Friday, July 26, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

If you haven't tried this series yet, you are missing out. It is so much fun and completely unique and like all Jennifer's books, completely addicting.

Book Title: Protect the Prince
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Book Two in the Crown of Shards Series
Genre: Fantasy
Published By: Harper Voyager (July 2, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

About the Author:

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the following series: 

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

The books focus on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.

The books focus on Rory Forseti, a 17-year-old Spartan girl who attends the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy. Rory’s parents were Reapers, which makes her the most hated girl at school. But with a new group of Reapers and mythological monsters on the rise, Rory is the only one who can save her academy. 

The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. 

The books take place in Bigtime, New York, a city that’s full of heroic superheroes, evil ubervillains, and other fun, zany, larger-than-life characters. Each book focuses on a different heroine as she navigates through the city’s heroes and villains and their various battles. 

The books focus on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families—or mobs—who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in town.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at You can also follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter on her website:

Jennifer Estep has once again blown me away with her ability to create not only a unique world full of magic and wonder and believe-ability but memorable characters that you can't help but love and feel for.

A unique epic fantasy that will blow you away, get your heart and blood pumping and your hand eagerly turning the pages because you just can't get enough, fast enough. 

I loved Kill the Queen and it still remains one of my favorite reads for 2018 but Protect the Prince has by far surpassed that love and gone straight to one of my most favorite fantasy series of not only 2018 or even of 2019, but of all time. I have loved every page of this story and can't wait for the next book to come out. 

I haven't been this excited about a fantasy series in I don't know how long. 

Tour Schedule:

uesday, July 2nd: Reading Reality
Wednesday, July 3rd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Thursday, July 4th: Book by Book
Friday, July 5th: Instagram: @spinatale
Monday, July 8th: Instagram: @bookishsar
Tuesday, July 9th: The Reading Corner For All
Wednesday, July 10th: Into the Hall of Books
Thursday, July 11th: Instagram: @sarahandherbookshelves
Monday, July 15th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Tuesday, July 16th: The Desert Bibliophile
Wednesday, July 17th: Broken Teepee
Thursday, July 18th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Monday, July 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 24th: Instagram:
Wednesday, July 24th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, July 25th: Instagram: @kaylagetsread

Friday, July 26th: My Guilty Obsession  


  1. This sounds like such an amazing fantasy series. The fact that book 2 surpassed book 1 and is one of your all time favorites speaks volumes! This story sounds like quite the page-turner with the unique and magical world-building and such wonderful characters! Wonderful Review Ally!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Thank you and it really is! So darn good. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

  2. I just recently read the first book in the series and loved it. I can't wait to get my hands on this one too. Great review.

    1. So glad you are loving this series as well. I hope you love this one too!

  3. I plan on reading the series at some point but I haven't started it yet.

  4. I am so excited to hear that you loved this one so much. I have this audiobook on my phone, I plan to start it in the next few days. I can’t believe it’s even better than book one!

  5. whoa...of all time? i added kill the queen to my reading list.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I need to try this series out, especially since you love it so much. :)

  7. Wow! I definitely need to get on this! Thanks for being on the tour!

  8. I had such a good time with this one!

  9. I'm so excited! I have this on my TBR and book one on my kindle. I really need to get reading especially with book 3 releasing in March!

    1. I'm so excited we don't have to wait long in between releases, it is so nice when that happens!

  10. I am not fan of this cover but this plot and your review sounds great. I am giving this a chance

    1. Sorry you don't like the cover, I actually do, it fits the series I think! I am glad you are still willing to give it a chance though, definitely worth it to try it!

  11. I'm listening to this one now. I do really enjoy this series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  12. This sounds quite good, and the reviews I've seen for this have me seriously thinking of trying Estep's books! Glad this one was so good!!

    1. All of her books are really good but I love this series especially I think. She writes amazing YA too!

  13. Everyone keeps saying this is blowing book one (which was amazing) out of the water and I love when an author can surpass everyone's expectations! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  14. I've just heard so many good stuff about this series! I'm all for a book getting my blood pumping! Glad you enjoyed this one!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  16. I've not read this series before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I have to check it out. Great review!

    Simply Angela

    1. Thank so much and I really do hope you do, it really is such a fun series!

  17. Ali, I am so behind on books, so I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but I can't wait after your raving review. Loved the first book!

    1. I feel you! I didn't realize how many fall ARCs I had until the other day, which may or may not have caused me to panic slightly at the number and the months left I have to finish them. Oh well, we do what we can right?

  18. I have this one on my list of must read books. I enjoyed the first book so I am looking forward to this one.

    1. I hope you love it but I have a feeling that you will!

  19. I have the first book, but haven't had a chance to read it yet! Hopefully soon!! I've only heard good things about this series.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