Last of Her Name
That all changes ...more
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.
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 ...more
Star Wars-Star Trek mashups. Intergalactic warfare! Space tyrants! A plucky young heroine of obscure birth! Plus a hot-headed hunk character who constantly quarrels with the book's most implacably calm character!
Types instead of developed characters. Just give 'em all color-coded shirts and be done with it. Make sure the adults all get red shirts because geez, those suckers drop dead at the w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire.I.Can't.Breathe.
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 ...more
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 ...more
It gets a 4.25 stars
Needless to say, this book didn't disappoint. Though I took entirely too long to get through it (exhaustion wreaks havoc on a reading schedule 😤) I loved this book! Jessica Khoury has such a gift for taking our familiar stories and putting such a fun twist on them, making them just as fun and yet still familiar. I honestly CAN'T WAIT to see what ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I. LOVE. RETELLINGS. IN. SPACE.
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m completely obsessed with Anastasia. The animated movie was—and still is—my favorite animated movie of all time (Tangled is right next to it!), the musical is the closest one to my heart. I’ve gone above and beyond for that production, and I was heartbroken to see it leave Broadway. I went to see it more than five times and met Christy Altomare (the Anya) and the rest of the cast every single time at the stage do ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was a original sci-fi YA novel retelling of the Anastasia Romanov lost princess story. And although there was a lot of action and interesting twists it still lacked a little in the “can’t put this down” section. Because I could put it down. And I did. For like, three days.
I will say that I liked all the characters and there is a really sweet thread about friendship that runs throughout the novel (a slow burn love story too) a ...more
I was not emotionally prepared for the story. Ever since the weather turned a bit warmer, I have been in a mood to read stories similar to Kaufmann and Spooner’s series Starbound, but had trouble finding stories with good world building and worthwhile plots and characters.
Well, this was pure gold. Even now almost ...more
this was a beautifully written, well-drawn out book. while the romance could have been a bit less descriptive as it was, i think it was very sweet and the characters didn't rush things. the characters were unique and interesting to read about. the only thing i would really change would be the amount of violence. i understand that the book was written during a time of war, so violence is necessary to include. i would have made it a bit less descriptive, ...more
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
OMG IT HAS A COVER, Y'ALL. IT HAS A COVER. <3 ...more
When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and oil and watercolor painting. She is also a professiona ...more