Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Review: ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian


Rating: 1/5 stars

DNF at 66%. 

Ash Princess is a generic young adult fantasy about a princess reclaiming her throne. I’ve read this story so many times before, and this one didn’t really bring anything new to the genre, plus it’s easy to predict how the series will ultimately end. 

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this book, but it just wasn’t for me. The more I read young adult, the more I realize I just can’t relate to most of it like I used to. I was just unengaged with every facet of the story, unfortunately. 

I was fairly detached from both the plot and the characters and didn’t really care how either would turn out. I knew halfway through the book I was going to rate it one star and that I wouldn’t be finishing the series, but I decided to continue listening to the audiobook anyway. But then I thought, why am I finishing this if I don’t like it? So I just decided to stop; I have too many other books I’d rather be reading instead. 

After I made the decision to not finish Ash Princess, I read up on some spoilers about how both this book and this series ends, and I found that I didn’t care one bit about who died or what happened, which is a good sign that DNFing this was the right decision for me. 

It’s not the book, not really; it’s me. I think a lot of people will enjoy this story, and I think I would have also enjoyed it a few years ago before I had read so much in the YA fantasy genre and subsequently became more enamored with adult fantasy instead, but I’m not the right audience for this book anymore. 

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