Review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

*sigh*

This review probably won’t be very long or extensive, as I really don’t have too many thoughts about this particular book. It’s one of those “middle of the road” books where you don’t really have many opinions, positive or negative. I’ll try and conjure up some thoughts, as it wasn’t a bad book, per say.

I really wanted to love this book, and in some aspects I did. However, it just felt like something I’ve seen countless times before in the YA Fantasy genre. Theo is a great character, the writing is great and easy to read… The story is even compelling, but it just didn’t feel that original to me. The “deja vu” feeling I ended up with while reading really put me off a bit.

With that said, I will probably pick up the sequel when it releases. I felt like the story hooked me just enough to continue, and I actually do quite like Theo. I give this book a solid three stars, but they’re a hopeful three stars.

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