The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain


Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Egmont


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


DNFed the book when Daphne sang a duett with a tree. LOLOLOL what a semi-pretentious shit.
“I want to be wrapped up in the grove’s song, and add my own music to it” 

I mean this girl *suffers* from something called musical OCD.
“They said my connection with music went beyond interest or talent” 

Yes you are sooooo special, wait let me grab you an award and a pedastal. WTF!
“I use it to pick my friends. I am always drawn to people with warm, friendly melodies. I love grouping together the things and people whose symphony of friends. And it helped me read people’s emotions based on tones they put off. I use music to discover favorite things and find my favorite places. Even the earth itself has a song that I can hear when I am being very, very still.” 

Of course Haden the dark Prince of the Underworld with bangs (I hate guys with bangs) and compared by Daphne to a pirate (of all possibilities it has to be something hilarious), this embarrassing Johnny Depp / Bill Kaulitz cutoff almost faints over hearing our America’s Got Talent Superstar sing. The entire romance was a bad joke and utterly hard-boiled with insta-attraction, electricity surging, tight throats, transfixed and entranced on the spot, strange pulsing heat, rapid heartbeats and yadayada.

I really couldn’t go on reading it.


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