Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world onl...

Details Ash Princess

TitleAsh Princess
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Ash Princess

  • Emily May
    Is it better to have your life ended by someone who hates you or someone who loves you? Ash Princess has a heroine desperately trying to reclaim her stolen throne, a mindlessly evil tyrant who stole said throne, and a love triangle... What's that, you say? You've heard this one before? Yeah, me too. That being said, to give credit where it's due, it stands out for being compulsively readable and entertaining.Plot and character-wise, it resembles ...
  • Lola Reviewer
    I hope you will not fall off your chair if I tell you that you have read this story before.Maybe once, or twice, or a hundred of times, but you most certainly have. Girl loses kingdom and family. Girl wants kingdom back and boy helps her. Girl manipulates her way surprisingly mainly into—instead of out of—trouble. Nothing stands out. Not even the idea of multiple gods and goddesses and gems that hold power that can be used by and on people. T...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. “My name is Theodosia Eirene Houzzara, Queen of Astrea, and I will endure this.” Friends, I couldn’t put this down. This was such an addicting and captivating read. This was the first book of 2018 that I read in one day, which is saying something because this book is almost 450 pages. I was just so invested with the romance, the rebellion, and the betrayals, that I cou...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Loved it!!! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • C.G. Drews
    This was a pretty dark and politically twisty fantasy, and I was pretty sold! I mean, I actually thought it'd be much darker (omg I'm so sorry) aaand I loved the beginning and less so the end (Y U EXIST LOVE TRIANGLE) but it had powerful magic and freaking awesome world building and I am so there for this. ✓ Seriously tho: world building!It actually takes time to show us languages and cultures and there were a lot of "fantasy" words flying abo...
  • Katie.dorny
    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. IT IS PHENOMENAL. Theo is so strong, and actually a normal character who relates to things normally which i loved, felt i could relate to her a little better. Magic, kings, war and spying. i could barely put it down! I'm so excited for the sequel already and i can't believe i have to wait another year!And I know it had a love triangle, but it was so believable for me.And the struggle, omg. And the humiliation. Je...
  • Carrie
    Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Ash Princess Trilogy. This is one that is on the darker side with violence, abuse, slavery and a hint of rape so beware to those with issues with these triggers. There is also a hint of a love triangle involved with the main character, a boy from her past and the son (prince) of her captor.The story begins as we meet Theodosia Eirene Houzzara who by all rights sh...
  • Ben Alderson
    So glad I read this book. Really enjoyed the politics, magic and character in this one. I also could not predict what was to happen in the story. Something that is rare for me these days. Regardless if it took me a week to finish I would happily read this one over and over.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    "We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive." This book definitely helped pull me out of my book funk, so praise 🙌*Review to come*
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestIn YA, everyone piles onto the bandwagon of the latest trends. A few years ago it was dystopian fiction but now we've a glut of fantasy on our hands. As someone who loves fantasy, this should be a good thing, but the YA machine keeps churning out subpar, derivative works that are less good world-building and action-heavy plots than wallpaper fantasy settings for tepid romance.In this regard, ...
  • Paromjit
    This dark YA fantasy is the debut novel of Laura Sebastian, it is the first of a planned trilogy. 16 year old Theodosia Houzzara has suffered the nightmare of 10 long years as a prisoner of the Kalovaxians and the tyrant King Kaiser. Her mother, the Queen, was murdered in front of her eyes when she was 6, the country was conquered, land taken and resources pillaged. Theo is shamefully known as the Ash Princess, and her people have been enslaved, ...
  • Cesar
    4 stars"Now it's time for a queen to rise."I'm gonna be honest: This was better than Red QueenI know, I know, that's such a bold claim to make. But I stand by it. Ash Princess was a surprisingly good read. I knew it had the same tropes as most YA fantasy does: Rebellion, princesses, love triangle, etc. But I was invested in the story as well as Theodosia's character development.This took me a while to read not because it was boring, but because o...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly ⚔
    eARC provided by Netgalley and publisher to read and review. Thank you!!Tough review to write. I think people will like this, but I personally...didn't. It is a debut novel, and for that, is well-written, and impressive. The story and the characters just never clicked with me.I have read similar stories. Princess has lost her thrown due to invaders and kept as a prisoner (well-kept slave who still gets punished and humiliated by the new ruler). S...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher (macmillan)**This does not affect my views or opinions*  To start off with, the writing was wonderful. It was so well written, it flowed so well, was descriptive, but not overly so.  The pacing was spot on, and the world building was wonderful. The characters were all well developed too, and I liked them and had interest in whether or not they survived from p...
  • Kayla
    Happy book birthday, Laura! (Yeah, I'm a few days late but I was there for it on Twitter lol) Ya'll NEED to read this it was so good ♥This amazing author hasn't even had her book released yet and is being attacked on Twitter by some troll. Let's try and show our love and support for Laura y'all. She's truly an amazing and nice and funny person and no one deserves to be attacked. And damn it, the weeb made fun of her for naming her dog Neville a...
  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
    My mother was known as the Fire Queen, regal and strong. But I am the Ash Princess, a living joke.From the get-go, I want you to know that this book isn't very original. It's a combination of the tropes that we encounter in YA fantasy, such as evil monarchs, warring kingdoms, and love triangles. Interestingly, the cover is also similar to that of Glass Sword. Come to think of it, Ash Princess is reminiscent of Red Queen. With all that said, you'r...
  • Benjamin
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review.There are enough princesses in the YA literature world. Do we really need more?Maybe we do need more princesses like this one Full review posted....................................................................................................................................................................This is such a hard book to rate. While I was reading it, there were moments when I wanted to ...
  • Riley
    2.5/3 starsThis wasn't horrible but the similarities to Ruined by Amy Tintera are so much that I am side-eyeing a bit. The plots and characters were almost identical. The romance played a big part in this book and it was so bland I ended up skimming those scenes. Also this is a minor issue, but the prince is referred to as Prinz and that is a pet peeve of mine when an author just changes up the spelling of normal words to make it "fantasy"I proba...
  • Dannii Elle
    Actual rating 4.5 stars.Theodosia is the last remaining heir of a vanquished country but now she is owned by her conquerors. Paraded around as the Ash Princess, for all she now truly rules has been burnt to its roots, and whipped for every misdemeanour of her enslaved people, her thoughts seek no further than in surviving every day. But her people do not forget. And neither will she, when they come to return her to her rightful spot as ruler of t...
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    I enjoyed Ash Princess. It is a fantasy YA novel with dark themes, a trope-y triangle romance (which I usually dislike, but didn’t mind here), and a heroine who isn’t a typical “fighter.” I will say that this one is a slow build, and there is a bunch of “world building” that is less setting and more how the characters are connected and their motivations against one another. It’s all necessary of course, but if you’re looking for a...
  • Katrin D
    Wow. I definitely didn't expect this story to be as amazing as it was, it blew me away. I thought it was going to follow a typical YA fantasy plotline, but it was so much more. There were touches which made it original and captivating, so much so that I think I loved it as much as I do RQ. And that says a lot. Can't wait for book 2!
  • mith
    i have a childish review of this book on my blog which i wanted to rewrite but can't bc i forgot most of this there's that first thing: completely unmemorable. i've said this about everless, and i'll say it again about ash princess: if you don't read this, you are not missing out on anything. this is the same fantasy plot over and over, only this time, with a love triangle--and neither parties are interesting enough to warrant attention.y...
  • Samantha Fabris
    Ash Princess follows the typical story of a princess whose kingdom was stolen from her as a child and now she's trying to fight for it back, BUT it is well executed with some great characters. I was hooked from the beginning.Since her kingdom was overthrown when she was a child, Theo has been raised under the cruelties of the Kaiser and publicly punished any time her people rebel. Because of this she's a very broken character. She's played the ro...