Her world has been turned upside-down. The Golden Apple by @michellediener #review

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The Golden Apple

The Dark Forest

Written by Michelle Diener

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down...

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane’s honor is torn in two…

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together...

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla’s actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

The Golden Apple will be followed by its sequel, The Silver Pear, in Fall 2014.

Solmarie McMann's Review

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book to have an interesting concept. Based on the fairytale The Princess and the glass hill I thought the author did a wonderful job of turning it into so much more.

We start out with Kayla. A princess who is forced by her father to be a prize for her kingdom. Refusing to just take orders and do as she is told to takes matters into her own hands on more than one occasion.

Unfortunately her actions have consequences. She is forced into a task that she doesn't want. Thru this rebellion she meets Rane. Unbeknownst to Kayla he is using her for his own personal gain. Even if he regrets it at several points his brothers life is in the balance. He must succeed at all costs.

The adventure that these two endured brought them closer together. I liked that Kayla was resilient, headstrong, and had her own ideas. She was smart enough to save herself in various ways instead of waiting for someone else to do it for her. The wild magic was a plus!

I enjoyed watching their relationship developed throughout the story instead of instant love. To me Rane was a contradiction. He changed throughout the book as he opened up. I was expecting one thing at the beginning and got another.

I was disappointed that it left off as a cliffhanger but am really looking forward to the next book.