27 March, 2018

{ Mini ARC Review } Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

about the book }

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Ash Princess Trilogy, book 1
Publishes April 24, 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ARC received from publisher (!!!!)
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.


my review }

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Ash Princess was literally nothing new. Nothing, whatsoever. If you read a princess trying to start a rebellion, you’ve read this. Done deal.

And maybe I shouldn’t be that blunt about it, but really. Nothing new happened. Nothing stood out. It was the same rehashed fantasy plot that we’ve all read multiple times: a kingdom under rule of a terrible king; a princess who wants it back; rebel planning. Hoo boy, hold your horses. My heart can’t take all of this.

I just. Ugh. I wanted more. I expected so much better. A princess that’s cunning and dangerous with her mind… not torn between two guys.

Oh, yes. You read that correctly. Love triangle! Joy of all joys. It’s easy to say that the romance is literally the worst part of this book and, coincidentally, the factor that made it just… worse in general lol.

She has feelings for an old, childhood friend. It’s a new, and confusing thing. She has feelings for the prince she’s supposed to seduce—gasp! How dare she!—and eventually kill. Haha. Oh well. I guess we know how well that’s supposed to go.

Overall, I am tired. If you’ve read Ruined by Amy Tintera, you can just skip out on this because it’s basically the same exact thing but with a love triangle.


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