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Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.
All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!
Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was pretty excited when I saw this up for request as part of a blog tour. The cover caught my eye instantly, I mean, look at it! It’s just so pretty!!! When I read the synopsis, I was sold. A gender bent Cinderella retelling in a sci-fi setting? SIGN. ME. UP.
Straight away we are introduced to Aiden, a lowly servant boy who works in the kitchens of the palace occasionally, I think, to be honest I’m not a hundred percent sure why he was in the palace in the beginning, it was a little bit confusing to start. Anyway, we meet Aiden and we are instantly thrown straight into action, he steals a dagger from one of the visiting Princes who are here to try and win the Princess’ hand in marriage.
Princess Delia we meet straight after. She doesn’t want to get married, but she’s torn because she needs to think of her planet first and foremost, it’s what she’s been trained for her whole life as the eldest daughter of the current Queen. With a plan in place, Delia quickly and quietly escapes her dress fitting, which throws her into the same ship that our dear Aiden has run to in order to escape the pursuing Queen’s Guard. And this is where their story begins.
As you can see, this story is action from the get go with is absolutely fantastic. I would definitely coin it as a Young Adult Sci-Fi adventure with obviously some romance thrown in for good measure. One thing I don’t think I’d really call it is a Cinderella retelling. Now, hear me out. There are a couple of elements thrown in that of course mirror the Cinderella story, servant wanting more out of life, royalty not wanting to follow through with their duties as they just want to marry for love and be free, a strategically placed line to do with a ‘shoe’ fitting (you’ll see what I mean when you get to it), and an entrance to a ball that rivals all others. Yes these are the main aspects of the Cinderella tale, but for me, I didn’t feel like this story was a Cinderella retelling, I honestly feel like it’s selling itself short by calling itself one. This story has the ability to stand on it’s own two feet and be great all by itself. Now a lot of you are possibly ranting at me, telling me how it is of course a Cinderella retelling due to the above mentioned pieces included in this story, and yes in that regard I see your point. For me however, I feel like this story is one of it’s own and I love it for that. The story is also told from alternating perspectives between Aiden and Princess Delia so we get a well rounded scope of all events that transpire.
When I first started the story, it drew me in instantly, but I wasn’t too sure how I felt about it. As it progressed I began to like it more and more, and by the end I knew I was giving it four stars. There were a few things that annoyed me of course. For instance, I feel like the chapter formatting needed to be redone, as halfway through some chapters, the story jumped which was a little bit jolting, I feel like adding more chapters in would have fixed this problem. The story itself was well thought out and was executed pretty good, a few things felt like they came out of left field but I guess that’s the point, the ‘twist’ I had worked out earlier on in the story, but I still felt like it was a great addition to it.
My absolute favourite things about this story are a little bit random, one of them is the little mechanical bird which is a homing device – I have no idea why I love it, I just do. And the other is the pirates – I’m not going to say anymore about them as I feel like it’s better going into this knowing nothing about them as I did.
All in all, I felt that this was a fantastic story with likeable characters, fun little quirks that alluded to its source material, even though as said above, I feel like this story is selling itself short by calling itself a retelling, it honestly does have the merit to stand on it’s own and be great. If you love a fairy-tale retelling with a sci-fi touch, give it a go, but please remember, there are only a few small things that relate back to the Cinderella tale.
B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Lois Duncan. When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and their two children.