After reading the first book in this series I immediately bought book 2 and I started this one not long after book 1 as I wanted to return to this funAfter reading the first book in this series I immediately bought book 2 and I started this one not long after book 1 as I wanted to return to this fun sweet romance series. Mischief and Mayhem follows a new couple, this time Cody, whom we met in book 1 already as a side character, and Dean, a new character.
The two main characters of this book meet when Cody tries to go for a ride in the Spaceship Mayhem roller coaster. Dean works at the roller coaster and guides people into their seats. Until one day when Cody stops by, but runs away again before he can ride the roller coaster. Cody has PTSD and something about the roller coaster makes him anxious. After multiple failed attempts, Dean makes contact and asks if maybe he can help Cody with the roller coaster. That's the start of a new friendship that slowly turns into more.
I liked Cody in book 1 already and I liked seeing him get the spotlight and his chance for happiness in this book. He's been through a lot in the war and now he's doing some security at the park. He likes his job and has a decent life, but he still struggles with some nightmares, fears and PTSD and doesn't realize how lonely his life is at times until Dean worms his way into his life.
Dean was also easy to like with his affectionate way and how friendly and cheerful he was all the time. He really wore his heart on his sleeve. Although I did found the first time he talked to Cody a bit weird after he looked him up and then interrupted his work. At first I sometimes struggles a bit with him and the romance, but the further I got in the book the better it got. Dean was like an excited puppy at times, making everyone happy and he loved interacting with people. There's this awesome scene late in the book where he makes two new friends in a matter of minutes as that's just the type of person he is. It was quite adorable how he acted and I liked how he interacted with Cody.
So at first I didn't really feel the romance. There was the big age difference, which is a trope that not always works for me. Then there was the way Cody was this hardened and troubled veteran, while Dean was this cheerful young guy. But once the book progressed and I got to know both characters better I came to like that difference in personalities. How Dean was good for Cody and also how Cody was there for Dean. And how that difference in personality actually worked really well. The closer they grew together the less the age thing seemed to matter too. By the end I was fully invested in seeing them together. I only wish we got to see a bit more of what comes next, but maybe in future books we catch some glimpses of that.
Their romance is a bit of a friends to lovers romance. They become friends first and then slowly begin to feel more. There is a bit of a misunderstanding, which prevents things from going further and then another trouble they run into later on. I thought it all developed in a realistic and interesting way.
This book has a bit of a different tone than book 1, but also is similar enough if that makes sense. Cody's PTSD makes the tone a bit different from book 1 and with this romance developing differently. But it also had a lot of similarities to book 1 like the theme park and how fun it was. I also like how these romances develop, without too much of the typical tropes and the hurdles the couples have to overcome feeling realistic for the characters.
It also was fun to see some recurring side characters again in this book. As Cody works with the characters from book 1 we see some of the same side characters there, like Lennon and the princesses. Then there's Charlie who also makes an appearance (he will be the main character of the next book, yay!). And also some new side characters, like Dean's best friend, Dean's family and a new coworker for Cody. Then there is the couple from book 1 that we see more of and it was fun to see them as a couple now.
I liked being back in this theme park. With Dean working in the space themed part of the park we see a whole different side of the park. And at the same time we still see a lot of the Enchanted Forest part too as Cody works there. It was a nice way to combine the more familiar part with a different part of the park.
To summarize: This was another fun read in this series. The tone is slightly different and a tad darker with Cody struggling with PTSD, but it was handled well and didn't overtake the plot, while still being an important part as well. It was nice to see Cody, whom we met in book 1 already get his story now. Dean was a new character and I liked his cheerful happy manner, with how he genuinely wanted to help people and make their day better. Where Cody is more serious and a bit hardened due to what he has gone through. It's interesting to see these two characters who are so different fall for each other. I struggled a bit with the romance at first, not fully seeing how their different personalities would work together and the big age difference thing isn't my favorite trope. The further I got the more I enjoyed it and by the end of the book I really liked these two together and saw how good they were for each other. It also was fun to see the couple from book 1 as side characters now and some recurring as well as new side characters. I also liked visiting this fictional theme park again and seeing some familiar parts again as well as seeing more of the space part of the park. All in all this was a great sequel and I am looking forward tor book 3!...more
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
Since book 1 this series has been a lot of fun to read and I was both excited and sI received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
Since book 1 this series has been a lot of fun to read and I was both excited and sad to see it come to and end. But what a great ending it was. Mortal Trinity is all I wish for in a series ender. Plenty of action, all the big plot lines resolved, a few more hurdles for the characters to overcome, emotional impact and a satisfying epilogue.
