Missing Royal (Finding Gold #1) by Konstanz Silverbow

Missing Royal (Finding Gold Book 1)


One princess destroyed the world. One princess must save it. 

When she was little she wished to be a princess. Now as a teenager she just wishes she fit in. But Shanice doesn't feel like she belongs, she never has. 

When her parents tell her she is the last known princess from another world, it all makes sense. A world full of magic in place of technology. One where she is more than just royalty, she is their last chance to stop the one who is bent on destroying it. Mendina. 

But she can't do it alone, first she must find the other missing royals. In her quest, Shanice will be forced to choose between the course prophecy set for her, and the one that leads to the man her heart belongs to. 


Missing Royal was not a very good read. Once I found out what was happening I mistakenly thought that this would be the first part of the story (since it was book 1). I didn't realize they would find all the missing royals and defeat the evil villain all in not very much time. It would have worked better had the story been developed more, was longer, took more time so you can really get into it. 

Shanice has grown up in our world, but she never really seemed to fit in. She hears voices sometimes and her classmates think she is crazy. She only really has one friend and that is Valentino who works where she gets riding lessons. She has had a crush on him forever, and now, as it is getting closer to her birthday it seems like he might like her too. Only he never really does anything about it. Then on her birthday her world turns upside down. She finds out she is not from our world, but another. She is a princess and she must return to find the other missing royals and take down the evil princess set on destroying everything. 

Up until this point I was excited to be reading this story. I couldn't wait to see what this other world was like and go on these fun adventures. Only that never really happens. What is her real world like? Not sure. I know a few place names, know of a few mythical/magical creatures that live there, but I don't feel like I know much about the world. Here she is placed in this world where she doesn't know the customs and ways and it felt like such a huge missed opportunity. I wanted to learn about this place. This story needed some world building so when Shanice is off trying to save the world I am more engaged. Instead it was like where are they going? Wait how did they get here so quickly? I thought this was farther away...I don't know. I don't really know where they are going half the time. It just didn't work for me. 

The other issue I had? Well Shanice and Valentino are supposed to be in love, but I really did not like Valentino. He treated her terribly, ignoring her and being all hurt over nothing. Why was he hurt and lashing out? Because he told her that they were set to marry but he knows she will only marry for love. She says correct, I will only marry for love, and kisses him. She never says she won't marry him or she doesn't love him, she tries to show him but he takes that as she hates me and won't marry me. It was lame. So the whole rest of the book was just him being not very nice and Shanice and Javier, another character, going on adventures. Really Javier was a sweetheart and I thought maybe they would end up together, but no. 

So there was not very much world building, I didn't like Valentino, what about the storyline? Well everything was way too rushed. All of the "hidden" royals were found in two seconds. Some of them got on board with helping to defeat the evil princess and then there was a big showdown that was two seconds long, the end. It really didn't work for me. Everything was too easy and too quickly resolved. Oh and not to mention that Shanice shows up and her real parents and everyone are all you must kill this other princess and she doesn't really question that. She is just like okay and goes off to fulfill this prophecy without question. What if the other princess really didn't do anything? What if it is your family who are the bad guys? Why are you just blindly doing what others tell you? It didn't make sense with her character, how she was supposed to think for herself and do what she felt was right. Really the whole story was kind of a mess for me. The high point for sure was Javier as he was so sweet and kind. I really liked him. Everything else? Not so much, but then again I don't feel like you really go to know the world or people very well. 


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