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Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness. Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness. Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help, and he’s not exactly cooperating. Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they’ll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right…


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Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness. Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness. Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help, and he’s not exactly cooperating. Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they’ll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right…

30 review for Kiss of the Royal

  1. 3 out of 5

    Carrie

    Woohoo! Chalk up another of my cover obsession books panning out and actually being a creative and fun fantasy tale. I fell in love with the cover of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga a few months back while participating for the cover reveal for this book and just knew I was going to have to get my hands on a copy and read it. Going into this one I really had no idea what to expect but maybe that was a good thing because what I found I don’t think I could have imagined. Princess Ivy is our heroi Woohoo! Chalk up another of my cover obsession books panning out and actually being a creative and fun fantasy tale. I fell in love with the cover of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga a few months back while participating for the cover reveal for this book and just knew I was going to have to get my hands on a copy and read it. Going into this one I really had no idea what to expect but maybe that was a good thing because what I found I don’t think I could have imagined. Princess Ivy is our heroine in Kiss of the Royal, she’s a feisty and fierce Royal who has been battling the forces of darkness all of her life. The Royals believe that emotion needs to be left behind to fight the centuries long curse and Ivy has been raised with these beliefs. In order to fight in battle each Royal is paired with a partner in which they can share a kiss to ignite their magic while in battle. (Hey don’t laugh, Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters tattoo themselves so why not a kiss?) Unfortunately for Ivy she has just lost her fifth battle partner and with the forces of darkness only multiplying daily there’s not really another match to equal the power of Ivy’s magic in her kingdom. But just as Ivy is looking for a new partner help comes in from a neighboring kingdom that includes Prince Zach. Now Zach was raised by his non-Royal mother and new to the Royal forces but he’s just as fierce as Ivy in battle so the two pair up. The only problem for Ivy, Zach does not believe in Royal magic and refuses to kiss Ivy, you see Zach is a Romantica and believes kisses should mean so much more. I will be the first to admit the whole idea behind this story really may sound rather cheesy but so did those glittery vampires and look how popular they became. Lindsey Duga did an amazing job with the world and character building within the story so that I was sucked right in and really began to see the curses unfolding and the monsters the characters were battling. You could also feel the relationship grow between Ivy and Zach with each turn of the page. The only thing really keeping me from rating a full five stars is that it did have a bit of a slow burn to it and I’m a rather impatient person but in the end I’d give this one 4.5 stars. But by all means don’t take my word on this one and pick up a copy and try this wonderful young adult fantasy for yourself. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more review please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Higgins

    Soooooo good. And no, I don't know the author, so don't think I'm just trying to get reads for a friend. It's seriously, a ridiculously good debut. I LOVED the twists. If you like fantasy and romance, add this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    *Thanks again to Entangled Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I really liked the premise of “Kiss of the Royal” and was intrigued by the idea of a world where kisses were used as some form of magic to protect or heal other people, lift curses and much more. And overall, I have to say this book definitely turned out to be a very quick and enjoyable read but it also had its flaws. Some of the things I liked about this book were for instan *Thanks again to Entangled Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I really liked the premise of “Kiss of the Royal” and was intrigued by the idea of a world where kisses were used as some form of magic to protect or heal other people, lift curses and much more. And overall, I have to say this book definitely turned out to be a very quick and enjoyable read but it also had its flaws. Some of the things I liked about this book were for instance the characters. They were well developed, and I really began caring for them after some time. I also liked the world building in this book and all in all, the plot was pretty interesting. But you were also able to tell that this was the author’s debut novel and I think there still is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to her writing style. But I’m sure she’ll continue improving with every book she publishes in the future and I most probably won’t have this problem anymore when reading her third or fourth book. Another thing that bothered me was that, while the plot was interesting, it could’ve been even more interesting if some parts of the story had been a little more complex. Especially the “big battle” at the end was over way too fast which bugged me a little even though it was probably better for my heart. Furthermore, I also think the romance was incredibly predictable. From the start you know who’s going to end up with each other and how their love story would play out. Like I said, I really liked the characters, so I’d really hoped the few romantic scenes in this book would make me swoon which they just didn’t. Ultimately, I decided to give this book three out of five stars because despite everything that bothered me, I still enjoyed reading “Kiss of the Royal” and will definitely keep an eye out for future books by this author. instagram || my blog

  4. 4 out of 5

    D.M.

    We are going on a dragon hunt, I wonder if we will catch one! Evil cures, witches and a beautiful princess. Zach is a prince of myth. He is said to have outstanding swordsman skills, and an undesirable legacy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Princess Ivy is a purebred royal. She is powerful and magically blessed. Unfortunately, she has struggled to hold onto a prince. Princes are made for kissing but Ivy doesn't believe in love. Kisses are made for battle magic. Having a strong We are going on a dragon hunt, I wonder if we will catch one! Evil cures, witches and a beautiful princess. Zach is a prince of myth. He is said to have outstanding swordsman skills, and an undesirable legacy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Princess Ivy is a purebred royal. She is powerful and magically blessed. Unfortunately, she has struggled to hold onto a prince. Princes are made for kissing but Ivy doesn't believe in love. Kisses are made for battle magic. Having a strong partner is essential but in a war against the evil queen, curses are rife. Prince Zach is her only hope if they are going to find the dragon egg but he's her equal. He's strong-willed and doesn't see the world as Ivy does. All is fair in love and war. Love and hate can be closer than you think. The idea of this book is very creative. Magical kisses that aid battles. A fairytale which is more than expected. This book isn't cheesy which is great. It does mention the word Kiss more than any book I've ever read. This is something different. I enjoyed this book. It's about friendship and love. Forget what you know and believe in your heart. 4 stars out of 5. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Blog Tour Date: 4th July

  5. 3 out of 5

    Amy Leigh

    This cover is awesome! The story reads like a fairy tale and if you go into it thinking of it that way you won't be disappointed bc it's cute. The beginning was slow but once that was over I loved the story because there is an evil queen, a princess, magical properties with any kiss and the knight in shining armor to save the damsel in distress. I loved this story and it's a great summer read. I would recommend for fairytale lovers. Princess Ivy has to choose a partner, one she will kiss before b This cover is awesome! The story reads like a fairy tale and if you go into it thinking of it that way you won't be disappointed bc it's cute. The beginning was slow but once that was over I loved the story because there is an evil queen, a princess, magical properties with any kiss and the knight in shining armor to save the damsel in distress. I loved this story and it's a great summer read. I would recommend for fairytale lovers. Princess Ivy has to choose a partner, one she will kiss before battle to gain literal strength on the battle field. The problem is she can't choose a partner for love like everyone else, she has to use strategy and the guy she chooses has to be strong so they can defend her kingdom. What happens if they accidentally do fall in love? Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an arc for a fair and honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scrill

    ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review. The Forces of Darkness seem to continue to grow stronger, no matter how many battles the royal army wins. They have fought the war for 500 years, and every princess has the power to Kiss their prince to enhance their abilities, and Princess Ivy is the direct descendant to the original queen and therefore has the most powerful kiss. Because of this she must have the most powerful swordsman, Prince Zach at her side. Together their combined magic would ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review. The Forces of Darkness seem to continue to grow stronger, no matter how many battles the royal army wins. They have fought the war for 500 years, and every princess has the power to Kiss their prince to enhance their abilities, and Princess Ivy is the direct descendant to the original queen and therefore has the most powerful kiss. Because of this she must have the most powerful swordsman, Prince Zach at her side. Together their combined magic would be able to finally put an end to the war. The only problem is Zach wont Kiss Princess Ivy. The Story- I loved the underlying concept in this book, but unfortunately the delivery just wasn't all there for me. As the story progressed there was a lot of repetitiveness as Princess Ivy told the reader how powerful she was rather than showing. She also spent a great deal reiterating why things were, usually one chapter after a massive info dump. I felt this stunted the pacing of the book, and ultimately made it a lot longer than it needed to be. However, the story itself was fun and I loved how much of a slow love story it was, at least on Princess Ivy's side. There was a lot of action sequences that helped break the story up as Ivy & Zach encountered more and more dark forces. The World Building- I had a hard time really getting into the world that this story was set in. First of all the princes and princesses were descendants of one queen and king. They are ultimately bred to have as much of the original bloodline. I'm not sure if the writer thought about this, but sounds like a LOT of incest to me, and it just made me rather uncomfortable, sure, 500 years later there's quite a few generational lines they can choose from, but I mean, the second generation? In order for it to be a pure blood they would have had to have children with their siblings, or eww, their parent. I am probably thinking too hard on it, but it really just made me egghhh. Anyway, the entire time, Ivy kept saying that she was a Princess that was a direct descendent of Myrna, the original queen....but all of the royalty should have been a direct descendant if they held that power. The other thing I had issues with was that the war was all encompassing around the Evil Queen's ambitions and all the creatures she was making, which was great and all, but sometimes during the action scenes little factoids would be introduced in the moment that created conflict with the characters. To me it made for some poor writing as the information wasn't built up ahead of time that could have been used, the information was given at the moment for convenience sake. It's not exactly bad, but in a world where there are so many books that are set up so well, it definitely doesn't make it stand out as far as world building goes. On a positive note, I loved how the world had construed the belief system on love and how it tied in with familial bonds and lust. I think it helped support the use of Kisses as a fighting tool rather than a romantic gesture. The Characters- I actually really liked Ivy and Zach. I loved how they were both very headstrong in what they believed and were willing to put their lives at risk for the safety of others. At times I did find Zach to be a little full of himself and honestly, quite a tease. But that really helped the dynamic between him and Ivy really falling for each other (if you can't predict that yourself then I am sorry for spoiling that for you, because obviously that would happen). The Soundtrack- The Neighborhood - Stuck With Me

  7. 3 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Do you remember fairy tales of old ? Where good faces evil and triumphs ? How about those old Disney films with the Prince saving the princess ? I know that nowadays the heroines manage to save themselves and yes sometimes even the Prince ! Yet one thing holds true and that's the power of love and true loves kiss . So imagine a society battling evil creatures and embracing lust but believing that to accept the idea of love is blasphemy. This is Ivys world, a life of duty and magic but it's cold Do you remember fairy tales of old ? Where good faces evil and triumphs ? How about those old Disney films with the Prince saving the princess ? I know that nowadays the heroines manage to save themselves and yes sometimes even the Prince ! Yet one thing holds true and that's the power of love and true loves kiss . So imagine a society battling evil creatures and embracing lust but believing that to accept the idea of love is blasphemy. This is Ivys world, a life of duty and magic but it's cold and lonely until she's partnered with Prince Zach and his completely different opinions. Ivy believes in sharing magic by means of a magical "Kiss" but Zach refuses that idea and as Ivy learns Zach is one very determined young man ! If honest I wasn't wowed by the beginning and wondered if I'd missed something but the plot soon started to hot up and pull me in . There's all the usual suspects in a traditional fairy tale with evil queens, mages, dwarves and even dragons but of course it's the hero who perhaps saves the Princess or does he ? I particularly liked that we were taken on this journey of self discovery with Ivy and her trials enable her to empower herself. There are other characters who feature but alas they are not as vivid as I like but nevertheless I did enjoy this story. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Kiss of the Royal had a promising enough premise, but overall the execution was only average. The setting and world were interesting but overall underdeveloped. As were the most of the characters aside from Ivy and Zach, but even their development could have been improved. And while it technically was not insta-love, we later learn that Zach did, in fact, fall for Ivy very early on in the story. Writing-wise, it was, again, average and much of the plot was rather predictable. Don't get me wrong Kiss of the Royal had a promising enough premise, but overall the execution was only average. The setting and world were interesting but overall underdeveloped. As were the most of the characters aside from Ivy and Zach, but even their development could have been improved. And while it technically was not insta-love, we later learn that Zach did, in fact, fall for Ivy very early on in the story. Writing-wise, it was, again, average and much of the plot was rather predictable. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a bad read. But in a saturated YA-fantasy market, it doesn't really do anything to set itself apart. I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Sara Wolf

