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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze



TITLE: The Last Princess                AUTHOR: Galaxy Craze
PUB: Little Brown                               PUB DATE: 5/1/12
FORMAT: hc, 295 pgs
SOURCE: from pub for review


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.

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THREE WORDS: Kickbutt and Fast-paced

MY REVIEW: When I finally picked up The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze (coolest name ever!) I had been in a bit of a YA slump, reading books that just failed to WOW or impress me. But luckily this book proved to be different and immensely enjoyable.

In a stark, dystopian future, the world is a very different place since the Seventeen Days. For 17 days and nights the world was bombarded with every natural disaster imaginable (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions). At the end of those 17 days, England found itself isolated from the rest of the world, with communication impossible thanks to no electricity and impassible ocean waters. In this savage land, Roamers (cannibals) haunt the woods, while a new, dangerous group calling themselves the New Guard is quickly growing. When the New Guard attacks Buckingham Palace, killing the king and capturing Princess Mary and Prince Jamie, Princess Eliza finds herself alone. Determined to avenge her family, the princess infiltrates the New Guard’s training camps, intent on killing Cornelius Hollister, the leader and the man who took her family away from her. But she never expects to find a new reason fight for more than revenge and to just maybe fight for love.

The Last Princess offers readers a fast-paced, refreshing dystopian story. Exciting and well-written, with a kickbutt heroine, this book had me captivated from beginning to end.

With the dark, startling dystopian English setting, author Galaxy Craze has crafted a world that is both grand and chilling. The idea behind the Seventeen Days and the natural disasters it produced may not be entirely original, but it does make for intriguing consequences. And Craze’s post-apocalyptic world is well-developed and deftly laid out for readers. The idea of Roamers, revolutionary groups like the New Guard, poverty, starvation and criminal activity in the wake of a post-apocalyptic event are all realistic notions, and Craze explores these things in a way that is both frightening and enthralling.

Princess Eliza is a strong, likable heroine. Her strength, determination and feistiness are very genuine and believable. I had no problems easily connecting with this girl. Princess Mary and young Prince Jaime are endearing characters and, most importantly, are characters that readers will believe are worth fighting for, worth saving. Wesley, our heroine’s love interest, is engaging and swoon-worthy in unexpected ways. And Cornelius Hollister makes for a truly sinister villain.

The story is fast-paced, and at times, can feel rushed. A lot happens from beginning to end and I would have liked to have seen some things expanded upon more. The romance between Eliza and Wesley is by no means insta-love, and the spark and chemistry between the two is believable, but I wouldn’t have minded a slower progression of their relationship. But there’s definitely plenty of room for their relationship to grow and evolve in future books.

I really loved the battle and fighting scenes; they’re very well written. And I like that the author wasn’t afraid to be a bit bloody, gory or violent. There’s definitely some general predictability, but this didn’t bother me or keep me from being thoroughly entertained.


The book ends with a resolved conclusion to Eliza's adventures in book one, but with an enticing cliffhanger that sets up the sequel. 


MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Galaxy Craze's The Last Princess is an exciting and refreshing dystopian, with a kick-butt and likable heroine. I really enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for the sequel! 


MY RATING

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Galaxy Craze (born 1970) is an actress and writer. She moved to the U.S. with her mother in 1980. She appeared in a few independent films in the late 1990s, and wrote a novel, By the Shore, published in 1999. She is a 1993 graduate of Barnard College.

3 comments:

Jenn@OwlReadIt said...

I really enjoyed The Last Princess! I pretty much agree with everything you said. Eliza is a great character and it was nice to see her change and grow so much throughout the story!

Great review!

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

WHOA! Okay so this is the first review (I think) I have ever paid attention to of this book. I just kind of dismissed it. But you make it sound SO fab. I'm heading to Goodreads now to add it to my TBR, Aiecha!

Also...glad to see you back blogging. :)

koddabear said...

I got this book after reading your review. I haven't read it yet. It's still sitting in my pile of TBR but it's getting closer to the top of the pile and I can't wait to read it.
I love your reviews because you honestly tell us what you like and don't like about the books and that is a real plus for me when I go to get books.