Review: In the Enemy’s Service


intheenemysservice

ReviewStars-4

Read from April 19 to 24, 2016 — I own a copy
Synopsis: When the Malornian army invaded Alasia and Prince Jaymin was forced to flee for his life, what happened to those left behind? In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of ten-year-old Anya, imprisoned among other survivors and forced to work for the occupying troops. While pretending to follow orders and serve diligently in the palace, Anya discovers ingenious ways to spy on enemy officers and slip valuable information to the Alasian resistance.

But as she helps to craft plans that may eventually free Alasia, Anya accidentally uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family. Her fears are strengthened when she is confronted by a mysterious Malornian who seems somehow to know the truth behind the role she has been playing. Holding her life in his hands with that knowledge, he claims to bear information implicating her father in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself. Continue reading

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Review of Prince of Alasia by Annie Douglass Lima


PrinceofAlasia

3 stars

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by Erik, his young bodyguard and friend, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, coming face to face with the hardships suffered by the poor, he determines to improve his people’s lives someday when he takes the throne, assuming he can reclaim his kingdom.

In his struggle to retain his identity and yet blend in with children in the local school, Jaymin’s life depends on his ability to protect his secret from both enemy troops and unsuspecting townsfolk. Meanwhile, Erik must resort to his skills in unarmed combat to defend Jaymin against everyone from a gang of schoolyard bullies to the Malornians who regularly patrol the streets looking for trouble – and for the missing prince.

As the search intensifies and his enemy’s suspicions grow, Jaymin seeks desperately for a way to save his kingdom and himself. Then he stumbles upon a startling discovery that will challenge his assumptions and forever change his view of Malorn and the events that altered his life.

Ease of reading:

227 pages. This took me 2 days to read. It flowed well and was written for a slightly younger audience, which made the language very easy to read.

Where to buy it:

Amazon on kindle for $0.99 or paperback for $8.99

Review:

I have read a bit of YA work, some really good, some only OK and others pretty crappy. The funny thing is that each book is in its respective pile because of different things it did well or poorly.

Prince of Alasia, technically is a sound book, there is a strong storyline, interesting, believable characters and strong messages for YA readers. What it seemed to lack for me, was in depth of information. I wanted more description, more action, more witty dialogue…just more.

With the writing industry like it is, especially in the YA space, every aspect has to be perfect, The Prince of Alasia just doesn’t quite get there.

Now, don’t get me wrong! This is still a worthy book for others to read, the relationship between Jaymin and Erik was a fundamental point. It offers loads of experiences and exposure to a positive, adult conversation.

*Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*