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Aha! Excuse me while I scream, ’cause this is my first ever blog tour! So, Jenn contacted me offering me a place in the blog tour for “The King’s Decree”, and I said yes, obvio. Please excuse me if I mess up the format and make some other errors as this is my first time and I not very used to the idea of a blog tour.

Title: The King’s Decree

Author: Torina Kingsley

Pages: 106

Genre: Middle Grade

Release Date: 8 March, 2021

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4)


Princess Devina was just like any other girl until one day, a mysterious illness struk – one that seemed to sap her happiness, leaving her in a fog. Desperate to bring her joy, the king and queen decreed that anyone who can make the princess smile would win her hand in marriage and become heir to the throne. But is that really what she needs?

A twist on the fable “The Princess Who Never Laughs”, Devina battles depression, finds love in an unexpected place, and discovers that everything she’s longed for has been inside herslef all along.

*a pat on the back for me ’cause I took the picture myself*


Sometimes children and even adults suffer from depression without even realising that they do and sometimes even when they get what’s happening to them, people around them don’t. People most often than not end up getting judged, misunderstood and even get called names. The story is a re-imagination of the infamous fable – ” The Princess Who Never Laughs”, and the synopsis pretty much sums up the plot.

This is definitely a book that each and every child needs, especially in today’s world where depression is, unfortunately an extremely common occurrence. This book makes you realize that just because you are depressed, doesn’t mean that you are not a person any longer. Because you are. You are just a little sad but one day you are gonna be better. Just because you are sad and not in a good mood, and don’t feel like laughing, and you are angry and hurt, doesn’t mean that you don’t belong anymore. You just need a little time, and it’s okay if you take it.

"I think sometimes life is too much. Too much hurt. Too much pressure. Too many expectations. And sometimes, our bodies or our minds just...need a break. But there's no magic potion to provide it."

The writing style is extremely easy to follow, the characters lovable and memorable. The book is written is dual pov – Princess Devina and the a kitchen girl Yasmin, who helps Devina find the happiness that has always been inside her. This book is soo short that I feel like whatever I say, is gonna be a spoiler.

The reason I gave it four stars is that it is too short, and felt too repetitive at times and everything was just so sudden that it felt a bit rushed. There were times I wished that the characters were given enough time to process what was going on and yes, there was “showing” in the story, but I wish there was more “showing instead of telling”, because Princess Devina, the one dealing with depression just cried all day and never laughed, that was literally her entire personality. I wish there was more to it, because depressed people don’t do that all day. Apart from these issues I think it was a very well written book, and easy to breeze through!

"Maybe there's something wrong with us trying to fix what's isn't broken."

I would recommend it to actually everyone, because it conveys a very important message that I think everyone should know and appreciate.

Blog tour Schedule:-


@nanasbookreviews_ || @andsoiread || @absolutefiction0 || @kayckay_ bookreviews || @the_fictional_journal (me!) || @beastreader || @fictional_vixen_ || @bookreviewcrew


Torina Kingsley has always dreamed of becoming a published writer. By the time high school came around, her mind was swirling with tales ready to be told. She finds inspiration for her stories from viewing things from a different perspective, including her most recent book The King’s Decree, a chapter book that is a spin on the well-known Russian folktale, The Princess Who Never Laughed. Kingsley believes that a great story needs to be relatable and completely captivating, that it needs to drop the reader into a whole new world. She hopes that her young readers are made to think by her stories. For instance, Kingsley has seen that, although very few children’s books reflect characters afflicted with depression and anxiety, it’s something that kids and teens deal with every day, and she wanted to share that in her story. It is also important to Kingsley that characters are diverse characters who can fall in love with anyone, not just those who one might expect. As an author of Hispanic heritage, representing a diverse audience in her books is meaningful to her. When she isn’t writing thought-provoking and socially conscious young adult stories, Kingsley teaches music and loves working with her students. She lives with her husband and two rescue dogs in the Chicago area where she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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  1. Yay! Honestly I have no idea. I don’t even know how how they got my email id. Because I hadn’t registered anywhere. They just contacted me and I said yes 😅😅 and they sent me the book and a bunch of info and added me to an insta grp. The rest is history 😁


  2. Thank you ahaana!!! Also your post earlier yesterday was soo eye opening. I knew that jay kristoff books had issues but I never knew that they ran soo deep. I don’t follow any authors on I insta or other platforms… only the books so I had no idea. Yesterday I went and researched a bit and omg it made me soo sad and angry!!! 🥺😠 I wish people would do better. Now I feel so guilty for ever liking his books ☹️

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  3. Congo Ash! But I thought you would be talking about your blog or something because “blog tour”. Anyways, awesome review 😁

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  4. I have no idea 😂 I think it’s this concept where a selected few people get the book, review it and host a giveaway for the book. There are many bloggers out there who do it regularly and very often. It’s just my first time.😁 They refer to this thing as a blog tour. Uk like how a movie is promoted as the actor goes place to place. … similar with the book but the places are blogs and insta accounts.

    (I felt like I was answering a question paper 😳😳)

    Thankx ak!!

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  5. aww thank you 🥺 ahhhh noooo!!! don’t feel bad!! my post was only to inform, and now that you know it’s a good thing!! don’t feel guilty – you’re SUCH a sweet and nice person, love you!! 💓


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