Book Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Arthur A. Levine Books Published May 26, 2015 256 Pages
Arthur A. Levine Books
Published May 26, 2015
256 Pages

Libby and May are best friends and to signify their friendship they create Princess X. Libby draws the pictures while May creates the stories. Soon Princess X becomes a heroine that destroys dragons and saves kingdoms.

Years later Libby gets into a car accident with her mom going over a bridge on a rainy night and dies. But along with Libby, Princess X dies as well.

Now May is 16 and sees stickers about Princess X all over Seattle and finds out there is a website telling the story that she and Libby created. But it is different now. There is more to the story that wasn’t there before.

May knows the only person that create this is Libby. So using the story she goes to find her best friend.

The fact that there are people out there who do not like this book is bugging me out. I finished this book in one sitting.

I love a good mystery but I really love a book that uses actual clues to get from point A to point B. You don’t really know how close Libby and May are until the clues start getting complicated. For most of the book it feels like they met, clicked and then Libby dies. It also feels (and probably is the case) that May doesn’t have any friends. We know that she didn’t before Libby but it seems that way after Libby as well.

What really made me fall for this book was the Princess X story. It was good and it tied in perfectly to the present story. That took a lot of focus and creativity on the author’s part. However, I can’t say I actually liked May. There wasn’t much to her other than Libby. Yeah, she could crack a joke and she stood her own, which was cool but she wasn’t the star in this book for me. She kept things going but the mystery, the clues that is what kept the book going.

Not only did I want more from May, I also wanted to understand her relationship with her father more. He was overly protective and there is a hint to why but it is not enough to explain it. I would have liked to see more of their relationship.

From the moment you read the summary you know how the book is going to end. There was nothing new there but I loved the lack of romance in the novel, I loved the clues and the graphic novel portion of it. You want to keep reading because what’s that cheesy saying? “Its not the destination but the journey? Something like that.


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