- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: June 21, 2016
- My Rating: 2.5
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…
The description sounded awesome, but now I feel like I’ve read countless versions of this plot before. Liv is a foster kid/wannabe filmmaker in LA and Cedric comes through a magic portal from his castle with a bunch of placeholder characters. It only goes downhill from there. Nothing really stood out to me and I definitely couldn’t get a strong feeling for either Liv or Cedric. Everything felt shallow, a bit cliche, and kind of juvenile. Like a middle grade book trying to be a YA plot? I ended up skimming in the middle, but the end did pick up slightly. Not enough for me to check out the sequels, though.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!