Long May She Reign – by Rhiannon Thomas

  Long May She Reign – by Rhiannon Thomas, HarperTeen, 9780062418685, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  YA Fiction

What did you like about the book? Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would rather hole up in her underground laboratory and science. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Immediately, I liked Freya. She had a sharp sense of humor and was a tireless young scientist stuck in a castle. She couldn’t have been less interested in elegant gowns and humorless princes. As the book went on though, the plot soured quickly. Soon, Freya becomes queen, still does some science, but becomes embroiled in one political mess after the other.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Plot post-poisoning, so most of the book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of medieval fantasy, though there are better books of this genre.

Who should buy this book? No one

Where would you shelve it? middle grade fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth MA

Date of review: 4/12/17

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