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Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful than Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven's quest for revenge! The complete Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful than Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven's quest for revenge! The complete collected edition of Princeless: The Pirate Princess!


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Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful than Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven's quest for revenge! The complete Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful than Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven's quest for revenge! The complete collected edition of Princeless: The Pirate Princess!

30 review for Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I think I'm done with this series. I love what it's trying to do but the lack of characterization at this point, the stereotyped female behavior (the cat fight on dragonback completely pissed me off because if Mean Girls taught us anything, it's that you go in snarking and then you make friends. Yeah, actually? It doesn't work like that, especially not in a 10-page spread), the over-the-top gender-role reversal, it's too pandering for my comfort. I'm glad this is resonating with so many women, esp I think I'm done with this series. I love what it's trying to do but the lack of characterization at this point, the stereotyped female behavior (the cat fight on dragonback completely pissed me off because if Mean Girls taught us anything, it's that you go in snarking and then you make friends. Yeah, actually? It doesn't work like that, especially not in a 10-page spread), the over-the-top gender-role reversal, it's too pandering for my comfort. I'm glad this is resonating with so many women, especially women with daughters. I hope this opens the door to some discussions that parents need to have with their kids. For me, though, it's a useless tool. I'd recommend this to young readers, maybe 8- to 12-year-olds.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Another great entry in the series. This one introduces Raven, a much more practiced hero than Adrienne. It's a shame that she doesn't stick around (she's off to lead her own series). It's also a shame that Whitley seemed to be building some romantic tension between Raven and Adrienne only to apparently back off to making them sisterly instead. As an introduction to Raven, this book definitely did the job. I really liked her, and I was sorry to see her leaving the group. I probably will try out h Another great entry in the series. This one introduces Raven, a much more practiced hero than Adrienne. It's a shame that she doesn't stick around (she's off to lead her own series). It's also a shame that Whitley seemed to be building some romantic tension between Raven and Adrienne only to apparently back off to making them sisterly instead. As an introduction to Raven, this book definitely did the job. I really liked her, and I was sorry to see her leaving the group. I probably will try out her own series, though. Could've done without the not-exactly-obligatory catfight, though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    E.

    I!! LOVE!! RAVEN!! SO!! MUCH!! Lmao, she's so gay and Adrienne is so obvious about it! I can't wait to read her spin-off series! It was neat to see them all working together and have some girl-on-girl conflict that wasn't just a catty argument or a boy related problem but was based on a conflict of interests caused by both girls' arcs and backgrounds. __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo I!! LOVE!! RAVEN!! SO!! MUCH!! Lmao, she's so gay and Adrienne is so obvious about it! I can't wait to read her spin-off series! It was neat to see them all working together and have some girl-on-girl conflict that wasn't just a catty argument or a boy related problem but was based on a conflict of interests caused by both girls' arcs and backgrounds. __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    I don't know. Maybe I've just gotten used to this series' style or something, but this book seemed to be marking time more than advancing the story. Yes, Raven is a wonderful character, but did we really need an entire volume just for her introduction? And it seems as though Adrienne's father isn't the only king with a fetish for locking his daughters in towers. What the heck? For some reason, I'm cool with one king doing this, but more than one, possibly all of them? That's just weird ... I tru I don't know. Maybe I've just gotten used to this series' style or something, but this book seemed to be marking time more than advancing the story. Yes, Raven is a wonderful character, but did we really need an entire volume just for her introduction? And it seems as though Adrienne's father isn't the only king with a fetish for locking his daughters in towers. What the heck? For some reason, I'm cool with one king doing this, but more than one, possibly all of them? That's just weird ... I trust we'll eventually get an explanation. I imagine that there must be architectural firms that specialize in this sort of thing. "Need a tower for your daughter? Contact Illium and sons! We guarantee taller, more secure towers than any in the land! Reasonable rates. Act now and get a free gatehouse with every purchase, while supplies last!" This is still fun, but it seems just a tad less fun than the previous two volumes. Hope this isn't a trend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diz

