The Princess Will Save You (The Princess Will Save You #1)
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 7th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
A STABLE BOY
When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.
But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.
And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom. The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.
I received this ARC from the publisher but this review is unbiased.
Listen, I heard that it was inspired by the Princess Bride and genderbent and came RUNNING. This was such a fun reimaginging and I’m still shook because I really didn’t realize this was a duology and I literally screamed “WHAT!” at 3 AM after finishing the book because I didn’t realize it was the end.
I loved how fierce and passionate Amarande is. She’s constantly underestimated and she’s constantly proving everyone wrong and I LOVE THAT FOR HER. I especially loved her relationship with Luca and the lengths to which she went to save him and how HE KNEW THAT SHE WOULD COME FOR HIM! *sobs*
I especially loved the side characters and how funny they were. it was very reminiscent of the story it was inspired by but it never felt like a copy/paste situation. It was unique and fun in its own way. I definitely enjoyed the adventure, especially with the royalty and political marriage subplot. As I’m writing the review, I notice more and more the inspirations from the original story which is definitely really cool! I love retellings and this one is no different. It takes the story and makes it its own. The parallels were really interesting and literally I’m JUST now realizing them!
I haven’t read something quite like this in a while so it was definitely refreshing and I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel! I was definitely thrown off the trail with every little twist and turn this story took and the ending was a BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE. Every time I tried to think about what might happen I was thrown off and it was AMAZING.
You should check out this book if you like fun reimaginings, fierce princesses that can sword fight in gowns, fighting for your right to marry anyone (and not just royalty) AND rule the country, twists and turns, having to deal with slightly incompetent leaders, and lots of wit and charm!