GIF Review: I Am Princess X

Posted January 9, 2016 / Book Reviews / 4 Comments

GIF Review: I Am Princess XI Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier
on May 26th 2015
(240 pages) • GoodreadsAmazon Barnes & Noble

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.

Princess X?

When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at 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.

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I’ve never done a full-on GIF review before, but I don’t think I have much to say about this book that can’t be said in GIF form… so here we go!

I added this book to my TBR and thought it was some kind of paranormal, actual superhero book. Come to find out, it was just a mystery-esque book. Shelving it on Goodreads became an issue for a while because I was totally thinking it was something different.

workaholics sad crying stupid blake andersonAs I kept reading, I was actually pretty happy that it was more a mystery book. I was intrigued by the storyline even though it wasn’t what I expected at all.

community yes ok ben chang allowThe story started coming together and the concept was incredibly cool. I liked following May and Patrick try to figure out clues from the comic and track down Libby, who she suspected was still alive. A lot of the clues were really unexpected and awesome.

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The more I kept going… the more far-fetched it got. They made a lot of obscure connections really quickly, as if they’d been cracking codes and finding murderers since birth, a la Nancy Drew. It kind of lost me for a little bit towards the middle-end. I mean, come on.

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I kept reading reviews from my IRL book club girls on Goodreads where they said it was far-fecthed and I didn’t think it was possible (back when I was convinced it was a paranormal book). Like, how could it be far-fetched? Well the amount of things that tied together coincidentally for their mystery was a bit much.

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I had essentially NO connection to the characters. There was no romance, which is fine, but I don’t know. I think the book could have benefited from some more pages and the inclusion of a romance, perhaps. It’s a short read, so why not fluff it up a bit more with some good stuff?

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The ending was alright. Again, really really far-fetched, yet predictable. I won’t spoil what the actual ~mystery~ is of course, but I was kind of surprised by the lack of a reaction when certain things went down. There should have been more emotion, more connection, more tears or something. I don’t know.broad city reaction ilana glazer

The addition of the comics was a really cool idea! In fact, I completely wish there were more. I loved the monochromatic style. I was bummed when they appeared less and less throughout.

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Overall, I’m glad I read it. The writing was okay – not great – and felt really young. It was a cute book with a few superficial lessons and themes of friendship, but it didn’t go DEEP enough for me to be fully satisfied. Cool concept, moderately poor execution I guess.

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rating breakdown pink

Plot & Premise
Writing Style
Pacing & Flow
Feels or Swoons
Addiction Level
Overall: 3.2

4 responses to “GIF Review: I Am Princess X

  1. Hmmm…I was really interested in this book, and now I am not so sure. I don’t dabble all that much in mystery. so if it isn’t even that great of a mystery, I’m not sure I even want to go there. And, okay, some people are going to judge me for this, but I don’t know if I can handle the lack of romance. I just…I like it, okay!? I still think this is a really cool idea. Thanks for the great review!

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  2. I love writing (on occasion) and reading gif reviews! Sometimes while I am reading a book I can just tell it will be a GIF review. I still can’t decide if I am going to read this book. I have read a good amount of mediocre reviews on this one. We shall see. I do like the unique format with the comics. Great review!

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