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Review: The Last Princess

my thoughts in a few sentences: What begins as a strictly heart-pounding, intense, and fast-paced story, The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze suddenly spirals into the disappointing with it’s unbelievable heroine, even more unbelievable romance, with several aspects in between that felt more than a little rushed. Perhaps because of the short length, or because of some other unseen reason entirely, The Last Princess fails to explain Eliza’s transition from dainty princess to vicious, vengeful warrior and rescuer in disguise, and how and why this same girl is so quick to fall into the arms of a soldier partly behind the kidnapping of her only remaining family.

hooking first lines: "The day began as a beautiful and vivid dream."

Poppy/Little Brown • Requested • Post-Apocalyptic • 5/1/12 • $13.47

The Last Princess
by Galaxy Craze

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.
THAT COVER. What’s all that about, huh?

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze has a heart-stopping cover, with gorgeous colors and a straight-up mesmerizing depiction of the futuristic—and I want to say post-apocalyptic—London known to Eliza. Buildings have been shaken to the very foundation, crops are no longer the same and food is very hard to come by; Eliza lives in a world where she can’t even enjoy something as simply beautiful as sunshine. After a series of disasters overtakes the world, London appears to be the only remaining survivor, and with no way to confirm the likelihood of that, it remains in isolation.

This bleak London is trapped in the dark and in the madness and greed of others. While some are dying every day from small things as well as huge, inescapable things, there are others who plot to be rid of the royal family. Burning buildings, murdering innocents before the eyes of their children, all are attributed to one man’s insatiable quest for power over the lonesome London blowing apart everyday.

The beginning is WHERE IT’S AT.

We are swiftly taken into a prologue that is so compelling and equally heart-breaking, shocked to the bone how quickly murder can pass, and it sets the tone for the entire story. Speed and heinousness become one thing in The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze, so that everything is fast-paced, including the horrors that steal our breath and urge us to cover our mouths in shock and despair. From there, three young children traveling back to Buckingham may not seem like much, but in those moments leading up to the true devastation of the novel, we learn something precious about these siblings: their deep love for one another and for their father, and the terrible memories that have shaped them.

In open view, for those young and old to witness, the castle is shattered with murder and a crazed need for escape, echoing screams and chaos back to three trapped children with no one to save them. What follows is very reminiscent of Anastasia—that blind, helpless terror, our begging and hoping that no harm comes to three defenseless children as they are chased down by guards bent to do who knows what to them.

As the fires set to the palace rises, so does Eliza’s grief, because she is the last survivor in the home that has nursed her since she was a wish in the womb. Now she is left with no family and no memories to return to, and with only one purpose in mind: to claim revenge.

“There’s nothing I do better than revenge…” Riiight.

Eliza’s adventure into enemy camps and learning how best she can avenge her family should have been the most interesting part of the book. However, the whole time I was struck by these lingering thoughts: How did she learn to become a master spy and capable fighter with the ability to fool highly-trained specialists and officers and other assorted creepies who belong to this revolution? I’ve seen the best of the best trick such people—Katsa, anyone?—but they all were trained for several years in the ways of combat and espionage. Now this delicate princess, with only a handful of years of fencing training at her belt, is suddenly a strategist, spy, and, in between that, an accomplished liar capable of thwarting these military-like men and women? I don’t think so. Needless to say, I found myself rolling my eyes often, because impulse and common sense should not have been able to undermine a bunch of experts.

Even worse, a romance is thrown in there, it seems, just for the sake of having one. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze could have SERIOUSLY done without one. It felt unbelievable with no substance or base to these feelings these two characters suddenly have for each other. It’s all very typical and bland and just downright disappointing, because at this point everything begins feeling way too rushed.

And the ending?

Unfortunately, the whole business came across as anti-climactic and predictable. There are a few small moments that cause the heart to race, but nothing mind-bending or stunning.

Due to a giant lack of explanations and character development, and a romance that brought me no joy whatsoever, I couldn’t enjoy The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze with its unmemorable characters and a plot ridden with holes and dangling threads.

Rating: Eye-Catcher
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Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I am all for romance (nearly EVERY book I read has some romance in it and that's how I like it!) but when it starts to feel like it is there for no reason, then it really shouldn't be there at all. It's SO disappointing to hear this lost steam after the great start. You know what's ironic? I just ordered this before I headed over to your blog. :P

Sonia said...

OHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :( I'm reading this one RIGHT NOW and I'm just at the very beginning (the "bloodshed in Buckingham Palace" has just happened) and I was LOVIN' it. It's all going to go downhill now? D: Really? *sobs*

Great review though. I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate x24938274 when all of a sudden a character is a total badass and I'm like "WTH A SECOND AGO YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT A SWORD WAS." Man. Cover and prologue, why do you deceive innocent souls like Asher and I? ;) 

I'M GOING TO VENT TO YOU WHILE READING THIS IF I FEEL THE SAME. Cool? Thanks for the supertastic review.

Lisa! said...

This one has so much potential, so I'm bummed to hear there is lack of character growth. 
I will still be giving it a shot, albeit with lower expectations.

Thanks for an honest yet respectful review. 

Liz. R said...

Aw it's such a shame this one turned out disappointing! I hate it when it seems to start off promising too and then just gets gradually worse and worse. Sorry this one wasn't great, but thanks for the great review :).

Heidi said...

Haha, I know when you say that a book could have done without a romance, the romance is seriously lacking.  I was actually on the fence about this one, so I'm glad to read your review and think I don't have to worry about making time for it.  Besides, I just can't take someone named Galaxy Craze seriously (cheap shot, I know, I'm sorry).

Asher Knight said...

 I NEED ROMANCE, generally. But I hate when it's there just to look pretty, if you know what I mean. It irritates me because I feel like the author is almost... I don't know, being patronizing or something. Or careless. And neither scores good points with me. THAT IS IRONIC :O Just for that, I hope you DO like it, at least a little more than me.

Asher Knight said...

 OH NOES. WHY DID YOU READ THE REVIEW WHILE YOU'RE READING THE BOOK, YOU WEIRDO?!? Now, you might've ruined it for yourself! *glares* And the first half is really awesome, and all I can say is brace yourself for things to get a little weird. At least that's the way it was.

MAYBE IT'LL BE DIFFERENT FOR YOU. She wasn't even badass because I couldn't BELIEVE she was badass, you know? I was too busy rolling my eyes anyway. And that's why this book is an eye-catcher. it's such a deceiver.

OKAY. TOTALLY TWEET ME WHEN YOU'RE DONE, YO. And thanks for digging the review anyway!

Asher Knight said...

 It shines with potential, starting with THAT COVER. But the character growth is so funky - and not in a good way.


I'm glad that you're going to give a whirl anyway, because I'd hate to turn somebody off to something that might be better suited to them than me. :DD

Asher Knight said...

 it starts out REALLY promising. The panic, the shock, the choking emotions amidst all that pandemonium. Seriously that first half is crazysauce and I was enjoying it until it suddenly plummeted on me. I'm so disappointed in this one :( AND THANKS, LIZ <3

Asher Knight said...

YES, YOU UNDERSTAND HOW SERIOUS THIS IS. I couldn't believe it, but I kept mentally cringing at the whole thing. It was a nauseous instalove instead of that believable instant chemistry and quick love, you know? Which ticked me off, because I was starting to NOT like many aspects of the book and I had to throw this one into that category as well. I'd probably go for borrowing it at some point before buying it. And I told my mom the author's name and she was all "Really? Poor thing. Who'd she listen to on that one?"