Princess Julianna has known all her life that she was cursed.
One ray of sunlight and *poof* she dies. Horribly.
Despite her limitations, she’s carved out a life (metaphorically, and physically – she’s literally been digging a hole out of the dungeon since she was 8) for herself in her comfy underground home with her ghostly companions.
Her one true desire – see the world (well, at night. Preferably from a safe vantage point).
Farland Phelps (the evil wizard) has spent his life ready to neutralize the counter-curse – aka a boy who is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe, never set foot on land, plays very specific instruments AND is allergic to asparagus.
Farland thinks that his evil plots would go unhindered…when Warren (who resembles the exact counter-curse guy) stumbles into town.
Julianna and Warren – and sparks…well, they don’t exactly fly but together they realize that there’s something up with the kingdom (and we’re not talking about the weirdly specific uses for asparagus).
The real question is – will they do something about it?
A cursed princess, a curse-breaking boy, three talking ghosts, a talking vial of raven blood – what’s not to love?
Every so often I pick up a book and the humor just absolutely gets me. And this one – perfect.
The crazy cast of characters, the snappy one-liners, the complete and utter ridiculous of a vial of raven’s blood calling everyone “bro” – it was all so weird, wacky and yet it worked so well.
I never knew what was going to happen next and yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was so much fun to just sit back and be taken on this wild adventure.
I loved the way the author developed this world. From the quirky little footnotes to the hilarious asides – they all contributed to such an in-depth look into a kingdom on the brink of destruction.
This is DEFINITELY one to check out if you are a fan of books that don’t take themselves seriously and/or are SICK of the typical YA.
A huge thank you to Netgalley, Laura Morrison and Black Spot Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!