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It took me a while to get into A Princess in Theory. In fact, I received an ARC last year and I had put it on-hold since then! When I finally caved and bought the audiobook and listened to it, I was delighted but also a little bit distracted.
See, I saw Black Panther this year and the accent the narrator, Karen Chilton, used for Thabiso reminded me of the Wakanda accent and I kept picturing Chadwick Boseman in the Black Panther suit. Also, Thesolo also reminded me of Wakanda, albeit not as highly advanced. In this case, the distraction made it a little bit hard for me to enjoy the book fully.
However, I LOVED Naledi! I love that we have a POC, female in STEM! We seriously need more representation here! She is independent and smart and hardworking, a character that I look up to. Again, we need more representation of these types of characters in romance.
A Princess in Theory also had a Coming to America feel and I also recently saw that movie on TV. While I didn’t like Thabiso’s deception, I totally understood his reasons. But I think he should have groveled more.
One bad thing about A Princess in Theory is that I saw the villain a mile away. I knew who it was, I knew that he was behind the whole issue in Thesolo, so it wasn’t really a surprise to me. We also didn’t get to see this villain accused or tried or defeated because it was told to us. I honestly would have wanted a showdown between the villain, Naledi and Thabiso and get a few answers – but we weren’t given any. This basically made me take-off half a star in my overall rating.
While I know romance is sometimes predictable, I still prefer to be kept guessing, at least until closer to the villain reveal. As it was, I was halfway through the book when I knew who it was.
Overall, I enjoyed A Princess in Theory and I can’t wait to read the next book A Duke by Default.
I normally don’t comment about book covers in my reviews unless there is something especially good about them and this one has it in spades! I absolutely love the cover featuring a POC couple! This type of cover isn’t very common, and I want to see more. Plus, did you see Naledi’s dress? I follow Alyssa Cole on Twitter and she tweeted out the Etsy shop of the lady that made the dress! So, YES you can absolutely BUY this dress! I am partial to the design and colors that Portia is wearing in A Duke by Default and I am thinking about buying it for myself!
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What is your favorite book featuring a heroine in STEM?