Reign or Shine: The Forged Flower Saga Book 1 Author Coriana Hope

Book Review

4.5 out of 5 stars!

"Once upon a time. . . That's how my story was supposed to start." - Chris

Being a princess is not all it is cracked up to be! Being SnowWhite's daughter isn't all it's cracked up to be either! Chris wants nothing to do with big royal balls, over the top poofy dresses that are pink, and being the damsel in distress. After a chance encounter with a new friend, Chris begins to learn new things other than boring, meaningless "princess" tasks.

But when a new entity arises and terrorizes the forest Chris's world gets realigned. She knows she has to stop this magical entity from harming the people and things she loves. Can a rebellious, teenage princess really stop this evil? Will she ever be strong enough to accomplish this challenge? And did anyone else see a pair of glowing yellow eyes from the tree line?

"Naming a foe is the first step to defeating it. If something has a name it is real. And everything real is beatable." - Grandmother Rose

Chrisithia's by far not your "typical" fairytale princess to be. I loved her from the first page forward and her rebelliousness made me think of myself. Not wanting to fit into this "perfect" and "pristine" mold that everyone declared you should be in. Girls being dainty and going for that whole damsel-in-distress trope. Chris refuses to be a part of that cliche and instead would rather race her horse.

I enjoyed watching Chris grow and direct her energy toward things that truly mattered. Figuring out who she truly is and what she stands for. Peer pressure can be difficult and wanting to fit in is a never-ending cycle of doom. I was cheering multiple times for Chris and also shaking my head at other moments. Seeing the pitfalls of life and what you easily fall into.

Chris is going to grow into a very independent woman! Being blunt and not afraid to speak her mind, she has no filter. I truly loved this spitfire of a princess with a heart of gold when you get to truly know her. She's also extremely loyal and protective of her friends!

Kedrik and Fyre were two of my favorite characters! Kedrik's banter with Chris was everything especially when the two first met! I liked how Kedrik was this calm to Chris' chaos along with Fyre's protectiveness and sarcasm. There was a moment with one of them that I was like oh no!

Loved the world building in the book and descriptions. I will say some of the paragraphs were a little long, but this is the first book in the saga. The author's simply trying to set the stage and flesh out the world we are being placed into. With all the interesting magic, different types of creatures, and the royals' monarchy. I loved the twists in the book and a particular arc alongside the main one that involved tracking.

This book felt like a YA read. The main characters range from twelve years old to almost sixteen, aside from the adult characters. I didn't find any language and if there was any the only thing I saw was "dang". There are signs of puppy love/first love possibly blooming but nothing more. There's some violence and threats of harm along with some slight gore scenes. Mention of loss from deaths and grief from said events.

I really loved the ending, and I thought the author did a great job with the cliffhanger. I am eager to read the next installment in the saga and find out what Chris' next steps are! One of my ultimate favorite characters from the book says something to Chris and I really hope to see him throughout the rest of the series!

Enjoy the read with a princess who's breaking the mold and pursing her own happily ever after. Don't forget to give the author some stars!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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