KINGDOM COLD - by Brittni Chenelle

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Published: February 2019.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / romance.
Pages: 276.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild sexual innuendos / mild violence.
Format: ARC eBook.
Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.
Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent. When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall. 

I accepted this book to review because I was in the mood for a fun, exciting royal fantasy. This story sounded as if it would deliver exactly that.

The writing is dire. The sentences are either too long, or the punctuation is not used correctly, or there are made-up words (you don't say "as the soldiers got drunker", you say "as the soldiers got more drunk"!), and the amount of exposition is absurd. Backstories are dumped on the pages and nothing is shown - it's all told to you. Sentences like "I felt myself smile" and "I felt a swirl of emotions" are everywhere.
As far as language goes, the English is disastrous.

The main thing that drew me to this book was the prospect of a fantasy royal kingdom. Unfortunately, it was a complete disappointment because there's no world-building. We get title after title of random castle and the characters spend most of their time in forests, but that ultimately achieves nothing when it comes to building a place for the story to unfold. There's no history, no substantial description, no atmosphere, and no world. It's all a vague, messy splay of abstract castles. Even the politics can't develop properly, because they have no basis in time or setting. 

The plot moves extremely quickly. You could get through this book in a day or two, and while I'm all for fast-paced stories, this one is too fast. Sentences jump forward weeks at a time, while scenes bounce to new scenes after only one or two sentences. It doesn't give you time to invest in what's happening. Furthermore, as far as pacing goes, it simply doesn't exist. The author doesn't even acknowledge pacing or development, and with scenes and sentences jumping every which way, it's a shock that this novel even has some sort of story. 
However, I did love one aspect of the plot: the twists. There are a number of incidents that took me by surprise, and I enjoyed how unexpected they were.

I like the characters' racial diversity. But their personalities are flat and inconsistent, their relationships are dull, and they play to archetypes more than anything else. The romance never feels convincing, either.

Kingdom Cold suffers from errors that a few rounds of editing could fix. The grammatical mistakes are many, and the story and characters are flat and poorly developed. 

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