    An adorable, super sweet traditional fantasy book - swords, dragons, princes, oh my!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Kiss of the Royal Series: Standalone Author: Lindsey Duga Release date: July 3, 2018 Cliffhanger: No Princess Ivy has pure, undiluted royal bloodlines which makes her the most powerful female in the Legion's war against the Forces of Darkness. With her partners, she's taken down many dangerous goblins, trolls, wraiths, witches, and griffins. All with the unmatched strength of her Kiss and a protection spell before battle. You heard me right. In this fantasy societal construct, belief in love Title: Kiss of the Royal Series: Standalone Author: Lindsey Duga Release date: July 3, 2018 Cliffhanger: No Princess Ivy has pure, undiluted royal bloodlines which makes her the most powerful female in the Legion's war against the Forces of Darkness. With her partners, she's taken down many dangerous goblins, trolls, wraiths, witches, and griffins. All with the unmatched strength of her Kiss and a protection spell before battle. You heard me right. In this fantasy societal construct, belief in love is outlawed, and kisses are used as weapons on the battlefield. I must admit, in the beginning of the book, I wan't entirely sold on the concept. Imagining people in the army running around bestowing something as intimate as a kiss while gearing up to evil creatures...it's bizarre. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to immerse myself in this strange world. I'm glad I stuck with it though, because the poignant theme underneath all of it sold me in the end. This story is about the incredible power of love. Yes, it can destroy someone down to their core, but its restorative power is enough to heal kingdoms if you only have faith. The people of Myria have chosen to believe that familial and romantic love are silly fairy tales, the stuff of Romantica legend. Those who believe in such archaic nonsense are looked at as outcasts, and often arrested or punished for their weak emotions and actions. Their heart was in the right place, or should I say their heads? They don't allow their hearts to rule them. Their goal was to bring down the Evil Queen, and the monsters that she conjured. People were suffering and dying, so they were doing what they felt would save the population in the fastest way possible. But the idea that Love didn't even exist? This was one thing that I found difficult to understand. Ivy's mother, Queen Dahlia had no time for her most days. When she did acknowledge her, it was only to show disappointment and disgust. So it's not hard to see how she could dismiss the concept so easily, and shy away from wanting to feel things. But what of everyone else who is taught to not believe? Surely their feelings of tenderness and affection can't be dismissed as simply a family "bond." After Ivy loses yet another fighting partner, she's assigned to Prince Zach in the hopes that his unparalleled sword skills will make them an unbeatable pair. Now, more than ever, the Legion needs a way to defeat the enemy. Curses were multiplying, and there were signs that the Queen has created a Sable Dragon, and if hatched, there wasn't much hope of survival. On a desperate journey together to find the egg, it becomes more than just a dangerous mission to save their people. Along the way, their beliefs clash, and their patience snaps with each other. But we slowly see Ivy's eyes open to more than what the Legion has fed to her all of her life. She sees things that contradict her entire belief system. And she begins to reevaluate what she was fighting for, and how she was going to do it. Zach was a wonderful prince. He was strong, devoted, valiant, and everything you would want in a sweeping fairy tale fantasy like this one. As the true romantic in the story, he was very passionate about the existence and meaning of true love. I enjoyed that HE was the romantic as opposed to the heroine. He really had his work cut out for him. Not only did he have to convince her of his love for her, but in the truth of love, of its entire existence. There was a lot of tension between these two as she fought the new emotions swirling through her. The repressed jealousy and attraction was really palpable and enjoyable. The ending really amped up the action and suspense, and I was actually surprised at how thrilling it was. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. The plot was certainly unique, and the romance was nicely delivered in the end. I didn't think that it was completely believable that the Legion would believe her stories of what she discovered after she came home. It would seem more likely that she would be immediately sent away or punished for even attempting to try to tell them the truth. Though overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the Kiss of the Royal, and would definitely read more by this author in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  11. 3 out of 5

    Robyn

    Princess Ivy is the purest of Royal blood and the magic in her kisses is very strong. Still, she has now lost her fifth partner due to the Forces of Darkness. Losing a partner is hard enough as it is, but to know that her magic did not work was too much to handle. Ivy did not want to be cast aside and moved to the countryside to produce heirs if a new partner could not be found. She wants to help her people and beat the Forces of Darkness so her people and all of the other kingdoms could finally Princess Ivy is the purest of Royal blood and the magic in her kisses is very strong. Still, she has now lost her fifth partner due to the Forces of Darkness. Losing a partner is hard enough as it is, but to know that her magic did not work was too much to handle. Ivy did not want to be cast aside and moved to the countryside to produce heirs if a new partner could not be found. She wants to help her people and beat the Forces of Darkness so her people and all of the other kingdoms could finally find peace. Unfortunately for Ivy, there was really no one left in her kingdom that could match her level of magic. With the Forces of Darkness growing closer and a threat to her people looming in the background, Saevall’s Kingdom steps in to help. There is a new prince nicknamed The Swordsman’s Prince that is said to be able to defeat hordes of trolls and monsters all on his own without the kiss of a princess. When Ivy first meets Zachariah, The Swordsman’s Prince, she can’t believe for one moment that he is the answer they have been in search of. Zach is like no other prince she knows. He tells jokes, looks like a commoner, is clumsy, doesn’t believe in partnerships, and worst of all *gasp* He is half Romantica. Ivy is a Royal by blood. She leads by logic and reason, much unlike the heretic Romantica who lead by love and emotion. Ivy can not even grasp the concept of love and does not believe in it. She thinks most people confuse lust for love and she is having none of that nonsense, but yet as much as she tries to deny it, she can’t help but to feel attracted to Zach in a way that scares her. They have a chemistry together that she never had with any of her other partners and it brings out a side to her no one has ever seen before. He tests everything Ivy has grown up believing in. Zach does not believe in kissing for magic. He can fight monsters and trolls quite well on his own, thank you. He believes kissing is between people who love each other. He does not believe that kisses should be used as weapons. His refusal to kiss Ivy is a shock to the kingdom, but yet his fighting skills are epic and rumors swirl about in the kingdoms of his latest victories. Zach, like Ivy, feels the same connection, but he sets out to show Ivy that there is another world out there that is not just based on logic and reasoning, that magical kisses could do more harm than good and that love is the strongest weapon of all. OMG! I freakin LOVE this story. Ivy and Zach compliment each other in so many ways and yet, it takes them a while to figure out what truly matters in a world filled with dark forces threatening them at every turn. When they are sent on a mission for the kingdoms, they finally get to know one another. There is a lot of push and pull mostly on Ivy’s part as she grew up believing one thing and Zach slowly chips away at her defenses and beliefs. I sooooo love Zach! He is definitely a force to be reckoned with, strong in his own rights, passionate about his beliefs, and truly wants Ivy to see the other side. I was really, really looking forward to their first kiss, flipping through the pages like “Where is it, oh come on stop teasing me already!” I don’t think I ever screamed at a book like I did this one. Lindsey Duga really knows how to draw you right in and keep you hooked and desperate for that very first kiss. The world-building in Kiss of the Royal is simply amazing. A world filled with goblins, monsters, and Griffins that all come to life and make you feel as if you can actually see them and feel them. You can see yourself in the forest taking everything in. Kiss of the Royal really brings to life the mythology, lure and magic of the kingdoms in such a way that you actually wish you were apart of it. Duga has a way with words that just draws you right into the scene and it is both magical and fascinating all at the same time. The fighting scenes were absolutely phenomenal and I could feel my heart racing as Ivy and Zach faced danger after danger. I found myself rooting for them over and over again. Ivy and Zach are by far my favorite book couple of the year. Kiss of the Royal blends magic and mythology with a sprinkle of romanticism and turns it into a fantasy filled with characters you will fall in love with, a story you can’t help getting immersed into, and a blossoming romance you will be rooting for up until the very end. Duga has created a world I wish to live in. I am truly heartbroken that this is a standalone story as I would have loved to see and read more. Lindsey Duga, thank you for being an amazing writer. You have won me over and have taken me into a glorious ride into your fantasy world. I can not recommend this book enough and five stars is definitely NOT enough to express how much I loved this book. A definite add on to my keeper shelf. If Fantasy is your jam, you NEED to be adding Kiss of the Royal to your reading list.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Marty :} (thecursedbooks)

