|Release Date: February 23, 2016|
from Harper TEEN
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"Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.
Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.
As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.
Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before."
My Thoughts:One thing I said in my review of A Wicked Thing was that I hoped we would get dragons in the sequel and WE GOT DRAGONS. I was so excited about that and I really loved that addition. I liked A Wicked Thing but I really really really enjoyed Kingdom Of Ashes.
Aurora was so fantastic in this one. She is stepping up big time and taking control of her life. I loved watching her grow into her strengths and learn to control her magic. And I also liked that even as her power grew she still stayed the same person and continually tried to do what was right, even when that backfired. And then Finnegan. He was my favorite in A Wicked Thing and I continued to love him in this one. Love him so much!
The story in Kingdom of Ashes kept me engrossed and I really liked how this sleeping beauty twist grew. There was more action this time around. I also loved all of the magic and like I said before, the dragons. It just had such a wonderful fantastical feel to it. AND THE DRAGONS WERE SO COOL. Guy I just love dragons okay haha.
In my review of A Wicked Thing I mentioned that the romance had fallen a bit flat for me but now I kinda wanna go and take that back because it completely makes sense now. Things had to play out the way they did so Aurora could learn. That insta love wasn’t love, it was a fairy tale and a lesson for Aurora and I loved how the romance developed. I shipped it hard guys and I loved the way the romance went. But on the flip side, I love that this isn’t just romance. Sure I thoroughly enjoyed rooting for it, but this is really Aurora’s story and that took center stage.
All in all, Kingdom Of Ashes was a great sequel to A Wicked Thing. I really enjoyed this twist on sleeping beauty and I’m glad I gave this series a read.