Title: Ash Princess
By: Laura Sebastian
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary 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.” 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.
Review: There have been a whole slew of princess stories lately and a book really needs to be unique to stand out. This book has a one of a kind story where the poor princess lives with the people who killed her family. Princess Theo has to pretend to be meek and submissive to her captors in order to survive, all while attempting to overthrow the bad guys without getting caught.
At times, I felt like the love triangle thing going on was a little daunting and produced an eye roll from me once or twice. I suppose it needed to be in the story to give you hope that Theo would someday find love, but it wasn't my kind of romance. I guess that was the only thing that stopped me from giving this book five stars.
I really loved how Theo had to sneak around. There was always suspense and a thrill when you think she was going to get caught. I can't wait for this book to come out in hard copy so I can buy one for my bookshelf.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.