Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Entanged Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of this book.
Title: Live Like Legends
Author: Kate Cornell
Description: Princess Kalista has known her role from birth. She’s spent her entire life preparing to be the socialite wife of a prince from a peaceful kingdom. But on her big day, she is shocked when she is instead forced to marry the warrior prince of a cursed land, who is as cold as the wintry kingdom he’ll one day rule.
Carson has a throne no princess wants to share with him. An immortal beast ravages their land, and he’ll do anything to stop it, even marry a complete stranger on the day she was supposed to wed her betrothed. Let her hate him for it, but Kalista is his only hope for peace.
Kalista knows she’s just a pawn on the chessboard of politics, but now she’s expected to kill an unstoppable creature because of some legend about her bloodline that Carson believes as truth. He trains her how to fight, and when lessons in swordplay lead to lessons in love, her destiny puts more than just her life at risk.
How far is she willing to go to save the prince she never wanted…but can’t imagine living without?
Rating: 4 / 5
Although this took me quite a long time to finish, I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. I was craving YA fantasy and this was just what I needed.
It is a story about a girl who has been prepared her whole life to marry a prince from other kingdom (making her basically a peace baby), but instead of that, she becomes a propechy bride to the prince of a monster country. And she is prophesized to be the end of the monster.
Even though she’s never seen her new husband before (and they speak different languages and don’t understand each other) they still fall in love. I loved the language aspect of it, it was quite interesting and unique. Even without words they seemed to understand each other through gesturs and emotions. That is such a cute love story. Also I loved the kindness of prince Carson and the way he loves and protects Kalista at all costs.
The plot building is very gradual and towards the ending there was a huge turn of events I didn’t expect at all but I found it very interesting (much more than the first half of the book), hence the fact I flew through the second half.
Kalista’s characters was a bit annoying at some points because of how guilty she felt for not being the perfect princess, not knowing language and other things, when her situation was just ridiculous as they basically stole her and she had to marry someone she never even met. But I guess it was because her only ‘job’ in her life was to marry and she would never enjoy herself or live life to the fullest.
My biggest problem is the ending, although it’s very action-packet and interesting, I wished it were a bit more descriptive. This way everything felt somehow rushed and unfinished. I thought this was a series but as I was looking through Goodreads I couldn’t find any information about that, so it seems it’s actually a stand-alone.
All in all, I liked it. It was an interesting read with beautiful romance but it would definitely be better if the ending wasn’t as rushed.