The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m not sure if I can exactly articulate why I gave this book four stars. I enjoyed it because it was a little different then so many of the romance novels I’ve read of late that seem to bleed into one another. I enjoyed it because it had social war games, rival brothers, an infuriating title, and touches of fairy tale. I wish it had been about 150 pages longer and filed in the fantasy section so that maybe there would have been more room to explore this world that the author built. (I know there is a sequel, but there felt like there should be more here and now.) That said I did enjoy the book. I loved the scene between Rose and her near cousin when discussing her former employment. I did not like the scene between Rose and her husband in the alley after Ambrose left. That needed more words. I like Beatrice and would love to read one of her stories. She seemed to me like everything I’ve come to expect from Fey royalty, Seelie or not. She was manipulative and possibly deadly, but capable of good when it suits her. I thought at first the ability for everyone to read everyone else’s mind would get annoying given the convenience of failed shields etc., but it didn’t wear as thin as expected which was a pleasant surprise. The final spell was a little predictable, though satisfying. And then there was just enough set-up for book two without it being infuriating. Speaking of infuriating the title of this novel was not fully explained until near the end. I kept reading and explaining to everyone who’d listen that I while I really like this book I’ve no idea why it is called “The Prince of Frogs.” Does that sound like a four star novel to you? Well it was. It swept me up in a strange adventure, that I found myself in the middle of before I knew it. I’d started it last week, but hadn’t the time to devote to it. This week I found myself getting really annoyed when I was pulled away from the book. I also found myself looking for book 2 before I was even in the final chapters.