25 March 2014

Release Day, Review and Giveaway: The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #0.5) by Stacey O'Neale

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #0.5) by Stacey O'Neale.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal.
Publication: March 25th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing.
Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Reviewed by Kelly.

The author was smart in putting out this free prequel novella. It sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. If there wasn’t a preview of the first chapter of the next book, I would have jumped off the cliff hanger!

We have the hero, sixteen year old Rowan. He is mature for his age. He is also heir to the fire elements throne in Avalon. His mother requests his presence from the mortal realm because he is to except his place. He is wary, because his mother is nothing more than a bully and has never had any love for her only biological child. She cares for the two adopted siblings of Rowan. Rowan knows there is something that his mother wants from him to give him the throne. He decides he will do whatever it takes to get her off the throne and have peace and not fear that now lives in the Fire area of Avalon.

He is right, she wants him to kill Kalin who is supposed to be a half breed now living in the mortal realm. His mother says she is a risk to all of Avalon. He doesn’t believe it and says he will do it. But Rowan is a good person and cannot do it! Instead, he becomes taken with her. When he returns with failure, his mother punishes him by having his best friend, a shifter, remove his wing which leaves him bleeding and could possibly be death. But his best friend takes him to the air throne where the King there, the father of the girl he was supposed to kill, can heal him. Rowan tells him everything.

The king talks with the council and leaves a death sentence on Rowan’s mother. She does die but not by guillotine as was ordered since her adopted children rescue her and Rowan ends up killing her instead.

Rowan is supposed to be king. But he abdicates it to his aunt because he knows that Kalin is in danger and since the king won’t listen to him, he will watch her himself until she is sixteen and ready to return to Avalon to take her place as Queen of the Air Realm.

But the end is a cliff hanger. Go get your copy and see what it is. It’s free. But beware; it will suck you in wanting more!

If you like mythology or Aprilynne Pike’s Wing’s series, heroism, good vs. evil, righteous heroes, sword play, paranormal, then this is for you.

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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  1. Water! Simple: I like water :)

  2. Uhm, it would totally depend on what kind of powers the element would lend me. I generally like water and I'd love to be able to swim while seeing well below the water surface, going deep underwater without suffering too much from the pressure and not needing to breathe as much often.
    While loving the idea of flying I don't see myself as a 'lightstep' graceful creature, so it would probably end up being a bit ridiculous :P might be fun though!
    Fire never appealed me much (it hurts!), so it would probably end up being the only one I wouldn't care much of.
    Earth is something I'd really like. It usually is related to people with a steady character, and it's something I aspire to be. If Earth has healing powers (I LOVE the power of healing!) I'd definitely go with it :) Otherwise I'd be a bit in doubt wheter to choose water instead.

  3. Fire. I'm just mesmerize the way fire dances.

  4. I have to go with water. I am such a water baby and have always loved being on, in or around water.

  5. I would choose water. I can't swim so being able to control water will be great for me.

  6. Def water or air! Water cause I love to swim, and air bc its everywhere! :D
    Mary G Loki