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Book review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Plot – 4
Writing style – 4.5
Characters – 3.75
Romance – 4

In which ten years ago, a six-year-old princess witnessed the death of her mother and how her kingdom fell. Now, at the age of sixteen, known as the Ash Princess, Theo swore vengeance.

Plot – The plot to be honest was good but I guess it’s mostly because almost all the cliches or elements of a typicsl ya fantasy novel are in this one.

Truth be told, just after a few pages in, the plot already resembles The Falling Kingdoms though I have to say, I prefer Ash Princess than Falling Kingdoms.

1. First, the rightful queen was held as a political prisoner.
2. She has the enemies’ prince as a romantic-interest.
3. She also has a rebel as her other romantic-interest.
4. Maids as rebels.
5. The evil king murdered her own wife.
6. The late wife was a bit cray-cray.
7. Correct me if I am wrong but I think in the Falling Kingdoms, the evil king also tried to woo his political prisoner just like in this one.
8. There’s such thing as magical stones or whatever you want to call it.
9. Winter was the climate of the original place of the enemies.

And so on and so forth.

writing style – surprisingly, I do enjoyed the writing style. Fast-paced. Read it in one sitting. The twists and turns are passable though they’re a bit boring since I’ve read like a dozens of twists like that.

One thing I commend the author is her ability to make things emotional. Look, I am not the type of reader who cries at ya fantasy novels but in this case, I cried a little.

characters – I mean, they’re okay but not just the type of characters you’ll remember. Like I said, they’re generic. They’re like carbon-copies of every ya characters.

1. Theo – I can’t say whether I love her or loathe because like I said, she’s a typical ya heroine. Though of course, I still shall appreciate her determination and bravery even though her stubbornness sometimes makes my blood boil.
2. Soren – if you ask me, he’s too good to be true. He’s definitely this good golden boy with an evil father. He’s too lovesick and dreamy if you ask me to the point he doesn’t serves much in the plot except fr being the heroine’s romantic-interest. Though I have a feeling he’ll do something remarkablein the sequel.

romance – thanks to this novel, I realized how much I don’t really like love triangle. I mean, love triangle is fine with me as long as it’s clearly impossible for the other guy to end up with the heroine. Wanna know why? It’s because I don’t want to get my heart broken, my ships usually failed to sail.

One thing I find disturbing was the fact the heroine was okay with kissing two guys alternately.

Who are you? America Singer?

In one chapter, she was kissing the prince, scratch that, more like making out with him and then the next chapter, she let the rebel kiss her.

Also, the romance was insta-love which is a big no-no for me. Felt realky bland.

Will I read the sequel? I seriousky don’t know. Truth be told, right now, I do want to read the next installment but considering the sequel will come out in 2019? I don’t think so because like I said. The novel itself was not really remarkable.


Laura Sebastian grew up in South Florida and attended Savannah College of Art and Design. She has written a play published with Playscripts, Inc., and lives in New York City, where she spends her time writing fantasy novels, babysitting and interning in publishing. Ash Princess is her debut novel

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