What do you get when you add free and dumb?
My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.
Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.
But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.
Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.
This was a very difficult one to rate, I was very divided with this book, so I’m going to make this a quick review and summarize my thoughts.
What I liked
The concept was really good, the idea of the spirits was interesting and how they can be different things or have more than one. The worlds sound fairly similar to Earth but the school and the royal families were fun to read about.
The characters were fairly likeable, I had a bit of an issue with Makoto at times as she went from being pleasant to stuck up and bitchy on quite a few occasions and I didn’t see the need for it. I liked all the male characters in this one, though I would have liked to get to know them a little better, this is the first in a series so hopefully I’ll get the chance.
What I didn’t like
It was just at points painfully predictable, this has an inventive premise and then it really falls down with stupid teenage drama and (bit of a spoiler here) her going back to the world where she has been held against her will for an exam.
There was also a lot of inconsistency in the writing, peppered with silly errors but also with terms used, so they have different words for certain things but our word for them has been used. Also I felt at times that some of the voices of the male characters got a little confused.
There wasn’t much of a plot to speak of, the middle part of the story lagged, I know it is part of a series but I like for each book to have some substance and I feel like this book was just a set up for the next.
I think this book has a lot of potential but I if I were a prospective reader I would be cautious going into it, I’m still going to read the next one and hope that there is a little more to it.