioned above Now that that s been clarified, I ll start my review A Stolen Kiss is a fun and cute story with both fairytale and fantasy vibes Our main characters include a palace stableboy named Derric who has to keep his true identity secret because his mother for unknown reasons cursed the princess of the land to turn into a swan every night, his adorable, spunky, half sister, Sarah, who happens to work as the princess ladies maid, the swan princess, Maria, herself, and then Prince Humphry who was supposed to have an arranged marriage with Maria and break her curse Seems simple enough, right But what happens when the curse refuses to be broken and the four of them must go on an adventure together to find the sorceress who cast the spell in the first place Well, that s just what you re going to have to read to find out This being one of those rare books I bought based solely on the cover and the synopsis, I went into it not knowing much, but was pleasantly surprised with what I found I don t want to give many details for fear that I ll ruin the surprises for others, but I ll try to touch on both positives and negatives without spoilers involved First off, the best part of this book for me was the main characters The story concept was such that we could have ended up with a stereotypical angsty YA love triangle, but thank goodness it never went there The guys became good friends and didn t fighting over the girl The girls liked and supported each other, and the heroine wasn t even confused about her feelings or unsure which guy to pick While not perfect, they were people you could actually admire and root for as heroes heroines.I liked the world the story was set in as well It was diverse, interesting, and I especially loved what the author did with Fangralee forest, particularly the culture of the centaurs who lived there You can tell that this is a world she sees vividly in her head and she did well showing it to the reader I will, however, note that if you don t like creepy critters, this book might not be for you While the story doesn t revolve around the fantasy creatures, the author does seem to enjoy inventing them and the characters ran into quite a few, some of which were quite scary, so that s something to be aware of, depending on your personal tastes.Also, the surprise twists were just Wow There were several to be had, and I did guess at one of them, but the rest took me by surprise and it was super fun and exciting to be sitting with my jaw dropped open like, whaaaaaaaaaaat XDFinally, while this story isadventure than romance, there was a little romance sprinkled on because the curse has Maria magically bound to someone else, who is then the only person who can break the curse view spoiler The reason Prince Humphry was unable to break Maria s curse, as we find out early on, is because the curse, for mysterious reasons, has her bound to Derric This is also why Derric keeps his identity a secret and goes under the name Daniel instead He knows that because his mother cursed the princess and because the curse bound the princess to Derric, Mariah and Humphrey will think he s the badguy and part of the problem if they know who he really is hide spoiler There was a thing or two I ll mention in the content section about this that might be of interest for those who want to know, but for the most part the romance was clean, cute, and I liked how it turned out While I m talking about that I just have to say, I felt so sorry for poor Maria and the frustration this bound to someone else loophole in the curse caused for her I mean, can you imagine what it would be like to really truly think you were in love with someone, only to have other people INCLUDING that person continually tell you that you don t know your own feelings, but won t say why they think that see spoiler for details ESPECIALLY when you ve already lived your life with people who underestimate and don t appreciate you and then you start getting what seems to be the same attitude from your own friends Gah I would have reacted just the way she did All of that said, my main reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was due to a smattering of profanity, which I didn t feel was necessary, or even fit with the tone of the story, and which I ll address indetail in the content section There were also some minor story things I thought could have been better, which I ll address now.First off, I generally don t mind stories with lots of traveling as long as the traveling is used well and we still learn things we need to know in the process To a certain extent, the traveling here was used well The characters developed a lot while they were traveling, learning things about themselves and each other, and we started getting intriguing hints at what was to come I honestly was only mildly intrigued with the story until around page 80 when the traveling began in earnest and a certain character showed up who dropped some information that finally made me truly excited to see what would happen next However, some of the traveling stuff also felt a little bit episodic, if that s the right word Get to a new area, face a new beastie Get to the next new area, face another new beastie, etc Now, this author clearly seems to enjoy fantasy creatures, both from real world mythology and from her own imagination, and I thought what she did with those creatures was fun, interesting, and occasionally scary, and she even managed to make me adore one critter with a particularly surprising and odd description I just wish that these creatures had been introduced in a way that was not quite so predictable There truly was one point where I was thinking, Okay, these creatures are cool and everything, but could we please get to the destination already and start answering the questions that have been raised, because I m really itching to know these answers On the flip side of things, the pace did pick up when they reached their destination and was in a good place for a little while, but when the climax came Wow Things went fast That was good to a point, and the climax certainly had me on the edge of my seat, but especially after therelaxed pace of the rest of the book, I almost wished less time been spent traveling andspent building that up just a teensy bitslowly While