    I want to thank Entangled Teen for sending me this e-copy, this hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating in any way. This was the first book I read after coming back from my hiatus and let me tell you what a great choice it was! When I first read the premise, I was a bit skeptical about whether I would like it or not – kissing is used in this book to enhance someone’s fighting skills, strength or heal someone and romantic kissing is seen as a taboo, something rather unnecessary. Their society I want to thank Entangled Teen for sending me this e-copy, this hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating in any way. This was the first book I read after coming back from my hiatus and let me tell you what a great choice it was! When I first read the premise, I was a bit skeptical about whether I would like it or not – kissing is used in this book to enhance someone’s fighting skills, strength or heal someone and romantic kissing is seen as a taboo, something rather unnecessary. Their society is pretty much rooted in rational thoughts, lots of fighting against the dark forces (dwarves, dragons, witches and so on), even breeding is strategical to create very powerful individuals. In my opinion, this premise could either go excellently or horrible. Fortunately, this book was really good and the plot was executed very well and in a creative manner, also things made a lot of sense. mDHz4gzgI thought the world building could have been a little more complex, but really I didn’t mind it all that much because my entire focus was on Ivy and Zach, The romance between them was really good, it was a slow-burn, it was somewhat hate-to-love, it was full of tension and I was screaming for them to get together already at some point and I’m very patient person when it comes to those things. I loved their personalities and together they were super funny and entertaining, I was grinning for a good part of the book because of their banter and their apparent “dislike for each other”. I really liked how their story progressed and how Ivy started to slowly understand and see things from Zach’s perspective as well and he was very patient even though he didn’t share her beliefs. I adored his personality so much because he was confident, but not cocky or an over-the-top alpha male. He was pretty swoon-worthy, truth be told. He only crossed me once when a certain incident happen, but I can see him clumsy enough to be that distracted, my silly son. (I’m not getting too much into details because it’s a spoiler and I don’t want to spoil any of you, go read the boooook) I also appreciated how despite romantic love playing a huge role in the story, there was also mentioned that familial love can be just as important and meaningful. Props to the author for not playing the ‘romantic-love-is-the-only-love-that-matters’ card. Another favourite part of mine was the backstory of the magic system, I didn’t see most of those things coming, they were pretty difficult to predict and I enjoyed this a lot. Also, Ivy’s character arc was incredible, I loved watching her go through different stages when she found out that her reality might not be as she knows it. It was very well written and credible, it didn’t feel rushed at any parts and I’m glad that her character arc didn’t have to suffer for the romance. Again, claps for that!! All in all, I really loved this book, I would absolutely recommend it for people who are looking for a slow-burn romance, original plot and well developed characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy for an honest review. "When had I become someone who struggled with the difference between a kiss and a Kiss?" So this was a new fantasy concept for me. Kisses are not something that is shared for pleasure between two people but used between royals during battle.  "Royal Magic exists in every Royal, but it lies dormant. A Kiss is what unlocks the magic in the Royal and allows one or the other to use that power." While the concept took a w Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy for an honest review. "When had I become someone who struggled with the difference between a kiss and a Kiss?" So this was a new fantasy concept for me. Kisses are not something that is shared for pleasure between two people but used between royals during battle.  "Royal Magic exists in every Royal, but it lies dormant. A Kiss is what unlocks the magic in the Royal and allows one or the other to use that power." While the concept took a while to get used to, it works! I just had to get used to so many kisses going on lol.  I liked Ivy quite a bit! She just wanted to what was right for her people and defeat the wicked queen. She was willing to self-sacrifice herself for what she believed and that really honorable. Zach was probably my favorite character of them all! He was sarcastic and funny while also being really heroic. Even while his beliefs were different from Ivy, he never conformed or doubted them. There was quite a bit of action here and I loved seeing women fighting against men on the battlefield. Some things I couldn’t predict while some things I could. Some downsides of this book were that it could have been a little shorter. I did get a little annoyed with Ivy going back and forth with herself. So while it’s not a favorite of mine, I can appreciate the concept and it was a good read! Follow Books and Blends on: Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  14. 3 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    This cover looks so cool! 😍 can’t wait to start reading this!

  15. 4 out of 5

    mith

    this review + others can be found over on my blog! --- Well, colour me surprised, I didn't expect to enjoy this so much! I found the idea of Kiss very interesting, if a bit odd—the whole Royals having powers because of a kiss is very unique to me. In hindsight, it seems very unfortunate because royals can't technically make an army, not in numbers like commoners, at least. Still! I liked the writing and I liked Ivy! She was a very dedicated character, hella intent on ending this war, even after pa this review + others can be found over on my blog! --- Well, colour me surprised, I didn't expect to enjoy this so much! I found the idea of Kiss very interesting, if a bit odd—the whole Royals having powers because of a kiss is very unique to me. In hindsight, it seems very unfortunate because royals can't technically make an army, not in numbers like commoners, at least. Still! I liked the writing and I liked Ivy! She was a very dedicated character, hella intent on ending this war, even after pairing with someone who didn't believe in her ideologies. That was part of why I liked this book so much! I'm a sucker for books where the main couple-to-be start off on opposite ends and don't see eye to eye at first. Gradually reading about them understanding the other's point of view is my favourite part. I'll admit, it was a bit slow in the opening chapters, but after Zach was introduced, the plot really picked up. The more I read, the more I was intrigued by the whole concept of Love in this book. Ivy doesn't believe in it! Normally this kind of thing would annoy me—I hate exploring so much into love, but this wasn't about feelings... more like the whole concept of it. It's why it reminded me so much of the show Once Upon A Time. In the end, I was sold on this book. Ivy had a great voice, and the plot was—well, not wholly unique, but fun nonetheless. The romance was great, and the whole Royal Kiss thing was intriguing. So, easy 4 stars from me and I'd recommend it!

