Book Review: The Kingdom Lights by Steven VS

Posted July 18, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author, Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Kingdom Lights by Steven VSThe Kingdom Lights by Steven VS
Published by LLC on October 17, 2014
Pages: 265
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Publisher on NetGallery
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two-stars

In a world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are summoned in a pinch, Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of his talented cousin and his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to a future of soot, factories and well, more soot.

But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light, a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in history to develop magic, sending him on a fast-track ticket to the greatest of the floating cities, Gardarel. Boasting grand, elegant buildings wrought from shimmering white stone, the entire city appears as though it has been built from light, and so it has come to be called the Kingdom Lights.

Though some welcome Celes, others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city—preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in the attitude and actions of the beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew, Marcus Blackwood. But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the least of Celes’s problems.

With a little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes and his group of Scurriers and Wisps unravel the dark truth behind Lady Ban’s prim, perfect smile—an alliance to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. However, in his attempt to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles onto an even darker conspiracy—a plan that could lead to the complete destruction of Gardarel itself.

“The Kingdom Lights” by Steven VS was definitely an entertaining book but it was super predictable. I didn’t find myself connecting to anyone in the story at all. I just found that honestly I really couldn’t get into the story. The characters really seemed to be unemotional. Characters are a big thing for me, so if I feel like I can’t connect or enjoy the characters, then I have a hard time getting into the story. I think the idea was great, it just wasn’t executed very well.

two-stars

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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