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The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning. When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him. When her warrior father, King Sendoa, myster The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning. When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him. When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior—not a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.


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The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning. When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him. When her warrior father, King Sendoa, myster The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning. When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him. When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior—not a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

30 review for The Princess Will Save You

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)

    Dear Future Me, Listen up bitch. Don’t forget about this book. Sincerely, Past Me

  2. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Twas another buddy read with Tabi, who ditched me for the last one...HARRUMPH! :P Where do I even start with my disappointment??? Let me just start off by saying that The Princess Bride is my second-favourite movie of ALL TIME. Second only to The Adventures of Robin Hood with the iconic, Errol Flynn. This was one of my most anticipated releases and ... I regret hyping this up for myself. It seems that Robin Ho I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'Twas another buddy read with Tabi, who ditched me for the last one...HARRUMPH! :P Where do I even start with my disappointment??? Let me just start off by saying that The Princess Bride is my second-favourite movie of ALL TIME. Second only to The Adventures of Robin Hood with the iconic, Errol Flynn. This was one of my most anticipated releases and ... I regret hyping this up for myself. It seems that Robin Hood and Princess Bride retellings will always let me down, no matter what. :((( *cries* I guess it was a mistake on my part to presume that this would maintain the iconic humour that Princess Bride is known for, like Kill the Farm Boy. Rather, this had little to no humour AT ALL. This was a shame because it's what I was looking forward to most. So few YA fantasy novels are downright funny. Only until the last third of the novel really do you finally see the references that this book is supposedly a retelling of. The first two thirds is a generic YA journey plot where the young heroine has to save the boy she loves. It's nothing I haven't read before. Maybe the problem is me and I read too much YA, but I didn't discover anything fun and new during this portion of the book. The final third of the book hits you over the head with Princess Bride references to the point of obnoxiousness, and I'm fairly certain that some of the dialogue comes word-for-word from the original, which definitely rubs me the wrong way (plagiarism, anyone?). If you don't mind a really loose Princess Bride retelling, you'll most likely enjoy this, but I think now is the time for me to finally give Kill the Farm Boy a go. :D I'm craving some Princess Bride humour!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This has nothing to do with Princess Bride. Will people stop with that crap.... I was back and forth for a bit with the book because I’m in some kind of book slump crisis crap thing!! Anyway, I loved ole what’s her head. I thought she was a good bad ass girl with a good head on her shoulders. Oh and she killed some bad people. I loved the secondary characters as well! I do look forward to the next book and damn if the cover of that book isn’t awesome too!! Charlie Bowater!! I still want her to se This has nothing to do with Princess Bride. Will people stop with that crap.... I was back and forth for a bit with the book because I’m in some kind of book slump crisis crap thing!! Anyway, I loved ole what’s her head. I thought she was a good bad ass girl with a good head on her shoulders. Oh and she killed some bad people. I loved the secondary characters as well! I do look forward to the next book and damn if the cover of that book isn’t awesome too!! Charlie Bowater!! I still want her to sell her own art picture book!! Happy Reading Peeps! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  4. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    ive never read/seen ‘the princess bride,’ so i cant make any comments as to how to this compares as a retelling. so coming at this from strictly a YA perspective, this is okay. not terrible, but nothing special either. this has everything you could want from this kind of story. cute romance between a princess and a commoner, high adventure while trying to rescue the boy she loves, and political scheming between neighbouring kingdoms. its all there, but its nothing new, nothing i havent read befo ive never read/seen ‘the princess bride,’ so i cant make any comments as to how to this compares as a retelling. so coming at this from strictly a YA perspective, this is okay. not terrible, but nothing special either. this has everything you could want from this kind of story. cute romance between a princess and a commoner, high adventure while trying to rescue the boy she loves, and political scheming between neighbouring kingdoms. its all there, but its nothing new, nothing i havent read before. which is probably my fault for reading so many of these kind of stories - i get bored with them easily. the ending/epilogue makes the sequel seem super promising, though! so if you like those tropes and this kind of story, this is definitely one you should pick up! ↠ 3 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    The Princess Will Save You was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020. And guys, it was PERFECT. This book is everything. The main character is such a badass, I loved her from page 1. She's smart, confident, brave, and compassionate--and she's an awesome debater and can fight. But she's not unreachable either, and despite being so amazing, I really related to her. Luca is so sweet--I wanted to charge in and save him alongside Amarande. And the plot! Fast-paced, with action, and political intri The Princess Will Save You was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020. And guys, it was PERFECT. This book is everything. The main character is such a badass, I loved her from page 1. She's smart, confident, brave, and compassionate--and she's an awesome debater and can fight. But she's not unreachable either, and despite being so amazing, I really related to her. Luca is so sweet--I wanted to charge in and save him alongside Amarande. And the plot! Fast-paced, with action, and political intrigue, and romance, and it was perfect. There are also some killer twists--and now I need book 2 so bad! How am I supposed to wait a year after that ending??? Also, the writing itself is gorgeous. Sharp and lovely, there are so many lines that are quick-witted and brilliant. So, this book was everything I hoped for and more. I swear, Sarah Henning gets better with every book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I'm getting concerned where the lines are for "retelling" vs...um, plagiarism. (Also how is the Princess Bride allowed to be retold when it's not out of copyright yet? Genuinely curious.) I'm getting concerned where the lines are for "retelling" vs...um, plagiarism. (Also how is the Princess Bride allowed to be retold when it's not out of copyright yet? Genuinely curious.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ARC received!!! Thank you, Tor. I am so excited to get to this one! Original: I had no idea this story inspired by The Princess Bride!! Now that I do, there is nothing that shall stop me from getting this for my shelves! Inconceivable and exciting!!! ARC received!!! Thank you, Tor. I am so excited to get to this one! Original: I had no idea this story inspired by The Princess Bride!! Now that I do, there is nothing that shall stop me from getting this for my shelves! Inconceivable and exciting!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Henning

