Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign

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When the king and his closest allies are poisoned at a banquet, Freya finds herself on the throne and must uncover the identity of the murderers if she hopes to survive.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062418685
0062418688
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 22 cm

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miraellie
Jul 06, 2017

Rather slow-paced, so don't go into it looking for an action-packed, fast read. In fact, most of the plot hinges around Freya's scientific experiments, which should give you an idea of the pace of the book. I didn't mind it because the characters were strong and the political intrigue well done. The romance was predictable and while I had nothing against the hero, I didn't find it particularly interesting. I loved the friendship between the girls, though. The novel could have easily gone in the direction of mean girls and girl hate, but it didn't, and it was so lovely. Freya's development from an insecure, shy girl to a capable queen was equally well done. (And she risked her life for her cat, so that wins her all the points with me.)

As long as you don't go into it expecting a fast, exciting read, you may get on well with Long May She Reign.

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shayshortt
Jun 20, 2017

On the whole, Long May She Reign was a little more character driven than the action and mystery adventure I might have expected from the description. But I enjoyed Freya’s character development, the honest portrayal of her anxieties, and the way she had to cope with such a sudden and drastic shift in her expectations for her future. The mix of science and political intrigue really worked for me, despite the fact that the cover and marketing give this book a fantasy vibe that is only realized in the medievalesque setting.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/06/20/long-may-she-reign/

Beatricksy May 13, 2017

Such a sorrowful disappointment. The premise is fantastic, but the execution...guh. It begins at an agonizingly creaking pace, rockets up to 75mph for a while, and then clunks back down to doddering, should-put-the-hazards-on, speed with dropped plot points littering the road behind it. The first half is fine, once you get twenty pages in. MC is confused, scared, trying out her new role while being uninformed and causing trouble--the conflict is there and it is good...until Stern rebels and the pointless romance starts up (seriously, pages of kiss analysis await you). The villain was anticlimactic, and the resolution was lazy. I've read too much good fantasy to be impressed by this meager offering.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 29, 2017

Rhiannon Thomas's 'Long May She Reign' introduces Freya, a teenage scientist whom, as the fourth cousin of the king once removed, is wholly disillusioned with court life. When tragedy strikes and the entire line of succession leading up to her dies at the royal feast in honour of the king's birthday, her plans to escape are thrown into disarray as she is forced to assume the throne. What follows is a coming of age story that flies in the face of the traditional plot attributed to that genre. Rather than finding out whom she wants to be on the battlefield, striving for change and rebellion, Freya discovers herself in her lab, her studies, relationships and crown.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The beginning of the book may seem a bit boring for some of you but don't worry! It gets so much better! At first, I found the protagonist annoying and a bit dramatic, as all she ever seemed to do was stress. But throughout the ups and downs of mystery and suspense one thing becomes clear: she isn't your average queen. Her personality can be seen as either "soft", or in my opinion, wise. She refuses to punish those with death, which seems like nothing but really, if you are about to be killed for a small thing, you wouldn't think it was a small deal anymore. Being thrown into a world of power, but now covered in bloodshed and murder, her ability to adapt is really strong. The nice ties with chemistry are interesting, especially for any future chemists out there. Truly, long may she reign.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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HarkiQuinn
Feb 10, 2017

Long May She Reign was a fun mystery that skimmed on the characterization.
Plot: On the night of a large court ball, Freya and her best friend sneak away to Freya's lab to continue her experiments. A few hours later, her frantic father tells her that everyone in court is dead and that she is the new monarch. With a mass murderer on the loose and an unstable kingdom, Freya has a lot on her hands.

At the end of the day, Long May She Reign was a fun novel. There were a lot of mini twists that helped shift the suspicion on other characters and small developments that kept me turning pages. Despite being over 400 pages, I managed to read this one in less than a day because it was intriguing and an easy read. It's rather fast-paced which made this so easy to finish in a day.

This is a prime example of why 3-star reviews are so impossible. Overall, Long May She Reign was a nice read, I have no major complaints nor was there anything that took my breath away so I don't really feel like I'm providing an adequate amount of feedback.

Characters: Freya was quirky and awkward, all that you would expect from a 16-year-old girl. As the 26th person in line for the throne, she didn't expect to have to rule a kingdom and spent her time advancing in science. Freya felt real; her awkward interactions trying to decide what was best for her kingdom was genuine and well written.

There was a bit of character overload in this book because so many people influence Freya. At times, it was hard to keep track of all of these characters and most of them felt like they were throw-away characters - on the page just to be a possible murder suspect with no development. None of the characters had any other qualities besides being a murder suspect which lessened my enjoyment as a character-driven reader.

Worldbuilding: Long May She Reign was alternative history that didn't explore its settings as much as I had hoped. Freya was essentially locked up in a tower to keep safe and barely got to explore her kingdom. There were key locations that she had to travel to in order to move the story along, but there was nothing definitive to make this world familiar or memorable for me.

Short N Sweet: Long May She Reign is an enjoyable read, but nothing to write home about.

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shayshortt
Jun 20, 2017

It was one thing to be uncomfortable in court, to hate all the pretenses and be desperate to leave. It was quite another to panic, to become so frightened of the people around me that I forgot how to breathe.

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shayshortt
Jun 20, 2017

It was one thing to be uncomfortable in court, to hate all the pretenses and be desperate to leave. It was quite another to panic, to become so frightened of the people around me that I forgot how to breathe.

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shayshortt
Jun 20, 2017

Twenty-third in line to the throne, Freya never had any expectation of coming anywhere near the crown. Instead, she dreamed of leaving the pomp and pretense far behind for a career in the sciences on the continent, where such things are appreciated. But when most of the court is poisoned for motives unknown at the king’s birthday celebration, Freya finds that all those ahead of her in the succession are dead. For better or worse, as long as she is still breathing, she is now Queen of Epria. Thrust into a position she never wanted, she must fight to hold onto it, or be killed by rival claimants to the throne. Unsure if she was even meant to survive the massacre, Freya is besieged on all sides as she tries to find out who murdered the king, and why.

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