Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Book Review: Last Of Her Name by: Jessica Khoury

Release Date:February 26, 2019
from Scholastic
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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 the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail."

My Thoughts:

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 never set out to be special or save the world, but she steps up when she has to. She is brave and flawed and doesn’t always think before she acts and it makes her a really great and dynamic heroine. My other favorite character was Pol. I just adored him to bits and pieces. He and Stacia have grown up together and always been close and I just loved them together and how they were always there for one another. 

My favorite thing about this book though was the way it handled a rebellion, because I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that handled a rebellion this way. In this book there is no good side. Everyone is in it for their own ends and neither is better than the other and innocent people are getting caught up in their crossfire. It was a very interesting take and it really showed that the people who want power are probably not the same people who should have power. We get so used to being on one side of a rebellion, fighting for freedom and sometimes justifying not so great things they do, so this was a really interesting perspective on it and I enjoyed it a lot. 

All in all, Last Of Her Name is a great sci fi twist on the Anastasia tale. This is a truly addictive read and its one I recommend for sci fi fans. 


  1. I don't think I've ever read an Anastasia retelling before. I like the sounds of this one and how it mixed in a bit of scifi.

  2. This does sound like a good read and I'm a sucker for retellings, I'll have to add this one!

  3. You have me curious about the rebellion and I love the setting and science fiction twist.

  4. I haven't read a sci-fi book in a while... and this sounds great! I'm glad that there were some twists that you loved!


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