Shielded by KayLynn Flanders Advance Readers Copy (ARC)

Shielded by KayLynn Flanders Advance Readers Copy (ARC)

Shielded will charm young readers with its determined heroine and magical lore.”

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Story

A Princess willing to do anything to keep her kingdom and family safe. Even at the cost of concealing her magic. Jennesara on her seventeenth birthday takes on a perilous quest to save her kingdom.

My Thoughts

There was a thread to this story that kept me wanting to read more.  It was a bold color. Bright and unyielding, lacing the fabric of the story together.  It held each tightly interwoven seam snug and secure in the overarching narrative.  That thread was Jennesara getting to her betrothed. It was my only thought as I flipped each page.

While Kalynn Flanders novel uses an excessive amount of fantasy troupes, there was one major opportunity she missed.  Fully capturing the dynamic between Jennesara and her betrothed in a way that most YA fans have come to adore.

That feisty, back-and-forth.  The sultry sass and banter that builds between two characters. Like a slow burn, to the point readers are screaming “Kiss already!” 

Jennesara and her prince seemed more of a diluted version of the YA norm. Where everything is hand-picked, easily attained, with no major struggles or losses, delivered neatly for a nice happily ever after. And the romance between the two was more of the young teen variety.

A Few More Thoughts…

Believe me, I want those happy endings, but I want them earned.  That goal is always something the main character fights for.  And there is plenty of fighting in Shielded.  Jennesara is a warrior.  But along the way her journey is too easy. Everyone is too willing to go out of their way to make it all work out for her.

Jennesara doesn’t have those moments where she’s mentally and physically buried up to her waist in muck and grime, no good option, and worse outcomes. Where she uses clever wit and has cleverer company to get out of a less than ideal situation all the while looking exceptionally good doing it.

Although there are sections in the novel that have an overflow of lengthy exposition, Shielded has qualities a younger audience would enjoy. Amiable characters, magical lore, political intrigue, and a stead-fast heroine who readers will cheer for until the very end.

Happy Reading  ̴  Cece

RATING: ink blotink blot – Adequately Inked

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: July 2020

Pages: 432

ISBN-10: 0593118537

ISBN-13: 978-0593118535

Audience: 12 and up

Jacket Art: Ales Dos Diaz

Jacket Design: Regina Flaith

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