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Last of Her Name

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered--down to their youngest child, Princess Anya--and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.

That all changes
Published February 26th 2019 by Scholastic
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DNF at about 30%. I am ready for some rant!

“It’s probably just some rich Alexandrian tourist with nothing better to do than slum around the outer systems.”
“Yeah.” Clio gives a wistful sigh. “Maybe a handsome, rich Alexandrian tourist, with a troubled past and a broody air and a heart yearning for love.”

Basically this is what this book turned out to be: a boring cliched retelling for bookish tourists, but in this case, I felt myself a duped with a promise of space Anastacia retelling tourist.


Jessica Khoury
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Whew! I can't believe this crazy galactic roller-coaster of a book is finally FINISHED!

If I had to describe the process of writing this book in one word it would be: "FUN." I really had such fun with this one, letting my imagination run wild through the stars. It certainly challenged me in ways no project has before, and pushed me to try some big risks that I hope will thrill and surprise you as you read. There is a LOT in store for you in these pages, so strap in, fire up your warp drive, and b
Anja H.
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sign me the fuck up.
"Worlds may burn and stars may fall, but I will never give up on her. No matter how far away she is, or how impossible to reach, as long as she is waiting at the end of it, my path is clear."

Guys, the friendship. It's beautiful.

This is the type of book I want to read. Why don't we have more of these? And when I say these, I am referring to 2 things: 1) it's about FRIENDSHIP, and that's way more important than romance IMO 2) it's a STANDALONE FANTASY/SCI-FI - it has action, plot twists, characte
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Title change from Firebird ---> Last of Her Name

I like the change. The cover is simple but nice. Hopefully, it's shiny lol
It just occurred to me that Empress of a Thousand Skies was also like Anastasia in space lol. But hey I liked that book enough, so this realization will not deter me lol
Anastasia in space! =D
2.5 stars

Promising concept but (please forgive me) boring. :(
Sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus)
We have a blurb and cover now 😭😍 The title changed from Firebird to Last of Her Name! I really like this new title AND THE FONT. Woah.

A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire.

Do you know how much I love Anastasia?? Do you know?

It's my second fav story, after Beauty and the Beast, and I ADORE Beauty and the Beast with all my being. So anastasia being second to that says ~something~

And this is set in space.


BYE I'm no long
I'd have expected better from an Anastasia retelling with Cinderella undertones, but sadly it wasn't to be.

The premise of recasting the legend of the survival of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaievna from the execution squad as a space opera is attractive, and would've gained points for originality if not for the execution, which is rather straightforward and therefore predictable. You can see everything coming a mile away; there are no surprises, you know what the "secret" is all the while.

The s
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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Last of Her Name is a YA science fiction retelling of Anastasia and is so far up my alley that I HAD to get my hands on it! Luckily I did and I dived in as soon as I possibly could. This was my first ever Anastasia retelling, although there do seem to be a lot of them being published lately. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I can definitely say it surprised me.

Stacia has lived in a small town on a small planet for her entire life with her
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Having LOVED Khoury’s last YA offering, The Forbidden Wish, I was super excited to get my hands on this ARC. Last of Her Name is an amazing book – I’m stingy with my five stars, so it’s not quite that, but it certainly comes close.

Sixteen-year-old Stacia Androva has grown up on a minor, out-of-the-way planet with her best friends Pol and Clio. Her life to date has been utterly normal. She loves hanging out with her friends, exploring th
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Gosh this was an adventure and a half! I have been sadly bummed by some of the other Anastasia-themed books I have read in the past, but this one finally hit the mark! So let us talk about it, yeah?

The Things I Liked:

•Well, obviously the Anastasia bit! The other didn't really drag out the "reveal" of that part either, which I was so thankful for. In most of the retellings I have read
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Last of Her Name hits the ground running.
Khoury's takes us on an adventure through the Belt of Jewels when the Direktor and the Union shows up on Stacia's planet and she is accused of being Princess Anya Leonova, a member of the royal family supposedly killed years ago by the Direktor. With the help of Pol, Stacia escapes from the home plan
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect going into this, really, but I enjoyed it!
Review to come
rachael ♡
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, retelling
Sci-fi... Anastasia.... MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS...

Help. I need it.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Last of Her Name might have resonated more with me if it were a series. As a standalone, there was a lot of pack into this book and as a result some important details were left out. I felt indifferent to the characters and romance and wanted more from the story overall. I liked the struggle for power and how our main character, Stacia, couldn't trust who had her best interest at heart. In the end, this just left me saying "okay, next."
Ally Watkins
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y'all. You guys. I have to shout this from the rooftops.


LAST OF HER NAME is based on the story of the Romanovs and the mystery surrounding Princess Anastasia, whose body wasn't found for many years after the rest of her family, and, for a while there, there were legends saying she'd survived. In this story, she did survive. And she's more powerful than she realizes.

