Last of Her Name
Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered--down to their youngest child, Princess Anya--and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

Last of Her Name Details

TitleLast of Her Name
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherScholastic
ISBN-139781338243390
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Retellings, Science Fiction

Last of Her Name Review

  • Jessica Khoury
    January 1, 1970
    Whew! I can't believe this crazy galactic roller-coaster of a book is finally FINISHED!If I had to describe the process of writing this book in one word it would be: "FUN." I really had such fun with this one, letting my imagination run wild through the stars. It certainly challenged me in ways no project has before, and pushed me to try some big risks that I hope will thrill and surprise you as you read. There is a LOT in store for you in these pages, so strap in, fire up your warp drive, and b Whew! I can't believe this crazy galactic roller-coaster of a book is finally FINISHED!If I had to describe the process of writing this book in one word it would be: "FUN." I really had such fun with this one, letting my imagination run wild through the stars. It certainly challenged me in ways no project has before, and pushed me to try some big risks that I hope will thrill and surprise you as you read. There is a LOT in store for you in these pages, so strap in, fire up your warp drive, and be prepared for one breakneck race across a colorful galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels!Each of the characters in it, from cheerful Clio to loyal Pol to honorable Riyan to firecracker Mara and, of course, our scrappy, tough, sarcastic space princess/apprentice mechanic Stacia, became so special to me as the story went deeper and farther than I ever could have imagined. I'm immensely grateful to the Scholastic team for believing in this story, and I hope as you read it, you'll have as much fun as I had writing it. :)xoxo- Jess (less)
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  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    Oh look, a book about me (if you don't get it: Nastassja is short from Anastasia). Finally! I long time deserved to be a heroine of some story. Make it one hell of a ride Ms. Khoury, please.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    5/25/18Title change from Firebird ---> Last of Her Name I like the change. The cover is simple but nice. Hopefully, it's shiny lol ---It just occurred to me that Empress of a Thousand Skies was also like Anastasia in space lol. But hey I liked that book enough, so this realization will not deter me lol ---Anastasia in space! =D
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  • Sheharzad ⚘
    January 1, 1970
    We have a blurb and cover now 😭😍 The title changed from Firebird to Last of Her Name! I really like this new title AND THE FONT. Woah.---- A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire. I.Can't.Breathe.Do you know how much I love Anastasia?? Do you know?It's my second fav story, after Beauty and the Beast, and I ADORE Beauty and the Beast with all my being. So anastasia being second to that says ~something~And this is set in space. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BYE I'm no long We have a blurb and cover now 😭😍 The title changed from Firebird to Last of Her Name! I really like this new title AND THE FONT. Woah.---- A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire. I.Can't.Breathe.Do you know how much I love Anastasia?? Do you know?It's my second fav story, after Beauty and the Beast, and I ADORE Beauty and the Beast with all my being. So anastasia being second to that says ~something~And this is set in space. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BYE I'm no longer able to wait 😭
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Having LOVED Khoury’s last YA offering, The Forbidden Wish, I was super excited to get my hands on this ARC. Last of Her Name is an amazing book – I’m stingy with my five stars, so it’s not quite that, but it certainly comes close.Sixteen-year-old Stacia Androva has grown up on a minor, out-of-the-way planet with her best friends Pol and Clio. Her life to date has been utterly normal. She loves hanging out with her friends, exploring th ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Having LOVED Khoury’s last YA offering, The Forbidden Wish, I was super excited to get my hands on this ARC. Last of Her Name is an amazing book – I’m stingy with my five stars, so it’s not quite that, but it certainly comes close.Sixteen-year-old Stacia Androva has grown up on a minor, out-of-the-way planet with her best friends Pol and Clio. Her life to date has been utterly normal. She loves hanging out with her friends, exploring the forest, and messing with anything remotely mechanical.But that all changes when Alexei Volkov arrives. He’s