Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: The Star Princess by Susan Grant

Hi all!

Another review!




Author: Susan Grant
Title: The Star Princess
Series: The Star Series #3
Release date: 10th of May 2013
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary, Sci-Fi
Pages: 387 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Ilana Hamilton isn't an adventurer like her pilot mother, or a diplomat like her do-right brother; she's a brash, fun-loving filmmaker who'd rather work behind the camera than be a "star princess" in front of it. Heiress or not, she's a perfectly normal, single woman...until Prince Ché Vedla crashes into her life. 

With six months to choose a bride, the sexy royal wants to sow his wild oats. Ilana can't blame him—but fall for the guy herself? Not a chance! Hotshot pilot or no, Ché is too stuffy, too arrogant, and too old-fashioned. But when he sweeps her off her feet Ilana sees stars, and the higher he takes her the more she wants to fly. If only her heart would stopping asking where she will land.

Review:

Eons or slightly less time ago I read the first two books in the series and since I remember really enjoying them (this series has been around for a while already), I thought why not read the next installment even though I don’t recall much from the previous ones. Plus, a good Cinderella/fairy tale story is always worth to lose some hours for.

It was in a sense a classical romance with a predictable plot and two stubborn as mules hero and heroine from completely different worlds, who should have accepted that they are ideal for each other already on first meeting and gotten on with it already. The various characters and other little details were, however, what made it an extra charming and sweet reading experience.

Like:
I liked the final villain and the twist there, I totally didn’t see that coming.

The tension that was building between Che and Ilana till it exploded. I also liked that they were so different, but there wasn’t any major conflicts or there wasn’t too much contrasting to showcase how incredibly different they were both in the lives they led and them as individuals. Thus, it wasn’t too hard to believe how they could be attracted to one another and eventually fall in love.

It’s always entertaining to watch someone totally out of their element, especially someone aristocratic and privileged. To observe how they fare in an ordinary person’s world usually leads to hilarious situations, which in this book weren’t as in your face and embarrassing as in other books, but the subtle glimpses to Che adapting to earth life were very endearing.

Ilana’s “devious” brother.

The whole background and world building of this image of the future where the story takes place is elaborate and detailed (especially having read the previous books), yet it doesn’t take over the story and I don’t feel overwhelmed by all the information. This book is focused on the main couple and everything revolves around them and nothing else hogs their quality time.

Me not like:
The secondary romance came across too detached and out of the blue to me to actually enjoy. Although, I’m happy that the über manly guy with the über adorable name, Muffin, finally found his lady-love.

As already mentioned, it had a somewhat simplistic and cliché plotline and was a quick read. But, since the main theme of the book I’m quite fond of, then I didn’t mind the predictability as much.

Characters: 

Ilana – She is independent, self-confident, a career woman, a seemingly strong and self-sufficient woman who has her own soft sports and fears. There wasn’t really any special reason not to like or root for her. I especially liked how she decided to ignore all buts and doubts and just go with what she felt, that was unexpected yet pleasant. Some may see it as too rash and convenient, but I found it incredibly sympathetic and brave.

Che – An honorable and responsible prince, who want to enjoy the final free days of his life before having to sacrifice himself at the altar for his people and duty. But, he was all in all a really nice and likable guy despite being born with a silver, or in his case, a diamond spoon in his mouth.

Overall:

This was a sweet conclusion to the whole series and I recommend it to all. The three books were simple and romantic sci-fi love stories. I don’t usually find myself enjoying sci-fi romance, but I really came to like this series.

4 stars!

LIIS

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