I am an avid, AVID reader. I’ve made it a goal to read 100 books this year, and I’m already on book 35. So I have to share my favorites from every month, yeah?! This months favorites are YA fantasy reads that reminded me a lot of Red Queen and Ember in the Ashes. All 3 books rely heavy on violence, love triangles, evil tyrants, and lots of drama and action. This one also gives you a great heroine to get behind in Theo. Theo reminds me of Laia in that they are strong, opinionated women who accept their mistakes and recognize they need some growth. There is war, genocide, refugees, and definitely race issues in both of these books. Of course, if you dig enough you’ll find plot holes (why didn’t the Kaiser just kill her to begin with?). But if you want some entertaining, not shallow, pretty well written, fantasy, YA then this is a good choice.
Ash Princess . from amazon: For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside. Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield. For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends her
Lady Smoke . from amazon: Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne. To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done. Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.