Kingdom Cold

Kingdom Cold

by Brittni Chenelle

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Kingdom Cold 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Rayleigh 3 months ago
This is your last chance to turn back now. Seriously, this book wrecked my world and I am warning you…stay away if you value your sleep or sanity. Still here? Fabulous, I had hoped you’d ignore that warning like all true heros and heroines do in stories. Kingdom Cold is a book that I hated and loved all at the same time. I want to hug it close and never let it go, and also throw it across the room, very hard. I am really emotionally…not okay. As I was reading the book in the beginning, I honestly was a little displeased at how fast paced it was and how simple and to the point the descriptions were. I felt like I was being jipped out of details, however, my mindset completely changed in the middle of the book and I realized that I was so invested in the story that I couldn’t even stop reading to eat dinner…It was honestly perfectly written for the story; details for the scenes that are important, and quick mentions of things that don’t have a detrimental impact on the plot. Charlotte, Young, Milly, Minseo…..all of them were so perfectly unique. Charlotte and Young both have such a profound display of character development, I was so proud of them. We literally watch them grow from immature children to responsible and powerful leaders, and especially at the end of the book…wow. They really became what we thought they were incapable of just a few chapters ago. They were awesome characters, all of them were! The story itself has action scenes that can get vivid and there is lots of blood. There is some sexual content as far as some characters discussing the “consummation ceremony” following the wedding, as well as other characters sleeping around and making jokes. There are some detailed kisses and though there is not a descriptive sex scene, there are several “implied” scenes in which it is quite clear as to what the characters are doing before the chapters end. Overall, books with these types of endings are not at all my favorite and I try to stay away from them as much as possible, however with how much Kingdom Cold really affected me, I can’t help but to admit that it is every bit a 5 star novel. So, my final rating is 5 out of 5 stars, and from what I hear, fans of Kiera Cass will truly love this book. P.S. Apparently book 2 comes out in June, but don’t worry, it’s not a cliffhanger ending THANK GOODNESS. This is a Review. I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hal-B More than 1 year ago
**I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. The following is composed of my personal opinions and honest analysis.** WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle was fast-paced and filled with conflicts. I wish I could say I enjoyed reading this, but I don't think it left much of an impression on me. The story is about a young princess that is arranged to be wed to a foreign prince, they both have disputes but ultimately accept their partnership; meanwhile, a neighboring region is invading. Their goal is to survive the attacks in their Southern castle while navigating through their new relationship. Most characters had cliche personalities and unbelievable character arcs. Charlotte, not unlike most heroines in this genre, was fragile yet strong. She borders on becoming a carbon-copy of a female lead: interested in her suitor's companion, wants a normal life despite her dependence on service, innocent but deadly, etc. I think the most believable character is Young, and even that's a stretch, he doesn't find Charlotte agreeable at first but he stays for honor and a chance at his own kingdom; moreover, his inability to comfort or express emotions is supported by his background, wait- was that actual character depth? Milly was a perfect example of a believable character arc gone wrong. A devoted, God-fearing girl that dismisses her friendship for an unforgivable transgression is suddenly casting off her faith and vying to murder for her own gain. Seriously? Another unbelievable change can be seen in Minseo: he is willing to kill his brother to claim Charlotte, an attempt of development on the writer's behalf that made me scoff. This makes me feel that the writer was trying to pack as much tension in the story as possible, and once again at the expense of the story's quality. Emmett and Minseo were also the most stereotypical characters. Emmett was a prince in love with himself and had said quote: "If I’d learned anything, it was that women were interchangeable." This is what bothered me most; not that I took offense to his words, but that the author's writing became increasingly lazy. Before I sound too harsh take a glance at a quote from Minseo: "Women had always been interchangeable in my world..." Chenelle reused lines between characters various times, and her allusions verged on a childlike indulgence. Although, however unpleasant this aspect was, it did help to develop a sense of time that she had not yet established (with references to King Arthur). I became disappointed in the writing, it was as though the author's skill varied inversely with the progression of the story. If it wasn't for *certain* inuendos scattered through the pages, I would think this was targeted to middle school readers. In short, her style became sloppy- if you'll forgive me for my bluntness. Things the Book Lacked: - Character Development - Worldbuilding - Plot Pacing - Originality To become a truly successful writer one needs to apply themselves properly, but for now, Chenelle has great potential to grow.
Pam1234 More than 1 year ago
