And I Darken by Kiersten White.
Summary from Goodreads: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
My Opinion: So I was really excited to read this, and I’m not gonna lie, I was disappointed after reading it. Lada was so violent and inhuman it was hard to connect to her, which didn’t bother me because that’s just how Vlad the Impaler was, but I made it difficult to like her at all. I didn’t like how slow this book read for me. I was really only interested for the last 50 pages. And there was so much info, and so many character I couldn’t keep track of them all. It was just kind of boring, and I though this book would be much more exciting. I’m really sad that I didn’t like this, but it just happens sometimes.
3.5 out of 5 stars