Title: Under the Trees
Author: Ashley Maker
Genre: Historical, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 135 pages, Ebook
Published: March 21st 2016 by Ashley Maker
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoredmund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling for the one girl he can’t have.
As the young couple’s feelings for each other grow, the fragile alliance between the two kingdoms threatens to break apart. With a vengeful duke and an enraged king fast on their trail, Thor and Araya must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love.
Even if staying together means starting a war.
I really, really hate to give such low ratings to a book but what can be done! I was pretty excited to read this book but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this much as the story felt flat for me.
Princess Araya flees from her kingdom when she is forced to marry to an abusive duke. Prince Thoredmund on an impulse lets her cross the border to his own kingdom for safety without knowning her identity. Later when he finds the girl he recognizes her in an instant but after hearing her side of the story he decides to help her. As these two begin to develop feelings for each other, hiding becomes more difficult, especially if anyone comes to know the truth nobody can stop starting a war between these two kingdoms.
The plot had potential but it felt flat for me. The story was pretty short, therefore everything felt underdeveloped. Princess Thoremund decides to help Princess Araya when he learns the truth about her escape even when he knows that if anybody finds out a war is going to break out due to some previous circumstances that had led an embittered relationship between the two kingdoms. The setting was beautiful but it could have been more developed. I wanted much more things to happen and I was waiting constantly but nothing much actually happened throughout the story.
Princess Araya was an okay character but I did like Prince Thor, he was loyal and brave. The relationship between Araya and Thor developed pretty fast, there was a case of insta-love but I couldn’t feel any chemistry between them and there wasn’t much romance either so the confession part felt pretty sudden. All the characters were predictable, hence I lost interest pretty fast. The plot twist was good but once again I was underwhelmed.
Overall, Under the Trees was an okay read. The plot had potential but I felt it was underdeveloped. The characters were okay but predictable. The writing was smooth and easy to read. But overall, I failed to enjoy this book.
So guys, have you read this book yet? How was your experience? If you haven’t, do you want to give it a shot? Share your thoughts with me!