Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
(Reign of Secrets #1)
Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
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Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion–she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona–that of a vigilante–to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.
Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their kingdom and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.
Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
What I thought
Cage of Deceit is the first book in the Reign of Secrets series, which is a spinoff of the True Reign series. No worries though they can be read completely separate from one another. I really love it when you can just pick up a series and not have to read multiple series first. This is an Enemy to Lovers story so I loved every second of it. This story just pulls you right in and I did not want to put it down.
Princess Allyssa, the heir to the throne, is not a weak princess and can take care of herself. The story opens up with Allyssa chasing down a criminal, yes a princess racing across rooftops chasing a criminal. So, to say the least, this story is action-packed. Allyssa may be a badass cleaning up her kingdom at night, but when men from her military come back from a terrible tour she shows how much heart and compassion she truly has. Allyssa is willing to marry a prince she does not love just to save her kingdom and at one point Jarvik even comments “at least you’re loyal”. The back and forth with Jarvik was to live for I loved it all so much!
I am not one that usually likes cliff hangers but this ending… I need to get to the next book ASAP!!