Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Tears of the Rose
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #2
Hero/Heroine: Amelia & Ash
Genre: M/F Fantasy Romance
Length: 337 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Available at: Kensington Publishing & Amazon
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Blurb: Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.
Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…
Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?
When I finished reading The Mark of the Tala, I couldn’t wait to continue the series. I loved how intriguing this world was. I loved that it revolves around three sisters and their journey to living up to their potential. It’s interesting to see the politics in this story and how obsessed some people are with killing the Tala and using whatever means possible to make that happen. I found the Tala very interesting, though, I loved seeing them in the first book and I loved seeing little hints of them in this book.
It’s extremely hard for me to write this review, though, because there are certain parts of the story I loved and there are certain parts of the story I hated. For instance, I absolutely hated Ami. I found her childish, immature, selfish and completely oblivious. Even when I thought she was growing up, she would do something that would show just how selfish and conceited she still was. I hated her so much that I ended up skimming or skipping her inner monologue completely because I couldn’t take her whinning about how horrible her life is and unfair everything is and how she’s Glorianna’s avatar and as her avatar everyone must do what Ami said! I just could not handle how gullible she was and the fact that she really only cared about herself really ate at me. I hated that she would listen to someone and believe them and then turn around and listen to another person say something completely different and believe them instead. It was so blatantly obvious she was being used but she still believed every word that was said because the person would say flattering things to her.
However, while I hated Ami, I will admit that I loved her journey. I could not stand her self pity but I loved seeing that journey from what she was to what she ended up becoming. I also loved that along the way, she started to realize just how ridiculous she was and actually wanted to make an effort into changing who she was. The one thing I loved more than anything, though, was Ash – the White Monk. I loved that he wasn’t enchanted by Ami’s looks and had no issues speaking his mind to her. He didn’t sensor himself or try to hide her from what was happening like everyone else and I adored that about him. Add to that, he was such an emotionally and physically damaged person. Seeing Ami fall for someone like him, made her more bearable in my eyes because it showed she wasn’t as vein as she started off being.
In the end, it’s hard for me to rate this one. I sincerely did not like the heroine but I liked her journey and the courage and strength she found in the end. I loved Ash and I loved the changes he brought out in Ami. I almost gave up on this story in the beginning because of the Ami but, ultimately, I’m glad I stuck with the story because I really enjoyed the ending. And now I can get on to Ursula’s story, which I’ve been waiting for since I started this series!
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*