Book Review: Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

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By: Laura Sebastian

Length: 432 Pages

Rating: ☆☆☆☆


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.



As I sit here pondering my thoughts of Ash Princess the theme song just plays through my mind. As soon as I picked this book up and until I reached the final word I declared Sit still, Look pretty by Daya to be the theme song for Ash Princess. Maybe it’s just me, but I found the lyrics to go perfectly with the writings.

Could wake up
And makeup
And play dumb
Pretending that I need a boy
Who’s gonna treat me like a toy
I know the other girlies wanna wear expensive things
Like diamond rings
But I don’t wanna be the puppet that you’re playing on a string
This queen doesn’t need a king ~ Daya

Ash Princess took me by surprise, I originally wanted to read the book because HELLO, Look at that cover….How can you not be intrigued by it? After I recovered from the thrill of the cover I read the synopsis and I was hooked. So with my fingers crossed, I waited for the fateful email from NetGalley telling me I was approved for it and I wouldn’t have to wait until April to read this masterpiece.

Well, my email came obviously and let me say that this book is giving Red Queen a run for her money.

So I dived in and when I first started reading I wasn’t exactly thrilled with what I read, I felt so let down and my friend who was also reading it with me felt the same way. I felt discouraged, the beginning of the book just isn’t sitting well me for some reason. It just seemed too familiar, Like a road, I once traveled. But I was determined that this book would not end up A DNF. So I kept reading and I am so, so, so, so glad I did.

The twist, the turns, and the oh so epic cliffhanger that had my jaw hanging to the floor. The journey of Theodosia is one I am willing to take waiting on pins and needles already for book two when book one hasn’t even been released yet. Theo maybe young and just trying to survive but you watch her transform, she becomes so much more than just a prize for the Kaiser. She proves that revenge runs deep but at what cost will she seek it. How many more of her people will suffer and who is she willing to sacrifice.

While romance is present, with an ( I say this very loosely)  love triangle that is so prominent throughout the storyline, after all, it says she is to seduce the Kaiser’s warrior son. Theo is presented with a ton of dilemmas. From never having to actually rule, living under the thumb of her capturers for so long, Theo takes a stand to reclaim what is hers. This book dwells down to this. How far will she go….


19 thoughts on “Book Review: Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

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    1. The cover is stunning, although I think I enjoyed the Black & White version that showed up on my Paperwhite more, I was able to see more of the details.


    1. I know, once I get my score under control, that’s when I get slammed with books and my score looks horrible. But I still request more books. Still got to try though.


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