Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Format: Physical ARC
Game of Thrones meets Graceling in a thrilling debut that follows the four fierce princesses of enemy kingdoms as their worlds collide in the throes of war.
Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses…and they are enemies.
Not long ago, a brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection—and his ever-watchful eye. For ten years the girls have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace.
But there is rarely peace among sisters. Sheltered Rhea was raised to rule everyone—including her “sisters”—but she’s cracking under pressure. The charismatic Cadis is desperately trying to redeem her people from their actions during the war. Suki guards deep family secrets that isolate her, and quiet Iren’s meekness is not what it seems.
All plans for peace are shattered when the palace is attacked. As their intended futures lie in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.
From the moment that I read the synopsis of DAUGHTERS OF RUIN, I knew that I absolutely HAD to read it! It sounded like everything I wanted in a book- Princesses? Enemy kingdoms? Sign me up please! I was lucky enough to snag a copy at ALAMW16, and I was freaking out because I was oh so looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations…at all.
By now I’m sure that most of you know that I’m iffy about multiple POV’s. Sometimes they are great- other times, not so much. Unfortunately this fell in the latter category. It starts out with a couple of chapters in Rhea’s POV, then it moves to one chapter with Cadis’ POV, then one chapter with Suki, and then one chapter with Iren. The chapters were not distributed evenly and that really bothered me. After all, I wanted to know about life from all of their perspectives, not just Rhea’s! Also, Suki’s POV really bugged me. There were parentheses inside of parentheses inside of parentheses inside of…I think you get the point. Honestly, I counted 8+ parentheses next to each other in one sentence! It was very confusing to read and really threw me off.
To be honest, I didn’t even like the characters. They weren’t relatable, and only one of them intrigued me. The four princesses were Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren. Rhea was the princess whose kingdom they were all living in, and she was always frustrated because she didn’t know why the other girls didn’t like her. Cadis was known as the one who seemed perfect in every way (at least according to Rhea), and she was the oldest. She came from the kingdom that was recently at war with Rhea’s kingdom, so most people didn’t like her. Suki was the youngest and as I mentioned before, her POV was extremely confusing and honestly made me want to close the book and throw it across the room. It was horrible to read. Ugh- I’m shuddering just thinking about it. Iren was the only character who actually intrigued me. It turns out that she wasn’t exactly who everyone thought she was. While I found her interesting, she wasn’t anything special.
This book dragged on forever…and then when the twist happens, it goes super fast and I felt like everything happened at once. I was reading it and all of a sudden I was like- wait, what? Did that just happen? Also…that ending…I hated it. Everything wrapped up in a weird way and it just left me unsatisfied.
Blargh, the more that I’m thinking about this book, the more I disliked it. It had a great premise, but it just wasn’t for me. I give it 2/5stars.