Mar 26, 2016

REVIEW of House of Kings by Keary Taylor

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When I started reading House of Kings, two things became crystal clear to me – first, I made a mistake by not reading the first two books in the series; second, I didn’t care because this is awesome.

I’ve voiced out in several of my reviews how much I detest reading novels that are already in the middle or end of its saga. Like any other normal reader, I prefer knowing the characters from the beginning and following their journey in a chronological manner – not start in the middle and jump to the start only to go back to the end. But for some reason, I don’t mind it that much with House of Kings. I will be reading House of Royals and House of Pawns, of course because I’m still left with a lot of questions regarding the backstory of our characters as well as previous events that lead up to Alivia’s transformation, but I’m not annoyed about having to do that at all.

I found that this series is worth the confusion. 

Title: House of Kings (House of Royals #3)
Author: Keary Taylor
Published by: Keary Taylor Book, INC
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Category: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: ARC Given through Netgalley

Rating: 4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS:
Alivia’s father left her a letter before he died, begging her to stay away from the King and the Royals. But it was a plea made in vain. She never could have run from this life, not when she might be Cyrus’ resurrected queen. The King has arrived in Silent Bend and with him, he brought the end to Alivia’s mortal life.

Uncontrollable bloodlust and an ever-shifting world rule her nights now. These twisted politics are deadly enough, but now her heart is the newest battleground. There’s no hiding from the one who hates everything she was born to, a spy who embraces everything she’s become, and a King who vies for someone she may soon remember.

The games have begun. The House of Conrath is growing. Blood will be shed, the bodies will fall. Alliances will be tested and old enemies look like harmless children compared to the new ones rising from the shadows.

REVIEW:
I’m the kind of reader who enjoys a little action and coolness to go along with her romance. It’s a given that House of Kings can’t really be classified as “romantic” in any way, but I do find that it is satisfyingly action-packed, violent, gore, and cool. Is it wrong for me to like those things?


I’ve always been a fan of vampire novels – yes, that includes the Twilight saga, and yes I am a Twihard – and I consider this novel, possibly this entire series, to be one of the best vampire-themed books out there today. I loved author Keary Taylor’s interpretation of vampires, their nature, and their hierarchy; it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, there are a lot of fear and power play, and violence and politics are two major themes in the story's entirety. The multitude of layers and the abundant twists in House of Kings kept me on the edge of my seat, as I'm sure it did other readers too, up until the very last page. Speaking of the last page, this book ends in a cliffhanger and a helluva one at that. 

SUMMARY:
If you can't handle brutality and find the idea of lordship and such ridiculous, this book is NOT for you. But if you want to immerse yourself in a world where you don't know who your allies are and everything is life and death, then the House of Royals series is perfect for you. 

Grab your copy now and drown yourself in the bloodlust. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.
Please Note: Keary does not check Goodreads very often, so the best way to get in contact is directly through email: me@kearytaylor.com.

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