    This volume has the best art in the series so far. However, the story has lost it's focus. The main protagonist and her quest take a backseat to the introduction of a new character. I would have preferred for the series to stay focused on the main quest. This volume has the best art in the series so far. However, the story has lost it's focus. The main protagonist and her quest take a backseat to the introduction of a new character. I would have preferred for the series to stay focused on the main quest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wart Hill

    cute, but not a lot of depth

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I absolutely love this series -- it's so charming and funny! Yes, the feminist Girl Power message is fairly simplistic, and while I would normally find this pandering, this title has such a great energy that this hasn't bothered me in the least. Also, points for diversity and awesome female friendships. Volume 3 starts right where volume 2 left us: Adrienne and Bedelia are still on their quest to save the former's sisters, but they decide to make a quick pit stop to save another princess who look I absolutely love this series -- it's so charming and funny! Yes, the feminist Girl Power message is fairly simplistic, and while I would normally find this pandering, this title has such a great energy that this hasn't bothered me in the least. Also, points for diversity and awesome female friendships. Volume 3 starts right where volume 2 left us: Adrienne and Bedelia are still on their quest to save the former's sisters, but they decide to make a quick pit stop to save another princess who looks in need of rescuing. Their new companion is in fact not a "real" princess, but Raven Xingtao, daughter of the Pirate King. Jealous that she's the heir to her father's pirate empire, her younger brothers convinced good ol' Dad to lock her up and Raven is none too happy about this. As I said, this title has a wonderful energy to it with lots of quippy dialogue alongside the action and adventure. There's been an artist switch since volume 2 and I have to say that I preferred the art in this volume quite a bit. The action scenes are drawn really well, with lots of movement and fluidity, and everything is really colourful which suits the tone of the story. The only quibble I had was (view spoiler)[I was annoyed that Adrienne and Raven decided to become "honorary sisters" when there was obviously so much chemistry between the two. Ah well. (hide spoiler)] I'm really excited that Raven is getting her own series! I'll definitely have to check out this spin-off at some point and I look forward to volume 4 of this main title.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shandra

    Another enjoyable entry into the Princeless world. Raven was a bit brash at first, but she won me over. It looks like she'll be getting her own comic, and I look forward to reading it. I was entertained that Raven seemed interested in Adrienne, and Adrienne was totally oblivious (I've been the oblivious one before) - I wonder if that will be explored at another time? One can dream... though it does look like the comic is keeping things pretty PG, it's nice to introduce the concept of "not everyo Another enjoyable entry into the Princeless world. Raven was a bit brash at first, but she won me over. It looks like she'll be getting her own comic, and I look forward to reading it. I was entertained that Raven seemed interested in Adrienne, and Adrienne was totally oblivious (I've been the oblivious one before) - I wonder if that will be explored at another time? One can dream... though it does look like the comic is keeping things pretty PG, it's nice to introduce the concept of "not everyone is straight". I see that some reviews call Whitley's non-traditional female characterizations simplistic, and I can see that. Still, I think they are meant to be mostly light-hearted, and conversation starters. The stereotypes being reversed are rather simplistic, too, eh? If you're looking for something complex and dark, this isn't the comic for you. If you want some fun, middle-grade lampooning of traditional fantasy gender roles, I highly recommend it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    I almost didn't pick this one up because the previous volume was ok but not great, and that would have been a tragedy, because Raven is great and the way Adrienne sparks off of her is great and basically they are SO ADORABLY IN LOVE and this is SO CANON and that is SO GREAT. If you like the idea of two enemy princesses rescuing each other, having a dragonback swordfight, and then falling asleep in each other's arms on a desert island after tearful confessions, and then, like, blushy skinny-dippi I almost didn't pick this one up because the previous volume was ok but not great, and that would have been a tragedy, because Raven is great and the way Adrienne sparks off of her is great and basically they are SO ADORABLY IN LOVE and this is SO CANON and that is SO GREAT. If you like the idea of two enemy princesses rescuing each other, having a dragonback swordfight, and then falling asleep in each other's arms on a desert island after tearful confessions, and then, like, blushy skinny-dipping and and so on, this is the book for you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My current favorite comic -- and comic team. Disclaimer: I may have a mad crush on the Black Arrow ; ) Well written, artists do an excellent job with the action scenes, great fun characters and storytelling. Plus, how can you beat swashbuckling gay girl pirate out to save the oppressed while flirting and fighting. This is just the kind of comic I would have loved to have had growing up and am very glad to be able to keep on hand now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    At first, I wasn't sure about Raven. But the more I saw her, I came to love her. She's a great multi-dimensional character that challenges Adrienne in many different ways. I hope there's more of her in upcoming series! At first, I wasn't sure about Raven. But the more I saw her, I came to love her. She's a great multi-dimensional character that challenges Adrienne in many different ways. I hope there's more of her in upcoming series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is why I LOVED Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #1 so much! This is why I LOVED Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #1 so much!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This series just keeps getting better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    This was fun, but not amazing. I'm definitely in love with Raven tho, wow! Also, why did I start this series with the 3rd volume?? This was fun, but not amazing. I'm definitely in love with Raven tho, wow! Also, why did I start this series with the 3rd volume??

