Title: The Kingdom
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: My Kinda Book/Pan Macmillan
Published: July 11th 2019
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, all opinions are my own!
Thank you MyKindaBook/Pan Macmillan for sending me this gorgeous ARC to read and review! Today is my turn in the blog tour for it so here is my review of it!
Where Happily Ever After is not just a promise, but a rule.
I went into this not reading the blurb or knowing an awful lot about the premise of the book, I thought that it sounded interesting just from the name of it and the cover!
The Kingdom is a fantasy style theme park, there are seven Princesses, and guests can interact with them and other animals that were once extinct and other hybrids, like elephants with stripes like zebras, wolves as fast as cheetahs and horses with butterfly wings.
Our main character Ana is a Fantasist or rather a Princess to the visitors, her job is to make them happy, their wish is her command. Except when a new park employee starts, his name is Owen and Ana is discovering emotions that shouldn’t be in her programming.
Except, Ana is accused of murdering Owen and now she’s in a nightmare, stuck in the trial of the century, we read this book in different formats, courtroom testimonies, interviews and Ana’s memories of her time with Owen leading up to his death. Through this we see the truth of what The Kingdom is really like, all the lies and abuse they used to hybrids and fantasists and we also see the love between Ana and her sisters and for Owen.
“Like Wendy, John, and Michael Darling on the night Peter Pan taught them how to fly – I think one happy thought. In my pocket, I have a knife.”
I really enjoyed reading through this one, I found it easy to read, I didn’t find it to be a heavy read, it wasn’t overloaded with information and the formats made it fun to read through. The ending wasn’t something that I saw coming and it did surprise me! I loved the world building and the way Jess Rothenberg has created her characters, I’ve found this to be a different type of book to what I’ve read recently, its a fantasy but also sci-fi. I definitely recommend it as it was such a fun book to read, so I can’t wait to see what she writes next! Looking forwards to grabbing a finished copy for myself soon 🙂
Here’s a small extract of the first chapter of The Kingdom!
“The room where they at last found him was so cold they wondered, at first, if he had frozen to death. Face as white as snow, skin as cold as frost, lips as blue as ice. His expression seemed, to the police, perfectly peaceful. As if he had passed away in the middle of a very lovely dream.
Except for the blood.
Blood always tells its own story.”