By: Melanie | February 10, 2014 | (28) Comments

Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree DespainThe Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Series: Into The Dark, #1
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genres: Mythology, Romance, YA
Pages: 512
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

I’m going to try to keep this nice and clear. Do not bother with this book. That is the best and only advice I can give you.

But why Mel? It looks soooo good!

The characters. 

Haden Lord has a pretty crappy life in the Underrealm. He’s disowned by his father, despised by his twin brother and shunned by everyone else. However, when King Ren (his father) seeks out the help of the Oracle to see who is most fitting to go on the the quest to save the Underrealm. And just somehow, Haden is chosen. Nope, not his more educated brother, but him. Yet soon, the author manages to turn him into the typical, Gary Stu. When Haden arrives on Earth with the mission to seek out Daphne Raines (who is like the key to deciding the fate of the Underrealm), he’s declared as ‘hot stuff’. He also has this talent for learning this after seeing someone perform the action just once. Like seriously, can we be a little more realistic?

We also have our Mary Sue, Daphne Raines. When she starts at her new school, Olympus Hills (aww no way), she’s envied by everyone. She’s got the perfect tanned skin and gorgeous blonde hair, her dad is a famous and rich rock star and Daphne also happens to be really talented herself with her voice and guitar. Daphne, doesn’t have much logic though. She kisses Haden when he killed all supernatural and creepy with lightning (she doesn’t even know his powers and everything yet at this point) however says he has issues when he has her name engraved on his arms. Okay, so that’s really creepy. But isn’t the first one really creepy as well? LIKE I’M SO CONFUSED WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING.

The plot:

Well…half of the pages were really irrelevant to the story. They do a little music, do a little stalking, do a little bitching and the plot line just pokes it’s head in every 100 pages or so. 500+ pages? Definitely not needed.

The romance:

Instant love. Angst. This was basically a love story. Because the only way for Daphne to co-operate and save the Underrealm is for her to fall helplessly in love with Haden.

In summary:

No. Don’t bother. You’re wasting your time. I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology, and while I did like that aspect partially, the other 95% was NOT WORTH IT. Go read Percy Jackson. Sheesh. (They also have a way better ship. PERCABETH)

~Thank you Egmont USA for sending me this copy!~

1.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to Review: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

  1. Ah, this is not what I wanted to hear 🙁 I have an ARC of this from EW I need to start soon and… well, I was hoping it would be a little more well received. Sounds like I’m going to hate it though…

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. If I didn’t have a review copy of it I’d be avoiding it, but alas.
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  2. So avoiding this one. Never heard of it before and now I know why. Sorry it sucked so much.
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  3. Aimee says:

    I actually downloaded this one via Netgalley, but I won’t read it any more. Insta love? A Mary Sue? A Gary Stu? No thank you!

    Lovely review, Melanie!
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  4. Siiri says:

    Eh, but the premise was so good 🙁 Boooo!!! I’m so over insta love and all that jazz. I totally understand why you didn’t love this one. Sorry it didn’t work for you 🙁
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  5. Ugh, this is so sad. I have this to review and I wanted it to be so good. I love the concept and cover. Why couldn’t you have loved it? *sobs* I’ll have to give it a try since I have it for review but I’m sadly not optimistic now. Thank you so much for your honesty Mel.
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  6. Bummer,too bad this fell flat, the synopsis sounded good. I hope your next read blows you out of your boat.
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  7. Oh no! I got this off EW and now I don’t think I want to read it at all. The characters sound terrible. I’m sorry this was such a disappointment, Mel.
    Thanks for the honest review though.
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  8. Lily B says:

    500 pages of irrelevant stuff that has sometimes little to do with the plot? wow… sounds like a filler book.
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  9. Giselle says:

    Maybe Daphne has a thing for creeps!! Lol. I don’t think I’d heard of this one before so it wasn’t on my radar but I’ll definitely not be reading this one. The plot not existing or really being around much is one pet-peeve in books. Also I dunno if you read my discussion post about big books but I need much more convincing to get me to crack over a 450+ page book. Thanks for taking one for the team! 😉
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  10. The baaaa-baaaa-blacksheep is back!

    But based on your review, I totally agree with you. I wouldn’t want to read this book. It seems like it doesn’t have anything to leave me by when I’m done reading but annoyance! (And the book is damn long!)
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  11. I didn’t really care for the one book of this author’s I read (the first book in her serial killer series), so I’m not all that surprised to see this rating/reaction from you. It’s too bad.

    Did you notice this book’s cover looks a little bit like THE FALSE PRINCE as well? It’s kind of weird considering the titles. No conspiracy theories or anything, I just thought it was sort of interesting. Not a typical YA cover at all.
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  12. Ugh I’m glad that I didn’t read this book after all! I definitely can see how it wasn’t good, especially with the characters. Flat and boring characters are always really annoying to read, and I feel like if you can’t develop a slightly round character, then there’s really no point. And insta-love is always a big no-no for me, thanks for warning me. Fantastic review as always, Mellybean! <33
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  13. Candace says:

    Oh no, really?! I had high hopes for this one! Well, I guess I don’t have to stress about getting my hands on this one. *super sad face* (and some relief since looking at my TBR pile is stressing me out.)
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  14. This is NOT a book for me, that’s for sure. It’s a shame as it seemed so promising, but I’m glad I came across your review, Mel, and avoided the heartbreak of insta-love and poorly developed characters. Wonderful review, dear, and thanks for taking one for the team!
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  15. Stephanie B says:

    Aw, sad! I loved this book! I totally wish you had liked it.
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  16. Melliane says:

    you’re really unlucky with books these times… I didn’t know this one or I don’t think so but I have a book by her and I know that one day I’ll have to try it. I just hope it will be good. I hope you’ll have soon a wonderful book!
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  17. Alise says:

    Awwww this is so sad! I also have this one for review and was relatively excited about it but your review totally changes things.. The pacing sounds like pure agony, especially with the novel being so freaking long.
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  18. Annie says:

    Gosh that’s really annoying! I was definitely looking forward to this one – the synopsis is awesome afterall. I’m a bit of a contemporary fan so the plot thing might not bother me (I’d just pretend Haden wasn’t from hell) but the insta bit would probably sink this one for me. 🙁 Erg! BTW isn’t Haden very similar to Meg Cabot’s Hayden?
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  19. I have had some qualms with Bree Despain’s writing, mostly in the Dark divine Trilogy and have been hesitant to know whether I should read this book or not. Thanks for telling me not to waste my time on it
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