Review: Ash Princess

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:

I sped through this, forgive me! It was due at the library and I had been hoarding it since July 2018… enough was enough. CLEARLY, I wasn’t as interested as I was when I picked it up. I loved many elements of this book, such as having a Kaiser, but I also did not enjoy the polygamy in it. But yay for representation?? I can’t make up my mind, hence the 2.5/5 star rating.


CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS:

Theo: Kinda has the Anastasia Romanov backstory except she’s not hiding; she’s a prisoner in her own kingdom (or, what used to be her kingdom). Her “voice” reminded me of Evie from Lifelike.

Soren: Prinz of the Kaiser, and, of course, is one of the love interests. He is sweeter than the other guy, who’s basically…

Blaise: (the most YA-fantasy ‘Chad’ name ever) Gale from the Hunger Games. He’s her childhood best friend. That’s pretty much it for Blaise’s story. Next.

Cress: oh shoot, I was just about to say who she reminded me of, but I’ve forgotten last second!!! It was along the lines of somebody from a huge YA series, maybe the Selection? Bugger… if anybody can tell me who Cress reminds them of, that’d be really helpful!


PLOT:

A young girl sees the overthrow of her Dynasty. She is kept alive, but witnesses everybody she loves murdered. Now, a young adult, Theo wants to take back her kingdom. She schemes a bunch of missions and assassinations, but first, she gets close to all of them. That’s pretty much it. It wasn’t too eventful. But the ending (view spoiler) was interesting. I wish the book ended there!


STRUCTURE:

This is told in the third person, but we watch under the guise of Theo.


THEMES:

– history but not real history
– politics (?)
– love triangles (this is the first book that has ever turned me off them– and I think the reason for this is that Theo is poly and so there’s no ONE true love… not my thing, I’m sorry :S).


QUOTES:

the burgers are better at hungry jacks

not an actual quote but what do you expect when I speed read a book???


THE ENDING:

I wish it ended with a bang! But it didn’t. (view spoiler) Theo was exposed. So… why did we see such a tame resolution at the end? What was the point?


IMPACT:

I’ll read the next one, as I’m curious to see what Theo does with the throne. However, I’m not invested in any characters whatsoever.

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