We are closing out Pride month by celebrating here at Under the Covers. What better way than by recommending some good reads to you all? But since you always get to hear about books from us, we thought it would be fun to invite some of our favorite bloggers to recommend some awesome reads to you. Some that you can pick up whether you’re a newbie to the genre, or a seasoned reader. And if you haven’t checked out their blogs, then here’s some we highly recommend that you do!
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The Captive Prince series is one of my all time favourites. I began reading it around 2012 and I still remember anxiously awaiting that 3rd book release and feeling pretty cross about it not being released RIGHT NOW, THIS INSTANT!
I think part of the initial allure was the installment style writing via Livejournal. There is something pretty exciting about waiting for that next episode and the tension she writes means you just cannot wait to get to the next chapter. While this can occasionally leave readers a little on edge, I particularly enjoy a story that builds and maybe has a few heart stopping moments.
I loved the online community aspect too, particularly fandom and art. It was exciting to discover the series and then have discussions with other fans. When it was first published I brought copies immediately and then when it was picked up by Penguin it was so exciting. It is such a great series and totally deserving of online buzz.
The characters, for me are what sells this series. Laurent is completely loathsome at times. He is calculating, cunning and unscrupulous. His plans and machinations are what strings these books together and really fit within the episodic style. There are these moments where he lets down his guard and you realise, through subtle characterisation, that there is more to him than arrogance and being a self-indulgent tool/Prince. You glimpse layers of as a person. Layers, like an onion has layers. Heh.
Damen was a great foil for Laurent. They were so completely opposite. While Laurent is buttoned up, literally at times, Damen has this air of lazy and laid back self-confidence. He’s well liked and at ease. I get the feeling most things have come easy to him, and yet he’s seen battle, so his character is quite complex and certainly used to being in a position of authority. But, suddenly he’s in a situation where he is completely powerless. How he deals with this was intriguing to watch as he has to change everything about his take charge attitude. This and his growing fondness and attraction for Laurent was brilliantly written and so romantic. Heart eyes, much??!!
There are some great antagonists in this series too. Characters you can totally boo and hiss at whenever they’ve got page time. Awful, but it certainly made any victories all the sweeter.
The overall length of the series was just perfect too. Often, like TV series, I think book series seems to be without end and loose some of their power instead of favouring something with a definite start and finish. I think this is another strength of the series, how tightly it is written.
If you’re a fan of fantasy and diverse books, this is definitely a series to pick up. It is a total treat to read and one of my absolute favourites.
by C.S. Pacat
Released: April 7th 2015
Series: Captive Prince #1
Published by Berkley
From global phenomenon C. S. Pacat comes the first in her critically acclaimed trilogy—with a bonus story.
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
Includes an exclusive extra story!