Fantastic Mashup of Genres | The Prince and the Apocalypse by Kara McDowell

Sunday, July 23, 2023

 The Prince and the Apocalypse by Kara McDowell

Wednesday Books
Publication Date: 7/11/23
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley/ from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you, Wednesday Books!)
An American teen stranded in London is forced to team up with the British crown prince if she wants to make it back home before the end of the world in this delightfully rompy high-stakes rom-com. Wren Wheeler has flown five thousand miles across the ocean to discover she’s the worst kind of traveler: the kind who just wants to go home. Her senior-year trip to London was supposed to be life-changing, but by the last day, Wren’s perfectly-planned itinerary is in tatters. There's only one item left to check off: breakfast at The World’s End restaurant. The one thing she can still get right. The restaurant is closed for renovations—of course—but there's a boy there, too. A very cute boy with a posh British accent who looks remarkably like the errant Prince Theo, on the run from the palace and his controlling mother. When Wren helps him escape a pack of tourists, the Prince scribbles down his number and offers her one favor in return. She doesn’t plan to take him up on it—until she gets to the airport and sees cancelled flights and chaos. A comet is approaching Earth, and the world is ending in eight days. Suddenly, that favor could be her only chance to get home to her family before the end of the world. Wren strikes a bargain with the runaway prince: if she’ll be his bodyguard from London to his family’s compound in Santorini, he can charter her a private jet home in time to say goodbye. Traveling through Europe by boat, train, and accidentally stolen automobile, Wren finds herself drawn to the dryly sarcastic, surprisingly vulnerable Theo. But the Prince has his own agenda, one that could derail both their plans. When life as they know it will be over in days, is it possible to find a happy ending?
Wren planned out her itinerary for her trip to England to the very second. Yet, when she gets sick and spends most of her time in the hotel bathroom, Wren is convinced her trip has been entirely ruined. In a last-ditch effort to stick to her original plans, she heads out to visit the World’s End Inn. On her way, she runs into—quite literally—the missing crowned prince, Theo. After Wren realizes the world is about to end in eight days, Wren and Theo team up to navigate a world in chaos in order for Wren to find her way home. The Prince and the Apocalypse by Kara McDowell gives readers the best ingredients of both romance and sci-fi to make a incredible book that truly comes to life.
  • I have had this book on my radar since it was first announced. The synopsis made it sound like such a delight. Royalty romances are one of my favorite things but add the pending doom of the world ending and I'm entirely sold. 
  • I have never read a book by Kara McDowell so I went into the book not knowing what to expect. McDowell's writing, however, lends for a quick and fun reading experience. The superb writing allows readers to feel immersed in the world she has created. I rarely cry when reading, but McDowell's writing, coupled with the end of the world situations, had me tearing up.
  • There is representation of depression in this, including suicidal thoughts. I wasn’t expecting it, since I went into the book expecting a cute romance based on the cover. It may be triggering for some.
  • While the end of the world is no laughing matter, McDowell couples that seriousness with a swoon-worthy romance. With the mashup of genres, I had initially wondered how the book would read. Fortunately, the book does not feel disjointed in marrying two very different elements. The Prince and the Apocalypse is even fast-paced enough to be a great summer read.
  • There's an underlying feeling of sadness to the whole book. I mean, the world is ending and these characters have to make impossible choices but I didn't expect it to feel so heartbreaking and real. In part, McDowell's writing immerses you in this world with Theo and Wren. Honestly, I was dreading the end, not only would the book be over, but I would have to say goodbye to these characters in more way than one. The ending was upsetting. If only I could have had 50 more pages to stay longer in the world.
  • The two main characters, Theo and Wren, are forced together when an impossible situation—the end of the world—occurs. While I usually don’t read books that involve apocalyptic events, I found McDowell's take on how the world would fall into chaos to be entirely believable. The apocalypse is as much of a character as Theo and Wren as it continues to stand in their way and moves their every decision. It brings about some great tropes like forced proximity, fake dating, and even a road trip. The book was fantastic, and most definitely not to be missed!
The Prince and the Apocalypse by Kara McDowell was such a great read. It was truly a breath of fresh air as it marries a royal romance with the apocalypse. If you adore end of the world plots or romances that make you swoon, you will simply love this book.

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