the Direktor Eminent of the Union, the government which he set up sixteen years ago after he killed the imperial Leonov dynasty. They were becoming cruel, autocratic… and it doesn’t help that they were all mad, too. (I did get slight Targaryen vibes off this, in case you were wondering). There are sometimes rumours that the youngest child, Princess Anya Leonova, escaped the massacre. But this has never been something Stacia was worried about.Until Volkov announces that he’s looking for Anya on her planet, and it’s quickly revealed that Stacia is none other than Anya.Obviously, Stacia doesn’t believe it. There’s no way her staid existence has anything in common with a violent, glittering past of power. But the DNA doesn’t lie, and very quickly she finds herself fleeing across the galaxy from those who want to use her as their figurehead. They also want her power: Leonovs are the only people who have power over prisms, the mysterious objects which fuel space travel. She isn’t just in danger from Volkov. Even the Leonov Loyalists can’t be trusted.In fact, the only people she can trust are Pol and Clio – until Clio is taken by Volkov, making retrieving her a top priority for Stacia. In the process she needs to avoid falling for Pol, whom Clio claimed a long time ago.Allow me to allay your fears now: there is no love triangle.Nor is there anything offensive in the detangling of emotions between Clio, Pol, and Stacia. No spoilers! All I’m going to say is that you’ll find in this book a beautiful, adorable romance with absolutely nothing to worry about, angst-wise.So this book is, obviously, an Anastasia retelling. I’ve always been fascinated by the fall of the Romanovs. It’s so tragic, yet it has a weirdly captivating effect on the imagination – the way the gems sewn into their clothes deflected the initial bullets, the fact that their bank vault in Switzerland will now remain full until the end of time… Judging from the number of Anastasia stories out there, I’m clearly not the only one fascinated by this unlucky dynasty. While Last of Her Name has a couple of obvious homages to them (the Russian names, the murdered imperial family) the space setting puts an intriguing new spin onto the story.The pacing was good, events suitably dramatic. The characters were nice and solid. I have no issues with Khoury’s writing; it was tight and engaging, matching the type of story she was telling, instead of the slow, decadent style she used in The Forbidden Wish.I’m slightly doubtful about the ending: it seemed a bit too easy somehow, and fell slightly short of the dramatic climax which had been building in all the preceding chapters. That’s just me being picky, though. As a whole the story was great. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea what to expect going into this, really, but I enjoyed it! Review to come
  • rachael ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-fi... Anastasia.... MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS... Help. I need it.
  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    Retelling Anastázie? Ve vesmíru? No sem s tím! :D
  • Hayden
    January 1, 1970
    Man, y'all. This book made me SO MAD.Now, books tend to elicit anger in two ways. One: through the fault of bad writing and/or problematic messages, or two: the characters are put through such an ordeal of injustice and torture that you just want to reach your hand in there and strangle a couple bad guys yourself. Last of Her Name was in the latter category. In fact, it's honestly a little difficult for me to say whether or not I liked the book because I was so angry about what the characters we Man, y'all. This book made me SO MAD.Now, books tend to elicit anger in two ways. One: through the fault of bad writing and/or problematic messages, or two: the characters are put through such an ordeal of injustice and torture that you just want to reach your hand in there and strangle a couple bad guys yourself. Last of Her Name was in the latter category. In fact, it's honestly a little difficult for me to say whether or not I liked the book because I was so angry about what the characters were going through the whole time. So take from that what you will.Anyway, if you haven't guessed by the blurb, this is a science fiction tale inspired by the legend of Anastasia (but with some "Firebird" references as well!!!). As such, it works really well. The whole science-y angle was actually my favorite part of the story. Also, there were some really fabulous plot twists. It's really hard to talk much about this book without spoilers, so my main (non-spoilery) thoughts are that I wasn't a huge fan of the romance (I just didn't "ship it" much, I guess?) but I liked Stacia and most of all I really liked the plot. It killed me, ya know, but I liked it.3.5 stars*I received an ARC of this novel during YALLFest, but I was not obligated to write a review, positive or otherwise.
