Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: The Reluctant King
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #5
Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.
Avalon is summoned to fight to save his people once more as the Kingdom is threatened by a brand new evil. In addition to reigning in a kingship he doesn’t want, he is fighting against the very people he has fought so hard to protect. They are determined to throw away their newfound freedom and their newfound leaders.
In this war and in this kingship he feels alone. And for the first time he feels hollow. That is until Amelia Cartier shows up, invading his every thought and shaking up his carefully controlled world.
Now he faces yet another battle—making Amelia his queen.
The book ended, and my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe it was already over
The way this started pleasantly surprised me! I usually hate when a series changes points of view from the original but this one interested me. Lately, all I’ve been doing is listening to this series on Audible and finding mindless things to do while I get caught up in the story.
In the previous book, I thought it could have easily ended the series there with satisfaction, but I like that the series keeps going and does make sense.
It’s basically what every reader wants: a happily ever after, after happily ever after.
I love to see what happens and just be transported into the lives of the characters and this is exactly what this book did and it totally makes sense! There was a good and discrete flow from the previous book until now that gives readers what they crave!
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
There were some butterflies here!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
This was a little different from what I usually do since most books are told from the girl’s point of view but this time it was told in Avalon’s point of view so I had a little more insight on him. The only thing is, I think they fell in love a little too quickly but I understood it because of the circumstances at the time.
I’ve listened to the audio version of this book just like all the other books in the series but this one had Avalon’s point of view in it and I wished it was just the original person speaking it! The original voice for all the books were said in Eden’s point of view and was spoken by a female but when she did Avalon’s voice, I came to a familiar feel with it but now with a male speaking his points of view, it was a little odd but I knew I would get used to it after awhile.
Age Recommendation: 13+