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love the idea of a bunch of women of different backgrounds becoming friends. The fight scenes were super fun and the "pirate princess" is a great character. FUN! I love the idea of a bunch of women of different backgrounds becoming friends. The fight scenes were super fun and the "pirate princess" is a great character. FUN!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    that awkward moment when the girl you've been flirting with all volume declares you sisters. /o\ i feel bad for raven but ngl, her face when adrienne was like 'it's nice to hear a compliment that isn't just because some guy likes me!' was pretty hilarious it's okay raven, you're getting your own spinoff, i'm sure you'll have future opportunities to review the definition of sisters with adrienne at a later date ANYWAYS. so this volume features a detour from adrienne's main sister* rescuing quest wh that awkward moment when the girl you've been flirting with all volume declares you sisters. /o\ i feel bad for raven but ngl, her face when adrienne was like 'it's nice to hear a compliment that isn't just because some guy likes me!' was pretty hilarious it's okay raven, you're getting your own spinoff, i'm sure you'll have future opportunities to review the definition of sisters with adrienne at a later date ANYWAYS. so this volume features a detour from adrienne's main sister* rescuing quest when she finds raven locked in a tower and proceeds with the rescuing. raven is very grateful to be rescued! alas raven is a pirate princess and grateful does not preclude stealing adrienne's dragon to try to attack her brothers' ships and reclaim her legacy look, she was GONNA give her back when she finished. probably this of course brings us to exciting battles, swashbuckling, and romantic tension that apparently adrienne somehow...failed to notice? (i probably shouldn't find this as hilarious as i do but i just keep laughing bc like. raven pulled out all the moves there! there was cuddling! banter! showing off her battle prowess! SISTERS omg, adrienne darling i think we may need to have a chat about what that word means xD) so yeah. fun stuff! my only objection is that i think raven needs to rethink calling the dudes she fights whiny girls, you are in an ostensibly feminist series raven; girl should NOT be an insult :l 4 stars *actual sisters. oh lord, this series is gonna turn sisters into one of those words i snicker at the same way troy did cousins, isn't it? >_>

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    So I devoured this one even quicker than volume 2. The artwork really reminded me of Disney, and Raven's character specifically reminded me of a badass Mulan-meets-Captain-Jack. I'm not going to lie, my loyalties may have switched during this volume to Raven. Don't get me wrong, I'm still eagerly anticipating the rest of the Princeless story line...but Raven is getting a spin-off and I'm ecstatic! This volume introduces Raven as a Princess--in so much as one can be a princess when her father is t So I devoured this one even quicker than volume 2. The artwork really reminded me of Disney, and Raven's character specifically reminded me of a badass Mulan-meets-Captain-Jack. I'm not going to lie, my loyalties may have switched during this volume to Raven. Don't get me wrong, I'm still eagerly anticipating the rest of the Princeless story line...but Raven is getting a spin-off and I'm ecstatic! This volume introduces Raven as a Princess--in so much as one can be a princess when her father is the Pirate King. Raven is also locked in a tower, but in her case it's more of a punishment/prison than as a way to find her a husband. Raven is a legend in her own right (and I couldn't agree with Bedelia's fangirl reaction more if I tried), and she has a mission of her own. Adrienne's mission is completely sidetracked while Raven seeks out revenge and a swashbuckling good time. I was a little sad that Bedelia didn't get to join Adrienne and Raven on their adventure, but at least Sparky got some print-time. There was also some disappointment that Raven won't be continuing on with Adrienne, Bedelia, and Sparky...but SPIN-OFF!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    HOMOEROTICISM. Okay so I know Raven's spin-off story has queer elements, but I haven't actually read that series yet, so I don't know if Raven herself is queer or if she's surrounded by LGBT+ people (don't spoil it for me, I'll start that series soon, I promise). There are a lot of moments between Adrienne and Raven that come off as flirty, and I kept hoping something would happen, but I'm okay with nothing happening AS LONG AS Adrienne continues saving her sisters and doesn't fall in love at al HOMOEROTICISM. Okay so I know Raven's spin-off story has queer elements, but I haven't actually read that series yet, so I don't know if Raven herself is queer or if she's surrounded by LGBT+ people (don't spoil it for me, I'll start that series soon, I promise). There are a lot of moments between Adrienne and Raven that come off as flirty, and I kept hoping something would happen, but I'm okay with nothing happening AS LONG AS Adrienne continues saving her sisters and doesn't fall in love at all. Because it's okay for girls to just kick some ass without falling in love. This series continues to amaze me. Raven is also not white, and she's incredible, and there's more with Adrienne's brother and the emphasis that just like it's okay for girls to be physically strong and fearless, it's okay for boys to not be as strong and to like things like poetry and mysteries. I love it. I love how blatantly this defies tropes, and I'm excited to keep going.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A coworker handed this to me, and I was expecting to love it. The diversity in characters was great and the colors are just awesome, but that's where the positives end for me. There is little to no substance to the main characters. They entire basis for their personalities seems rooted in the totally played out notion that they're somehow cool because they're not girly-girls. I could have written off one or two instances of anything feminine being used as an insult between characters, because I A coworker handed this to me, and I was expecting to love it. The diversity in characters was great and the colors are just awesome, but that's where the positives end for me. There is little to no substance to the main characters. They entire basis for their personalities seems rooted in the totally played out notion that they're somehow cool because they're not girly-girls. I could have written off one or two instances of anything feminine being used as an insult between characters, because I really did want to like this. HOWEVER, when the main character very early on used "whiny girls" as an insult, my mind made itself up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raina

