Author: MaryJanice Davidson
First Published: 2004
Page Count: 268
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 1/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of the Alaskan Royal Family series
*Worst Book of 2016 on Without A Book
An +A concept but an F- when it comes to the execution of the story.
*Lack of Background *Rushed *Characters
“A gold cage is still a cage.” In an alternate universe to our own Russia never sold Alaska to the U.S. It is, instead, its own country run by its own royal family. Christina finds herself an honored guest of the family while passing through the country and, in a wild turn of events, becomes engaged to David, the oldest son of King Alexander II. How will this spunky American fare in rugged Alaska as its next queen?
What a clever, fantastic concept for a book! I loved Davidson’s Fred the Mermaid series, but when I read about the storyline of this series I thought I might have stumbled upon something even better. Alaska practically could be its own country just based on how isolated it is from the rest of the states and how different the everyday life of its residents is. I was really interested to see what an Alaskan royal family would be like and how an American would cope becoming queen of such a different world.
Unfortunately, I was floored with how awful I found this book. I should’ve realized this book and I wouldn’t mesh considering I got married in Cinderella’s carriage at Disneyland and the main character bashes everything remotely princess including the use of a carriage in her wedding. Christina, our main character, is snarky, crude, and negative. It’s one thing to make a spunky female but there is a fine line the author has to walk so that the character doesn’t come off as annoying. However, every other character is one-dimensional and the romance between David and Christina is just not there. They get engaged after only having spoken a few lines of dialogue and then fall pretty easily in love in a matter of days. The whole idea of inviting a total stranger and foreigner into the royal palace who you’ve met for an hour and then hooking said stranger up with your first-born child and heir to your throne is just crazy and unrealistic. But that is the problem with this book. Everything is too rushed from the romance, to the layout of the background on Alaska and the characters. My reading experience was basically just one big eye roll.
There is always a chance I might not vibe with a book, but when the cover, concept, and my previous experience with the author’s work are all positive that usually means my chances of enjoying the book are high. That’s why I was shocked at how much I did not like this book. Davidson writes cute paranormal romance books but this series was not my cup of tea. If you want to try out some of her work, skip this series and try the Fred the Mermaid or the Undead series.