Rema has always lived a simple life with her Aunt and Uncle on their horse farm. Though she wants to travel around, despite travelling being illegal, her reality is to marry her best friend Bren and live as a farmers wife. Darmik is the youngest son of the man that destroyed Greenwood Island's previous royal family and is charged with the protection of his father, the King, and his brother, the Crown Prince. Meeting Rema, Darmik is instantly drawn to her, but his brother finds out, and if there's something that Darmik wants then Lennek has to have it, including the blonde haired lower class girl he spotted by chance.
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NO!!! I'm not ready for this story to be over (and the next book isn't out yet!) I need to know lots of things about lots of the characters! Plus I desperately wanted Darmik and Rema to be together throughout the whole thing! Normally cliff hangers frustrate me, but the one at the end of The Key actually just made me want to read more!
I loved Rema as a character, there was nothing 'proper' about her, as in she would break the rules if she wanted to, do things that would otherwise be unbecoming of a woman, and had a passion for doing the right thing, and for avoiding what she doesn't want. She felt enough emotion for it to be realistic as well, especially when separated from her family.
I guess in a very loose sense of the term there was a kind of love triangle going on with Rema at the centre and the two Princes on either side. I say loose sense because at least 2 of the participants didn't actually want to be there and had it forced upon them by the third (Lennek). It was pretty obvious from early on that Rema and Darmik were going to fall in love, but what was good was that they took their time to do it, and actually got to know each other first. I liked their relationship, and I liked them as individual characters as well.
Lennek on the other hand...well lets just say I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley, the fact that even his brother realises that he is a piece of work says it all really!
I'm hoping (a lot) that the next book will be out soon because I really want to know more about all the characters! And I want to know what happens after that cliffhanger of an ending!
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THE KEY by Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.
His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past... All she wants is to be free. What she doesn't realize is that freedom comes with a price she can't afford to pay. She's forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else... his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
ЯED (The True Reign Series, Book 2)
Estimated to release in late February 2014!
Guest Post from Jennifer Anne Davis on her Dream Cast:
If I could choose anyone to play my characters in a movie, this is who I’d pick:
First up, Rema!! Spunky, sassy, and a bit of a wild one, Rema is seventeen with blonde hair, blue eyes, and is fair skinned. She looks “different” from everyone else on the island. A perfect actress is Amanda Seyfried.
Next up, Darmik. Darmik, like everyone else on Greenwood Island, has dark hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin. He’s the commander of the King’s Army so I picture him having a hard edge to him. A perfect match is Chase Crawford.
Then we have Prince Lennek, Darmik’s brother. Lennek looks similar to Darmik, only a bit softer. He prefers lounging around the castle and entertaining women, as opposed to anything that requires physical exertion. Douglass Booth would make the perfect Lennek.
King Barjon. What’s there to say? He’s evil, malicious, and Darmik’s father. Gabriel Byrne has the exact look I’m going for.
Rema’s chambermaid is Cassie. Cassie, like everyone else, has dark hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin. Mila Kunis has Cassie’s look.
And last, but certainly not least, Darmik’s friend and fellow soldier, Neco. Liam Hemsworth fits Neco perfectly!
About Jennifer Anne Davis
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
Visit Jennifer online at www.JenniferAnneDavis.com.
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