Audio Book Review | The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

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Audio Book Review | The Last Princess by Galaxy CrazeThe Last Princess
by Galaxy Craze
Narrated by : Leslie Bellair
Series: Last Princess #1
Published by Hachette Audio
Release date : May 1st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Family, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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In the year 2090, after the third world war has left the most developed of nations in ruin, England is a barren land. The last trees live in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, food is rationed, oil has destroyed the oceans, poverty is at an all-time low and discontent is rising to a fever pitch. Hatred of the royals is strong and revolution lurks just around the corner.

The first strike came when Princess Eliza Windsor was just a little girl and her mother, the queen, fell victim to poison in the hands of a sneering young revolutionary, Cornelius Hollister. After many years of living in fear, Eliza is sixteen when Hollister strikes again, destroying her family even further, killing her father and kidnapping her older sister and younger brother, and forcing her to flee into London's dangerous streets.

With a mind for revenge and the safe recovery of her siblings - including her older sister, Mary, England's future queen - Eliza joins the rebel forces in disguise. Masquerading as a loyal member of the Tudor army, Eliza has her first taste of independence and it is here that she finds love... with the son of the man who would see her dead.

The Last Princess caught my eye while browsing audio books to borrow from the library and kept going back to it. It’s relatively short, but since I am all for short audio books, I went ahead and downloaded.

The Last Princess had a lot going for it – and a lot to offer. It has a dystopian setting, rebels, war, royalty, strong family bonds and a romance. Not to mention just how bloody gruesome it was.

Eliza really made this book for me. She has a lot of growth throughout the book due to the trials she overcame. She comes off week at first, at least that was my interpretation, but what she does to avenge her family and right back IS admirable. My heart broke for her on many occasions – especially at the one part when she wanted to just give up.. 🙁

The romance in the book was a small/large part. I say this because it there wasn’t a LOT of it – but their feelings for each other drove them both a lot towards the end and made the ending so much sweeter. It developed relatively fast – but given the setting and peril surrounding them.. I get it.

Now as much as I loved the dark, intense tone of the book – it’s not flawless. I didn’t realize until the end just how much time this book spans out from beginning to end. I think the confusion came because there aren’t many “breaks” in the audio. I had to “rewind” a few times and re listen because the flow from scene to scene was not smooth at all, rather blending together. It created a lot of confusion for me – and I was so frustrated at times.

AND. The fast pace and action scenes were great – loved them – but I do wish there was a time or two we could have slowed down just a little. This didn’t really bother me much – just something I wanted to add.

The ending! Not a cliff hanger, per se, but it sure as heck left me wanting more. There is so much more to this world to explore – and I can’t wait. I recommend to everyone looking for darker dystopian, with death, non stop action and brave characters worth rooting for.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 3.8

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8 responses to “Audio Book Review | The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    This one does sound appealing and I’m glad you liked it so much! The premise sounds pretty awesome, so I might need to get this one on audio too. I have a lot of trouble on audio with dates because they’ll announce them at the beginning of a chapter and then I’ll get so into listening to the actual book, I’ll forget what the time was when we’re hearing it at the next chapter.

    I don’t know what I’d say the one thing that’s a must have in dystopians. I haven’t read one in awhile and I don’t think I’m super picky. LOL. Well, I guess I’d say good world building. That needs to be there so I can understand how the current state of the world came to be.

  2. Jordon

    Ohh this one sounds really interesting! I like the idea of the princess finding out what it’s like in the real world by being thrust into it with no other choice. It does sound a little bit cliche with the whole falling in love with the son of her biggest enemy, still I want to give this one a go.
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    • tonyalee

      Yeah, the whole falling in love with the son of her biggest enemy was a bit MEH – but it works LOL I hope you enjoy!

  3. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this story overall. I love that the main character grew stronger, and was loyal to her family. Dystopian is fun to read, especial if it offers a unique storyline. It sounds like the author needed to smooth out transitions, slow down a bit in places, and give a more solid ending. Nevertheless, I’m glad that this story had many more appealing aspects. Wonderful Review!
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