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Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Review: The Tears of the Rose (The Twelve Kingdoms #2) by Jeffe Kennedy

The Tears of the Rose (The Twelve Kingdoms #2)
by Jeffe Kennedy
Paperback, 352 pages
November 25th 2014 by Kensington
Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?

The Tears of the Rose is Princess Amelia’s story, the youngest daughter. It starts with her heart breaking reaction to her husband’s death, who was struck down attempting to save her sister, Andi. The devastating news transforms Amelia into a person who I don’t much care for. She strikes me as a spoiled child who has never really had to live in the real world. Her complete disregard for the people around her is frustrating.

That said, the character development in this story is excellent, and I can tell you by the end, the growth in Princess Amelia is astonishing. The spoiled child truly turns into a queen. Dare I say that by the end of the book, I actually liked Amelia.

In addition, I really enjoyed the romantic interest in this book. He was an intriguing character, with an interesting backstory. He definitely starts Amelia thinking and helps turn her into a new woman. You romance lovers will not be disappointed.

All in all, the book was a great read. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. I am looking forward to the oldest sister’s story, which I am assuming is the final book in the series.
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5 Transforming Sheep


About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with awriting career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of theFacets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, will hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sharon, great review wow, 5 sheep wow! This looks really good