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The Last Princess [Hardcover]

Galaxy Craze
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May 1 2012 The Last Princess
Happily ever after is a thing of the past.

A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.

When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.

Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .

The Last Princess.




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"Romeo and Juliet-style romance and a dash of royal political intrigue."—SLJ

"A pulse-pounding, sobering look at human nature..."—Booklist

"There is plenty of action, with daring rescue capers, good old-fashioned battles, secret-identity mishaps, and thrilling near-escapes set against an English dystopian landscape. Genre fans will appreciate this old-school take on a futuristic predicament."—BCCB

About the Author

Galaxy Craze is the author of two novels, Tiger, Tiger and By the Shore, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and won the Betty Trask Award in her native England. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children and is currently working on a sequel to The Last Princess, coming in spring 2013.

Find out more at www.savethelastprincess.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars So good Aug. 27 2013
By JC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was everything I love about these post-apocalyptic books, it grips me and I cant shake it off! I feel like this could be made into a series, perhaps different people that come to England, seeing as the book talks about how isolated England becomes. I feel I would want to learn more about other people living in the same world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Esther's Ever After May 17 2012
By Brenna TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The Last Princess attempts to deliver a highly sophisticated blend of numerous elements; it's set in a futuristic world, but one that isn't so far off. Many of its features are remarkably familiar and it even has a somewhat Victorian feel. I've read one book that tried a similar strategy (Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel) in terms of setting, and while I enjoyed reading The Last Princess there were still a few shortfalls to the story.
I'd also say that there seems to be an Anastasia (Romanov) inspiration for it; there are quite a few parallels to some theories regarding her possible survival during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Definitely a neat idea!

1.Political revolution:

Okay, confession: I'm a political science major and I specialized in political theory/philosophy. So it makes sense why, unlike most people, I seem to have more of a (nerdy) appreciation for the political movements and ideologies woven in to the story. I'm not sure if Galazy Craze intended The Last Princess to be a remark on politics in any way, but the story itself raises some excellent questions; Eliza's royal family and the monarchy have failed to protect their citizens. So revolutionary stirrings begin to take place. But they soon realize that civil war is ugly- and it isn't entirely clear whaat the best answer is to save England- and this has a realistic aspect to it that is readily familiar to political discussions. I don't want to get TOO nerdy on you, but it definitely riases the question of good governance and the role of war in states (which gets me all excited and passionate, I could honestly go on for 20 pages about this. But i won't, for your sake).

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Format:Hardcover
Cover:
The model is overlooking England with her back to us (always a plus since seeing the model's face sometimes ruins your imagination of the character). My favourite part of this cover has to be the purple sky and storming clouds. If you look closely, you can see that her dress is slightly disheveled and this is a reference to the book when Eliza was on the run while wearing her ball gown.

Writing:
The writing was clear and smooth and made it very easy to sink into the story right from the beginning.

Setting:
Set in post-apocalyptic England in the year 2090, where after a series of catastrophic events, the world was left barren. Food is scarce, many species have perished and most of the population is hungry. This world wasn't very complex and was rather simple but twined with the rich history of England definitely made it more worthwhile.

Plot:
The story had me right from the beginning and it was really exciting to see what would happen next, what Eliza would do, and if she would be able to save her siblings. One thing was for sure, it wasn't predictable and there was plenty of suspense. The only problem I did have with the plot was that a couple of times the situations were too convenient, as though the author didn't spend too much time thinking of a more realistic solution. Although irritating at times, it did not ruin the book for me.

Main Character:
Eliza was naive but she had a kind heart. Sure, you probably heard plenty of heroines like that, but I felt for Eliza's plight.

Villain:
The villain was also pretty good. He had an evil agenda but he came off more as ruthless and did have a plan to stop the hunger (even if it involved sacrifices) so he didn't seem like a stereotypical power-crazed villain.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  70 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of The Last Princess April 30 2012
By MaryAnn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I fell in love with The Last Princess the moment I glimpsed the cover and the title of the novel. The title has this aura of mystery in it that had me begging to get started. Lucky for me, when I did begin reading The Last Princess, I immediately did not want to stop reading. It started with a fast pace prologue that introduces us to the darkness that has consumed our world in the future as well as the fact that in this future murders will occur. This is an evident fact when Princess Eliza's mother is murdered in the prologue. Sure it was dark and grim, but I ate it right up and continued on with the novel. From that point on, I was sure that the opening chapter wouldn't manage to top the awesome-sauce prologue...

Boy was I wrong. Immediately after the first couple pages, we watch as Princess Eliza goes on a hunt to find her sickly younger brother, Jamie, and to prevent him from committing suicide. That opening chapter not only tugged on my heartstrings, but it had me falling in love with the story even more so. Death was a concept that was constantly used in the novel. People are dying of starvation and illness, and eventually people who supported the royal family are murdered as well. As the novel progressed, I have to admit that the story did not manage to lose my attention. At. All. Every single detail cannot be missed! Galaxy Craze wrote the story with so much beautiful detailing and thoughtfulness that you feel compelled to read more and I can assure you that you won't want to miss a thing.

Personally, one of my favorite scenes was during the Buckingham Palace overthrow, when the Tudor army murders the king and kidnaps Eliza's family. From that moment on in the novel, the reader really gets to see that Eliza is a much stronger, smarter and braver character than we all assumed she was from the beginning. Especially when, to save her siblings, Eliza joins the Tudor army where we see just what Cornelius Holister plans on doing to the world to help "save" it. As a good quarter of the novel was spent from Eliza's POV within the Tudor army, we were introduced to two new characters. One an antagonist: Portia. The other a love interest: Wesley. I found that the romance between Wesley and Eliza was adorable; it was cute and also dangerous. The only thing that I was cautious towards was my cut instinct on the fact that Wesley might not be exactly who he says he is....

