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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review- DAUGHTERS OF RUIN by K.D. Castner

Author: K.D. Castner
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&NiBooks
Rating: Loved!
ARC Received from the Publisher for an honest review.
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in a thrilling debut that follows the four fierce princesses of enemy kingdoms as their worlds collide in the throes of war.

Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses…and they are enemies.

Not long ago, a brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever-watchful eye. For ten years the girls have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace.

But there is rarely peace among sisters. Sheltered Rhea was raised to rule everyone—including her “sisters”—but she’s cracking under pressure. The charismatic Cadis is desperately trying to redeem her people from their actions during the war. Suki guards deep family secrets that isolate her, and quiet Iren’s meekness is not what it seems.

All plans for peace are shattered when the palace is attacked. As their intended futures lie in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other. 

I really loved this book and probably would have given it an obsessed rating but there were a couple things that bugged the crap out of me hence the loved rating.

Let's start by saying I freaking hate this cover! Hate it with a passion! If it weren't for the awesome synopsis I probably wouldn't have read this book. The story is about 4 girls and has 4 POV's I really think they should have all had representation on the cover.

Ok now what I loved! I loved 3 of the POV's Rhea, Cadis, and especially Iren's! I love that we get to view this world through each of their eyes! I loved the world building and all of the secondary characters. I wish there would have been a bit more romance but, I'm ok with what I got.

The one thing that stopped me from giving this an obsessed rating was Suki's POV. She was an obnoxious brat and her inner monologue and the way it was written drove me crazy! Absolutely freaking crazy!

But other than that I loved this story and highly recommend it! Also I truly hope this is a series (there's no info saying it is but I hope it is!) because I need more!!!!! 


  1. I've been waiting to hear a review on this book ever since I saw it on Goodreads. The synopsis sounded great with not one but three female main characters, so it's good to see you loved it. I agree that cover is atrocious. In the story, are the girls/a girl gray skinned?

    1. It actually has 4 POV's! And yes I did love it. And lol no none of them have grey-ish skin. I so don't get this cover lol

  2. I kind of like the cover myself. :) It could use some improvements since there's more than one girl and all. I'm a little hesitant now because I hardly like two POVs in one book, so maybe.

  3. 3/4 POVs being enjoyable isn't bad, I suppose... I love the cover, and I'm definitely looking into reading this one!

  4. I am very excited for this book. I think the synopsis is awesome and you are right about the cover. I don't like the cover either. I think it could have been done much better. I like the contrast and the colors but not the girl or the dress. makes her look is too vampirish or something.
    I am glad you did love it though. i hope I do too.


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