Description Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire
Advance Praise Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire
Praise Connection by Dana Claire
“Trust is earned. When you have faith in me as I have in you, you will say her name out loud. Till then, my fair lady, all I ask for is a chance.” Dodge took the last bit of space between us and pressed his mouth to mine, catching my bottom lip between his. Soft, butterfly kisses danced on my skin while my insides turned to jelly. A small sigh leaked from my mouth. Kissing Dodge was different than Hawkin. Dodge was gentle and cautious. Hawkin was passionate and reckless. Both made me feel things I never thought possible. But Dodge felt like coming home. He was both my past and my present. I had dreamed of kissing him when we were younger. He had not only been my best friend, but my first—rather only—crush. And now, as my heart pounded as if it were going to explode out of my chest, I was torn. My stomach fluttered as his hands rested at my hips bringing my body even closer to his. I wrapped my arms around his neck, and he tilted his head, increasing the pressure and intensifying our kiss.
The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire
Guest Review by Suzie Mamba
I wish all YA novels gave me the feeling that this one did. 'The Reclaimed Kingdom,' by Dana Claire is not only an adventure novel but one that gives you both a fully fleshed out atmosphere and compelling characters to match.
Dru is a seventeen year old girl who lives and fights with a group called 'The Band Of Brothers' in the fictional world of D'Land. Though the Brothers are criminals, they are the altruistic kind, regularly stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, like Robin Hood's merry men. It is because of this habit of stealing, however, that the Brothers (with Dru) set up a heist on a road where a carriage happens by that contains, of all people, a prince.
The prince, a young man named Dodge, offers to give the Brothers all of the riches that he is carrying, plus more if it will help them give more to the poor. But something stops Dru from being as pleased with this haul of riches as the others. Not only does she know Dodge, but she has a connection to the King and Queen of D'Land that no one else is aware of, and a secret that must stay hidden at all costs.
Though this story is about a fictional country and not intended to be a historical novel, it still has strong elements of a medieval setting that were well done. The kingdom of D'Land felt very real and alive to me as I was reading. I could practically smell the forests and hear the people talking. The traditional elements of a heroic story were there as well, with the villain being the evil queen Ebbigal, who rules over the kingdom with an iron fist.
This is a strong showing from Claire and I can't wait to find out what happens next, in book 2!