I m on the topic of the climax, if you re the kind of person who likes complex villains, you re not going to find that here I personally don t mind sometimes having a villain that is just straight up evil, but it s also kind of nice to know that they weren t always that way and here s the reason why they became who they are now We don t get that here There was no reason that I recall given for the villain s badness other than the individual was quite simply a psychotic megalomaniac, and it felt like the individual had always been that way Honestly, there were times when I felt like the hero s goodness was oversimplified as well, from the standpoint that we re literally told several times that he s good, and he does behave like a nice person, but we re never really given a reason for it, other than he s good When I really think about it, it would have been nice to get a littlebackground about the way he was raised because, other than his sister, it seems the poor kid was surrounded by not very nice people through much of his growing up years and it just makes you wonder how he managed not to grow up being bitter, and from whence he got his sense of morality and the respectful way he treats others, especially women It sure wasn t from his father, and his mother abandoned him at 9 years old, so Those complaints aside, I still enjoyed the story as much as, if notthan I had hoped to I also understand that this was the author s debut novel, and all things considered, I feel that the positives and negatives balanced themselves out, and this was a great debut I think this author continues to hone her skill and improve, she will go places, and I am definitely interested in checking out the other two books in this trilogy.Content Advisory for those who want to know Profanity Four uses of d n About four or five uses of What the h though I ll note that both the words heaven and hell were always except once used in plural form and I ll address that a littlein the Worldview section One use of the British profanity bl y Two uses of b , once from a young woman who swore several times, and once from a fourteen year old girl who did not swear during the entire rest of the story Blasted used as a modifier a couple of times Sexual Content As is implied by the title of the story, there is some kissing One on the forehead, one on the cheek, one on the wrist, one kiss on the lips in a dream, and three or four real life kisses on the lips but overall it is either not descriptive or only briefly described in a single sentence He savored the feeling and stuff like that I personally did not have a problem with any of the kiss descriptions as, like I said, they were very brief.There is also attraction between characters Maria several times admires Derric s physical appearance, generally just his face, but once, after he view spoiler rescues her from drowning hide spoiler he, without thinking, removes his wet shirt while she s still present and she admires his nice physique This is literally the extent of the description Maria then realizes that if someone found them together in that state, they might think the wrong things and when she points this out, Derric is immediately embarrassed and apologizes before Maria leaves Maria thinks of Humphrey s handsome face at least once, but is not attracted to him in the same way When Humphrey goes to propose to Maria early on, he makes a speech, starts to say something about Maria s heart and this leads him to I think accidentally look at her breasts instead He looks away quickly.We discover early on that Derric and Sarah are only half brother and sister because their father slept with Derric s mother while he was betrothed to Sarah s mother Not described or shown One character, while under the influence of a poison that poisons the soul and makes its victim act REALLY evil, makes a couple of suggestive comments towards Maria by saying her nightgown was see through when wet, and a double entendre about having the ability to turn her on and off When this character is cured of the poison he is extremely embarrassed, but because he was not in control of himself at the time Maria and the others forgive him and don t mention it again.There are another couple mentions of people who are not the main characters having slept with someone they were not married to and becoming pregnant I can t go into detail about their identities without massive spoilers, but again, these incidents are not described or shown Violence There are several instances of violence and threats of violence throughout the story, but none of it is described in disturbing or icky detail As I said in my review, there are several scary fantasy creatures in the story and many of them are violent and attack our main characters One fantasy creature is said to kill its victims by flaying them open and drinking their blood, but this never actually occurs A character is scratched by a creature with poison and we re told the wound is bleeding and the person is in pain During a battle between the centaurs and some spider like critters there are both injuries and casualties One person is injured in the shoulder and there is mention of blood The worst description in the entire story comes when an individual involved in this battle is slashed in the gut and it is said Derric could seeof their insides than he was supposed to Many of the spider beings are set on fire not graphically described and unfortunately some centaurs are burned accidentally as well The smell and appearance of burnt flesh is mentioned, but not described indetail than saying the skin was red or black and those burned are in pain.Other violence includes a brief flashback where we re told a woman s face is bruised and bloody and it becomes apparent that a man abused her, though the act of abuse is not shown or described One character has the ability to inflict intense pain in people without touching them and does so several times to several people Two people are killed with a blast of magic and the result is a singed spot on their clothes above their hearts One evil person is killed by a large fantasy creature The only thing described is that he met his end with a crunch An evil person is killed during a magical battle and the only thing left of them is a singed spot on the floor