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Jessica for years. I adore her and her books have been amazing to me. I knew I must read Last of Her Name as soon as I possibly could. I have waited so long for it, and I am so thrilled that I can say the wait was worth it. Because this book was all kinds of amazing. Loved it so. It was pretty much perfect.Giving it four stars, though, because of some small issues that I had. Will be sharing all about it, but it was not anything big. And for the most part I loved this book. I have been a fan of Jessica for years. I adore her and her books have been amazing to me. I knew I must read Last of Her Name as soon as I possibly could. I have waited so long for it, and I am so thrilled that I can say the wait was worth it. Because this book was all kinds of amazing. Loved it so. It was pretty much perfect.Giving it four stars, though, because of some small issues that I had. Will be sharing all about it, but it was not anything big. And for the most part I loved this book. And I'm so glad that I read it. Because it was adorable and pretty special and unique. Writing was great, which I loved. The story and world was so well done.I loved that this book is an Anastasia retelling. Not that much like the animated movie that I love, haha, but I didn't mind. This book was still precious. And loved the ways I found it to be connected to the Anastasia story. As it was different. It's set far in the future and in space. Which was all kinds of awesome. I loved learning about this world, as there were new things to learn at all times. There are nine worlds in this story. All different, all with humans and humans that have adapted into something else. And I enjoyed that a whole lot, as it was interesting and I always wanted to know more about it. So very much wanted to see all of the nine places too, haha. They all seemed awesome. And I loved all of the space travel in this one. It was great and written so well.This book is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Stacia. She's spent her whole life with her parents on their vineyard, spending time with her best friends. She has had a quiet and fun and normal life. Until now, when a spaceship arrives in her town. They are searching for her. And she doesn't know anything about it. Turns out she is the lost princess Anya, whom everyone thought was dead. She ends up escaping from those who wants to hurt her, but her best friend is not so lucky. She get captured. Ack.And this book is about Stacia trying her very best to rescue her best friend, Clio. And also learning more about her past, though she is not ready to believe it. It is a book about Stacia growing closer to her other best friend, Pol. Learning about the past of all three of them, and of their friendship. I adored them tons. I loved that they were such great friends and I loved reading about it too. But oh gosh. The secret that Clio has. It pretty much killed me. So different. So rude. So very good. Such a surprise and so heartbreaking.There is much going on in this book. I will not mention most of it. Only some things that I loved and one thing that I was a little disappointed about. But mostly I adored this book. I loved that Pol rescued Stacia and that they are on the run together. Though she is not very happy about that, ha. I loved all the places they went to, as all of them were so interesting. This book is filled with other characters too, and I liked getting to know them. There are also the prisms, small diamonds. Which had the very best story. Loved.The reason for why this book is a four star for me is the romance. It was my favorite part of the book, and I felt like maybe it was done a little bit wrong. Because these two characters were obviously meant to be together. And they are the cutest together. But they spend pretty much the entire book not being a couple. Ugh. And they are being a bit silly about it. A bit jealousy, but no love triangle at all. I wanted them to talk about it. To finally get together. It happens, but it took some time, and that ruined my heart a bit, honestly.Though the romance hurt me, it was also my most favorite. Because Pol was beyond adorable. And him and Stacia together was the very best thing. I loved learning new things about their past, as they spent their whole lives growing up together. I loved learning about when Pol fell in love with her. And I did love learning about how she felt for him, because that whole thing was beyond complicated. But also so good. But my gosh. I shipped them so. And I wish there had been more heat between them. More kisses. Sigh. But despite that, I did love this book. And I did love the romance. I simply wish it had been a little more of it. That made me dislike parts of this book, which is why it's a four star for me. But pretty much everything else was awesome. Enjoyed reading about the villains in the story. And all the twists and surprises. Gosh. There were a lot of those, haha. I had peeked, aaack, but that did not make me love this book less, so I'm thankful for that. This book was rude. But so very good. I liked it so very much. You must all read this one.The ending was good, but I wish it had been even longer too. It was bittersweet when it came to certain plot things. But was also so very good and I enjoyed it lots. Last of Her Name was such a stunning story. Filled with thrilling adventures and amazing characters. With such a lovely romance too. I found the story to be so good and I always wanted to know more. Now I wish that Jessica will write another book about all these characters, haha. As I want more of all of them. I so cannot wait to read more books by Jessica.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2019...
