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2013 2013 2013 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cnzIESWph8Q/UhGlvUadwyI/AAAAAAAAEsY/suUcZgcF6X0/s1600/Winter+Prince.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cnzIESWph8Q/UhGlvUadwyI/AAAAAAAAEsY/suUcZgcF6X0/s320/Winter+Prince.jpg" /></a></div>The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein<br />2/5 stars<br />Open Road Media Young Readers, 2013<br />Originally published 1993<br />292 pages<br />YA Historical<br /><br />Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.<br /><br />After adoring Wein's <a href="http://bookworm1858.blogspot.com/2012/06/code-name-verity.html"><i>Code Name Verity</i></a> (my favorite 2012 release and still highly recommended), I was thrilled to see this older release from her. My excitement only grew after reading Liviania from In Bed With Books' enthusiastic review!<br /><br />Unfortunately I ended up strongly disliking this book, I think largely because of my expectations. The Arthurian legends I am most familiar with are ones involving Merlin or are light like Disney's <i>The Sword in the Stone</i>. They are not dark with unfamiliar names, disorienting passages of time, and a confusing narration. With character names like Artos, Ginevra, and Medraut (I was expecting Arthur, Guinevere, and Mordred), I think this book harkens deep to tradition but it wasn't what I wanted. And the novel is written as a letter from Medraut to his godmother Morgause with frequent use of "you" that kept making me think he meant me even though that made no sense.<br /><br />Most of the book is about Medraut's jealousy and anger of and toward his half-brother Lleu who is a legitimate son of Artos and heir to the throne. Medraut's hatred has been nursed by Morgause and leads him to take a dark path in regards to his relationship with Lleu. Though I can understand how Medraut would have those feelings, I didn't always follow why he took the actions he did and when I was able to follow, I often found them despicable. Basically every character is pretty awful and while I don't expect characters to be perfect, I want to be able to like at least one of the important ones and that didn't happen here.<br /><br />Overall: I just could not connect with the writing or characters here; it was a slog to complete and I will definitely not be finishing this, instead preferring to focus on <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262236-rose-under-fire"><i>Rose Under Fire</i></a>, which will hopefully completely enthrall me.<br /><br />Other Opinions:<br /><a href="http://inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-winter-prince.html">In Bed with Books</a><br /><a href="http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2012/06/the-winter-prince/">Susan Hated Literature </a><br /><a href="http://thebookgeek.co.uk/214.php">The Book Geek</a><br /><a href="http://www.mylivesignature.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/54489/234/065C594705B1BA09B2F57FA519E42A69.png" style="background: transparent; border: 0 !important;" /></a><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cnzIESWph8Q/UhGlvUadwyI/AAAAAAAAEsY/suUcZgcF6X0/s1600/Winter+Prince.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cnzIESWph8Q/UhGlvUadwyI/AAAAAAAAEsY/suUcZgcF6X0/s320/Winter+Prince.jpg" /></a></div>The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein<br />2/5 stars<br />Open Road Media Young Readers, 2013<br />Originally published 1993<br />292 pages<br />YA Historical<br /><br />Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.<br /><br />After adoring Wein's <a href="http://bookworm1858.blogspot.com/2012/06/code-name-verity.html"><i>Code Name Verity</i></a> (my favorite 2012 release and still highly recommended), I was thrilled to see this older release from her. My excitement only grew after reading Liviania from In Bed With Books' enthusiastic review!<br /><br />Unfortunately I ended up strongly disliking this book, I think largely because of my expectations. The Arthurian legends I am most familiar with are ones involving Merlin or are light like Disney's <i>The Sword in the Stone</i>. They are not dark with unfamiliar names, disorienting passages of time, and a confusing narration. With character names like Artos, Ginevra, and Medraut (I was expecting Arthur, Guinevere, and Mordred), I think this book harkens deep to tradition but it wasn't what I wanted. And the novel is written as a letter from Medraut to his godmother Morgause with frequent use of "you" that kept making me think he meant me even though that made no sense.<br /><br />Most of the book is about Medraut's jealousy and anger of and toward his half-brother Lleu who is a legitimate son of Artos and heir to the throne. Medraut's hatred has been nursed by Morgause and leads him to take a dark path in regards to his relationship with Lleu. Though I can understand how Medraut would have those feelings, I didn't always follow why he took the actions he did and when I was able to follow, I often found them despicable. Basically every character is pretty awful and while I don't expect characters to be perfect, I want to be able to like at least one of the important ones and that didn't happen here.<br /><br />Overall: I just could not connect with the writing or characters here; it was a slog to complete and I will definitely not be finishing this, instead preferring to focus on <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262236-rose-under-fire"><i>Rose Under Fire</i></a>, which will hopefully completely enthrall me.<br /><br />Other Opinions:<br /><a href="http://inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-winter-prince.html">In Bed with Books</a><br /><a href="http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2012/06/the-winter-prince/">Susan Hated Literature </a><br /><a href="http://thebookgeek.co.uk/214.php">The Book Geek</a><br /><a href="http://www.mylivesignature.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/54489/234/065C594705B1BA09B2F57FA519E42A69.png" style="background: transparent; border: 0 !important;" /></a><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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