    I mean, I sped right through it, but it was also the first book not written for 3-5th graders that I read for several months. Totally agree with Erica about the fight on the dragon, and specifically wanna call out the concern for injuring each other's faces. WAY too much emphasis on personal appearance to fit with a badass warrior character (cf Brienne of Tarth), or, at least, in a story purported to be changing comics in a feminist way... Yeah, think I'm done too - starting to read this looking I mean, I sped right through it, but it was also the first book not written for 3-5th graders that I read for several months. Totally agree with Erica about the fight on the dragon, and specifically wanna call out the concern for injuring each other's faces. WAY too much emphasis on personal appearance to fit with a badass warrior character (cf Brienne of Tarth), or, at least, in a story purported to be changing comics in a feminist way... Yeah, think I'm done too - starting to read this looking for the problems. Which is not going to help the world of cool comics love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sylwia

    ANOTHER PERFECT VOLUME TO A PERFECT (so far but it will probably continue) SERIES.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Man, I really enjoyed Raven! Some parts of this volume were a bit much, but over all I’m still totally enjoying this series and will probably also give Raven’s spin-off a try. The ads in these trade volumes, though—suuuuper annoying.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mimi.Y

    After saving one of her sisters she come across a tower and saves a Pirate Princess. Which she didn't find out until after the fact. To think she just made a friend out of her father's enemy. After saving one of her sisters she come across a tower and saves a Pirate Princess. Which she didn't find out until after the fact. To think she just made a friend out of her father's enemy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Another exciting tale! A great intro to Raven, and it's fun to see her with a dragon. Also fun to see her flirt and the person not even notice. One girl who can resist raven's charm! Another exciting tale! A great intro to Raven, and it's fun to see her with a dragon. Also fun to see her flirt and the person not even notice. One girl who can resist raven's charm!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Therese Sedin

    I just love this comic!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This volume is *SO MUCH FUN* and I love it to pieces. Adrienne and Raven's rivalry is entertaining and their eventual friendship is absolutely fantastic. I love this volume. This volume is *SO MUCH FUN* and I love it to pieces. Adrienne and Raven's rivalry is entertaining and their eventual friendship is absolutely fantastic. I love this volume.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Never trust a pirate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    E.Y.E.-D

    My daughter loved this one. She is a fan of pirates so the introduction of Raven was something she really enjoyed. She is looking forward to reading the series that focuses on Raven. I on the other hand did not enjoy this one nearly as much as the first two books. My main reason for not liking this one as much was that it did nothing to progress the main story line, it was just a detour taken specifically to introduce us to Raven. Hopefully the books about Raven's adventures will be better then My daughter loved this one. She is a fan of pirates so the introduction of Raven was something she really enjoyed. She is looking forward to reading the series that focuses on Raven. I on the other hand did not enjoy this one nearly as much as the first two books. My main reason for not liking this one as much was that it did nothing to progress the main story line, it was just a detour taken specifically to introduce us to Raven. Hopefully the books about Raven's adventures will be better then they start out in this book. I give this three stars since to me it was just okay but my daughter really enjoyed it. So three seems like a fair middle ground based on our differing opinions.