Mortal Trinity starts off on a sad note, with Ebba-Viva struggling to go on after what happened at the end of the last book. While it was hard to see Ebba-Viva so down, it did make sense and the book continues onward showing how she deals and gets up to save Jagger. This book felt a lot more emotional than previous books and I think that's partly due to this being the last book in the series and partly due to the events that are happening. There are sad events and difficult scenes, but also some very touching and uplifting ones. It's a good mix.
Mortal Trinity has plenty of action, with them having to fight some big battles in this book to save the realm. There are plenty more reveals in this book . There are so many things that only get explained in this book, it was great to have all those gaps in the characters knowledge about the pillars and the root of magic get filled in. Although I would've liked some more information early on, I also think that there are a lot more hints and clues in earlier books than I've noticed. This is one of those series I would love to re-read one day to spot all the clues and build-ups for later on as there are so many things that make sense now looking back and I know I didn't spot all the clues.
There is a big battle at the end and I liked how it all played out. It was well written and paced, but also didn't get dragged out too long. I also like that there are some things they only realize then and how they have to adjust their plans. The epilogue was perfect too. I like to see how all the characters end up and almost wish we could sail along for a few more of their adventures.
One of my favorite parts of this series is the main character Ebba-Viva. I probably say this in almost every review for this series, but the character development in her character is amazing. And at the same time she still stays true to herself and is still so Ebba-Viva. Even at the end that core of who she is is still there. She goes through some big changes, but also stays true to herself and I love that. I also liked the author's note at the end about the character. There are some things about Ebba-Viva that only make sense in this book. And she really shows the full colors of her personality here. It was great to see how she handles everything in this book.
As for the romance, while I was on the team for the other guy of most of the series this book proves the one she picks if perfect for her. Their chemistry and love is palpable and while I still like the other guy, I think this one's the better fit for her. I like how things end up for the other guy and how he finds peace with her decision. It's perfect and I liked how while it's difficult for him, they find a way to deal with it. It was very mature and realistic and they made for great friends despite what happened.
The title for this book is so fitting too as this book really focuses on the mortal trinity or the watchers and their role in all this. I like how we see a lot more of Ebba-Viva and Caspian their roles in this book. The background of the mortal trinity and some aspects we didn't know before. And there's more we learn more about the root of magic too. It all makes sense and falls on it's place perfectly.
This series has a big cast of awesome characters and the author does an awesome job giving them all their own personality. Everyone comes alive and I rarely had trouble remembering who was who. And even in this book there is more we learn and see of most side characters. And many of the side characters play a role in this last book. I love seeing how Caspian grows in his role as king and his role as the bearer in this book. It was awesome to see. And all of Ebba-Viva's fathers and seeing how much they care about her and also how close they've grown to each other. I liked how even in this last book there were moments of downtime and fun where we see the characters relax a bit.
To summarize: Mortal Trinity is an amazing ending to this series. Filled with action, the build up to the big battle, danger, romance, emotions, awesome characters and more. While there are some sad and difficult scenes there are also some fun, happy and touching ones. I like the pace of this book and how the plot of the book moved forward, with in between the battles also moments of pause or preparation. This book still had plenty of reveals and more information we learn. It was great learning more about the trinity and their roles. Seeing Ebba-Viva change, develop and grow into her own is one of the best things about this series. I love seeing how much she changes, but also how true she stays to herself. I also am happy with how the romance got resolved, while I was rooting for the other guy than the one she chooses this book made me realize she picks the right guy as he's the best match for her. And things with the other guy are resolved well too. The side characters in this book are awesome. I liked getting to know all the different characters and they really all come to life and almost all of them play a role in this final book. If you like fantasy series with pirates, magical creatures, a quest to save the world and a great cast of characters you don't want to miss this series. I can't recommend this one enough....more
This was such a cute and fun romance read. Once I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it, it sounded so fun and the setting at fairytale theme parkThis was such a cute and fun romance read. Once I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it, it sounded so fun and the setting at fairytale theme park where both characters work seemed like such an unique setting. I was in the mood for a light and fun read and this book fit that perfectly.