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  • ❄Elsa Frost❄
    January 1, 1970
    September 14, 2017OH MY WORD I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! I absolutely love Jessica Khoury's books and was wondering what happened that I couldn't find any of her books in stores. So excited about this one--a science-fiction retelling of Anastasia? That sounds amazing. Can't wait!August 7, 2018OMG IT HAS A COVER, Y'ALL. IT HAS A COVER. <3
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    wow ok 1. DAT COVER2. I heard star system, royalty, and rebellion (also, a fantastic twist, I am told) and I am just sold. 2019 just got a whole lot cooler.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    “If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I always press the red button.” 4 Stars Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Murder, Imprisonment If you had asked me in the first 100 pages what I was going to rate this book I was sure I was going to rate it a 2 star. The writing style is fast paced and simple. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer more descriptive writing. For me, what rea “If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I always press the red button.” 4 Stars Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Murder, Imprisonment If you had asked me in the first 100 pages what I was going to rate this book I was sure I was going to rate it a 2 star. The writing style is fast paced and simple. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer more descriptive writing. For me, what really had me convinced in the beginning that I was not going to like this book was the cliche writing. There is a scene where the MC is running away from knights, and then she stops and turns to a character she just met and asks “why are you helping me?” There were so many of these moments that were just cliche and overdone that I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. What made this book improve my opinion of it was the creative and unique plot. I loved how the ending wrapped up everything nicely. This book was frustrating because the rationale behind the MC’s decisions makes her seem juvenile. I enjoyed watching her and the other characters grow through difficult and trying situations. It's a pretty quick read. If you want to try it I suggest giving it to at least 150 pages if you're unsure in the beginning like I was.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    It was SO hard for me to get into this book . I did not understand the world at all and was confused be so many things that I ended up having to put the book down, and honestly I was almost not going to pick it back up. I am so glad I did though because I ended up really loving what I was reading after I picked it back up. Once I had learned more background on this world I found it very, very interesting and unique, and being able to understand it also let me be able to get to know the charact It was SO hard for me to get into this book . I did not understand the world at all and was confused be so many things that I ended up having to put the book down, and honestly I was almost not going to pick it back up. I am so glad I did though because I ended up really loving what I was reading after I picked it back up. Once I had learned more background on this world I found it very, very interesting and unique, and being able to understand it also let me be able to get to know the characters more and I fell in love with them too. I love the fact that this is a standalone because I prefer them and think this story was perfect as a standalone and don't need more, I also wouldn't hate companion novels to this because I felt like we didn't get quite enough of some of the side characters and more could be developed there. Going back to the beginning, my one big problem was that it took so long, in fact it took 100 pages before we got the explanation about what the world was like so that I could understand. So big take away? Try push past if you can't get into it until you get to that part because I do think it gets really good, but if you still can't at, like, page 150, then maybe give up.
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  • Jess-Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm grateful to have received an ARC of this book through the author's Twitter giveaway. I've been excited about this book since it was first announced almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the wait. Khoury hasn't just changed the location of the Anastasia story to Space, she's completely made it her own tale! The research that went into this creating this book also showed through and tied the story to the original "The Rumor, the Legend, the Mystery." (I had to do it.)The characters I'm grateful to have received an ARC of this book through the author's Twitter giveaway. I've been excited about this book since it was first announced almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the wait. Khoury hasn't just changed the location of the Anastasia story to Space, she's completely made it her own tale! The research that went into this creating this book also showed through and tied the story to the original "The Rumor, the Legend, the Mystery." (I had to do it.)The characters were so much fun to read about and well thought out with unique strengths and flaws that helped to move the story along. While some did have their annoying moments (Stacia), they were still overall wonderfully written because they served a purpose of making the plot even better. I lost count of how many plot twists this story has, which made it such an exciting read. The world building - okay, universe building - was incredible and my only slight wish is that we could have gotten more description of some of the lesser mentioned of the nine planets in the Belt of Jewels. In short: Stars, this was a great book!
