Raised in the backwater province of Crowthorne, Cara finds her fate bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in. When it becomes clear that the heir to the Elbian throne has found disfavor in the eyes of the goddess, Cara is ordained by blood to take her cousin's place as heir apparent.
One man from each of the 12 provinces are chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords as champions and consorts of the future queen. From these men, Cara must choose the future king of Elbia. Before she is able to take her place on the throne, Cara and her 12 must visit each province and perform a sacred ceremony, one that will make Cara question everything she thought was real.
Cara soon realizes that not all of the men who swore to protect her are what they seem, and that there are those who would use her as a tool to gain power.
Cara's Twelve is a refreshingly different, romantic fantasy story of fair maidens and fearless warriors in a medieval land.
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I Just Didn't Get It
Readers of historical romance novels.
Yes. The narrator was pretty good.
Pretty much all of the sex scenes. Half of them were pointless and irrelevant.
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
This book had so much potential, but it just didn't achieve it. I have so many issues with this book like:
1. After proving that the Queen is a murderous woman, why do you then leave her on the throne and go off on a two year haunt through the country? Could you not have announced a state of emergency and put off the tour until you solved the issue?
2. You decide to take a woman who has been tortured out in a carriage in the hope that she'll survive. Like what? She's gravely ill and needs medical attention so you take her on a two year tour and hope she survives? And you love this woman? What?? No! That's crazy!
3. The Queen. Does she have an actual reason for doing what she did besides *power*? Like she already has power. I feel like her favorite word is *because* literally because that's synonymous with what she did.
4. I just don't get how in a society that worships a female deity, how women are considered so little in this book. Like the country is supposedly ruled by the Queen, but the King has more power than the Queen, Cara is supposed to become the new Queen, but she still gets harassed by Edmund.
5. It just seemed devoid of logic and clear thinking. Something bad happens (repeatedly) and instead of doing something about it, the characters have sex instead. Like what?? Why?? Do something!!! Stop having sex and sort out all the people who are being brutally murdered!!!
Also, why exactly was Cara shocked to become Queen in the first place? If the Queen only has one living heir, and you're next in live, why is it such a surprise that you are called on as the new Royal?
6. Emotionless characters. The main character's father died early on after her complaining that she hasn't seen him nearly every other line and you're told that he died of a heart attack after she supposedly died. And then she moves on almost immediately. That wasn't the only example. There were so many deaths that are skimmed over and forgotten about that it makes it meaningless. And did Cara even like her own child? I don't remember a single scene with her and her child. Like... half the plot is her trying to conceive a (female, but see point 4) child so that the monarchy could continue and then its like... you don't see them together at all. I get that you're the Queen and everything and you probably have wet maids or nursemaids or whatever, but it would have been nice to see something.
7. Instead of growing as a character, Cara seems to stunt. I just don't get it. She goes from this smart beautiful teenager who seems to have a brain to this woman who is more interested in sex with multiple guys than anything else.
The ending came as a surprise to me as is usual in a YA love triangle, you have the dark and mysterious bloke and the steady but boring bloke and the main character has to choose between them, and surprise surprise, she didn't choose the dark and mysterious bloke who abandoned her like I was expecting from the multiple lapses of logic that Cara displayed, but rather the steady and boring bloke. Nice one Cara, finally showing that you can actually use your brain.
It just wasn't good, and it really had the potential to be so.