Magic I personally found the magic system in this book creative and interesting Those with the ability to use magic are called sorcerers and there is no way to gain the ability other than to be born with it, and the ability gets passed from parent to child no matter waht We are told in dialog that all sources of the magic itself comes from Fangralee Forest Magic courses through each and every tree right down to its smallest root It all originated here We are also told in dialog that the magic itself is neutral, not good or evil The user is the one in control, just as with any other power source, like money or nobility Fangralee forest itself actually reflects how sorcerers are using their magic If the majority are using it for greed control other evil purposes, Fangralee turns dark and dangerous If the majority are using it for good, it s bright and beautiful At the time of the story Fangralee is very dark with only a few bright places hidden within We later find out that much of this current darkness is due to the villain and the way he is using his magic The bright spots that are present are there because there are still some sorcerers who use their magic for good things.Worldviews Spirituality There was nothing in this book that, as far as I could tell, paralleled any specific real world belief systems or religions and there is never mention of any deity or deities However, as I said in the profanity section, both heaven and hell are referred to in the plural throughout I can t say how we learn this due to massive spoilers, but we also find out near the end that those who die don t just disappear into nothingness Their spirits go somewhere and the heavens are very much real This is mentioned only briefly and is not brought up again.In light of the above content, I would recommend this book to older teens and adults who enjoy fantasy and fairytales What a fun ride What I thought was going to be a light, amusing, predictable fairy tale romance turned out to be an exciting, complex, and fun coming of age story, with amusing and entertaining characters, packed full of surprises The 4 main characters are fun, interesting, diverse all experience personal growth, and all are integral to the story s charm The supporting characters are also appealing, each in his her own way I liked following Derric s coming of age story watching his risi What a fun ride What I thought was going to be a light, amusing, predictable fairy tale romance turned out to be an exciting, complex, and fun coming of age story, with amusing and entertaining characters, packed full of surprises The 4 main characters are fun, interesting, diverse all experience personal growth, and all are integral to the story s charm The supporting characters are also appealing, each in his her own way I liked following Derric s coming of age story watching his rising confidence, his acceptance of his power, and his recognition of his capabilities But also Maria and Sarah grow braver, stronger, and becomeindependent Humphrey is for me the most entertaining character He s brave, he s understanding, he s open minded, he s funny, and he s loyal All four of the main characters are heroes in my book view spoiler Maria attacks and Humphrey kills the beornach both exhibiting great bravery Maria, Humphrey, and Sarah all work together to get Derric the cure Sarah stands up to and threatens the centaurs, and later returns with Humphrey to help Derric combat his father The Great One does all kinds of great things, including taking down the evil wizard hide spoiler Overcoming obstacles along every step of Derric, Maria, Sarah, and Humphrey s journey takes teamwork, and I greatly enjoyed watching the team dynamics as they develop throughout the entire story I enjoyed A Stolen Kissfor oh, so many reasons The clever, entertaining, and intriguing storyline, the unexpected twists and turns, and the character development of all four of our main characters, to name a few 5 Stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.BUDDY READ Paranormal Fantasy A Stolen Kiss Stolen Royals 1 by Kelsey Keating Starting April 11th 2016 Received from Swanifide PublishingReceived Via NetGalley.com THE REVIEWWhy this book It seemed like a book for meWhat I thoughtThis book was wonderful This fairytale adventure was filled with likable characters, magic, magical creatures and little plot twists I liked the character development and the world building was excellent You can tell that many other fairytales inspired this like The Swan Princess etc It was a fun read from the beginning to the end, I enjoyed it immensely Received from Swanifide PublishingReceived Via NetGalley.com THE REVIEWWhy this book It seemed like a book for meWhat I thoughtThis book was wonderful This fairytale adventure was filled with likable characters, magic, magical creatures and little plot twists I liked the character development and the world building was excellent You can tell that many other fairytales inspired this like The Swan Princess etc It was a fun read from the beginning to the end, I enjoyed it immensely Thanks to Netgalley and Pikko s House for giving me this book to review.A Stolen Kiss is a nice light YA fantasy book which has a Fairytale like plot It is fast paced, with a magical quest and a sweet romance However, it is also predictable and a bit forgettable Apart from Derric, the characters were not that interesting and felt flat Maria is a kind character who grows in independence Derric is the most interesting character as he is selfless, clever and complex and during the book grows i Thanks to Netgalley and Pikko s House for giving me this book to review.A Stolen Kiss is a nice light YA fantasy book which has a Fairytale like plot It is fast paced, with a magical quest and a sweet romance However, it is also predictable and a bit forgettable Apart from Derric, the characters were not that interesting and felt flat Maria is a kind character who grows in independence Derric is the most interesting character as he is selfless, clever and complex and during the book grows in confidence This is an enjoyable and I am looking forward to reading the next book A Stolen Crown I would recommend A Stolen Kiss to fans of Young Adult fairytales This and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm