The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea reads very much like a middle grade adventure story. Most of the plot is completely illogical, kind of bubble-gum silly, and with a fluffy marshmallow at its heart. Kind of Hannah Montana the secret space princess. It’s an easy read and unfortunately, that’s about all I really liked about it as I had to keep from rolling my eyes often at the coincidences and logic holes. But undemanding readers or those who want something brainless can enjoy it as a little bit of harmless fun.
Story: 15 year old Beatrice finds a strange cube on her bed – she starts to listen to it but is interrupted. A lot – she never gets to hear it through. She enlists her friend Calvin’s help to find out what the message is about but they get interrupted often so she never learns that she is an intergalactic princess and about to go through a huge change. Not to mention that the bad guys need to get rid of her to ensure her bloodline dies. But she has help – a guardian in the form of a captain of her royal parents’ guard and the smart guy next door. Both help guide her to the planet so she can assume the Queen mantle.
I had several problems with this book that kept me from enjoying the read. The first and main issue was that 50% or more of the story is the author finding ways to keep Beatrice from listening to the cube and learning that she is in danger. Interruptions from relatives, friends, schoolmates, teachers, etc. – you name it. And when there were enough of those, Beatrice decides it is too scary so she ignores it. Seriously – nearly 65% of the book is Beatrice on Earth avoiding finding out the important message.
Then, of course, she will decide to throw herself into the arms of the bad guys out to kill her – just so she doesn’t get one of her friends hurt. Is that noble? Hardly since her friends have already proven they will happily kill themselves to save her. Even more illogical, she’s never killed when she does this. And other than bloodline, there wasn’t a lot of reason to be that loyal to her.
I really didn’t like Beatrice. It seemed she was closer to 12 than 15 – there was a lot of whining, avoiding all responsibility, and making poor decision after poor decision so someone else had to save her. And let’s face it, she does nothing in the book but mess up everything. Perhaps there is going to be character growth in later volumes but for this book, she’s one of the most ineffectual and silly heroines I’ve read in awhile.
I’m going to rate this three stars because I think for a 12 year old, this would be fun. For me, it felt overwritten (spending half the book avoiding the message cube was a bit too much) and without any real danger or urgency. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.