Mar 31, 2013

The Summer Prince.

Posted by Jenia. at 3/31/2013 12:25:00 PM
The Summer Prince.
Alaya Dawn Johnson.
Publisher:Arthur A. Levine.
Publication Date:March 1,2012.
Genre: YA Dystopian| Romance.
Format:ARC Ebook| 304.
Source:Publisher, through Netgalley.
Challenge:SARC.

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~ARC E Copy was provided by publisher, in exchange of review ~


The Summer Prince wasn’t a book that I was expecting. I didn’t actually get into the book, way that I thought I would after reading summary. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the story, I did. It just took me a bit to get observed with the story. I got mixed feelings about the story. I loved half of book but there were parts that I couldn’t seem to get into. It took me few chapters to actually get into the book. Once the book picked up though, I found myself being able to connect with characters bit more. Though book wasn’t as good like I thought it would be, I still enjoyed reading it. It had an unique storyline.


GOODREADS SUMMARY
  A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.
 
The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.
 
Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

  Cover is absolutely stunning. How can you not pick up the book when you look at the cover? Honestly that was one of the first things that captured my attention about the novel was the cover. Way that the girl’s arms which I am guessing is June on the cover, glowing. When I first saw it, it made me curious what it was, what it could possibly mean. Summary is another thing that is attention grabbing, I had always been into fairytale sort of stories, and when I read the summary, I was sure that I was going to enjoy this book. The summary, the cover and the title were all of the things that had captured my attention. It made me curious and something that got me to pick up the book, check it out.


Storyline was unique. I had read quite few books about princes, princess but none of them were unlike The Summer Prince,. I was curious why it was titled The Summer Prince when I first picked up the book, I wondered if there was a meaning behind the title. Once I read the book, I could see why it was titled that, though in the book he had became the summer king. I thought what was being doing to king at end of term, the sacrifice, was bit cruel. While book progressed, I was hoping that either Gil or June find a way to save Enki, since I grew to like him. For a while, I was sure that June would find a way, no matter what it took. I was rooting for her to find a way, to save him.


 Enki & Gil : I liked Gil from start, his sense of humor and his friendship with June. Even when he found out about her and Enki, or when she ran away, he didn’t hold it against her, he understood. That’s a true friendship right there, he stood by her side, no matter what happens. Even if he loved Enki, probably as much like June loved Enki. Gil, reminds me of some of my best friends, his loyalty to June. Now Enki, I wasn’t sure how to feel about him at first, he was bit of complicated characters. At times it seemed like Enki didn’t know what he wanted or who he wanted. He mentioned that he loved Gil, yet he told June that he loved her too. It made me confused, made me wonder who he truly loved or if he honestly loved them both. I do know that both June and Gil loved him and it was sad when he did die at end. But there of them had the strangest relationship. I still don’t get how Gil wasn’t angry with June about her Enki when he was first to get with him.


For first 100 pages or so, it was bit hard for me get into the book, or really understand what was going on. It was between interesting and slow. Otherwise, it was pretty interesting, unique storyline. It was unlike any other books that I read this year so far.

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