    Watch this space for pre-order swag <3

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    another buddy read (I tried) with the fabulous Helena! DNF @ 30% because apparently instead of being INSPIRED BY The Princess Bride this is instead LOOSELY INSPIRED and comes across as claiming to be whole milk but is, in fact, 2% milk which tastes really nothing like whole milk at all. I'll try to pick this up again when I can get my hands on a physical copy, but consider me highly disappointed, staring sorrowfully at the wreckage of my ruined expectations. I received a digital ARC from Tor Teen v another buddy read (I tried) with the fabulous Helena! DNF @ 30% because apparently instead of being INSPIRED BY The Princess Bride this is instead LOOSELY INSPIRED and comes across as claiming to be whole milk but is, in fact, 2% milk which tastes really nothing like whole milk at all. I'll try to pick this up again when I can get my hands on a physical copy, but consider me highly disappointed, staring sorrowfully at the wreckage of my ruined expectations. I received a digital ARC from Tor Teen via Edelweiss & NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    "A princess, a stableboy, a quest" Say no more, that's literally all I need to hear "A princess, a stableboy, a quest" Say no more, that's literally all I need to hear

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victoria BookLover

    Thank you thank you thank you Tor Teen for sending me a copy of this!!! The Princess Will Save You was a wonderfully done retelling of the Princess Bride. It had all the elements of good storytelling for me: wonderful writing, ship-worthy romance, political intrigue, and action. Lets just jump right in. Spoilers ahead. So this book took me completely by surprise. If you see reviews of the books I’ve been reading, you know that I just haven’t cared about any of them really, which sucks because the Thank you thank you thank you Tor Teen for sending me a copy of this!!! The Princess Will Save You was a wonderfully done retelling of the Princess Bride. It had all the elements of good storytelling for me: wonderful writing, ship-worthy romance, political intrigue, and action. Lets just jump right in. Spoilers ahead. So this book took me completely by surprise. If you see reviews of the books I’ve been reading, you know that I just haven’t cared about any of them really, which sucks because they all deserved better (I will be rereading them later). But anyways the point is that I was cavernously deep in a slump. Like, I didn’t even want to read. I was forcing myself through books that all felt entirely mediocre until I finally decided to quit and immerse myself heavily in animal crossing for like 2 weeks. Nothing was grabbing me or helping me out of this slump. But this one did. I’m not sure what it was, but The Princess DID save me. Amarande was a wonderful heroine who honestly made me swoon. We stan a queen who doesn’t take any crap from anyone and she did NOT. Not ever. She never faltered. It was her way or the highway. I loved it. How many protagonists actually speak their mind every. single. time. Without holding back? Not many. She was an insta-love for me and honestly Luca just step aside, I’LL marry her. She’s got me wrapped around her royal fingers. Now moving onto the romance, I enjoyed Luca and Ama. They had a precious bond that was rooted from childhood and had grown throughout the years. I will say my one issue was that I wanted it to feel more ALIVE. Their bond wasn’t as impactful as I wanted it to be, but I still felt it, especially later. Now Luca as a character felt a little bit underdone in the beginning. He barley spoke and I wasn’t able to gage his personality like I wanted to. Not like my wife Ama. But I will say as the story grew, so did he, and in the end I definitely came to care about his journey. SPOILERS FOR REAL NOW. Him being the son of Oxtana...or however you spell it...whoa. Didn’t expect it. Wasn’t ready. Also was ready. I’m intrigued with how Sarah will weave the second book now that we know he is the ruler of Torrence, and how that will affect Luca as a character. Back to my love, Ama. Her killing Renald like the boss she is made me almost clap. One thing I love about her is her ability to talk big and back it up with actions. Sarah actually gives her an opportunity to show how talented and ruthless she really could be if pushed to be so. God I just SWOON. Anyways my fingers hurt so I’ll end the review here, the princess Will Save You is 100% worth the read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    ME:Well, I guess after seeing this cover I’ll have to read it. BRAIN:But why don’t you first read the synopsis and see if you...? ME: NO! Look at that cover! BRAIN:But... ME:PRETTY. COVER. ME. NEED. IT. BRAIN:*sighs* Here we go again... Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’ ME:Well, I guess after seeing this cover I’ll have to read it. BRAIN:But why don’t you first read the synopsis and see if you...? ME: NO! Look at that cover! BRAIN:But... ME:PRETTY. COVER. ME. NEED. IT. BRAIN:*sighs* Here we go again... Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    “True love is already yours. True love is the most powerful force on this earth—we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love. ” The Princess Will Save You is a YA Fantasy that, while feeling very familiar in a lot of ways, is quite a refreshing take on the genre. I absolutely loved Sarah Henning's debut novel, Sea Witch. It was one of my favourite books of 2018, and so I was very excited to read a new book by this author and I did not end up being disap “True love is already yours. True love is the most powerful force on this earth—we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love. ” The Princess Will Save You is a YA Fantasy that, while feeling very familiar in a lot of ways, is quite a refreshing take on the genre. I absolutely loved Sarah Henning's debut novel, Sea Witch. It was one of my favourite books of 2018, and so I was very excited to read a new book by this author and I did not end up being disappointed. The book follows princess Amarande after the death of her father and her being coerced into a political marriage. When someone kidnaps the stable boy, Luca, who she has a relationship with that clearly exceeds that of a platonic friendship, she goes after the kidnappers to save Luca herself. “My father’s blood flows in my veins—that’s what is so precious to this kingdom. To this line. To these contracts. I have that blood—what does it matter if I’m a girl? What’s more important? The blood or the law?” Immediately in the beginning of the book you can tell that Amarande is an incredibly strong character, who is ready to fight for her own rights. While she might've grown up as a princess, she was also trained in fighting and has no issues standing up for herself, both physically and verbally. I feel like often in Fiction, people wanna make it seem like female characters can't be in love and pursue their love interest, while still being strong and independent women. I feel like this book really tried to turn this "trope" on its head by making the princess the one who rescues her love interest. She takes matters into her own hands in many ways and while she describes Luca as her one weakness, in many ways her love for him is also what makes her strong and I very much enjoyed that. Amarande is a nuanced and multi-faceted character. While she was trained in combat her whole life, it was also still clear that she grew up with many privileges and as a sheltered princess who never actually had to fight for her life. I liked that we got to see her as someone who would do so much to protect herself and the people she loves, while also still being overwhelmed with being put into a literal life or death situation. Amarande also goes through some really interesting character development throughout the book which has me particularly excited for the sequel and also seeing her character deal with the aftermath of everything that happened within this first book. “The princess swallowed and shut her eyes for a moment. She was not helpless. It was not hopeless. Again, her father came to her. A warrior made is a warrior alive. The tenet was an obtuse one, but said plain, the meaning was: Use what you have to your advantage to survive. ” Overall this novel was absolutely screaming girl power and I enjoyed the focus of this story so much. Even though this Fantasy world is definitely a patriarchal society and a big chunk of this book is Amarande being on a journey to save Luca by herself, this book is still filled with amazing female characters that we will hopefully see so much more of in the sequel. While people might expect this book to have a big focus on the romantic aspect, it honestly doesn't. As mentioned before, the princess's motive throughout the story is her love towards Luca but the romantic storyline in and of itself is kept quite brief as the development of the romantic feelings between the two characters has already happened way before this book. Really, it is an open secret that these two characters have feelings for each other and they're both quite aware of it too. So we have a few, short romantic scenes, but really, it takes a back seat to everything else. That makes the book also refreshingly void of angst. I definitely love me some good angst if it is well done but in this story, where the focus is on so many other things, I really enjoyed that the author decided to actually make the romantic aspect of this story one that is uncomplicated... especially considering the circumstances around them are complicated enough. “She wouldn’t cheapen what he was worth to her. He was worth literally everything she’d been through thus far, plus what was to come, and more—diamonds, battle, the political ramifications. Everything. ” There was also a small part about consent and how it can be a complicated situation with the power dynamics that exist between a princess and a stable boy. The princess has a point where she questions her behaviour towards Luca and while it was only a short section, I appreciated that this was brought up because it is something that I rarely see portrayed for relationships like this. This also had one of the most exciting epilogues that I have ever read in my life and this definitely affected my enjoyment of the story in a very positive way. It was truly fascinating to me because there were some unanswered questions throughout the story that got answered in