Wytch & Prinze
Author: Kassandra Lea
Title: Wytch & Prinze
Rating: Two Petals
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Medium Jacob Wytch lives in the forest with his fluffy dog Gruff and his ghostly fairy godmother Amelie. When he gets a call from his friend Renwick Prinze, he panics. Jacob has been pining for Renwick longer than he cares to admit. Instead of admitting, however, he listens to Amelie and begins to sabotage Renwick's beds in hopes of inviting his dashing friend to sleep with him.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jacob is excited because his best friend and crush, Renwick, is coming to visit. He's nervous too, because this time for certain he'll be able to tell Renwick his feelings. Except, nerves get the better of him, so instead of telling Renwick he starts a game of Princess and the Pea to potentially disastrous results.
I thought the story was short and sweet with just the right amount of relationship building to make the romance believable. The tie-in with the Princess in the Pea had me giggling as Jacob continues to sabotage where Renwick is sleeping. While the plot was completely predictable, I did enjoy reading it.
However, this story suffered from a severe lack of editing. I don't mean spelling and grammar. (I'm assuming the spelling and grammar issues will be fixed for the actual release, as I was only reading an arc, so those didn't effect my rating here.) There were a number of continuity issues that the author and editor should have fixed. For example: one moment the dog is reacting to his name, eager for attention, but within thirty seconds the dog is so heavily asleep he's snoring. Or how Renwick is first introduced with the last name Charming and it's only at the very end of the book that we're informed it's actually Prinze. And how Jacob states that he decided to call Amelie his fairy godmother, but later it's stated that she was the one who told him she was his fairy godmother. Those are the three big issues that stood out to me, but there were more.
I also didn't like how Jacob's powers were never explained. He talks to ghosts, but how and why he got that ability was never provided. That would have given his characterization a bit more depth, as the story was definitely lacking in that, as well as provided some world building, which was also totally absent from this story.
This story was short and sweet and I did enjoy reading it, but it suffered from severe continuity issues. It also lacked depth in the characterizations and needed a lot more world building. If you're looking for something that will give you a giggle and might make you smile, but won't provide much else, I recommend this story to you.
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