I was so excited for Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders to come out – impatiently waiting for my copy in the mail – and I was even more excited to have the opportunity to review it as part of TBR and Beyond Tours blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the different giveaways, including the Rafflecopter below, Instagram, and Twitter (USA ONLY).
KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy, will be published by Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) July 21, 2020. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.
Series: Shielded #1
Author: KayLynn Flanders
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publishing Date:July 21, 2020
Page Length: 432
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.
The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.
As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.
Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.
Trigger Warnings: death of a loved one, attempted sexual assault
OMG I have no words for this book! I absolutely adored it! Let me see if I can all of this down and make sense.
I loved Jenna! She was strong and determined, but not to the point where she made really stupid decisions, as I have seen in other books. I loved that she had flaws – didn’t automatically know everything and when she did learn something new she wasn’t a master of it right away. We learned about the world outside of her kingdom along with her. We learned about the magic system along side her. I think this decision allowed for a better connection with Jenna and the Shielded world.
Every time we meet someone we are automatically suspicious of them and eventually we become suspicious of people we already know – or at least I was. The political aspects of this, trying to figure out threats and the mystery of this new threat, was intriguing and kept me guessing of who it could be in the end. I can’t go into details on all my suspicions because of spoilers, but I trusted almost no one throughout this story.
Kaylynn’s ability to write atmosphere into her environment left me feeling like I was in each location. I honestly wanted more of the Wild. It was so interesting and mysterious. The other locations fit well together and made sense geographically, which did help with my understanding of where Jenna was travelling. KayLynn’s writing style is easy to digest and interesting – making this to be a fast read (once I was able to sit down and focus on reading lol).
Overall, this was a great start to a new duology, once that I will definitely be continuing on with. If you enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, or The Shadow Between Us then I think you’ll love this one. Shielded does not focus on the romance like some of these other books – in fact any romance is in the background for the most part – so if that held you back from these others then don’t let that stop you from picking up Shielded!
Prize: One finished copy of Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (US ONLY)
Start Date: August 3rd, 2020
End Date: Augsut 9th, 2020
Blog Tour Schedule
Confession of a YA Reader (blogger’s choice)
FactandFiction (blogger’s choice)
Chapter Break (blogger’s choice)
Emelie’s Books (blogger’s choice)
The Book Dutchesses (blogger’s choice)
Young at Heart Reader (blogger’s choice)
Jena Brown Writes (blogger’s choice)
Wild and Wonderful Reads (blogger’s choice)
Books & Dice (Review)
The Bookish Unicorn (blogger’s choice)