May 28, 2012
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: ?? Not sure
Review Source: For review from Hachette Book Group Canada (@HBGCanada)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.
When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year-old Princess Eliza manages to escape.
Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope—and to love—once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she not become... The Last Princess.
As soon as I heard this book’s concept I knew I had to read it. Despite the huge amount of post-apocalyptic books that have come out in the past year I still love reading about the concept and seeing the different ways that people survive after world-ending circumstances. I also happen to love stories about royalty, so the fact that this book combined the two made it one I couldn’t miss.
In some respects this book definitely lived up to my expectations. It was exciting and featured some great characters living through horrific circumstances. I loved the plot of the book and where the story went, yet somehow in the past week since I’ve read the book it’s all become a bit forgettable and jumbled up in my mind. I think one reason for this is because of the book’s length. Usually I find myself wishing an author will stop with so many details and just get on with the plot. On the opposite side of the spectrum I feel like ‘The Last Princess’ could have been split into two books in itself, therefore giving room for more details and development.
I enjoyed the concept of this book a lot, I just found the writing to be a bit sparse. I would have liked more development for the characters and the situations they were in, because I actually really enjoyed what was there. I also had an issue with the romance because it really just came out of nowhere. I’m one of the hugest fans of romance in YA novels, but this one really didn’t need that added element (unless it was developed further and felt more like a natural part of the story, rather than a gimmick).
Is this worth a read? I think so. Despite my issues with it I found the book to be exciting, and I had a good time reading about the circumstances and the characters.
I like it, it's pretty evocative.
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