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Kiss of the Royal

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,703 ratings  ·  459 reviews
Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness.

Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything.

But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 400 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Entangled Teen
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Lindsey No, it isn't. But it is using (and putting a spin on) the common fairy tale motif of "True Love's Kiss". If there is one fairy tale that it is closest…moreNo, it isn't. But it is using (and putting a spin on) the common fairy tale motif of "True Love's Kiss". If there is one fairy tale that it is closest to, it would be the tale of Snow White and Rose Red. The history of this book's world is inspired by that fairy tale. (less)

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Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Woohoo! Chalk up another of my cover obsession books panning out and actually being a creative and fun fantasy tale. I fell in love with the cover of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga a few months back while participating for the cover reveal for this book and just knew I was going to have to get my hands on a copy and read it. Going into this one I really had no idea what to expect but maybe that was a good thing because what I found I don’t think I could have imagined.

Princess Ivy is our heroi
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc, fantasy
Oh look, another book I read during summer but never reviewed.

3.5 stars
Wendy Higgins
Soooooo good. And no, I don't know the author, so don't think I'm just trying to get reads for a friend. It's seriously, a ridiculously good debut. I LOVED the twists.
If you like fantasy and romance, add this one!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2018
*Thanks again to Entangled Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really liked the premise of “Kiss of the Royal” and was intrigued by the idea of a world where kisses were used as some form of magic to protect or heal other people, lift curses and much more. And overall, I have to say this book definitely turned out to be a very quick and enjoyable read but it also had its flaws.

Some of the things I liked about this book were for instan
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
We are going on a dragon hunt, I wonder if we will catch one!

Evil cures, witches and a beautiful princess. Zach is a prince of myth. He is said to have outstanding swordsman skills, and an undesirable legacy, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Princess Ivy is a purebred royal. She is powerful and magically blessed. Unfortunately, she has struggled to hold onto a prince. Princes are made for kissing but Ivy doesn't believe in love. Kisses are made for battle magic. Having a strong
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame

Full review at A Book Shrew

A short story, if you will. Once upon a time, I grabbed Kiss of the Royal from NetGalley because the description sounded interesting. Then I started reading and I laughed and scoffed. People making out on battlefields in order to be powerful? What dafuq? Confusion settled in for a moment as well. How can there be this many goddamn princes and princess? Then, between 2% and 25% I hummed and hawed over whether I liked it or not. In the end, ma
Amy Leigh
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This cover is awesome! The story reads like a fairy tale and if you go into it thinking of it that way you won't be disappointed bc it's cute. The beginning was slow but once that was over I loved the story because there is an evil queen, a princess, magical properties with any kiss and the knight in shining armor to save the damsel in distress. I loved this story and it's a great summer read. I would recommend for fairytale lovers.

Princess Ivy has to choose a partner, one she will kiss before b
The Nerd Daily
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasya

In the kingdom of Myria, a kiss is not just a kiss. A Kiss is a magical weapon bestowed by princesses to the princes to provide enhancement and protection against the dark forces invading the kingdom. It enhances your speed, protects you from dark curses, heals you, and yes, it breaks curses. The strongest Kiss is owned by Ivy, who is a direct descendant from Queen Myriana, the founder of the Royal Legions. However, she just lost her fifth
Marta Cox
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Do you remember fairy tales of old ? Where good faces evil and triumphs ? How about those old Disney films with the Prince saving the princess ? I know that nowadays the heroines manage to save themselves and yes sometimes even the Prince ! Yet one thing holds
true and that's the power of love and true loves kiss .
So imagine a society battling evil creatures and embracing lust but believing that to accept the idea of love is blasphemy. This is Ivys world, a life of duty and magic but it's cold
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, fantasy, ya
ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.

The Forces of Darkness seem to continue to grow stronger, no matter how many battles the royal army wins. They have fought the war for 500 years, and every princess has the power to Kiss their prince to enhance their abilities, and Princess Ivy is the direct descendant to the original queen and therefore has the most powerful kiss. Because of this she must have the most powerful swordsman, Prince Zach at her side. Together their combined magic would
Sara Wolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable, super sweet traditional fantasy book - swords, dragons, princes, oh my!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Ivy is the purest of Royal blood and the magic in her kisses is very strong. Still, she has now lost her fifth partner due to the Forces of Darkness. Losing a partner is hard enough as it is, but to know that her magic did not work was too much to handle. Ivy did not want to be cast aside and moved to the countryside to produce heirs if a new partner could not be found. She wants to help her people and beat the Forces of Darkness so her people and all of the other kingdoms could finally ...more
Danni Taylor
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 5-stars
⭐ 5 Stars ⭐

I heard a lot of good things about this (mostly booktok XD) and I can actually say I liked loved this book!

Although I wasn't sure about it at first I ended up enjoying it, and it wasn't as generic as I first thought so that's a plus. The author's writing is great! It's super descriptive and immerses you into the world she creates.

At first I wasn't keen on the characters but I warmed up to them and by the end loved them. I did kinda jokingly guess one of the twists but it still shock
Cindy ✩☽♔
Kiss of the Royal had a promising enough premise, but overall the execution was only average.

The setting and world were interesting but overall underdeveloped. As were the most of the characters aside from Ivy and Zach, but even their development could have been improved. And while it technically was not insta-love, we later learn that Zach did, in fact, fall for Ivy very early on in the story.

