Summary : An amusing young adult Sidhe romance with a vampy twist.
This dynamic young adult paranormal romance takes the cheesy ‘opposites attract’ concept up a few notches as it weaves to life a whimsical fantasy world that breaks the mold of the Sidhe and their interactions with humans. The Day Human Prince instantly engulfs readers with the promise of excitement, danger, and a story of two beings so desperate to escape each other that only an infinite love can ensue.
An all out war has been circumvented with the death of the Sidhe Prince. In its wake, the day human Devin Alexander has been dealt a fatal blow and is resolute with the notion of death. At least he was until Nessa McKinny, a night human, urges him to consider her offer to save his life. Devin acquiesces and soon finds that defying death leaves his life eternally bound to Nessa’s. Unhappy with the ramifications that eluding an untimely demise create, Devin and Nessa embark on a journey to the Sidhe realm where they not only hope to find an escape clause to their bonded state, but where Nessa is to explain her brother’s death and expected to attend her very own coronation. As the unlikely pair travels to their destination, they irk and irritate each other beyond imagination every step of the way. It is only when an attempt on Nessa’s life is made that Devin begins to realize that he knows little about his savior, let alone her role in the Sidhe realm or what the act of saving his life signifies for her…
This novel surprised me every step of the way. I was expecting boring cliché but got quite the opposite. The premise is strong. It takes bits and pieces from the romance, young adult, fantasy, and the supernatural genres and blends them perfectly for an enjoyable read that uses a these aspects in a unique way. What is lacking is world building and therefore story progression is choppy. The story jumps right in without explaining or alluding to the workings of the world it is set in making it difficult to piece together events as they unravel. This likely has a lot to do with the fact that this is the first novel in a spin off series to The Blue Eyes Trilogy.
Characters are fun and engaging for the genre. They didn’t grind on me the way most young-adult characters do. As a matter of fact there was very little “high school” drama in play throughout the novel. Devin, a warrior and protector at heart, battles the ghost of a past love as he struggles with the emotions that getting to know the fiery night human Nessa ignites. Nessa finds herself conflicted with not only the effects her past and present actions have had, but also with the pull she begins to feel towards Devin as he stands by her side throughout the political games that surround her coronation.
The plot is centered more along the lines of politics, betrayal, and love with a backdrop of a Sidhe community. The novel is well written, pacing is on point, but it really is missing the background information that would allow it to stand alone, outside of the parent trilogy. Having more world building would allow readers to piece the story together more easily and to relate to the characters more readily. Overall, an enjoyable, quick, and fun read that entices. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy the YA genre and have a taste for the Sidhe, romance, and a bit of a twist.
*** This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***