“She was a princess, elegant, refined, and all that the position implied. At least, that was she kept telling herself. Because, truth be told, she hated being stuck in this cage, playing this game.”
― Jennifer Anne Davis,
Seventeen-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 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 country 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.
Holy Yowza. This book is amazing. I don’t think I have anything negative to say about it. I love love love all of the characters in this book. Even the evil ones, I love to hate them. This book made me laugh, cry, slam my fist in anger, gasp in shock, etc… all of the emotions! I am so excited that this book is going to be the start to a series. When does the next one come out!? The anticipation is going to kill me. The series is going to be called the Reign of Secrets series.
Cage of Deceit reminded me of The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke mixed with The Young Elite by Marie Lu. It’s not as dark as The Young Elite though.
I enjoyed how Allyssa had flaws. She’s kind of bitchy sometimes and jumps to conclusions about people, but I feel like that made her more relatable. I hate how books usually have perfect heroines. I can’t relate to that? And neither can teenagers. She also has this mentality of “I can take care of myself. I don’t need a man!” and I admired that. I think the whole damsel in distress thing is hard for some authors to skip. Most of them still do that for romance sake. They want the girl to be rescued by Prince Charming and to realize “OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SEXY MAN WHO SAVED ME!” Um… no. Is that really what we should be teaching our daughters? I don’t think so.
Another thing I think that is unique about this book is that the queen had a more powerful standing than the king. Apparently, she had inherited the crown and most of the decision making fell on her shoulders.The king didn’t seem weak by any means. On the contrary, he always had something to say about Allyssa and pushed her limits every chance he got. But the queen was loving, regal, and a tough ruler all at once. I really admired that.
It doesn’t say it until the ending of this book but I knew Javrik’s secret the entire time! I did a little victory dance at the end of it when his secret was revealed and I am soooo happy it turned out that way. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers in this review because the book doesn’t actually come out for another few days. I requested it on NetGalley and read it on iBooks.
And I know this is really small, but I’m almost 100% sure the author is British because of the wording and phrases in this book. It made me love it even more! I loved all the “Blimeys” and “Sod off” mini curses. I felt like I was truly reading a book from a different realm/culture. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading series, likes adventure, and likes books that takes them on an emotional roller coaster. I got this book 3 days ago and have been working full time and I managed to finish it because I read it every chance I got.
I giveth this book 6/5 stars.