Review: ‘The Shadow Prince’ by Bree Despain

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Shadow Prince’ by Bree DespainThe Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Series: Into the Dark #1
Published by Egmont USA, Egmontusa on March 11th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, publisher unsolicited
Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

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I really enjoyed this one. It was super long but I was never bored for some reason. There was always something happening to keep the plot moving. Not a whole lot of romance which is refreshing! And I love how I’m thrust right into the world, and I couldn’t leave. I just wanted to know more. Even though there are multiple point of views, I wasn’t confused, and it made the experience that much more brighter.


I really liked the characters! Like how independent and sassy Daphne is. She’s definitely one of my fave characters to read about because she’s assertive and always ready to dive right in and fight. The way Haden is super determined to get Daphne to fall for him was the obvious plot point, but as we know with stories, they tend to fall in love along the way. And I liked the slow descent. The romance was neither boring or cheesy. It was just right.


What really caught my eye about this one was the fact that it was a retelling of Persephone and Hades. It did have a similar element to the Greek story, but that’s where it ends. Set in modern day times and a story-line that keeps you guessing, The Shadow Prince is one of those books I couldn’t put down!


As far as I’m concerned, no guy is worth waiting for, not following, for that matter—prince or not. (27)
We must show mercy and kindness to all, my young prince. No matter their lot in this world. (35)
You might be from Hades and all, but you haven’t experienced torment quite like high school before. (159)
You always do what you want for your own benefit and don’t think about what that would mean for anyone else. (195)
I’m not allowed to be curious because I’m a girl? (277)
I believe in goals, and working hard for what you want. And choices. I make my own path; nobody else chooses it for me. (298)
But do they really know what they’re getting themselves into? Consent isn’t really consent if she doesn’t know what she’s saying yes to. (386)
How can I take sunshine and life into a place of shadow and death? (419)

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  1. Natalie

    February 21, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Cool! I thought it sounded very Hades and Persephone based on the description! I’ll have to check it out and order a copy for my library 😉

    • giselle

      February 21, 2016 at 11:27 PM

      Whoo hoo! That’s even better! I didn’t know you were a librarian 🙂 what an amazing job you have!

  2. giselle

    February 19, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Yeah it could be a bit confusing at times! It was a pretty great world that she built. Me too, I’m going to continue on with the series

  3. Andrea

    February 19, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    I enjoyed this one too, but at times I felt a little overwhelmed with everything that was going on. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Daphne, but I did love Hayden and everything that was happening in his mind. I definitely want to continue this series though.
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