Princess Kalista has known her role from birth. She’s spent her entire life preparing to be the socialite wife of a prince from a peaceful kingdom. But on her big day, she is shocked when she is instead forced to marry the warrior prince of a cursed land, who is as cold as the wintry kingdom he’ll one day rule.
Carson has a throne no princess wants to share with him. An immortal beast ravages their land, and he’ll do anything to stop it, even marry a complete stranger on the day she was supposed to wed her betrothed. Let her hate him for it, but Kalista is his only hope for peace.
Kalista knows she’s just a pawn on the chessboard of politics, but now she’s expected to kill an unstoppable creature because of some legend about her bloodline that Carson believes as truth. He trains her how to fight, and when lessons in swordplay lead to lessons in love, her destiny puts more than just her life at risk.
How far is she willing to go to save the prince she never wanted…but can’t imagine living without?
Title: Live Like Legends
Author: Kate Cornell
Publication Date: June 1, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
The synopsis for this book sounded so good and I was so excited to read it, but that all changed when I actually started reading it.
It started out a little slow and without much backstory (which is fine) so I was hopeful. There was a spot of action towards the beginning of the book that I so wanted to love, but I still wasn’t exactly sure what was happening and who the main characters were. Things did clear up the more I read, but it took much longer to receive clarity than I would have liked.
Unfortunately, this was all. I soon became bored and felt like the book was hinting towards more action to come so I waited. More action did come, but not before I was on the brink of calling it quits and cutting my loses. There was even a big plot twist at the end that seemed to change everything, but I found I wasn’t as invested in it anymore.
The love story wasn’t there for me either. The two characters that were supposed to be falling in love couldn’t even speak the same language. As frustrating as this was for the main character, I think it was even more frustrating for me. I’m pretty sure I learned more about the tutor than about her love interest.
The idea was great and Cornell seemed to have a great world in her hands, but it just didn’t meet the mark for me.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.