  29. 5 out of 5

    L.J.

    A spin-off of Jeremy Whitley's original Princeless series, Princeless: The Pirate Princess finds Adrienne getting wrapped up in a pirate's quest. Raven Xingtao, daughter of the Pirate King, is out for vengeance after her family locked her in a tower to keep her from becoming her father's heir. Rescued by Adrienne, Raven sets out to reclaim her fate. As reviewers here have said, The Pirate Princess is pretty simplistic in both its plot and message. Raven's quest is straightforward, and Whitley re A spin-off of Jeremy Whitley's original Princeless series, Princeless: The Pirate Princess finds Adrienne getting wrapped up in a pirate's quest. Raven Xingtao, daughter of the Pirate King, is out for vengeance after her family locked her in a tower to keep her from becoming her father's heir. Rescued by Adrienne, Raven sets out to reclaim her fate. As reviewers here have said, The Pirate Princess is pretty simplistic in both its plot and message. Raven's quest is straightforward, and Whitley reverses gender roles in a way that some have found overbearing, if not problematic in its own right. This is a fair enough assessment: All of Whitley's female characters are physically tough and arguably more masculine than feminine, while almost every line of a male character's dialogue roughly translates to, "YOU can't do it, YOU'RE a girl!" Whitley isn't subtle at all, and I can understand why adult readers would want for something more nuanced. I found myself okay with The Pirate Princess' relative simplicity because Raven and Adrienne complemented each other well. While Raven was ALL courage and strength - wonderfully likeable, but also the epitome of the typical strong female character - Adrienne wasn't. Adrienne got scared and sick and screwed up. Together, they exhibited different types of strength, and neither was deemed more valuable than the other. Sexism can't be solved by yelling "SUCK IT!" and kicking someone's ass, but as a middle grade book intended to inspire and empower young girls, am I okay with The Pirate Princess telling them they can do whatever the hell they want? Absolutely. My biggest problem with this book was the Raven and Adrienne's sudden "sister" treatment at the end. For a series that's all about diversity, I was surprised and disappointed that Whitley shied away from the obvious tension between them by abruptly turning it into familial love. It felt like Whitley planted the seeds for romance, but then got cold feet at the last minute. Nonetheless, I hope to see more of Raven in series' future. She's a welcome addition to Princeless team.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Like you probably have, I saw a lot of buzz about Princeless on Tumblr wandering around-- mostly not ads, mostly comic panels and the basic idea being praised, so when I saw it at my local library, I pounced and read through the entire thing in one day. That's not actually much of an achievement, I want to say. Princeless is pretty short, even in volume format, though each volume is a contained arc within story (which I appreciated). Volume 1 follows our heroine, Adrienne, as she embarks on her q Like you probably have, I saw a lot of buzz about Princeless on Tumblr wandering around-- mostly not ads, mostly comic panels and the basic idea being praised, so when I saw it at my local library, I pounced and read through the entire thing in one day. That's not actually much of an achievement, I want to say. Princeless is pretty short, even in volume format, though each volume is a contained arc within story (which I appreciated). Volume 1 follows our heroine, Adrienne, as she embarks on her quest to save all her sisters without having to resort to princes. She picks up another friend, Bedelia, and of course her supposed-to-be guard dragon Sparky comes along. Volume 2 introduces the Black Knight (IIRC? The Black Knight may turn up in Vol. 1 first) and sends Adrienne and Bedelia after Adrienne's stupendously gorgeous sister Angelica. Volume 3, my favorite, shows us the pirate princess Raven Xingtao and her frankly annoying brothers as they try to take over her fleet; Adrienne and Sparky help her to get it back. So, general thoughts? It's a lot of fun! It's bright and spunky and Adrienne is a joy. Adrienne's friendship with Bedelia and her general relationships with other girls are highlighted, and though her brother Devon is adorable and clearly loves her, her mother and Angelica are far more present in the story than he is. It's very feminist and very fun, and so far as I know Bedelia is the only main character who isn't a POC, which is refreshing. The art is very clean and easy to read, as well as being lovely. I do love this very much. My only quibble, and this may be solely with the printing that I had, is that the volumes feature ads for Autism Speaks, an organization I feel very negatively about. But then, I don't think the author can control that, so not his fauly. Still great books.

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