  16. 3 out of 5

    JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Entangled Publishing: Teen, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion: Goblins, dwarves, griffins, dragons, curses, witches, magic, Princes, Princesses, KISSES! Oh my word, it MUST be another fairytale! But NO! It isn’t! It’s BETTER than JUST another fairytale. This is the tale that puts all those other stories of fairies and….tales…to rest! ENOUGH of those sputtering damsels in distress. Poison apple this, lost slipper that! “But It can all Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Entangled Publishing: Teen, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion: Goblins, dwarves, griffins, dragons, curses, witches, magic, Princes, Princesses, KISSES! Oh my word, it MUST be another fairytale! But NO! It isn’t! It’s BETTER than JUST another fairytale. This is the tale that puts all those other stories of fairies and….tales…to rest! ENOUGH of those sputtering damsels in distress. Poison apple this, lost slipper that! “But It can all be cured by TWU WUV’S FIRST KISS!” LADIES! Get a HANDLE on yourselves! HON-EST-LY! “By the seventh day of constant agony, I wished I hadn’t already killed the dwarf who cast this locking curse on me. I wanted the opportunity to kill him again. Slower this time.” -Ivy, Kiss of the Royal In Ivy’s world, the ones with royal blood are the ones that fight on the front lines of battle. With the four kingdoms in a five-hundred-year battle against the Evil Queen and her dark forces, the need for royal warriors is in high demand. A partnership between a Prince and Princess is a force to be reckoned with, but the kiss that a Princess can bestow on a Prince is even stronger. Each kiss can heal a Prince of a curse put on them by a troll or dwarf, and it can also give the Princes the warrior power of ten men. The more pureblood a royal is, the stronger the kiss and magic. As Ivy is a direct descendant of the original Queen Myriana, her kisses are the most powerful. But with the death of her fifth Prince, Ivy must find another partner to go into battle with. Enter, Zach. Zach is unlike any Prince Ivy has ever met, and to say he is unorthodox is an understatement. Soon Zach and Ivy are given a dangerous task that holds every kingdom’s fate in their hands, but Zach refuses to kiss Ivy or cooperate with her in any way. With two very different outlooks, these two must come together to defeat a common enemy. A prince that won’t kiss a princess?!? Color me SHOCKED and SPEECHLESS, and heavy on the sarcasm! 😉 Let’s just dive right in, shall we? So where this story differs from our regularly scheduled fairytale programs, is that these Princes and Princesses are bred to be warriors. Literally. Princesses are sent to a place called Frieda to be paired with Princes and produce strong royals to be trained for war. Once a Prince or Princess has gone through training, they are bonded with a partner who matches their skillset or power. The more pureblood a royal is, the stronger they are. In this story, the Princesses are the real heroes. As the Princes charge into battle, the Princesses stay back an act as their eyes and ears; firing at anything that gets close to their Princes. If a prince goes down, their bonded Princess gives them a healing kiss and saves their lives. But these Princesses can kick ass too! They train just as hard as the Princes, and I love it! Obviously, the main aspect of this story centers around kissing. When I started reading I kept thinking what a funny concept this was. For these Princesses to just be running around kissing Princes like it’s nothing? Oh, no big deal! But due to how these royals are raised, it isn’t a big deal. They believe in lust, but they don’t believe in love. They believe that love is a fantastical thought and idea that the “Romantica” created, and that there is no such thing. For these royals who put their lives on the line each day, kissing is what keeps them alive and fighting. It is a weapon, and that’s it. But for Zach, that isn’t the case. Zach is a Saevallan Prince who travels to the Crown City of Myria with his Saevallan army to aid in the battle against the dark forces. He is rumored to be the best swordsman and fiercest warrior they have, which isn’t a lie. But Zach is unlike the rest of the royals. He was raised on the streets, didn’t acknowledge his royal blood until recently, and best of all…he was raised as a Romantica. DING DING DING. ROOOOMAANNNCEEE. So naturally the pairing between Ivy and Zach would be a formidable one, except for the part of Zach not wanting a partner. As a Romantica, Zach doesn’t agree with using the “kiss” as a weapon because it means something different to him. Which is true…but there is WAY more to it that I obviously can’t tell you. As one could guess, a romance develops…but a difficult one at that! A boy who was raised on love and a girl who was raised to not even think it was real? Talk about complicated! As the two set out on their task, they encounter countless battles and dangers. Though I was a bit miffed about that ending, it wasn’t a complete issue for me. I wish the author would have wrapped everything up JUST a little better. I feel like I missed a ton of important moments between the ending of the story and the epilogue. I felt like this could have been elaborated on more because it left me feeling a bit rushed. There is a ton of action in this story, a few close calls, countless arguments between Ivy and Zach, and a truly different outlook on the normal fairytale. These characters are developed in a way that showcases their fierceness, as well as their innocence and value. The reader is encased in a battle between doing what one is taught, and doing what one wants and feels. It is SUCH a different outlook and take on the “true loves kiss” idea and it is done PERFECTLY! I’m only wishing this was a ten part series…I want more, more, more! “When had I become someone who struggled with the difference between a kiss and a Kiss?” -Ivy, Kiss of the Royal

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)