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw Anastasia re-telling set in space, I was sold. It combines my love of science fiction, different planets, and spaceships, with my childhood favorite. But Last of Her Name is different than you might be expecting. Stacia finds out pretty quickly that she is the lost princess Anya. Not immediately, but pretty soon considering in the movie it takes her almost the entire thing. So I was intrigued how this story would deviate.Last of Her Name is more about Stacia/Anya growing into herself. When I saw Anastasia re-telling set in space, I was sold. It combines my love of science fiction, different planets, and spaceships, with my childhood favorite. But Last of Her Name is different than you might be expecting. Stacia finds out pretty quickly that she is the lost princess Anya. Not immediately, but pretty soon considering in the movie it takes her almost the entire thing. So I was intrigued how this story would deviate.Last of Her Name is more about Stacia/Anya growing into herself. About her journey to embrace her DNA and who she is underneath her skin. It's almost like the story of Anastasia after the credit scenes. Stacia/Anya has to figure out the truth of her family, what the galaxy needs (in terms of rulership), and the person she wants to be. Just because she was born Anya and is the lost princess, doesn't mean she knows how to be that person.
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  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    Me: I'M EXCITED FOR RELEASE DAY AND FOR THE WORLD TO READ STACIA'S STORY.Okay, that's all for now. Review coming eventually.
  • Ave
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*
  • Athena
    January 1, 1970
    Why am I torturing myself shelving over a hundred books that I can't get in months??? Okay, this one's less than 2, but still.
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-arc copy.Last of Her Name is a great science fiction ride! It is a solid story with fun characters and lots of adventure! Don't pass this one up! Even if you don't like Scifi it's worth reading!
  • Calzedonka
    January 1, 1970
    Jestli to bude stejně dobré jako Zakázané přání, tak šup sem s tím! :-D
  • Erica Raquel
    January 1, 1970
    After reading The Forbidden Wish, I already know this book is going to be amazinggg
  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    This is an Anastasia retelling but in a futuristic sci-fi setting. Stacia lives on one of many inhabited planets with her best friends and family until someone arrives claiming she is the lost princess, whose family got murdered 16 years ago. From then on she is on the run and the bad guys do not stop chasing her for one second. I loved the world building so much, I loved traveling through space with the characters, jumping from one planet to another, seeing all these different worlds and differ This is an Anastasia retelling but in a futuristic sci-fi setting. Stacia lives on one of many inhabited planets with her best friends and family until someone arrives claiming she is the lost princess, whose family got murdered 16 years ago. From then on she is on the run and the bad guys do not stop chasing her for one second. I loved the world building so much, I loved traveling through space with the characters, jumping from one planet to another, seeing all these different worlds and different species. The plot was so well thought out and sometimes I really had to stop to *gasp* because the twists were THAT good. It is really dark because the characters go through a lot! This book broke my heart a million times. There is also the best slow burn brotp that I wanted more of. This is a fast paced and action packed story that stops just in the right moments for slow and tender and sad and romantic scenes. Thanks you @scholasticinc for sending me an advances copy in exchange for an honest review. Last of Her Name is released on February 26th and I can honestly and genuinely say that it is worth a read. Especially sci-fi lovers and space nerds. You’ll love it.
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  • Nichole Oo Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What a fun ride! If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, this book is for you. Stacia is living life in Afka when the Committee comes and flips everything she knows upside down. Barely avoiding capture, Stacia (whom they say is the last remaining bloodline of the royal Leonov family) flees into the universe. Her journey is full of narrow misses, new friends from other worlds, facing fears and enemies, fo Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What a fun ride! If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, this book is for you. Stacia is living life in Afka when the Committee comes and flips everything she knows upside down. Barely avoiding capture, Stacia (whom they say is the last remaining bloodline of the royal Leonov family) flees into the universe. Her journey is full of narrow misses, new friends from other worlds, facing fears and enemies, forgiving those who kept secrets from her, and coming to grips with who she is destined to be. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. There is action around every corner, leaving you rooting for Stacia and her crew. Just when you think you know where things are headed, another twist is thrown into the mix. A lesson in acceptance, trust, and motives. Here’s to hoping for a sequel...I need to see what happens to these well thought-out characters!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I am not a science fiction fan, and I did not read the back cover before I started. I got the paperback version from Scholastic as part of their program that sends books to teachers to review and evaluate for potential classroom use. Once I realized that it was based on the 1917 Russian Revolution and the royal family, the book had me hooked. I loved this! It's a familiar story in several ways, but the futuristic elements made it completely different. There are lots of plot twists and interestin I am not a science fiction fan, and I did not read the back cover before I started. I got the paperback version from Scholastic as part of their program that sends books to teachers to review and evaluate for potential classroom use. Once I realized that it was based on the 1917 Russian Revolution and the royal family, the book had me hooked. I loved this! It's a familiar story in several ways, but the futuristic elements made it completely different. There are lots of plot twists and interesting worlds and characters. The romance was completely unnecessary and a small part of the novel--but the rest of it wowed me. Fantastic read!