Ordinarily, what draws me into a story are its characters. I'm not going to tell you that I formed
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Ehhh.. I tried to like this book since it is a retelling of one of my favorite stories, Anastasia, sadly it didn't deliver for me
the story is about a girl named Stacia who discovers that she is a lost princess and she is the only key to the center of the universe and what will happen to her
I don't like space much and the writing style was annoying to me .. I hoped for better so I didn't enjoy it
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
Retelling Anastázie? Ve vesmíru? No sem s tím! :D
Vicky Who Reads
May 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
wow ok

2. I heard star system, royalty, and rebellion (also, a fantastic twist, I am told) and I am just sold. 2019 just got a whole lot cooler.
Barbara Senteney
Imust start off by saying I don't read much science fiction, it's by far my favorite genre. This feels familiar like an old forgotten friend, very much in the tone of the Star Wars era, with a bloody massacre very reminiscent of the murder of the Royal Russian family, sory tho no droids in this one.
Stacia ( Princess Anya )is my favorite character, a strong female figure without so much self doubt as most silly female characters tend to have.

Anya has to flee her world for her life once it is fo
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Man, y'all. This book made me SO MAD.

Now, books tend to elicit anger in two ways. One: through the fault of bad writing and/or problematic messages, or two: the characters are put through such an ordeal of injustice and torture that you just want to reach your hand in there and strangle a couple bad guys yourself. Last of Her Name was in the latter category. In fact, it's honestly a little difficult for me to say whether or not I liked the book because I was so angry about what the characters we
Carina Olsen
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Jessica for years. I adore her and her books have been amazing to me. I knew I must read Last of Her Name as soon as I possibly could. I have waited so long for it, and I am so thrilled that I can say the wait was worth it. Because this book was all kinds of amazing. Loved it so. It was pretty much perfect.

Giving it four stars, though, because of some small issues that I had. Will be sharing all about it, but it was not anything big. And for the most part I loved this book.
❄Elsa Frost❄
September 14, 2017

OH MY WORD I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! I absolutely love Jessica Khoury's books and was wondering what happened that I couldn't find any of her books in stores. So excited about this one--a science-fiction retelling of Anastasia? That sounds amazing. Can't wait!

August 7, 2018

Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I always press the red button.”

4 Stars

Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Murder, Imprisonment

If you had asked me in the first 100 pages what I was going to rate this book I was sure I was going to rate it a 2 star. The writing style is fast paced and simple. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer more descriptive writing. For me, what rea
Makenna Fournier
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was SO hard for me to get into this book . I did not understand the world at all and was confused be so many things that I ended up having to put the book down, and honestly I was almost not going to pick it back up. I am so glad I did though because I ended up really loving what I was reading after I picked it back up.
Once I had learned more background on this world I found it very, very interesting and unique, and being able to understand it also let me be able to get to know the charact
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sci fi loving teens
Full review is up at!

FYI: This book was sent to me by the publisher at my request. All opinions are completely my own. Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book!

Last of Her Name follows Stacia Androva as she finds out the truth of her heritage and runs away from the revelation across her galaxy (wonderfully named the Belt of Jewels) with Pol, one of her best friends. But when Stacia realizes Clio, her other best friend, has been taken by the Union and its violen
Teresa Mary Rose
More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives

This book was so so good and was the perfect Teresa read. I am such a big fan of Anastasia and then throw in a sci fi twist and it makes for a great read. The book has a real addictive quality to it and the action keeps the reader turning pages. I never wanted to put this book down and I just had to keep reading.

Stacia “I always push the red button” Androva is great and I loved her. She is fierce and spunky and devoted to those she loves. She neve
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to have received an ARC of this book through the author's Twitter giveaway. I've been excited about this book since it was first announced almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the wait. Khoury hasn't just changed the location of the Anastasia story to Space, she's completely made it her own tale! The research that went into this creating this book also showed through and tied the story to the original "The Rumor, the Legend, the Mystery." (I had to do it.)

The characters
First, I want to point out this is a perfect book for fantasy lovers that aren’t too fond of SF (like me). I was grumbling when the MC was a mechanic and I expected sciency space ships and granted, there were space ships, but the different cultures are awesome and the prisms feel very magicky. I love the world building and the overall theme. It took very very long for me to like the MC, she is your typical very extraverted rush into danger type (there are a few jokes around needing to push red b ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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HOLY STARS, this book! It gripped me from the very first page, and did not let me go. I finished it in about ten hours, but the time when I had to close it and do other things was impossible to stand! A fun mix of Anastasia, Star Wars, the Lunar Chronicles, and hippie love and magic, Last of Her Name does not disappoint. While it never slowed down, each moment was powerfully supercharged, and everything came together likes a kaleidoscope puzzle. The imagery was amazing, the characters real and h ...more
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Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author.

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and oil and watercolor painting. She is also a professional
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