    Kiss of the Royal was a truly unique and enjoyable read! The concept of using kisses as a form of magic was something that really intrigued me and made this book such a memorable one! The plot was interesting from the first page, which is really impressive for a debut novel. I do wish there would have a been a little more world building and deeper plot development, but hopefully there will be a book two for that! The characters were all easy to care for and to root for! The author did a wonderful Kiss of the Royal was a truly unique and enjoyable read! The concept of using kisses as a form of magic was something that really intrigued me and made this book such a memorable one! The plot was interesting from the first page, which is really impressive for a debut novel. I do wish there would have a been a little more world building and deeper plot development, but hopefully there will be a book two for that! The characters were all easy to care for and to root for! The author did a wonderful job at creating characters that felt very realistic, even if they were living in a fantasy world. The characters grew a lot throughout the story, and I really enjoyed watching them grow into quite dynamic characters. There were a few times when they did some things or said some things that annoyed me, BUT no one is perfect so those instances didn't make me dislike the characters! The romance in this book was quite cute and it had a lot of moments that put a HUGE smile on my face! Was it predictable? Yes, but I still enjoyed it! Overall, this was a quick and entertaining read! If you are looking for a fun fantasy novel to read in one sitting, I would recommend checking this book out! 3 /5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This. Was. SHOCKINGLY. GOOD. A short story, if you will. Once upon a time, I grabbed Kiss of the Royal from NetGalley because the description sounded interesting. Then I started reading and I laughed and scoffed. People making out on battlefields in order to be powerful? What dafuq? Confusion settled in for a moment as well. How can there be this many goddamn princes and princess? Then, between 2% and 25% I hummed and hawed over whether I liked it or not. In the end, magic happened and I got suck This. Was. SHOCKINGLY. GOOD. A short story, if you will. Once upon a time, I grabbed Kiss of the Royal from NetGalley because the description sounded interesting. Then I started reading and I laughed and scoffed. People making out on battlefields in order to be powerful? What dafuq? Confusion settled in for a moment as well. How can there be this many goddamn princes and princess? Then, between 2% and 25% I hummed and hawed over whether I liked it or not. In the end, magic happened and I got sucked in and I finished over half of it in one day. The End. For real though, this was a fantastic fantasy standalone with a surprisingly deeper meaning to it. While the beginning felt like it was being a bit satirical with soldiers using a kiss as the unlocking of magic with such seriousness and the heretics of the world being those who believe in the power of true love's kiss, it evolved into something far more serious and heartfelt. The theme of love and magic is very prevalent, and I think it was handled marvellously. No cheese factor at all, which I found to be impressive. The story itself is the perfect pace and surprisingly twisted. And well plotted. There were little details mentioned in passing in the beginning that became important later on. The world building really was quite spectacular. From where I sit, the magic system is really quite air-tight. There are legends and myth that feed into the history of the world and drive characters forward. The magical creatures, while a bit cliche, were well-done. As I mentioned above, there was a bit of confusion with the titles of prince and princess, and I think that could have been handled a bit better. To help you out, dear reader, to be a prince or princess doesn't mean you're actually royal. Rather it's a rank in the military. To be king or queen means you've been moved to the council. I adore the characters in this novel, in particular Zach. He's such a lovely handsome goof. Ivy, on the other hand, took some work to like. Really, it wasn't until Zach came in and their dynamic was put on display that I liked Ivy. She was rather ... annoying and full of herself in the beginning. There's a scene where she interrupts a group of soldiers training, and the way she went about it had me going, "Oh, you're one of THOSE people!" But the chemistry between her and Zach let Ivy stand on her own and shine. A lot of the plot revolves around her wanting to kiss Zach so they can be all powerful together, and him refusing. And let me tell you, with the inevitable romance that develops, I was practically yelling at my Kindle, "NOW KISS!" Fair warning ahead, it's a slow-slow burn that gave me so many feels. My only complaint, because few books are really ever 100% perfect, is the lack of diversity. Unless I blinked and missed a key description, it was a whole bunch of white people across four separate kingdoms. Fantasy is trying, but it looks like we're still taking baby steps. That, and I wanted a little bit more from the ending. 5/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lulai

    -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. -- Imagine a world where the kiss from the Disney's movies, the one that saves the world, wakes the princess or other exists for real and where it is the ultimate weapon against the forces of evil. Well this world is the book, but beware, these kisses are not synonymous with love quite the contrary. Besides, this is the big question of the book, what is love, why is it so important and some people will say "oh my god" here is a c -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. -- Imagine a world where the kiss from the Disney's movies, the one that saves the world, wakes the princess or other exists for real and where it is the ultimate weapon against the forces of evil. Well this world is the book, but beware, these kisses are not synonymous with love quite the contrary. Besides, this is the big question of the book, what is love, why is it so important and some people will say "oh my god" here is a cheesy story, but on the contrary. I found the subject was well written and not cheesy at all, and although yes some passages were a bit too much, I found the universe super original and it work so well. To answer the questions about love, we have our two main characters, Ivy who does not believe in it and Zach who believes in it thoroughly. I loved that it was the male character who is the romantic one, it changed from other YA book and I say a bravo to the author for that. I liked the confrontation of ideology, Ivy is a complex character who has lived all her life without love, however Zach grew up surrounded by his mother, his relatives. The romance between the two characters is a slow burning one but well executed and sincerely rather touching and cute. For the plot, not everything revolves around love, since there is still a mission that consists in beating the forces of evil and therefore a quest to get there, this part was frankly well exploited with action and beautiful fight scenes. The universe of this book is quite original and it is the one that comes closest to Disney in my eyes, I even read in other review the series Once upon a time. So if you like one-shot fantasy with originality and a beautiful romance, I recommend this book because it was fun and cute.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria Christine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could. I don't know where to begin but this book had me grinning, laughing, swooning, and even crying all at the same time. If you look from a far the premise of this book seemed silly, childish..innocent even. However, once you get to read this book like really read it, you will realize that this book is sending a really powerful message. I was in a book slump and after reading books that mostly revolved around sex I wanted something different. I wanted something i I'd give this book 10 stars if I could. I don't know where to begin but this book had me grinning, laughing, swooning, and even crying all at the same time. If you look from a far the premise of this book seemed silly, childish..innocent even. However, once you get to read this book like really read it, you will realize that this book is sending a really powerful message. I was in a book slump and after reading books that mostly revolved around sex I wanted something different. I wanted something innocent but not that innocent. I wanted something to shake my jaded views, make my cynical heart beat, & make me emotional and I got all these from this book. When I started reading, I thought the plot was silly I mean really using Kiss to transfer magic in battles...ain't that at tad bit ridiculous, but as I progressed through the story, I discovered that it held a deeper meaning and I ended up thinking "well, who knew intimacy doesn't require losing all your clothes". I like books where the hero and heroine have opposing beliefs, but not that angsty and I've only read two other books with this premise To Kill a Kingdom & Sky in the Deep. So, Kiss of the Royal is now the third book I've read with this premise. I like it when the MCs' beliefs are challenge; when the MCs undergo growth throughout the story. I like it when books send out messages such as that no one true belief is absolute or that love isn't about perfection. I don't care on the technical side of how this book was written or the grammar or how the sentences where constructed. This book was great. I'm an emotionally driven reader and this book called on to that side of me. The hero and heroine even showed maturity in comparison to the characters of the previous adult contemporaries I've read where the MCs grated on my nerves because of their pettiness. I'd recommend this book. I'd recommend this book to bookworms of all ages, because if you take apart the story, you will discover something that is really, truly GOLDEN.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    DNF @ 10%

