Mythology, Young Adult

The Shadow Prince

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

shadow prince

The Skinny: Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds. – From Goodreads

BFF?: We have 2 narrators in this book, Daphne and Haden. Honestly, I found myself leaning towards Haden’s chapters a lot more than Daphne’s. She just seemed like a very common YA heroine. Not bad by any means, just nothing special. She’s a fish out of water character who has big dreams and a hard time adjusting to her new ritzy lifestyle. She’s a little hardheaded and stubborn, but genuinely has others’ best interests at heart.

Haden is the cast off prince of the Underworld who is chosen to find a boon – basically another Persephone – to marry. He’s stiff, uptight, and proud. Seeing him adjust to the modern world was pretty entertaining. I suppose he also fits a common YA archetype, but I found that I really preferred him over Daphne.

Readability: I will say, I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. It was exciting and I didn’t really know what was coming next. The writing definitely built up some elements of surprise and suspense, which was appreciated since the basic plot (supernatural boy meets average girl) could have been pretty generic.

Crush Level: 6
As I mentioned above Haden was a prince of the Underworld who was chosen to come to our world. This is where he got pretty interesting. He’s tormented by his past, by being shunned by his peers, and being cast off by his father. So when he’s chosen, he isn’t confident or collected; he’s confused and questions himself. I liked that because it made him more than just this extraordinary character. It made him human-like and easy to relate to. He also broke the idea that he would be egotistical when it came to getting Daphne. He failed several times and had to reevaluate not only his methods, but himself. It was nice to see a character humbled like that.

Commencement Speech: When I first read the description of this book I remember thinking why did I not know about it sooner?! It’s such a Candice book – mythology retelling, dark mysterious boy, all out war. Perfection! There were a couple things I had a little bit of trouble with but otherwise this book kept me hooked. It felt a little different from other mythology retellings but at the same time comfortable enough not to push any buttons.

This isn’t the best review of this book, but I guess to sum up, I really enjoyed it. I’m excited about this new series and highly recommend this one if you enjoy mythology, especially the Persephone/Hades myth.

Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!

Superlatives – Most likely to not be the best method to find a prom date

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4 thoughts on “The Shadow Prince”

  1. So this is actually the first time I’ve read the description for this book, and it definitely looks like a Quinn book, too. Also, I am SUCH a sucker for supernatural mysterious boy meets average girl storyline. I just can’t get enough of them 🙂

    Also, I’m very curious about the superlative for this one!!!

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