Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brad About Books: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Read on April 27, 2013
Published: March 1, 2013
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 289 pages
Source: Publisher

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

The Summer Prince is a vivid, lush and powerful fantasy that had me gripped and hooked from the first page. Unlike anything I've read in a long time!

The world-building of Palm Três was gorgeous! I had a hard time understanding the world for a bit of the book, but once I got deeper into the world, this beautiful and chilling world was really brought to life! It's still a bit confusing, but it's such a unique world that I would love to see in person. Johnson did a great job at weaving and bringing this futuristic Brazil to my mind - it's so vibrant and imaginative! Love!

The character development was fantastic! June starts off very naïve in the book, but as The Summer Prince continues, she becomes more mature, stronger and tougher. She did a complete 180˚ on me, and I adored her development! Enki was great too. I didn't know what to think of him at first, but June and Enki together are unstoppable. Phenomenal!

And wow, the ending was insane! I had no clue what would happen next, and I couldn't help but tear through The Summer Prince. I dare you to try to stop reading - it's impossible! That ending was brilliant and very fast-paced. So good!

Overall, The Summer Prince is unique, original, and stands out from other fantasies. Totally original!

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