Long May She Reign
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant ban ...more
The writing is still decent, the main character has a nice character ark, the plot is fine, but nothing "wowed" me. (I gave it 3 stars.)(less)
I enjoyed this WAY more than I had expected to. I'll admit my expectations going in were pretty low based on some other reviews I'd seen but I had a great time reading (well, listening really since I went the audiobook route) this book! It had a fabulous main character and the whole murder mystery whodunnit plot was really cool. However, this is deemed a fantasy stand alone, which sure it is since it's in a fantastical setting, but don't be expecting the typical fantasy stuff lik ...more
So, right off the bat, let me just say that this is NOTHING like TQotT. Not by a mile. Aside from the fact that these two girls/women have to come to terms with their new reality of being a queen in a corrupt kingdom, there is not much else that resembles the trilogy.
I found the story engaging but my reading experi ...more
I was so pumped to love this book. A standalone fantasy?? With a dazzling cover?? How often are we blessed with that?? Never, that’s how often.
But but but but, it seems the inside didn’t match with the outside this time. Sad.
So the basic gist of the plot was. . . Freya, the MC, is 33rd in line to the throne. She fancies herself a scientist over a court lady and on the night of the King’s birthday, a massacre takes plac ...more
This book wasn't bad. It was surprisingly good, but not good enough. This book was was extremely unlike what I was expecting, which is both refreshing, but disappointing. I liked how we had an extremely insecure and awkward MC and she goes through an incredible character development, but what made this book really suck? It was the plot.
The blurb of this book is an exaggeration of what the book really is. What I expected was an edge of my seat YA Fantasy stand alone read with lots of ac ...more
The book has a beautiful cover that actually goes with what's in the book.
Freya is thrust into being Queen when everyone at the castle is killed. Well, almost everyone. Freya was wayyyy down the line to become Queen and it was very scary for her.
I loved that she was into making things in her science lab. I loved her friend Naomi and her cat.
But I just couldn't get into this book. I have been ...more
We follow Freya as she is crowned queen (in the most unsettling circumstance possible) and a ...more
I don't really know what else to say about this book other than I did not see the ...more
What drew me to this book was the stand-alone aspect. There are rarely fantasy stand-alone books and sometimes I am not in the mood to read multiple books to find out how a story ends. Unfortunately, there was no fantasy in this but I still enjoyed it in general
What I liked
- I liked the plot in general: awkward, science-loving girl called Freya just wants to be a scientist and far away from the court. She never saw herself being quee ...more
I was going to be nice and rate this two stars, but then my usual acid self got the better of my decent one, and so here we are. I finished Long May She Reign about a couple of hours ago, and each and every time I thought about it in these two hours, my mind stayed blank. If I had to choose only two words to describe this book, I'd choose inordinately trite.
•The premise is delicious, and if the cover wasn't that gorgeous, I'd say it also was the only thing that made me feel so drawn toward t ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book.
The main character was a pretty great main character. I loved that her passion wasn’t something artsy like most young-adult heroines are; it was science and her thought process was like someone who would be a scientist.
So the whole story starts with someone killing basically all of the linage to the throne, including the king and his immediate family, with a poisoned cake. Only the bastard of the king, our main girl Freya, her best friend ...more
"You have to weed the garden before you can plant flowers, must you not?"
Well, this book didn't turn out the way I expected it to.
They compared this to The Queen of the Tearling and I loved that series
That doesn't mean I didn't like this thou ...more
Standalone fantasy. It's where all the good one-shot plots have escaped.
Review to come when the aforementioned good behavior allows it.
Bottom line: it's more than just a pretty
“I couldn’t be queen. I couldn’t. So many people would have to die for me to inherit the throne, and they couldn’t be gone.”
This was a YA fantasy story featuring a girl who was never meant to be queen.
Freya was an okay character, and I liked how she used her strengths to her best advantage, even when it didn’t seem obvious how she could possibly do that.
The storyline in this was about the King a ...more
I was drawn to this story after seeing the cover and reading the synopsis and that fascination, that curiosity just grew after the first chapter and even more so the further I got into the story.
The fact that this is a stand alone, made it even more appealing. The simple truth that it was somewhat addicting and hard to put down, even better.
Let's face it, there are very little stand alone novels out there lately. Instead the market of both adult and young adult, are riddled with duol ...more
Author. Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen, 2017 (Feb 21)
Genre: YA Fantasy
This review can be found on my Blog. TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page
Ok. You all know I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. 9 times out of 10 it actually works for me. Really. The wrapper matches the inside and I'm a happy girl. I'm a coverwhore but a lucky one.
This was not one of those times.
Thank goodness I got this from Overdrive...if I had bought this, I would have been d ...more
I really seriously found this book mesmerizing. Just LOOK at that cover. My brain refused to find any faults. Context is one of the hundred things that affect how you feel about a book. The one I read before this was absolute rubbish so compared to that, this was, without a doubt, splendid. I will, however, stress that Long May She Reign is extraordinary and refreshing in its own right.
The genre may be fantasy but there is surprisingly little of that, there’s just one element in the book th ...more
Freya has no idea how to be queen. She struggles with her new circumstances and must learn to overcome her shortcomings in order to become a good ruler.
The story was a little slow going but in the end I lik ...more
Long May She Reign is a story about a girl who was 23rd in line to the throne to suddenly find herself queen. A massacre on the court leaves Freya the next in line after she luckily gets by without being poisoned. Now, a girl ...more
This had been on my TBR for a long time and thank god I was finally in the mood to pick it up. I loooooved it!!!
What’s this about you ask? 👉🏻 Freya was never supposed to be Queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace. But when the King and his closest relatives are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself in the throne. How will she rule when there’s a murderer on the loose and she c ...more
- It's not really a romance. There are a few bits and pieces, but it's ultimately sooo not the focus of the story, which is kind of appropriate.
- It seemed like it would be a fantasy book, but it's not really. I mean, it is, because it's about some imaginary land/kingdom. But I guess it didn't feel like a fantasy since it's so rooted in science and there's no magic.
WHAT I LIKED:
- I really liked the overall story. This girl who never in a million years expected to be queen is suddenly queen ...more
it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll read a book if it's compared to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I liked the premise and was quite eager to read. Sadly, this was a bit boring.
It started out strong. I liked Freya and I really loved that she was a scientist. I loved her experiments and her devotion to her cat. I wanted to root for her.
I guess my hang up was the plot. Everything moved so slowly that I quickly lost interest. Even the few small reveals couldn't keep me captivated. And by ...more
“You have to weed the garden before you can plant flowers, must you not?”
Actual rating 2.75 stars!
I’d seen so many bad ratings for this book, so I got a little scared to read this. But I decided enough postponing, this book has been for over a half year on my tbr, I just need to start. I love that this is a YA fantasy standalone, I don’t see many of those. And the concept was really intriguing, but this story didn’t captivate me as much as I hoped, and I don’t particularly know why not. I a ...more
Long May She Reign is an engaging and well-written fantasy, but, plotwise, there isn't anything about it to differentiate it from all the other YA fantasies that have been published.3.5 stars
17-year-old Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she has always been content staying in her laboratory and conducting science experiments. But when everyone at the King's banquet is poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself Queen.
Freya is a wonderful ...more
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"Melancholy. Nothing more or less than that. I have suffered it often. Not because I do not like the court, but because... well, I do not know why. It is just one of those things... This time was particularly bad, though. It was so strong it was like a physical illness. But the doctors said it was melancholy, just melancholy, and that time away would it. 'A fragile disposition,' they called me.... As though one needs to be fragile to be sad.”