Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOOK REVIEW#- The Kindness of Kings by Chelsea Ballinger

Title:  The Kindness of Kings  
Author:  Chelsea Ballinger
Publication Date:  August 25th 2014 (first published August 24th 2014)

Plot:  Some will fall. Others will rise. True love might be the only way to save them all.

In a modern world where monarchies still exist and swords and knights are replaced with bodyguards and guns, King Caius rules as a tyrant obsessed with power. He breathes it and his arrogance blinds him, hindering his faith and humility. He thrives to teach his eldest son, the crown prince, Sedgwick, these same ethics of a King. But while he has love for one son, he despises the other. 

Prince Louie has always been content with his role as the second son. He is not someone who embraces responsibility and who is willing to sacrifice his freedom. He is fine being known as the bad boy prince and the black sheep of the family. He loves his brother and believes he will make a great King and even though he envies the love his father gives to his older brother, he is completely conflicted with guilt and jealousy when it comes to the girl whose eyes linger at Sedgwick like he is the sun while Louie sees her as the Universe he will never be able to grasp. 

Mina has known the princes all her life. While her aunt worked in the royal palace, she shared her childhood with the brothers. Soon the playful games with Sedgwick turned into first love and the teasing from Louie turned into a low tolerance for him. Never seeing the truth of Louie or his heart, but giving hers to Sedgwick who is torn between his love for her and his loyalty to his father and his duty as the next king of Serenity. 

They have all known their roles in their sheltered society, but what happens when dark times test the true nature of each? Relationships, loyalties, faith, and destiny will be tested in this epic love story that will alter a kingdom...

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Kindness of Kings was an unexpected, astonishing read that integrally tugged at my heartstrings!! It teaches you about the different multitudes of self virtue and the importance of discovering your own sense of worth in the world; as well as, touches home about digging deep within yourself, no matter how bleak the prospect may be, to meet and rise above any obscure challenges you may face in life.



our male protagonist, is the second born son and the black sheep of the royal family. He is simply a misunderstood fellow, who albeit can be quite the ladies man and stir his share of trouble, he nevertheless has a heart of gold that outshines all of his bad facets.

Louie is kind, benevolent, righteous, selfless, courageous, and initially possesses no ambition to further himself in the monarchical world.

♡♥Unbeknownst to Sedgwick and Mina, he has always been in love with Mina and has behind the scenes always looked out for her as her own personal guardian angel. He will do anything to guarantee her (and the people he loves’) safety at all costs. Even if it means, going against all that he's believed in, and challenging his brother and father to rights over the throne.



is Louie’s older brother and their nation's Crown Prince. He wants to do what’s right and make his father proud by becoming the next King of his kingdom. But yet, but doesn’t have the leadership skills nor capacity to do so.

♡ Sedgwick is also Mina’s boyfriend and is irrevocably and completely in love with her.



is Sedgwick and Louie’s love interest. She is kind, compassionate, and is the niece of one of the royal servants.

♡ Sedgwick is her first love (and she is his vice versa) and although she loves him deeply, things take a turn for the worst, and their [romantic] relationship is severed.

Mina then begins spending time with Louie and although they don't hit it off at first, as time would have it, they develop a deep bond between one another and Mina begins seeing Louie in a different light. ♥

King Caius- is the father of Sedgwick and Louie and the ruler of Serenity. He rules his kingdom with an iron fist, based on fear and tyranny, and has dragged his kingdom into major economical debt causing for uprisings and riots from the people.

He hates Louie and favors Sedgwick and will do anything to make sure that Louie will fail…even if it means to kill his own son.

-NO PIC FOR YOU!! Other than, I hope you meet your demise like this, you cold, heartless king!!:



Christina and Bartleby- are Louie and Mina’s besties and are quite the pair. Very loyal and will go though all lengths to do right by their childhood pals.



And lastly, the late Queen Serene. You will always have special place in my heart.♥ You were the epitome of what it is to be a wise and just queen, as well as, loving mother. May you rest in peace!



♥A great cast of characters, wonderful plot, and an out of the box read that included themes of love, honor, duty, integrity, and withstanding obstacles for the greater good of all!! Definitely, solidified my newfound fandom of Chelsea Ballinger! ♥


My Rating:
-Overall : 8.75-9
-Plot : 8.75
-Writing : 8.75
-Characters : 8.75
-Cover : 8

 About the Author 

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I am a dreamer who aspires to be a therapist and writer. I'm obsessed with Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, and good people.
Since I was a kid, I've always had a an imagination that consumed me in more ways than one. I've always created these stories and pictures in my head, but never thought I would actually get a chance to do something about it. All I can say is thank God for Amazon Self Publishing! I used to think I was weird because of it, but due to the people who support me, I realized God gave me a gift. So that's my story. I want to do what makes me happy and creating stories makes me happy. If I'm not writing, I am either in deep thought (Analyzing everything), chillin with my family and friends, listening to music,reading, watching movies, or daydreaming.Well actually I daydream while doing all of that stuff but in the end God Bless love, technology, and pop culture!
My advice to people is do what makes you happy and use the gifts God has blessed you with.

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