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  • Here Be Dragons
    January 1, 1970
    Overall I mostly liked this, but there were many, many, many things I would have changed about it. I feel like this could've been a series and the world could have been developed better that way. The whole book felt a little rushed to me and it was really hard to connect with any of the characters because of that. Otherwise I really liked the plot, but this just could've been longer and better developed.
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  • Mariana Calderon
    January 1, 1970
    Unique and fun - it was a super fast fluff read for me, and I think anyone into the story of Anastasia would enjoy it. There are some great twists in there, and it's pretty SciFi-lite, if anyone is more used to fantasy and thinking of picking this up!
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  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    Princess on the run ... in space?? Sign me up!
  • alicat
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC of this at YALLFest this year!It's a fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi adventure through the stars.I really enjoyed the world building in this one from crystal prisms that power the galaxy to people that grow horns in a painful but ceremonial way to secret encoded DNA and more. Riyan and his people were my favorite! He is a gravity witch (love when witch is androgynous) described as having a dark brown shaven head with silver tattoos and black markings that become more prominent when I got an ARC of this at YALLFest this year!It's a fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi adventure through the stars.I really enjoyed the world building in this one from crystal prisms that power the galaxy to people that grow horns in a painful but ceremonial way to secret encoded DNA and more. Riyan and his people were my favorite! He is a gravity witch (love when witch is androgynous) described as having a dark brown shaven head with silver tattoos and black markings that become more prominent when using his tensor abilities. The tensors are monk-like and live secluded on the edge of the galaxy. They can manipulate gravity to their will and use it to crush objects or people. How cool! I want a whole book about these people please! The first twist is pretty obvious if you've read any YA fantasy/sci-fi book out there. The same thing happens in The Girl at Midnight. They even use the same word "Firebird" for the super-special thing that's going to solve all the problems. But there's a much more interesting second twist that I was not expecting!I wasn't a huge fan of the romance. Childhood friends to lovers is super boring to me, but it didn't distract too much from the main plot and action. (view spoiler)[I kind of wish Pol stayed dead near the beginning and the romance had been with Riyan instead. (hide spoiler)]Regardless, I had a lot of fun reading this one! It didn't drag anywhere and I found the characters compelling. There's the tiniest of hints of a lesbian romance at the end with Mara and Riyan's sister, Natalya.Great for fans of Empress of a Thousand Skies or Cinder! Is there a sequel? I hope!
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  • Jordie {·JustJordiesBooks·}
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very Star Wars-Esque without copying Star Wars at all. This is one of those books that is so creative that you question how someone could come up with something so interesting, and also have enough talent to write it out in a book. This book was well written, it made me question everything as the main character also has to, and it has your cute underlying romance. The ending is left off in such a way that it could be a stand alone or it could continue and I hope she continues becaus This book is very Star Wars-Esque without copying Star Wars at all. This is one of those books that is so creative that you question how someone could come up with something so interesting, and also have enough talent to write it out in a book. This book was well written, it made me question everything as the main character also has to, and it has your cute underlying romance. The ending is left off in such a way that it could be a stand alone or it could continue and I hope she continues because I am so invested in this world and these characters. Also, the world building was so good.
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