I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms, #2
Published: 2014 by eKensington
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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The Tears of the Rose is the second book in Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms series, which is about three sisters who each come of age and must make difficult choices to find love and happiness. Even though The Tears of the Rose is book two, it can function as a standalone because it has its own story arc. However, this book opens with a major spoiler for the first book, so if you want to read them in order, let me direct you my review of The Mark of the Tala instead. The Mark of the Tala features Princess Andi, the misfit, who discovers that she has fae blood and has to choose between the world where she grew up and returning to the fae homeland. The Tears of the Rose is the story of Princess Amelia, who is super girly and adored by everyone. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, will feature Princess Ursula, the tomboyish heir to the throne who is equally proficient in swordsmanship and politics.
So then. I will reveal the major spoiler from book one in the following paragraph. You have been warned.
Princess Amelia, or Ami, is the perfect one. Everybody loves her, but they see her as a delicate flower that you have to be gentle with. She’s led an extremely sheltered life and had a fairytale romance with her husband Hugh. But then the unthinkable happens and Hugh meets an untimely death. Ami is devastated and knows she can never love again. As much as Ami feels like her world has ended, she has to pull herself together, because she’s several months pregnant with Hugh’s child, and the kingdom is in turmoil.
You see, the princess’ mother was one of the fae. That means that Ami has some fae blood, although not enough to transform her as it did her sister Andi. But Andi has prophesied that the daughter Ami bears will be born with the Mark of the Tala, which means that she will have magical powers. While she is pregnant, Ami gets some of that power through her connection with her child. That power means that Ami is able to sense people’s thoughts and emotions, and it completely shatters her worldview.
Ami was the sort of spoiled ditzy super-girly princess that would annoy the hell out of anybody if she wasn’t so damn nice. She’s superficial and utterly oblivious to the world around her. As her pregnancy progresses, Ami has to break out of her shell and grow up. She begins to realize that she isn’t the center of the world and that the kingdom is crumbling around her. She sees the devastation of the war, and begins to realize that she can’t trust everyone who flatters her. Her personality undergoes a complete transformation as she learns to see the world around her for what it is and to stop letting herself be coddled. She begins to realize her own strengths and weaknesses, and along the way, she finds what she never thought was possible–new love.
I’m a big fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s writing. She’s my go-to writer when I want a feel-good romance with a little bit of heat and a happy ending. This series has fit the bill perfectly, and I can’t wait to see how it ends!