Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1) by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)

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 (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)

TitleAsh Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)

  • 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
    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...
  • Sana
    Edit: I accidentally read this as Ass Princess and that’s what I’ll always see when I look at this title.This book is everything I wanted Red Queen to be. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 What a fantastic debut. I loved this so much, I deadass want to reread it and experience all the feels all over again. It was just so addicting and I was unable to put this down!! I devoured this 400+ page book in two days. Ash Princess is a trope-filled book wi...
  • 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...
  • Kiki
    So earlier this year I took a trip to the south of France, notably the Périgord, which is filled with lovely relaxed people with sun-kissed skin and floaty skirts, a nice contrast to my jumpy pasty ass (I was in the middle of an existential crisis and musing over whether or not to quit my job and become a starving artist, and The Results May Surprise You!). While I was there I went to this antiques shop filled with retro fridges and dusty comics...
  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 starsThere's no denying:--This could have been more intricately plotted.--The characters could have been more developed.--Some of the violence, because there are repeated beatings, could have been written with more emotional and physical impact --There is a half-hearted triangle. (sorta? Maybe more of a red herring.)--After 400+ pages, I'm still not entirely sure how all the magic works. And yet...I enjoyed it! It doesn't hurt that the book s...
  • 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...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Yay! First book of 2019! Pretty solid fantasy read. A little bit tropey at times, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the story. I was rooting for this character and I wanted her to make it so badly. The plot kept me invested from start to finish, and I look forward to reading the sequel.
  • Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ 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, ...
  • shady boots | #WatchPOSE
    --2.5 stars--This book was... fine. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't particularly great, it was just okay. It reads like literally any YA fantasy book you've ever read. If you're looking for something groundbreaking or innovative, then there's nothing to see here. It felt like the author had a YA Fantasy 101 handbook to refer to during the writing process. Like, there isn't a single thing I can think of about this book that gives it its own identity...
  • 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*
  • Lia °on a summer hiatus but don't worry I'll be back°
    She gets to her feet and I know that I should rise as well and curtsy, but I’m frozen in place. “Some advice, little lamb? Next time you close a window, make sure it doesn’t open a trapdoor beneath your feet.”She’s halfway to the door when I find my voice. “I don’t know what I’m doing,” I admit, barely louder than a whisper.The Kaiserin hears me, though. She turns and regards me with that disconcerting, unfocused stare of hers. ...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Kayla
    Hey Ya’ll!I received this ARC of Ash Princess, coming out April 24 of 2018, from a Goodreads giveaway and I picked it up immediately when it arrived at my house. This book, as you’ll read in other reviews, started out trying to be the Falling Kingdoms series. I’m not even going to lie, the first maybe 15% wasn’t that unique. But by the end of the book it had come into it’s own and earned itself a 5 star rating from me, which as you guys...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Joshee Kun (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...
  • Rae
    This was such a fun and fast read! I really enjoyed this book and now I can’t wait for the next one!!! This is why I used to wait until an entire series is published before reading the books, but I just can’t seem to help myself lately! It’s nice to read recently published books so you can have discussions with others who are also reading it for the first time. And avoiding spoilers is a lot easier this way as well. Anyway, back to the book...
  • 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. I probably won't continue this series since it added nothing new to so many YA fantasies I've read before.
  • Yusra ✨
    never before have I needed half stars so much. because this ain't a one star, but it ISN'T A TWO STAR EITHER. oh and if you missed it, sign this petition for half stars: a good 'ol rant review is on the way, folks.
  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    I went into this with very high expectations, and for the most part, they were met. I highly enjoyed this one!Likes:- Would it even be a review by me if I didn't mention HOW GORGEOUS THAT COVER IS?!- Straight into the action!- World-building was SO good, and I just loved everything about the land she created.- Side characters: Artemisia & Elpis. They were really good- I actually really like Theo, and not hating the MC goes a long way to helping m...
  • 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...