Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Date of Publication: April 24th, 2018
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
I’m just going to open up and say this book is just a jumbo of every other fantasy book thrown together, especially Ruined by Amy Tintera, which is a much better book in my opinion. There were Red Queen vibes as well. I think if this would have been my first YA fantasy book, I would have probably liked it a lot more. Also, throw in my most hated trope, sort of a weird love triangle, and you already have me annoyed. Another thing is I hate when an author tries to make a character seem more badass than they really are—Miss I am the almighty queen and take myself way too seriously.
The problem I had with Theo/Thora is that she was bland, fickle over saying her friend Cress is her bff to no she isn’t, Soren I want you—Soren I want you dead, kiss me Blaise—Kiss. Me. Just. Because. We. Could. Have. Been. Then she was cocky, and all like I’m going to bring my almighty kingdom back. Enough! I wanted to shake this book and knock the stupidity out of it! Then Theo has this deep connection with the people from the rebellion from memories when she was like 7 and younger. How does she remember all this stuff from when she is like five, when I can barely remember yesterday!
Anyway, the writing was really good in this, and it’s obvious the author has talent, but come on! If you take away the tropes (like girl wants to betray/kill guy, yet falls for him), this could have been so much better! Theo could have been amazing!
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