The Cup and the Prince – Day Leitao
- Age Group: 15+
- Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
- Trigger Warnings: Cheating, Intense Sexism (known to create an urge to punch someone)
- Release Date: October 15th 2020
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One prince wants her out.
Another wants her as a pawn.
Someone wants her dead.
Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.
Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn’t attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place.
Now she’s competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It’s her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she’s a fragile damsel who doesn’t belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he’s stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.
And then there’s someone trying to kill her.
ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.
4 addictive stars!
Ooo this was such fun! Our badass MC wouldn’t take no for an answer (in a good way) and showed everyone that women are just as capable as men, making her a brilliant main character. I loved seeing her progression through the story, and her humour was wonderful! Add in the stunning pettiness and her astounding revenge plan, and Zora might just be my new favourite book best friend.
“Contrary to what stories told, being petty, revengeful, and deceitful felt amazing.”
That’s my girl!
This book, the first novel in what’s sure to be an amazing series, had everything needed to create a fun and exciting book for teen readers.
Sassy protagonist? Tick.
Interesting magical creatures? Tick.
Hot princes? Tick.
Enemies-to-lovers romance? Tick. (Though they’re not really lovers yet, but we can all see they’re going to be ;))
Sweet side characters? Tick.
A badass nemesis? Tick.
Basically, this book had it all! Sure, the characters may have made a few dumb mistakes here and there, but what realistic character doesn’t? I did find the writing style a little simplistic and childish at times, but I also enjoyed the way it flowed, and the world-building was well done, so I overlooked it.
There wasn’t much romance but I actually liked that, it made the slight bit of romance present all the more exciting and sweet, and it also left more time for the competition, the main plot-line of this book. I also found the shadow monsters really interesting! I mean, imagine a world where you literally can’t let shadows exist. You can’t have clothes that cause shadows between your legs, can’t have tables with space underneath them, can’t have shoes that leave an open, shadowy space when you take them off. It would be such a hard life, and a life where a mistake such as leaving a bucket upside-down could cause fatal damage. I loved the whole idea of it, and I can’t wait to learn more about it in book 2, when we’ll get more of Dark Valley! I’m excited!
Now, a proverb from Mauro, just ’cause he’s a babe.
“Fail to measure your competition, and you’ll soon be measuring your failures.”
Amen! Mauro knows his stuff! All that the men in this book seem to do is underestimate our brilliant MC because she’s female (a dig at the misogynistic world we live in? I like to think so), and it definitely grows irritating at times. But our girl doesn’t let that put her down, she just keeps trying harder and proves those dumbasses wrong. And I loved her for that! Sure, cheating isn’t the best approach to most situations, but when everyone is cheating, is it really cheating?
All up, this was such fun, and I finished it in a day because it was so addictive! A brilliant book to pass the time! I can’t wait for book 2. Sorry for the chaotic review!
Thank you so much to the author and publisher for the ARC copy, and to Favourite Pages Book Club for organising the tour :)).
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About the Author:
I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living in Canada for over 10 years now. I have some influence from Brazilian writers and Brazilian culture, but I also read popular books in English. I watched some Anime as a kid, my favorite being Yamato. I’m a longtime Star Wars fan and I’m active in the fandom podcasting at Lords of the Sith as Denise.
I’ve always loved to write stories, and I like to always include romance, action and humor in my writing. I think stories can touch us deeply. I live in Montreal, Canada, with my son.
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