Last of Her Name By Jessica Khoury [Review]

Last of Her NameRELEASE DATE: February 26th 2019
Jessica Khoury
   Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-fi.
PUBLISHER:  Scholastic Inc.

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 REV (Copy)

Jessica Khoury’s debut novel The forbidden Wish was one of my favorite reads but her latest stand-alone YA sci-fi novel ended up as a disappointment for me. Last Of Her name felt very much different from her debut novel. It was a Anastasia retelling set in space.  I was expecting a fun filled adventurous ride with a swoon worthy romance but this one turns out to be a slow ride. The plot wasn’t exciting enough and the romance was underwhelming. The characters were okay-ish. The only best thing I loved about this book was the world-building which deserves all the stars.

Sixteen year old Stacia of Afka likes adventure running around wild with her friends Clio and Pol, but suddenly her whole turns upside down when a Union Ship arrives in their town taking prisoners. The Galactic Union’s Leader Alexei Volkov aka The direktor who killed the entire royal family of Alexandrine claims that he’s looking for the young heir Princess Anya who somehow escaped the massacre. Later Stacia discovers that she’s the Princess Anya and her whole village have hid the truth from her. When Chaos erupts, Pol smuggles her away from her home and sets on a journey to the resistance group, the faithful followers of the Alexandrian empire. After nearly escaping from death, Stacia can’t help but think about her best friend Clio who she left behind in the hands of the ruthless Union leader. Despite everyone’s wishes, Stacia plans to rescue her friend.

Stacia character felt like a typical sixteen year old YA heroine. She’s a strong, reckless, and stubborn teenager who’ll do anything to save her loved ones. I really don’t hate her but some of her reckless actions really annoyed me. Pol is a loyal friend who’s very protective of Stacia. He’s hybrid child of human and an alien species named Aeyla. His horns are pretty cute. He hides his feelings from Stacia because they can never be together. There’s no build up in the romance so everything seemed forced to me. Clio’s character was a total surprise. I didn’t see that coming! I liked the gravity witch named Riyan from Tyrrha. He’s a tensor who can manipulate gravity enough to crush a human being. He’s the only interesting character in this entire book.

The plot was decent enough but nothing new. It was something that I’ve seen before in many YA books. The only thing that makes it apart from the other books was the prism concept and the world building. I really want to love this book, but it was too slow for my taste. The whole book was running across the galaxy hiding from the enemies. I liked the friendship aspect but the romance was totally meh. There’s no chemistry between the characters. The writing was great. The book was told in first person POV. The world building was amazing! It was the best aspect of this book. I really wish the author explored more deeply into the other planet’s species and their culture. I really liked the prism energy concept! The prisms are a huge power source in this universe. They’re an almost infinite power source, the foundation upon which their entire society was built. In ships, It generates massive amount energy which helps warp faster than the speed of light.

Overall, it was an okay-ish read! It has a promising plot, but some aspects of this book fell flat for me. Despite all the adventure and action, It still failed to impress me.

Recommend it?

Although this didn’t work out for me, I wouldn’t say it was a bad read. If you want to try this book then definitely give it a shot but keep your expectations low.


[3/5 Stars]

26 thoughts on “Last of Her Name By Jessica Khoury [Review]

  1. Beware Of The Reader June 20, 2019 / 12:32 am

    Oooh this is so disappointing! But when the heroine is annoying you there is nothing to save a book!

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  2. anovelglimpse June 20, 2019 / 5:36 am

    I’m sad to hear it wasn’t better because this is one of the coolest covers I’ve seen in a while.

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  3. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate June 20, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Oh no, I was really looking forward to this one!! As a Romanov fan, I really cannot have enough retellings and one in space sounded so unique and interesting (although Ashley Poston’s Heart of Iron was also like that, I haven”t read either of them so I was excited for both hahaha)
    Too bad about the cookie cutter heroine, the uninspiring romance and the predictable plot. I’m curious to try the author’s previous work, now, though, as it seems she did a better job there.
    Fantastic review as always, Raven! 🙂 ❤

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 25, 2019 / 3:55 am

      I haven’t read Romanov yet but it’s on my TBR list! I’m glad to hear that you loved it! I’ve heard good things about Heart of Iron! Maybe I should give it a shot too!!!
      I loved Jessica’s Forbidden Wish! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot!
      Thank you, Sophie! 💕

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  4. Marie June 20, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    Oh no! I’m so sorry you were a little disappointed by this one, The Forbidden Wish is one of my favorite reads ever and I was looking forward to reading more from the author. Yours is not the first mixed review I’ve seen about this book though,so… I’ve been warned haha. Thank you for sharing this review ❤ ❤

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  5. ariellereads June 21, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Darn I’m sad to see this wasn’t as great as you had wanted it to be. I feel like sci-fi can be very hit or miss. Also, I feel like there’s been a LOT of different Anastasia retellings lately so that’s pretty interesting….either way, great review! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 25, 2019 / 3:58 am

      Thank you! I’ve been hearing good things about Romanov by Nadine Brandes! I’m planning to give it a shot!


  6. stephaniesbookreviews June 21, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to your expectations! I don’t think it would be for me, either. That is a really pretty cover, though.

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  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer June 22, 2019 / 6:33 am

    Awwww That’s too bad Raven! And with incredible world building!!! GAHHHHH it totally sounded like something I would normally enjoy until you talked about the characters and the slow pace. I can’t handle either one of those. >.<

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 25, 2019 / 4:01 am

      The plot development was pretty slow in this book! Definitely not recommend it, if you’re not fond of typical fantasy reads with overused tropes😁

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  8. Mir (TBR and Beyond) June 22, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Sorry you didn’t like it as much as you wanted to. It does sound interesting. I just finished Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston which is also a retelling of Anastasia set in space. I’ll have to keep this one in mind.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 25, 2019 / 4:03 am

      I haven’t read Heart Of Iron but I really want to. I hope you enjoy this book if you decide to give it a shot.


  9. Jen June 23, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    I didn’t even realize she came out with a new book! But this book sounds underwhelming and that’s such a bummer about the heroine. I’m so sorry this didn’t love up to Forbidden Wish, I adored that book too. Here’s hoping her next book she releases is all the stars!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions June 25, 2019 / 4:05 am

      I know how much you enjoy romance in a book and the one in this book was pretty much meh. I really hope so too!


  10. Lori June 25, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    That’s too bad! I think that an Anastasia retelling sounds like it would be something exciting and interesting. I am sorry it wasn’t what you expected.

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