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. Multicultural Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance BRITTNI CHENELLE currently lives in Seoul, Korea which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favorite genres to read and write are Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Fairytale Retellings, and Young Adult Dystopian novels. She's very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her Fantasy stories. Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. I want to start off by saying I am very selected when choosing a book to read. As a writer myself, my time is limited so I am very selected. What grabbed my attention in wanting to review this book was the title and the synopsis. Once I opened the first page I could not put this book down mainly because it was easy to read and the hook kept me wanting more. The author does a great job with imagery and description and pace. If you are a fan of the princess bride, Game of Thrones, or any story line that pits brother against brother and the will to win the heart of a princess-- throw in a sword fight or two you will enjoy Kingdom Gold. I'm usually a paranormal fan. But in my late night teenage years, I would stay up all hours reading historical romances with a prince and demanding queen and spirited princess or a beautiful wench and roguish pirate. Reading Kingdom Cold made me think about reading more books in this genre and If an author can do that they are doing a good job writing! What I love about this book is that the author does a great job with just enough description that my mind does not wander. The author's characters are believable, and nothing is out of the ordinary for them which I love. The protagonist is a strong female character that we need more of. When Princess Charlotte's life is thrown into chaos she puts up a good fight but eventually does what needs to be done for the good of the of the kingdom. The plot has twists and turns that made me wide-eyed and wanting to find out what was next for Charlotte and the two brothers who are fighting for her legacy. Kingdom Cold is a perfect book for middle school and young adults readers and is age appropriate. It is a clean story but will leave room for the imagination which is refreshing nowadays. What I don’t like is I wish the characters were more developed. Overall I think this a gem of a story and a great short read for any weekend mind getaway to a land far, far away with beautiful princesses and a few princes. I look forward to reading more by Brittni Chenelle Brittni, why did you become a writer? "I write because I would go crazy if I didn't. The body is limited but the mind is free to roam among dragons and fairies, it can soar through the air, and breathe underwater, and hold onto love in even the worst conditions. I guess that's why, because books are not bound by the rules of reality and I am addicted to the freedom-- seduced by
KayRay32 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and completely busts up the traditional model for YA fiction. I read the whole thing in one sitting and now I'm back again trying to pick up on the hints I missed about the BIG TWIST AT THE END. I personally love creativity so enjoyed the alternating perspectives and being in the position of only knowing and seeing what the characters know and see vs. the all-knowing narrator. The twists and turns were so delicious that I couldn't stop reading and I fell in love and in hate with every single character. They grew, the flourished and some even fell. I loved the way that diversity was woven in artfully instead of beating people over the head with it. I started off HATING Charlotte but by the end she captured my heart. She was just so real to me. I can't wait to get my hands on more from this author. SO FUN AND REFRESHING.
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* Princess Charlotte is sixteen when she is told she is going to be married off to try to prevent a war from starting in her kingdom. She is betrothed to Prince Young of Vires and it is the last thing Charlotte wants. She tries to do anything she can to get out of it, including shooting an arrow by the prince when he shows up. Prince Young was excited about the wedding, but obviously is less than thrilled by being shot at, and seeing that Charlotte seems more interested in his brother than him. He doesn’t want to go through with the wedding, however he understands that it’s not about their happiness, it’s about bringing to kingdoms together to help the people. Everything changes though when the kingdom is attacked and they all have to flee. Emotions, trust, friendship, and love are all tested between everyone. I enjoyed this story’s plot very much. It was action packed and there were a few unexpected twists that I enjoyed. There were also a few moments where I’d get nervous or scared for a character, not knowing how a situation was going to turn out. However, while I loved the story’s plot, there was absolutely no character development. Characters would look at someone and instantly fall in love. I thought that it would be an interesting concept, that even though these two people are in an arranged marriage, they fall in love with other people. I thought it would be fun to see where these new relationships went, but they were just dropped instantly. I was wondering why they were even there to begin with. Also some characters motivations weren’t explained. They would think or do certain things and there would be no explanation why. It did leave me frustrated and while I do hate books that drag along and add too much to the story, I believe this needed a little more to it for me to enjoy it more. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
GinaRMitchell More than 1 year ago
Kingdom Cold is an addictive read. The story pulled me in deeper every chapter I read. I knew Kingdom Cold was multicultural with characters of different ethnic backgrounds. However, this aspect flows throughout the story so that it isn’t noticeable. The characters are so well-written you won't even think about race or ethnicity. They are who they are. I love this! It’s how the world SHOULD be! The plots twists and turns take the reader on an exciting journey. The unexpected ending left me hoping there will soon be a follow-up book. Kingdom Cold has all the aspects of a classic fairytale....with a few unexpected developments. Even though the book is listed as Young Adult Fantasy & Romance, I believe readers of every age will enjoy this story.