Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
”You wanna marry this guy? Or do you want us to bust you out of here? Just say the word. I swung my gaze to meet his warm golden eyes, and he winked.”
-The Stolen Kingdom
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?
Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.
But when a neighboring king attempts to manipulate her into marriage and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.
A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are the only thing that might help her remove this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.
The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Meremaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…
Don’t you ever have that marvelous feeling when you read a book, and you just get a deliciously-weird butterfly feeling you just want to hide under the covers of your bed and giggle to yourself while you squirm with joy? Just me? Well, that’s exactly how I felt reading The Stolen Kingdom. *Swoons*
How do I even start this review?! Well, I loved it. Every single thing about this book is magical. I was very intrigued by how Bethany was going to develop the story. I tried to conceive ideas on how the story would unfold, and let me tell you; you don’t even have the least idea of it! I was so surprised by the twist she gave the book and the integration of other magical kingdoms and characters. I feel we are going to get more than a glimpse of them in her next books (Eeep!).
The story is told from multi-POV an even though it was a little difficult to get into character when the POV changed, I really liked being able to get into the main character’s thoughts. I wish we could have seen a little more about Gideon, but I have a feeling the second book will solve that *Winks*. I also liked the focus Bethany gave to The Stolen Kingdom’s main character, Arie. It has that girl power vibe minus the feminist side…For me, its perfection! I really missed reading about female lead characters that were strong, but at the same time, they don’t shy away when people want to help her or even refuse ASKING help. I absolutely enjoyed that aspect.
From the very first page until the bonus chapter for the next book, I can guarantee you, Bethany will have you captivated with stories about jennies in human bodies, a gang of dark and mysterious thieves, vivid descriptions of castles, fragrances of exotic spices, and the sparkling lives of people in the orient. Trust me, you will wish for a magic carpet ASAP.
Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5 (Bastard is mentioned once, and there are some somewhat descriptive kisses
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
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** I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All the above-mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **