Feb 25 2019

Book Spotlight & Review: Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult / Leave a Comment

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.


About the Author

Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she’s dreamed of being an author.

In addition to writing, Jess is also a fantasy cartographer, and spends far too much time scribbling tiny trees and mountains in fictional worlds. She is very passionate about orcas, Spanish soccer, and choosing the perfect font.

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of Origin, Vitro, Kalahari, and The Forbidden Wish.


Review of Last of Her Name

Review (4 Stars):  Last of Her Name was a thought-provoking adventure about a young girl who is faced with trying to save a planet from war after learning that she is the long-lost daughter of a royal family. This story reminded me quite a bit of the story of Anastasia Romanov, whose family was murdered by rebels in Russia and it was rumored that the youngest daughter, Anastasia survived and was smuggled out to safety. Stacia, the main character, is quite content with her life and spends her time with her friends and family among the vineyards near her home.  It isn’t until the Direktor comes to their sleepy town, claiming that they are hiding the missing heir to the throne, that her world turns chaotically upside down.

I enjoyed Last of Her Name and I felt horrible for Stacia when she was forced to leave her friends and family to save herself from being killed.  Over the course of the book, she had to try to piece things together to save the people she loved and prevent the Direktor from taking control of the power source that everyone is searching for.  This book was a fast-paced, thrilling adventure and I was so happy with the way things turned out for Stacia in the end.  Great read.

(I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.)

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