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a free copy of this book for honest review. I was drawn in by the cover and premise. Magic Kisses, Dragon Hunting, and Magical Journeys are definitely my thing. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the premise. I love how it's set in an actual fairytale world. So many books now are inspired by fairytales, but Kissing the Royal made up its own fairytale world with the Forces of Darkness, a Dark Queen, and Magic Kisses. I thought that was Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a free copy of this book for honest review. I was drawn in by the cover and premise. Magic Kisses, Dragon Hunting, and Magical Journeys are definitely my thing. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the premise. I love how it's set in an actual fairytale world. So many books now are inspired by fairytales, but Kissing the Royal made up its own fairytale world with the Forces of Darkness, a Dark Queen, and Magic Kisses. I thought that was really fun and creative. It was very fun with the battles, with the goblins, dwarves, and griffins. I love fairytales and this one really did feel like one. I could imagine someone reading a version of this tale in a true fairytale book. I thought the overall story was fun. I kind of guessed at things that were going to happen and was right a couple of times, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. The ending was very exciting and it just brought the whole story together. I also love that it is a stand alone. Those kind of books are a rare breed in the YA world. I did think the story kind of dragged in the middle. The journey could have been shortened just a little. I'm also not sure how I really felt about the romance. I liked both Zach and Ivy, I liked them together, but I don't know if I felt their chemistry. I also wasn't sure why Bromley came along. He was kind of a background character and not a lot was done with him. I would have really enjoyed for this to be a two perspective novel. Have both Ivy and Zach have chapters, so I could hear Zach's side of things as well as Ivy's. I think it would have worked really well. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this. It was fun. I really enjoyed the premise and getting a kind of original fairytale tale. Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of Kiss of the Royal for honest review. I tend to find that Entangled Teen publishes really fun and addictive reads and this was no exception. Congrats to Lindsey Duga on her new book. I'd recommend it if Fairytales and Magic are your thing, also romance. BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5 Shhh... we're hunting dragons + magic kisses

  23. 3 out of 5

    Morgan

    Kiss of the Royal was a unique take on young adult fantasy. The idea that kisses held the magical power to heal, break curses and assist in battle sounded absolutely fantastic. I adore the cover art, which was what first drew my attention to this book and also the awesome sounding synopsis. Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read, with a few flaws. At first I had trouble getting into the storyline, but I quickly became interested with the characters, magic and the developing romance. It was Kiss of the Royal was a unique take on young adult fantasy. The idea that kisses held the magical power to heal, break curses and assist in battle sounded absolutely fantastic. I adore the cover art, which was what first drew my attention to this book and also the awesome sounding synopsis. Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read, with a few flaws. At first I had trouble getting into the storyline, but I quickly became interested with the characters, magic and the developing romance. It was quick and easy to read, and the plot was actually very interesting and different. This was not a type of YA fantasy I have read before. I love all types of magical fantasy, and while the plot developed well and the romance drew me in, there were a few things that seemed slightly off. The ending was a bit too quick for my taste and in the beginning of the book, I felt like things were not explained fully. We receive the supporting information about the world, other characters and plot (etc) in the middle of the book, so after struggling through the first few chapters I could actually understand what was going on around a quarter of the way through. I could not connect to the characters as much as I would have liked, but the adorable friendship between Ivy and Brom, and the romance between Ivy and Zach kept me reading. Zach was definitely my favourite character. I loved learning about the different creatures and curses of this magical world, and really enjoyed the battle scenes. Without giving too much away, there were certain scenes with the gold that I didn't fully understand, and I'm not sure that a fantasy such as this one should leave readers confused. To summarise it was an adorable, magical fantasy with somewhat predictable scenes/romance, but easy to read. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but if you are looking for something to fill in some time and enjoy magical fantasy this book is for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for my advanced copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not represent the author or publisher.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Well, I do love a pretty cover, and it's even better when the insides match with all that beauty. At first I was a little skeptical; I don't like books that are heavy on the romance, but this is kind of the opposite? The Royals use their Kisses for Magic only, shunning love and believing it to be the cause of their cursed land. They are desperate to stop the growing darkness in their land and save their people, but nothing Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Well, I do love a pretty cover, and it's even better when the insides match with all that beauty. At first I was a little skeptical; I don't like books that are heavy on the romance, but this is kind of the opposite? The Royals use their Kisses for Magic only, shunning love and believing it to be the cause of their cursed land. They are desperate to stop the growing darkness in their land and save their people, but nothing is working to stop the hordes of dark creatures attacking. Add to that Princess Ivy, heir to the greatest power they have. Ivy however isn't your usual heroine; she lacks faith in her abilities. She's headstrong, broken from a bad childhood, and exceedingly obstinate. Her flaws make her more interesting though, especially when paired up with Zach (who isn't exactly the most likable love interest ever either!) Did you all come here for a refreshing brother/sister friendship between unrelated people? I did. I adored Brom and Ivy and every scene they had together. Without giving too much away, their scenes almost overshadow the romance. How awesome is that? There were a few holes I feel in the world building and backstory, but I stumbled into them long after I fell in love anyway. Definitely a different take on YA fantasy, but don't let that dissaude you! Five stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)

    DO BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE'S KISS? I didn’t expect anything grand about this book. To be very honest, I was a little skeptical after reading the synopsis, so I braced myself for a possible over-the-top romance. The whole idea may also sound cheesy, but it actually wasn’t. It’s quite sweet and I was actually very surprised to find myself so enthralled by the story and the whole idea of the novel. It didn’t quite get me at the beginning, but as the story goes, I was getting more and more interested unt DO BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE'S KISS? I didn’t expect anything grand about this book. To be very honest, I was a little skeptical after reading the synopsis, so I braced myself for a possible over-the-top romance. The whole idea may also sound cheesy, but it actually wasn’t. It’s quite sweet and I was actually very surprised to find myself so enthralled by the story and the whole idea of the novel. It didn’t quite get me at the beginning, but as the story goes, I was getting more and more interested until I just couldn’t stop reading. Kiss of The Royal is a brilliant debut novel. ... and I love that it's standalone and was nicely wrapped up in one piece. Read my full review HERE

  26. 4 out of 5

    Colleen's Conclusions

    I received Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. I saw this book on Facebook first and the cover had me intrigued. I like how bold it is. Covers are pretty much my thing. I could stare at them for hours. Then I finally read the plot and I knew I had to read this. The plot was unique. It was very much like Once Upon a Time but it had it's own fantasy story to it. I really liked Ivy, and then wh I received Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. I saw this book on Facebook first and the cover had me intrigued. I like how bold it is. Covers are pretty much my thing. I could stare at them for hours. Then I finally read the plot and I knew I had to read this. The plot was unique. It was very much like Once Upon a Time but it had it's own fantasy story to it. I really liked Ivy, and then when Zach came into the book... I actually REALLY liked him. I liked how mysterious he was, and his quotes were good, especially his sarcasm ones. For the most part, this was an easy read though there were a couple of spots where it was kind of slow and that made it be a 4.5. I still rounded it up to a five because of the plot, characters, writing, and cover. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for giving me the chance to read this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Omg.kacie.reads