Writing-wise, it was, again, average and much of the plot was rather predictable. Don't get me wrong
So happy I randomly picked this up one day.

Kiss of the Royal was pretty cute. Not going to lie, it does start off rather slowly (at least for me) but luckily things pick up rather quickly. In it, you will meet Princess Ivy. She has a pretty tough decision - who to kiss. It's kind of like the bachelorette but ya know.. for battle mode. She's not looking for love, nope - she's trying to be strategic about the entire thing.

So.. maybe not like the bachelorette?

Either way, it was a lot of fun to read
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Title: Kiss of the Royal
Series: Standalone
Author: Lindsey Duga
Release date: July 3, 2018
Cliffhanger: No

Princess Ivy has pure, undiluted royal bloodlines which makes her the most powerful female in the Legion's war against the Forces of Darkness. With her partners, she's taken down many dangerous goblins, trolls, wraiths, witches, and griffins. All with the unmatched strength of her Kiss and a protection spell before battle. You heard me right. In this fantasy societal construct, belief in love
this review + others can be found over on my blog!
Well, colour me surprised, I didn't expect to enjoy this so much! I found the idea of Kiss very interesting, if a bit odd—the whole Royals having powers because of a kiss is very unique to me. In hindsight, it seems very unfortunate because royals can't technically make an army, not in numbers like commoners, at least.

Still! I liked the writing and I liked Ivy! She was a very dedicated character, hella intent on ending this war, even after pa
Marta :}
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, fantasy
I want to thank Entangled Teen for sending me this e-copy, this hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating in any way.

This was the first book I read after coming back from my hiatus and let me tell you what a great choice it was! When I first read the premise, I was a bit skeptical about whether I would like it or not – kissing is used in this book to enhance someone’s fighting skills, strength or heal someone and romantic kissing is seen as a taboo, something rather unnecessary. Their society
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Kiss of the Royal was a truly unique and enjoyable read! The concept of using kisses as a form of magic was something that really intrigued me and made this book such a memorable one! The plot was interesting from the first page, which is really impressive for a debut novel. I do wish there would have a been a little more world building and deeper plot development, but hopefully there will be a book two for that!

The characters were all easy to care for and to root for! The author did a wonderful
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Entangled Publishing: Teen, via NetGalley for an honest review.


Goblins, dwarves, griffins, dragons, curses, witches, magic, Princes, Princesses, KISSES!

Oh my word, it MUST be another fairytale!

But NO! It isn’t! It’s BETTER than JUST another fairytale. This is the tale that puts all those other stories of fairies and….tales…to rest! ENOUGH of those sputtering damsels in distress. Poison apple this, lost slipper that! “But It can all
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
-- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --

Imagine a world where the kiss from the Disney's movies, the one that saves the world, wakes the princess or other exists for real and where it is the ultimate weapon against the forces of evil. Well this world is the book, but beware, these kisses are not synonymous with love quite the contrary. Besides, this is the big question of the book, what is love, why is it so important and some people will say "oh my god" here is a c
Mrs. Bookworm
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kayla Brunson
Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

"When had I become someone who struggled with the difference between a kiss and a Kiss?"

So this was a new fantasy concept for me. Kisses are not something that is shared for pleasure between two people but used between royals during battle. 

"Royal Magic exists in every Royal, but it lies dormant. A Kiss is what unlocks the magic in the Royal and allows one or the other to use that power."

While the
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Although the concept was intriguing, Kiss of the Royal wasn’t for me. I found the storyline to be quite cheesy. Princesses go into battle with princes and bestow great strength and endurance upon them through a magical Kiss. And they’re fighting the forces of the Evil Queen. It was just too difficult for me to take the story seriously due to the capitalizations.

World-building is so important to me and I just had too many questions to ever be able to sink into the world and enjoy the story. The h
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
100 million stars!
I honestly picked this book up for the cover when it came out last year.
I thought it was going to be silly and cheesy. But I loved this story so much and I just loved the romance.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great take on the fairytale genre without being a giant trope. I loved the world building and the relationships (not just the romance) were sweet and realistic. Ivy is one of my favorite heroines to come along in a while. Definitely recommend!

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Izzy ♡ boom, boom, fucking boom
Bummer, since I really was sooo excited to read this. I'm not sure why I didn't like it but the book just felt...fake?? I don't know how to describe it, to be honest. Although, the concept of Kisses and Love and Lust were interesting! ...more
Tara ✨
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I went into Kiss of the Royal with high hopes, and sadly they were not met.
Interesting concept yet too cheesy and I wasn’t invested in any of the characters.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiss of the Royal is a perfectly executed romantic-fantasy that highlights kissing as a romantic gesture by completely bashing it as a romantic gesture for the majority of the book. Yup, that takes talent!

The main idea of the story is this: a girl belongs to the royal family who has to protect her kingdom from the evil but the best power the girl has is her kiss so she has to select a guy who she can kiss and transfer the strength to him for him to become more powerful and kill the evil. You can

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a free copy of this book for honest review. I was drawn in by the cover and premise. Magic Kisses, Dragon Hunting, and Magical Journeys are definitely my thing.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the premise. I love how it's set in an actual fairytale world. So many books now are inspired by fairytales, but Kissing the Royal made up its own fairytale world with the Forces of Darkness, a Dark Queen, and Magic Kisses. I thought that was
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Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest super

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