‘I Am Princess X’ by Cherie Priest was an original young adult mystery that engaged me instantly and kept me guessing the entire time. I found the writing style to be a little more juvenile than other YAs in the genre, but I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Priest’s novels.
‘I Am Princess X’ is a novel mixed with a comic that meshes with the story, instead of illustrating the story. Two young girls beginning in 5th grade become friends, and come up with a heroine called Princess X. She’s strong, powerful and has a cool sword. The first comics are in chalk drawings and through the years they develop into boxes and boxes of ideas and sketches…until one day a tragic accident ends the life of one of the girls, Libby.
May the girl left alone, with tons of questions, and very little answers is convinced that Libby can’t be dead. But, no one believes her. There was a funeral. Libby’s body was found. Three years have passed…and one day May sees Princess X. A sticker, old and worn on a pole as if a side thought. Now, May sees Princess X everywhere and she knows it’s a sign. Libby has to be alive.
A great story with a fun mystery, ‘I Am Princess X’ was engaging and original. I enjoyed reading about May and the story of Princess X. The underlying mystery was a little silly at times, but it all came together in the end. My biggest issue with it was the very juvenile tone. The book starts out with the two girls in 5th grade and the tone fits within that age range well and I felt like May was much younger than she is – which the majority of the book is her at 17. The 17-year-old range gave her the range of freedom which wouldn’t be allowed a younger character (believably) but the tone was still that of a middle-grade novel, instead of a YA. For a mature reader this might be a sore point and turn them off from this book, and paired with the childish cartoons that pepper the pages of this novel – well this same mature reader might not be able to look past this.
Overall, a good piece. I get what Cherie Priest was doing with this one…and as an adult reading it, I enjoyed it.
I received this book for free from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I Am Princess X by Cherie PriestPublished by Arthur A. Levine Books on May 26th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Source: Amazon Vine
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon - her best friend, Libby, who lives.