    This was such a fun read!!! I loved this book so much! This book was just so wonderfully written. In any YA Fantasy you have to build this world for the reader. Lindsey did not disappoint. Her descriptions and detail to even the littlest things really jumped you right into the world of Myria. I felt like I was right along side Ivy and Zach. I love a strong heroine and Ivy was just that. I loved the fairytale style this book went. I love re-tellings but this was a new twist on a fairytale. The id This was such a fun read!!! I loved this book so much! This book was just so wonderfully written. In any YA Fantasy you have to build this world for the reader. Lindsey did not disappoint. Her descriptions and detail to even the littlest things really jumped you right into the world of Myria. I felt like I was right along side Ivy and Zach. I love a strong heroine and Ivy was just that. I loved the fairytale style this book went. I love re-tellings but this was a new twist on a fairytale. The idea of kissing to translate magical powers is just genius. Because of course there is going to be a love story weaved into an exciting YA Fantasy. I can´t believe this is the Lindsey´s debut novel. I would have thought this book was by an experienced writer. There were so many unexpected twists which is so nice when reading a book because sometimes things are just so predictable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great YA Fantasy book!! I cant wait to read more from Lindsey!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* In the world of monsters, darkness and one wicked Dark Queen, the kingdoms have gathered together, fighting the Darkness! Their weapons? Kisses! That's right! The Princes and Princesses of this world fight the evil monsters, which may also come from mythology, with Kisses of power, health, stealth even Kisses of enchantment. But these are not Kisses of love. Princess Ivy is the best I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* In the world of monsters, darkness and one wicked Dark Queen, the kingdoms have gathered together, fighting the Darkness! Their weapons? Kisses! That's right! The Princes and Princesses of this world fight the evil monsters, which may also come from mythology, with Kisses of power, health, stealth even Kisses of enchantment. But these are not Kisses of love. Princess Ivy is the best of her Legion but she loses too many partners to the monsters they have to fight. When she decides to pair with Prince Zach of another Kingdom, they will travel through enchanted, cursed forests and discover the true mystery behind the Wicked Dark Queen. I enjoyed the premise! As a person raised with Disney and "true-love-wins", I enjoyed this book, where the Kisses were not part of feelings and procreation was done in the name of Lust. Those who believe in romance are also considered heretics. There are many surprises here and while the book feels stretched between the beginning and the real action, I enjoyed the banter, the fighting scenes and the ending!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    3.75 stars! Kiss of the Royal was a fun read! Plot: In a magical world of an evil queen and ax-wielding dwarves, only those with royal blood had the magic to banish that evil power away. Because of the need for so many royal soldiers, the princesses and princes trained and reproduced with no real emotion behind it. Enter Princess Ivy, the no-nonsense princess who trained to stop a dragon's egg from hatching (and thus killing everyone) and Prince the Zach, the clumsy, but skilled swordsman, who ref 3.75 stars! Kiss of the Royal was a fun read! Plot: In a magical world of an evil queen and ax-wielding dwarves, only those with royal blood had the magic to banish that evil power away. Because of the need for so many royal soldiers, the princesses and princes trained and reproduced with no real emotion behind it. Enter Princess Ivy, the no-nonsense princess who trained to stop a dragon's egg from hatching (and thus killing everyone) and Prince the Zach, the clumsy, but skilled swordsman, who refused to kiss anyone. Kiss of the Royal read like a fairytale; there were mythologies, evil queens who came to be out of jealousy, and a journey to track down a dragon. I had a lot of fun reading this one, I thought that this book would have a more serious and darker tone, but it was filled with bantering and the overall journey kept me flipping pages. Kiss of the Royal centered around the idea of rejecting love for logic and reason. The notion was similar to Delirium, but I liked seeing how Duga explained the reasoning and highlighted how mythology could shift to meet the culture's needs. Characters: Fans of constant bantering will absolutely adore Zach and Ivy together, I know I did! Zach and Ivy were like water and oil: Ivy acted with reason while Zach relied on his gut reactions. Zach was lovable from the start; he was barely tolerated by his own people and had a charming personality. It was heart-warming to see Ivy slowly come to terms with her growing attraction for Zach and what that meant regarding her upbringings. Another form of love that Duga explored was familial love and there were some precious side-relationships that I fell in love with. Worldbuilding: Dwarves, dragons, and queens - oh my! The world was very much set in a fairytale world with equal parts fun and danger. I respected the amount of work Duga put in to craft the mythology and how she was able to play with perspectives. Short N Sweet: Fans of lighter fairytales (with a lot of romance) will love this! I think Kiss of the Royal is the perfect summer read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Kiss of the Royal was a little slow to get into, but the pacing picked up and I ended up really liking it a lot. Royals believe that their kiss with magic can be used to defeat evil creatures like goblins, trolls, griffins, etc. The men and women get partnered and they use the kiss to destroy everything and keep the people safe. They believe in the history of the Royals and are very strict with it. There is no love for Royals. They believe in a bond and in lust, but never love. Kisses unlock the Kiss of the Royal was a little slow to get into, but the pacing picked up and I ended up really liking it a lot. Royals believe that their kiss with magic can be used to defeat evil creatures like goblins, trolls, griffins, etc. The men and women get partnered and they use the kiss to destroy everything and keep the people safe. They believe in the history of the Royals and are very strict with it. There is no love for Royals. They believe in a bond and in lust, but never love. Kisses unlock the magic that is in every Royal. Direct descendants of Myriana are thought to have the strongest magic. The Romanticas don't believe in the Royal history. They have a different story and they believe in love. So much that it almost dictates what they will or won't do. Almost everything is done out of love. Ivy has had multiple partners and she has lost each one. She is the strongest princess and a good fighter. There are signs that something bad is coming, so the Royals look outside for help. Ivy is to be paired up with Zach, but he is half Royal, half Romantica. This gives everyone pause, but it quickly becomes obvious that he's a great fighter. They must head out, along with Ivy's page Brom, to find a dragon's egg. If the egg hatches, the dragon will destroy everything. There have also been sightings of the Evil Queen. This could be the end of the world as they know it, with only the dark creatures and Queen remaining. Ivy finds out quickly that Zach will not kiss her. He refuses to use her magic, but doesn't tell her why. She does find out that he believes in love and he is quickly falling for her. Ivy has strange feelings for Zach, but she doesn't believe that love is real. While on this quest, Ivy finds out things that make her question the Royals history and everything she has always believed. She is torn on what she is seeing with her own eyes vs the history of her people. Can love actually be real? And is love what it takes to defeat the Evil Queen? There are a lot of battles with creatures which kept the pacing good for the second half of the book. I really loved Zach and Brom. Ivy took a little bit to like, but I did like her a lot by the end. Warnings for mentions of miscarriages and some abuse from Ivy's mom. I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you netgalley and Entangled Teen for the chance to read this early.

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