About the Book
The Cup and The Prince (Kingdom of Curses and Shadows #1)
by Day Leitao
Release Date: October 15th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
It was part dream and part agony as she contemplated her own human limitation.Day Leitao
One prince wants her out.
Another wants her as a pawn.
Someone wants her dead.
Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.
Oh, yes. My dream is to be a guy’s play thing.Day Leitao
Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn’t attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place.
Now she’s competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It’s her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she’s a fragile damsel who doesn’t belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he’s stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.
And then there’s someone trying to kill her.
That’s too kind of you, and definitely not true.Day Leitao
Disclaimer: Mentions of cheating, and alludes to virginity and sexual relationships. No steamy content.
The Cup and the Prince is a fast paced read filled with morally grey characters. Plus it has an absolutely to die for cover! Every now and then I seem to crave a story about a sassy take no bull heroine that I can quickly devour, and this one fit that bill! AND because it’s on the shorter side, when I say I was able to devour it I mean that I was able to sit down and read it in one big binge.
The Blood Cup. That’s going to be my husband. No risk of breaking my heart.Day Leitao
While I appreciated how short this book was, I also loathed it as well. I’m one for lengthy descriptions and epic world building, but that just couldn’t fit into this little start to the series (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge – make the second book longerrrrrr*). But that little personal frustration aside, I did really love how pretty much none of the characters were really “likeable.” I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved them. But they’re not all sunshine and rainbows. They’re raw and twisted and real. Which is probably one of my favorite ways for characters to be in a book.
‘Life is boring when you don’t fall in love, don’t you think?’
‘No. I have other exciting challenges.Day Leitao
This one definitely reminded me of a combo of The Shadows Between Us (writing style wise) and Throne of Glass (MC/plot wise). It was a great start to a new series and I look forward to seeing where the author takes it and how the world and characters continue to develop. So I will definitely be impatiently waiting for the next installment.
About the Author
I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living in Canada for over 10 years now. I have some influence from Brazilian writers and Brazilian culture, but I also read popular books in English. I watched some Anime as a kid, my favorite being Yamato. I’m a longtime Star Wars fan and I’m active in the fandom podcasting at Lords of the Sith as Denise.
I’ve always loved to write stories, and I like to always include romance, action and humor in my writing. I think stories can touch us deeply. I live in Montreal, Canada, with my son.
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