Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: Book One in the Ash Princess Series
Published By: Delacorte (April 24, 2018)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
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 know what you are thinking, trust me I do. Not another YA fantasy series about a girl that gets her throne taken away and must battle to win it back right?
And you would be right, this story is about that. But what if, instead of the heroine being kick butt because she can weld a sword or have some magical power, she is kick butt instead because she uses her head? Because she is smart and crafty and bids her time. What if, instead of going in swords blazing she plans and concocts and uses her smarts to get her out of trouble?
Not so much the same right?
This really was a fun take on something that has been done before while still giving it a breath of fresh air and a new feeling to the same old over used storyline. In fact, it didn't feel overused or overdone or same old same old at all. It felt fun and entertaining and oh so unbelievably hard to put down.
I didn't want to take a break from it. Once I picked it up and started, I was completely and utterly hooked. And the only thing I regret about reading it, is the fact that this was an ARC and now it means I have to wait even longer for the second book to be out. I wasn't ready for this to be over, I didn't want to say goodbye and more than anything, I already feel like I need to know what happens next.
I'm invested, I care, I'm a fan already.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Oh wow, the way you described this book was awesome. We definitely need more heroines who use brains over brawn! ♥ Lovely review!!!ReplyDelete
- Aimee @ Aimee, Always
Thanks so much Aimee!Delete
The book sounds good and a breath of fresh air to the same old story line is very promising. Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much and it was nice having it be different from the norm right now.Delete
This one looks fun!ReplyDelete
It really was!Delete
I have to say, I was thinking exactly what you wrote in the first few lines of your review. But then, you changed my mind. It really is a different concept when they have to use their brain, not brawn. Excellent review, Ali.ReplyDelete
Great minds Tyler! And thanks, it did add a new element maybe to the story that isn't always there with these reads. Definitely kept it interesting.Delete
You know YA fantasy covers are always so good. Glad you liked this Kindlemom.ReplyDelete
I agree, they really do have some of the best covers.Delete
I love that this is different from the slew of these type of stories emerging in YA this year. Wonderful review.ReplyDelete
Me too and thanks!Delete
Oooh a smart heroine! This sounds really good, Ali. I'm happy you enjoyed it. Can't wait to try it myself.ReplyDelete
I hope you do as well Nick. :DDelete
I like the sound of smart, cunning heroine. That makes this well worn tale worth a try.ReplyDelete
It really was nice to have something different MC wise.Delete
I'm a skeptical fantasy reader but your enthusiasm of this book is so contagious.ReplyDelete
Great review, Ali.
I can be too especially in this genre lately but it really was a good one. ;)Delete
I haven't seen a lot of reviews of this one but the way you make it sound definitely has me wanting to try it!ReplyDelete
It's so fun to find a book that hooks you.ReplyDelete
I want to read this book so bad!! Ughhh. Great review! Glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
I bet you love it too!Delete
Wow, nice review! Sounds great. I love that instead of being a badass warrior she's smart and uses her smarts to be badass instead. I'll keep this in mind for sure for my next YA fantasy read.ReplyDelete
Yes, me too, it really was a nice and welcome change.Delete
Ooh I really like that the MC uses her smarts in this one. It does make it a bit different from the usual fantasy fare.ReplyDelete
It does and I think that is why it stood out so much for me.Delete
I can honestly say that I think this is one of the best, if not the best, review I've ever read of yours. I don't even like this kind of fantasy and you have me intrigued!ReplyDelete
Wow thanks Lorna! That means a lot. :DDelete
Oh that does sounds a bit different. Glad this was good and hope the wait isn't too bad for the next book!!!ReplyDelete
That is different. I wish more young women were portrayed with a mind worth getting to know. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
I couldn't agree more Anna!Delete
Loved the way that you described this book. I wish it was the book's description instead of the generic synopsis. You don't really find much YA books where the main character isn't impulsive.ReplyDelete
I agree about the impulsive thingand thanks so much!Delete
I have been keeping my eye out on this one, wow really high praises, now I am even more excited!ReplyDelete
I think you'll like it too!Delete
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I've been eyeing it for awhile now wondering if it would be something I'd like. I love that she uses her smarts to get what she wants, and that seems to be a nice spin. You've convinced me. :)ReplyDelete
Do You Dog-ear?
So glad and I really hope you love it too!Delete
She fell in love with the enemy's son? Sounds fun. Need to check it out! Btw, I'm loving the cover <3ReplyDelete
Yep and it does have a great cover!Delete
I had to chuckle at your first words. It's actually not a tired trope for me since I haven't read any of those, but I can see where such a refreshing take on it would appeal to those who have read several. I love the sound of her using her smarts.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed your review. :)
Thanks so much Sophia Rose!Delete
Awesome to hear about a YA Fantasy that is worth the read. Great Review!ReplyDelete
Tori @ In Tori Lex
I am a huge fan of YA Fantasy so for me this is a must read! Great reviewReplyDelete
Definitely read it!Delete
I definitely like the sounds of a crafty and smart heroine! I usually love fantasy so might have to give this a go. Plus the cover looks amazing! Glad you loved this! Awesome review!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much and I really do hope you consider reading it, it was a lot of fun.Delete
I'm glad you enjoyed a new take! Fun with a book catches ya like that.ReplyDelete
Thanks and I agree!Delete
Yes, to a whip-smart heroine who uses her brain to be fierce! I'm so happy this was a page-turner for you Ali!! I definitely am excited for Ash Princess. :)ReplyDelete
I just know you will love this too Kim, at least I'm keeping my fingers crossed you will!Delete