Ash Princess

Ash Princess

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Held captive by the brutal Kaiser since age six when she witnessed her mother's murder, Theodosia, called Ash Princess, is now sixteen and prepared to reclaim the throne by any means necessary.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524767068
1524767069
9781524767075
9780525578260
Branch Call Number: YA FIC SEBASTIA
Characteristics: 437 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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darkl0rd
Jun 09, 2019

I wanted to love this book, but it was honestly so hard to push myself to get through. The ending BARELY made me want to get the next book to find out what happens next, so at least it did that; I just hope it gets better. The character development isn’t done very well, the plot doesn’t progress easily, its climax and ending was also very predictable. Overall, I am being nice by giving it a 3 out of 5.

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Linyarai
May 27, 2019

I found this to be a bit of a common story, but it was enjoyable all the way through and there were some twists at the end that I'm looking forward to hearing more about in the next book.

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happycanuck
Feb 07, 2019

Liked this new author. Found it easy to skip through the "padding for length". Looking forward to the sequel.

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JEM_LPL
Oct 12, 2018

Ever wanted to be a princess? With lots of money, lots of beautiful clothes, magical power, a glittering crown and a handsome Prince to rescue you?

Think again. Princess Thora has nothing, not even her name. She has no power over anyone; in fact, she's whipped whenever her conquered people rebel. She may wear beautiful clothes, yet there's no glittering crown; she's forced to wear a crown made of ashes whenever she appears at court. And she may know a handsome Prince, but she knows nobody is going to rescue her. She will have to rescue herself.

True, the chief villain is so evil (and I mean EEEEEVILL) that he makes Joffrey Baratheon look like St. Francis of Assisi. Talk about your Red Weddings! However, the usual teen triangle gets a new spin as Thora and her best friend Cress end up competing for the same Heir Apparent. "Ash Princess" is a fast paced, fun read (if you're not Princess Thora) that will be enjoyed by readers of the Red Queen books, the Selection series, and fans of elemental magic.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 16, 2018

I have taken a long hiatus from fantasy novels, because they start to read the exact same, but I was intrigued enough by the summary of this title that I decided to give it a chance, and I was pleasantly surprised. A teen girl that has been removed from her position of power by the Kaiser and kept as a hostage--beaten and tortured every time her people try to revolt. The Ash Princess definitely has a few things to learn about politics and men, but I think that was the point of this story--by the end of the book, she learns what is the most important to her, and she is ready to stand up and fight for it! Bad news...we have to wait for the sequel.

OPL_KrisC Jun 06, 2018

This cover is absolutely gorgeous and is what initially drew me in. I found this book to be an engaging fantasy with a dark side. There's a love triangle, magic and even some betrayal. I think fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo would enjoy reading Ash Princess.

sarahbru17 May 29, 2018

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Going into this read, I was a bit burnt out (pun intended) on YA fantasy, but this presented a refreshing take on a genre I love. Though it had many familiar plot elements, the author spun them uniquely to suit her well-rounded characters.

I LOVE that we had a world with a unique magic system that the protagonist did NOT partake in. And it wasn't that she couldn't, but she justifiably chose not to. I haven't seen this before, and it was a relief after so many overpowered protagonists in other YA fantasy.

The romantic sub-plot was believable and *added* to the plot instead of distracting from it. I understood where Theo was coming from, and I sympathized with/understood her choices. She was never some head-over-heels, lovestruck teenager. She had genuinely confusing emotions, but those were always secondary to her main goals.

MelifluousView May 14, 2018

Theo begins her transformation from a girl leftover from the past regime to the Queen of her people in this book of court intrigue. As she pulls away from her childhood persona as "Lady Thora", I felt her struggle with all of the manipulation and lying as well as fight her feelings between old friendships and what is best for her people. It didn't move quickly, but was a story I look forward to reading more about.

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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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