Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review - Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1) by Laura Sebastian

Title: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Pages: 448
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release Date: 14th June 2018 

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't ignore her feelings and memories 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. 

Forced to make 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.


My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*   

When Theodosia was six, her country was invaded and her mother, the queen, was murdered was murdered in front of her.
For the past ten years, Theodosia has been Thora the Ash Princess. As Thora, she has learned to survive despite the near-constant abuse she receives from the Kaiser. Thora is placid and does not fight back. 
However, when the Kaiser forces Thora to execute the man she thought would rescue her, Theo is done being Thora. Now she wants revenge. With a group of rebels, Theo plans to seduce and murder the Kaiser's son, the Prinz.
Will Theo get her revenge?
Will she escape the Kaiser?  

The blurb for Ash Princess really intrigued me. It sounded like something that would grip me and keep me guessing. However, I was left disappointed. I liked Theo and felt sorry for her - she had gone through a lot and I thought she was very strong. None of the characters stood out that much for me, although Cress was quite interesting. The plot was okay. Nothing that happened shocked or surprised me. For a book that's over 400 pages I found it quite slow and I didn't think that very much happened plot-wise.  I didn't mind the writing style but it didn't hold my attention - I lost interest towards the end and I don't think I'll be reading the sequel. I'm disappointed I didn't enjoy this more. 

Overall this was an okay read.

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