I would recommend this book to (obviously) fans of dystopia and as well as people who enjoy the story of Anastasia because really, that's what this story reminds me a lot of. I cannot wait for the sequel to the novel, especially since the novel ended on such a dramatic high note that tells us that Eliza's story is far from over...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survival for Anglophiles May 14 2012
By Maggie Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Survival for Anglophiles - a pairing perfect for my reading taste. Princess Eliza, middle of the three royal offspring, has enough daring for both her sickly younger brother and her shyer and more proper older sister, who will one day inherit the throne. Life has been very different in London since the cataclysmic "Seventeen Days" (I would have liked to have read more about that!) and the Tudor troops, under the direction of evil Cornelius Hollister intend to overthrow the Windsors. Hollister and his army work by both subterfuge and force, and when Eliza's father is killed and her siblings captured, Eliza's only "escape" is to join the Tudor army. By day she is trained to kill and in her private moments she searches for her brother and sister and plots to avenge the Tudor wrongs. There is dashing romance, some violence and a few plots twists that avid dystopian/romance readers might see coming but are enjoyable just the same.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read May 3 2012
By Chels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book really reminded me of the Romanov's minus the complete death sentence. I loved how the author described the dystopian world, complete with evil murderers and a faction against the crown. Eliza is a princess in this torn apart world. Her family lives very grandly, but sometimes it seems like they may be ignoring what it going on right outside their front door. The prologue itself is enough to draw a reader in; the reader will have to know just what happened and why...but all will be revealed soon.

Eliza was an interesting character. She felt dynamic to me, as if she actually matured during the course of the novel. She is brave and stubborn; she could be accused of being hard-headed at times. The other characters in the book have an impact on the plot, but not so much on the reader. The reader will probably only feel a true attachment to Eliza. The love interest is perfect and somewhat unexpected in this dystopian. The author does a good job of keeping the reader in the dark until the last possible moment.

The plot was very fast-paced. The reader will have the opportunity to meet Eliza at a very young age and then meet her again later on. Eliza is constantly in motion, rarely stopping to think or plot. She keeps the reader very involved with her thoughts and worries. Overall, this book is a quick and exciting read, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Last Princess by Sarah@CatchingBooks June 4 2012
By sarah@catchingbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of dystopian books, so I was a little hesitant when I first picked this book up..but I am SO glad I did!! Overall, the Last Princess is a some-what short, but action packed read.

One of the best parts about The Last Princess was the plot! It was really interesting to see how much England had changed after "The Seventeen Days" (which is when a series of natural disasters destroyed much of the Earth) and how people were able to survive in such a desolate place. The action scenes were really great this book! The battle scenes really reminded me of older wars in the fact that most people rode on horses and fought with a sword. It really helped me visualize the scenes better and it really was a great aspect to this book. I do wish that the author went more in depth as to what went on during this catastrophic event because I felt that the beginning was rushed and I really wanted to know more about this disaster. Especially since the author briefly mentions what happens during that time, it would have made the book stand out more if she added a bit to the beginning.

I also really liked the main character Eliza. After all that she is been through after the death of her mother and the death of her father, she is still able to pull through and be strong for her siblings and her country. She doesn't want to give up and she is so strong willed that it makes me feel like she is a true leader. I also like how she is willing to do anything for her family and her country and is such a brave girl. The romance aspect of this book was nice as well! It wasn't too much and it was a nice added bonus to this book and it really added some light into Eliza's life.

In the end, I really enjoyed The Last Princess! While it was a quick read, I still found myself really enjoying this book and I'm hoping that the author writes another book (after the cliffhanger ending!!).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but with a not completely satisfying plot May 19 2012
By Rachael Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Princess Eliza has inherited a desolate world. Ever since a series of natural disasters that wracked the land in the Seventeen Days, food and other resources have been scarce, dangerous groups of cannibalistic criminals roam the forests, and days of sunshine are rare. But as bad as life gets, it's only about to get worse with the rise of a supposed revolutionary intent on securing the crown for himself. When the royal family is attacked at Buckingham Palace, Eliza is the only one to escape. Desperate for revenge, she disguises herself to join enemy troops, intent on getting as close as she can to the man who destroyed her family so she can destroy him. But not all is as it seems and it soon becomes clear that there is so much more at stake than petty revenge. Eliza's trust, her strength, and even her faith in herself will all be tested as she struggles to find a way to save the crown and her country.

The Last Princess has all the makings of a great story, with its deadly intrigues and epic power struggle between the royal crown and revolutionaries. Unfortunately, though, the execution of this story falls a little short. The biggest problem for me was the plot. Though it is certainly entertaining and full of action and excitement, the entirety of the plot felt extremely controlled; that is to say, the sequencing of events didn't always feel natural, and it seemed like there was always an external, previously unmentioned or irrelevant reason for why important things happened. This made the story rather unsatisfying for me, because every solution to each new problem felt more like the result of chance rather than a product of Eliza's ingenuity, which is what I would have preferred. Despite this, I did still find the dystopian backdrop to this story fascinating and the overall story still somewhat enjoyable to read.

The Last Princess will appeal to readers who also enjoyed Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Shadow by Jenny Moss, and The Pledge by Kimberly Derting.
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