ARC Review – The King is Dead

Title: The King is Dead

Author: Benjamin Dean

Release Date: 3/8/22

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 41
(see below for breakdown)

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received a free eARC copy from ,via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

James has been a prince all of his life, and since he was born, he’s been thrust into the spotlight as the first Black heir to the throne. But when his father unexpectedly dies, James is crowned king at seventeen. Now, the secrets he could keep as a prince with no real responsibility – namely, his sexuality and hidden relationship – are rocked as his life irrevocably changes.

When his boyfriend suddenly goes missing, the royal secrets and scandals that only he knows start to leak online. And when it becomes clear that whoever is behind the messages isn’t going to stop anytime soon, James begins to question everyone around him .

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this. It was a really interesting premise that was executed in a really fun way. I liked the almost cosy mystery vibes it gave while also being really insightful, authentic feeling and searing indictment on how the British Press would handle this situation.

James as a character was really interesting, a seventeen year old that desipite the huge weight that has been put on his shoulders makes his mistakes and then learns from them. Dean created such an authentic feeling world around James, from day to day life in the palace, the duties of royal life, to how the press acted. The mystery on top of that was also cute. It has a couple of twists and turns which kept me reading and I really did enjoy it.

My take away from this other than it being an enjoyable read, is that it was a fantastic study of the media engine at full force. This is where this book excelled and for me became really interesting. How the Newspapers reported, how it infected public opinion and how it affected James and his family were all really well written and for me made this stand out from a cute romance mystery.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 7

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 7

CHARACTERS – 7

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 6

PLOT – 7

ENJOYMENT – 7

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Happy Reading!

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