Hey Happy Bookworms!
I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages, holidays always fog up my mind! I never even know what day it is, my sense of time just slips through my fingers, I nearly missed blogging today because I forgot it was Thursday but here we are! Yay!
Today I’ll be reviewing ‘Ash Princess’ by Laura Sebastian. The publishing date is the 14/6/18 but I got a copy of the uncorrected proof to review for lovereading4kids.
As an indicator of how good this book is I read all 419 pages in under a week.
From the start of it I was instantly enthralled and desperate to read more of it. The characters are so good, it’s like the author has actually carved them from human emotion. The plot is so good too, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through! And the way the author describes some scenes, it had me crying, holding my breath in worry, and grinning from ear to ear.
Other reviewers have said the book was quite emotionally heavy for them and I would like to give a *trigger warning* for it as it features abuse quite heavily, both emotional and physical, and in quite a lot of detail. I think the book deals with the topic well though, highlighting the horrors of it but showing that eventually it comes to an end and you get through it. I would say that abuse isn’t the main theme in the book but it is definitely one of the main themes.
The story is told in the first person, from Theodosia’s perspective. A young lady in the court of the Kaiser, dubbed unceremoniously the ‘Ash Princess’. When Theo was six her homeland, Astrea, was invaded and her mother, the Queen, was murdered before her by the Kaiser’s most lethal warrior. Theo was then striped of her heritage and changed into lady Thora, or the Ash Princess.
She lives with only one more hope of rescue until the Kaiser makes her kill him herself. She is devastated but soon she discovers she has another hope and it’s like someone relit the fire inside her. And for the first time in years she lets herself remember who she really is, a Queen
I would definitely recommend reading this when it comes out!
And because I was so addicted to this book I will be eagerly awaiting the next one (It’s a trilogy, yay!) but that one won’t be out until this time next year (not yay…😭).
Hope you enjoyed this review, I think it’s my best one yet!
You can also pre-order it from the lovereading4kids website (the link is above)