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Review – Under the Tree by Ashley Maker

Review – Under the Tree by Ashley MakerUnder the Trees by Ashley Maker
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 232

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoredmund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling for the one girl he can't have. As the young couple's feelings for each other grow, the fragile alliance between the two kingdoms threatens to break apart. With a vengeful duke and an enraged king fast on their trail, Thor and Araya must decide how much they're willing to risk for love. Even if staying together means starting a war.

Princess Araya is on the run from her betrothed and her kingdom. She finds herself in the neighboring kingdom where the prince takes her under his protection and hides her in the woods. His act threatens war between the kingdoms. Can the prince keep Araya safe from her abusive betrothed and not start a war.

In ” an Oyster Shell – This was a quick, fast-paced, delightful read that I highly recommend.

The Pearls – When I first saw the title I thought it was really simple but when I read the book it was intentional and well done which sums up the book. The book was simplistic yet well-crafted with complexity. The cover is just astonishing.

The plot was well developed and fast-paced. I thought the book was short but I looked at the page count, it’s average size. It just goes to show the pages fly when you are having fun. I was really impressed with how much the author packed into the prose.

The romance was really sweet. It was not insta love, but it was fast paced in tandem with the book. The setting was really beautiful mostly being in the woods, thus the title.

It was a great book I hope you read it.

The Sand – It was good.

4 Pearls

4 Stars

About Ashley Maker

Under the Trees is Ashley Maker’s debut novel. When she’s not working on her next book, Ashley spends much of her time procrastinating on social media, relaxing with her husband and two daughters, and writing companion songs on her acoustic guitar. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, worked a short stint as a book editor, and lives in a small town in Oklahoma.

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  • Kristin May 30, 2016, 10:57 am

    This sounds like something I would enjoy. Fantasy can get a bit too winded for me at times. So, I would probably like that it moves at a faster pace than what you’d expect. I’m also glad to see there’s no insta-love in here. I will have to add this to my TBR.
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    • Jessica June 7, 2016, 8:38 pm

      This was short and sweet. Right to the point.

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