Author: Leigh Walker
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult, Dystopian, Vampires
Rating: 4 Stars
Who’s the fairest of them all?
Young women from every settlement in the land are being handpicked to enter The Pageant, a beauty contest reminiscent of Miss Universe from the old days. Gwyneth West’s social-climbing mother wants her to compete, by Gwyn isn’t so sure…
The Pageant is government-sponsored. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen, participation is mandatory. Aggressive competition is allowed, even encouraged.
And then there’s the prize…
The winner of The Pageant gets a marriage proposal from Dallas Black, otherwise known as The Dark Prince. Dallas is the son of King Black, who won the last world war and now governs the new settlements. The Royal Family is mysterious. Rumor has it they don’t sleep. Rumor has it they eschew the sun.
Rumor has it they’re immortal.
When Gwyn is thrust into The Pageant, she fights to survive the competitive nature of the other contestants.
But even if wins…can she survive a vampire fiancé?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I enjoyed The Pageant by Leigh Walker, but it wasn’t perfect. The narrative itself was easy to follow, flowed well, and was devoid of major errors. the premise, while not exactly unique, had a nice twist with the addition of vampires. I liked the characters for the most part, and overall, simply enjoyed the story.
But that doesn’t mean everything was puppies and rainbows. Gwyneth was infuriating as a main female lead. She constantly broke the rules and put herself in danger – not for good reasons, but because she couldn’t seem to help herself. She was reckless.
On top of that, the romance between Gwyn and Dallas was almost non-existent, despite what the narrative tried to convince me. I just didn’t see it.
Were these enough to ruin the book? No. I still really liked the story. It was a fun and easy read – I only wish there had been a little more depth to it. If you enjoy YA Dystopian Romances, you’ll most likely enjoy this book. I look forward to reading further into the series.