The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

Daphne Raines has lived in the same Southern Utah town her whole life and she’s ready to get out. The opportunity comes when her rock star father comes to town claiming custody. He whisks her away to the super exclusive community of Olympus Hills where everything is not quite as perfect as it seems.

Meanwhile, Haden Lord is sent from the underworld to the surface to complete a quest. If he is successful he’ll be reinstated as prince. If he fails, however, he will be destroyed by his own father the King. He’s tasked with bringing back a special “boon”–a girl–who will save his people in their fight against the air gods.16150914

I’m always interested in books that include Greek mythology, so I thought I’d really like this one, but it fell a little flat for me. It’s pretty good, but romance occurred between Haden and Daphne a little too fast for my liking. Also, there isn’t actually too much mythology going on. The different gods are mentioned, but it’s more like they’re just other characters. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I think if you read the book, you’ll understand.

The secondary characters were mildly interesting, but not that great in my opinion. Daphne’s friends were okay, Haden’s friends were okay… I’m interested to see where the second book goes with the story line. The Eternity Key comes out April 28, 2015 and we’ll see how it is. I’m planning on reading it, but if it’s about the same as the first one, I probably won’t read a third if it comes out.

Overall Rating: 3
Violence: Moderate. One mildly graphic scene.
Sexual Content: Mild
Language: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. Some teenage drinking.

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