NOTE: In the excerpt/on Goodreads, the main character's name is Kisin. In my edition (pre-formatting) the name is Kiºin. I don't know if this is because the formatting of the excerpt/Goodreads page won't allow the symbol to appear, or if my version is the incorrect one. In my review, I use the name used throughout the book, regardless of which one is "official".
Book – The Winter Prince
Author – R. Cooper
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages - 147
Movie Potential - ★★★★★ (This would make an awesome movie!)
Ease of reading – very easy to read and follow.
Would I read it again – Definitely. With three boxes of tissues.
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
Right off the bat, this one stole my heart. Barely halfway down the first page, Kiºin's emotions jumped out and grabbed my by the scruff of my neck, to drag me into this strange, wonderful world.
Each of the characters – Kiºin, Razin and Lana as the main three – are all intriguing and unique in their own way. Each have a difficulty in the love department, though some have more trouble than others. The way they deal with this and learn about themselves and love, is perhaps the secondary journey, to anyone starting the story. But, in the end, it's the only journey. Without this search for the true meaning of love, nothing else would succeed.
All through the story, I could feel Kiºin and Razin's affection for each other, as friends and the chemistry between them that longed to be more but felt such a thing was impossible. Their moments together gave me a headache in the best way – I couldn't stop crying and even when the book was done, my head ached with the strength of the emotions this story had brought out in me. The river scene, after fighting the ai, and the scene where Kiºin finally confesses his story both had me crying like a baby and barely able to breathe.
I don't need my usual 2-3 pages to talk about this book. There would be no point. I could detail every word or instance of the plot and it wouldn't give you one ounce of the feeling that reading it would give. So stop reading this. Go get the book and lock yourself away for a day. Do NOT stop to eat, drink, pee, think or process.
This book is an experience. One that needs to be done in silence, with your full focus and no distractions. Trust me. You'll thank me for it in the end.
I usually mark a favourite quote for each book I review, but I'd be quicker copying the entire book out, to label all the wonderful parts that affected me in this story. Here are the few that won't give away spoilers:
“Every story of you is the same. Every suitor comes here with the same moon eyes until they meet you, see you, Prince-in-Ice. Their ache for you is visceral, a twisting knife in the belly, which Your Highness, in his aloof glory, cannot seem to understand.”
““I know love is... I know it's painful, you idiot, but it's not worth this. He is not. The world needs you, hasn't this taught you that? We need you. And you need your heart, Arrow. It will hurt you, but it will bring other things with it. Wisdom, if you manage it.” His tone softened. “Joy, for brief moments. Joy so vast it's too much for your body and still you feel more. You cannot have the one you want, and you are to marry a stranger, but you might still feel that... with someone. They might look at you as if you are a blessing. They might possess such a faith in you that you can't help but circle around them, like the heavenly bodies in the sky are drawn to each other.””