Rival Princes follows the story of Nate and Dash. Dash has been working in Fairyland for a while now, he climbed up from the position at a summer camp to finally the role of prince. He loves his job and puts a lot of effort in it. His careful routine gets broken when Nate gets accepted for the role of another prince. And that without any of the hard work Dash put into it. There is some rivalry between these two (mostly on the side of Dash) and a bunch of feelings as well.
While I normally am not a fan of enemies to lovers type of stories, I thought the set-up in this book was well done and realistic. I could understood Dash' frustration after seeing someone basically roll into the role of prince, while he had to work so long and hard to get it. And Nate is a natural at the role as well. I do think he took things a bit too far with the rivalry at times and could be quite rude in some scenes, but eventually he realizes that himself as well and there are some complicated emotions underneath his behavior. And I did like how he realizes what really underneath it all and straightens himself out.
While Dash had some moments where I didn't like his behavior, Nate was a character who was really easy to like all the time. He is so honest and real. He rolls into the role of prince, but never let it gets to his head and he also puts a lot of effort into it to get it right. And when he does something that everyone praises him for he feels awkward as he just did what came natural to him. He's so real and in the moment, which was great to see. I did really feel for him when his attempts to smooth things over with Dash don't go as smoothly. But in the end they figure things out, which was great. And I liked how Nate also lets Dash know his behavior hurt him.
The romance doesn't really develop until late in the book, so there isn't as much time to see the two characters together after they admit their feelings. I would've liked a few more scenes at the end or an epilogue of sorts. I did sign-up for the authors newsletter where there's an extra chapter or so for these guys, so I hope that will helps wrap things up for me. The romance itself was well done and I like how the chemistry is clear from their first meeting. It does seem to be based on attraction mostly at first, but as the story progresses it becomes clear there are some deeper feelings involved too. I like how they both struggle a bit with how they're feeling and how they both admit to to themselves and eventually the other. They both have a great friend to help them along as well.
There are some background parts and personal issues for both characters that get touched upon, but this story doesn't dive into those as deeply. Which seemed to fit the story. Those issues are mentioned, but don't take up too much space, but on the other hand I would've liked to see that get explored more. How Dash deals with letting someone close and How Nate has some hang ups from a previous relationship. Nevertheless I did feel like I got a good feel for both characters and understood why they acted the way they did.
There is a group of fun side characters as well. There is Charlie, Nate's best friend, who also works in the park. Ari and Greer who play the princesses the guys work with. Greer is also Dash' best friend. Cody the security guy who gets along well with Nate. The two people who work in wardrobe. Lennon, who is an important member of the staff. They all have their own personality and have some scenes in which they are important.
The fairyland setting was really well done. It's clear the author has an idea of how thing go in parks like these and the descriptions of it all made me have a good image of what kind of works everyone did and also give an image of this fictional theme park. I thought it made for an interesting and unique setting for a book. And it just was fun to read about. It also lends itself well to some unique scenes while the guys are working. I liked seeing how Nate and Dash did in their roles as princes and there were some fun and interesting scenes with some of the guests as well.
To summarize: this was such a fun read. It's a sweet romance story between two guys who both work as princes in a fictional fairytale theme park. There is some rivalry and feelings between the two, which both get resolved before the end of the book. The end did feel a bit sudden and I would've loved to see a few more scenes of them in a relationship or an epilogue, but I did like how things got resolved. While Dash could be a bit rude at times, I could understand his behavior and why he felt a bit jealous of how fast and easy Nate rolled into the prince role. I liked when he finally figures things out for himself. Nate is easy to file with his real and open manner and how he keeps trying to smooth things over with Dash. There are some issues in both guys their past that get touched upon, but this book doesn't dive into depth in those issue. I liked the cast of side characters. The fairyland setting made for a fun and unique setting. The author made it all feel realistic and I liked how it added some fun scenes in the park with them being both employees there. All in all I had a lot of fun reading this one and I already bought book 2....more