The Argent Star (The Monarchy: Book 1) by Emerson Fray

The Argent Star (The Monarchy, #1)

Title: The Argent Star

Author: Emerson Fray

Publisher: D L Miles

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 366

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Monarchy

The Argent Star – Book 1

The Howling Jade – Book 2

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon |Barnes & Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

What happens when your decisions affect an entire universe?

Ren Argent wanted to be an archeologist and spend her life exploring the lost cities of Earth. But when a new planet is discovered and her father is appointed King, she has to leave behind everything she knows to rule over a place she’s only heard of in legends.
Not long after her arrival, she discovers there are insurgents hiding in the darkened forests and the planet is on the brink of civil war. It won’t be long until the Monarchy steps in to “neutralize” the threat.
Will she be able to stop the hostile takeover? Or will her actions ignite a rebellion across the universe?

My review:

I so wanted to like this book. I mean, the storyline is great:

Girl goes to another plant and saves its inhabitants from an evil reign set on wiping them out.

Unfortunately, even a great storyline can’t help awful characters.

I could not stand Ren. She came across as whiny in some parts of the story and almost childish in other parts. Her relationship with her father was nonexistent because she was still carrying a grudge over something that happened over 7 years earlier. The only person that actually likes her is her brother Elian….and she treated him like a child half the time. Two people call her out on her BS…Sheridan, her Sotarian (think bodyguard) and Abetha, her Guide (think of a tour guide who is a servant). Those scenes I liked.

She did because almost bearable during the last half of the book but still, she acted like a child and it drove me nuts. Definitely not my favorite character of all times.

The substory of the rebels was actually pretty good too and I enjoyed the twist that happened about midway through the book. Totally changed my view of one character.

The ending was really good (and this is where Ren almost redeemed herself) and the substory lines were tied up in a very satisfactory way. But it ended in a cliffhanger…which again, drove me nuts. I can’t stand them.

There is a 2nd book in the series but I am not sure if I want to read it or not. Like I said above, Ren really grated on my nerves and I don’t know if I could read another book with her in it.

How many stars will I give The Argent Star: 2-2.5

Why: While the storyline was great (like I said above), I couldn’t get past one of the most unenjoyable characters that I have ever read.  She killed the story for me.

Will I reread: No

Will I recommend to family and friends: No

Age Range: Teen

Why: No sex, no language. Just some mild violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**


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