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Two Princes of Summer – Book Review

Book Title: Two Princes of Summer (Whims of Fae #1)
Author: Nissa Leder
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: July 2017 (I think)

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“Graves had always freaked Scarlett out. Dead bodies trapped in boxes for all eternity and buried six feet under the ground. No. Thank. You.”

Why I chose this?

This was a book on Kindle Unlimited that caught my eye. I had actually had it saved in my “want to read” section on Goodreads but I have no recollection of putting it in there.

Doesn’t help that at the moment I’m a sucker for retellings or books about Fae.

What it’s about

Two Princes of Summer (Whims of Fae, #1)

Two fae princes fighting for the Summer crown.
A mortal lured into Faerie and caught in their web.
The battle that changes everything.


After her mother’s suicide, Scarlett’s grief consumes her. When a beautiful, otherworldly stranger offers her a release from her pain, it’s too tempting an opportunity to resist. She’s lured into Faerie and sucked into a royal battle as two fae brothers prepare for the Battle of Heirs where the winner earns the right to the throne.

Human emotion fuels fae power and Scarlett’s is the most potent Cade has ever tasted. He’s certain she is the key to defeating his brother Raith. But Raith has surprises of his own, and Scarlett fits perfectly into his devious plan

Scarlett must decide how far she’s willing to go to avoid her guilt and heartache. As she is pulled further into the realm of magic and power, she discovers a dangerous secret that could change her fate forever

Will Scarlett find a way to cope with her sorrow and untangle herself from the two princes

Or will they devour her completely?

Two Princes of Summer (Whims of Fae #1)
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First Impressions

The cover I have is the Kindle cover which I feel is more striking than the paperback version. The cover screams Summer and in a way lured me in I suppose.

The premise of Scarlett losing her mother and ending up in Faerie or lured as the synopsis puts it made me want to know the reasons behind this decision. I understand suicide is painful for the loved one’s families (I’ve been there I know how much it hurts) but never once did I want to escape to a completely different place based on this reason alone. My theory is there is more to it than this

What I Thought

This book was an extremely easy read, I read this in a couple of hours. However, I did find that this was very similar to ACOTAR in that a human being was brought into the Fae world where there are courts named after the seasons and two more that aren’t.

Scarlett was extremely nonchalant about the whole situation of being brought into the world of the Fae. Scarlett as a character had promise and if I’m being completely honest but I don’t think there was enough for her to fulfil her promises. So far what I’ve learnt about her without giving anything away is she is really attractive for a human that is a bottomless well of emotion that the Fae can use to replenish their magic.

Cade was someone that would probably fit the term lads lad really well. He’s good-looking and he knows and uses that well. However, he’s a bit like the typical friend zoned guy, he wants more than a kiss from Scarlett and when she refused he goes “but look at what I’ve done for you, please open your legs to satisfy me.” Ok, he doesn’t actually say that per se but it’s certainly implied.

So he has to battle his brother to claim the Throne from his father, which is the entire premise of this particular story Now Cade’s brother Raith is actually his half brother that Cade’s mother doesn’t like and wants out of the way.

Raith knows this and keeps out of her way. Raith like Cade finds Scarlett completely fascinating and cant possibly stay away from her so once again we have a typicaly tropey love triangle which don’t you just love. At least it’s not the whole I’m in love with my best friend but she doesn’t want me trope but Cade is pretty close enough.

Raith was one I didn’t expect to like, he seemed extremely arrogant and cocky more so than Cade at first but once meeting Scarlett and coming to a bargain he seems to soften into someone that Scarlett needed.

Even though I had a couple issue with this book I am still going to attempt to read the next book in the series. Hopefully it doesnt suffer from second book syndrome.

Star Rating

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1 thought on “Two Princes of Summer – Book Review

  1. Hmmm I am like you Laura in that I am loving Fae right now and will gobble up everything. This guy doesn’t seem like a good one though. >.< Suicide is such a hard thing… kids of suicide tend to also commit suicide. It's pretty awful. I really feel for both parties. Still I hope you enjoy the next book!

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