21 Jan 2019

#Review: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhonda Belleza


Author: Rhonda Belleza
Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies #1
Source: Purchased from Kobo
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta'an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne - and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding - even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee's name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
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So disclaimer: I stopped reading this at 55%. But I asked people what the ending was and read some other reviews and oh boy did I dodge a bullet. This was boring, poorly written, and had so many plot holes that I basically fell to the depths of hell while reading.

It failed to keep my attention and I made it a lot further than what I usually read before I DNF because I had seen such glowing reviews. But honestly, it is not worth the time. There were some interesting elements to it and I am glad there was diversity to the characters, which generally hasn't been seen in trad pubbed YA SciFi although that trend is changing now. But it was just so choppy and poorly written.

I could never understand the motivations of the characters (or why other characters were letting our main povs get away with stuff) because as soon as we got to a good part, we would jump to the other POV! Nothing was truly explained, everything seemed too convenient and easy, and honestly, I just don't care about this Princess/Empress-to-be.

The main storyline is that Alyosha is framed for murdering the princess ... but there is ACTUAL video footage of him being some place else during the "murder." So how does that even work? I know WHY they frame him - racist motivations, etc. - but there is no substance there. It was just ridiculous.

I was hoping for a really amazing story that blew me away but instead I was just put to sleep. I am so glad I didn't continue to read this one because it apparently is an even worse ending than the first half.

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