the epilogue but it also unfolded a storyline that has me shaking in my boots for the sequel. If I could, I would pick it up right now! But thankfully it is not the kind of ending that leaves you completely hanging, fearing for a character's life or the future of an entire kingdom. The ending feels immensely satisfying, both with how this particular story arc ends but also with it leaving you wanting more and being excited for all the possibilities of the sequel. “That feeling in her heart was back, as if it were made of wax, melting into nothing within her chest. Her Luca. Amarande kissed him then—forehead first, then the bridge of his nose, the tops of his cheeks. ” So overall, I had a really good time reading this book. I think it definitely had its slow parts but I wouldn't say that that was necessarily something negative within this book at all. I just think the author took her time with certain things and rightfully so, as it does pay off. I would definitely recommend this book for anybody that enjoys YA Fantasy in general but especially for fans of books like Graceling or The Kiss of Deception. Trigger and Content Warnings for sexual harassment, trafficking, vomiting, violence, blood, torture and forced marriage. Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I am... torn. As you may gather from the title, this book is not subtle. It's all about turning a popular narrative on its head, and that popular narrative is The Princess Bride. I did not realize this until about sixty percent through the book. Up until that point, Amarande was just a sixteen-year-old princess in the process of figuring out just how unprepared she was for the job of taking her late father's throne. She's one of those "I'm ruthless, I'm a devastating warrior, I've been training f I am... torn. As you may gather from the title, this book is not subtle. It's all about turning a popular narrative on its head, and that popular narrative is The Princess Bride. I did not realize this until about sixty percent through the book. Up until that point, Amarande was just a sixteen-year-old princess in the process of figuring out just how unprepared she was for the job of taking her late father's throne. She's one of those "I'm ruthless, I'm a devastating warrior, I've been training from birth to sword-fight and throw knives and never trust anyone" heroines who also, somehow, has never hurt anyone in a real fight and seemingly never even been camping. The stable boy, her childhood friend and crush, is kidnapped by three somewhat hapless ruffians in a plot by an evil prince to seize power. Since I clued you in beforehand, you can already see The Princess Bride shaping up, although I didn't quite yet. Amarande manages to race after the ruffians and rescue the stable boy, and this is where it gets really overt. They run into the prince. "Marry me, and I promise not to hurt him." She agrees. Obviously, it was a lie. From here on out, we have the thinly-disguised outline of The Princess Bride itself: • A girl harangues Amarande about marrying another while her true love lives • Both Luca and Amarande, who didn't even know if the other like-liked each other before the kidnapping, now can't stop talking about TRUUUUE LOOOVE • A single dagger meant for the wedding night • A poisonous drug named "fire swamp" (Ho! Ho! Get it?) • "Mostly dead" • A literal pit of despair where the "How does that make you feel?" scene is nearly word-for-word reenacted • The two "good" ruffians hear Luca's tortured scream and instantly know it's him, coming to the rescue • "If he dies, you die." (Okay, this one is actually from The Court Jester.) There's some background intrigue with unknown identities and mysterious mothers and what, exactly, the late king had in mind in the first place that is honestly the most interesting part of the book. I assume that, along with some Dread Pirate Roberts action, awaits in part two of the duology. I'm hopeful that it will come off better than this one. There is some subversion that I think is fun. The extent to which Luca is a fainting damsel with no personality except being unfailingly kind and handsome, and loving Amarande with stars in his eyes is nice. You can't help but like him, and I think he plays the part of Buttercup very well. It's too bad he had to get the torture side of the stick as WELL as the kidnapping side. The problem is that Amarande is not nearly as good a Westley. She is a struggle, in general. The contrast between her hard-bitten thoughts and the way her mishaps actually turn out in real life is one that's hard to respect. She basically still is Buttercup as well, except for the fact that she will wave a sharp weapon at anyone nearby if given half an excuse, and more in a wearying "please stop and think about the consequences of your actions for ONCE" way rather than a fun action-hero way. Still, more than halfway through this book I was still planning to give it three stars. Like, Amarande is annoying but she's not THAT annoying. It's still a fun story. Until... the pit of despair scene. There's "inspired by" and then there's whatever this is. The "fire swamp" shoutout could have been a fun wink-nudge reference, but not in the MIDDLE of a scene which LITERALLY copies dialogue from the original. The word-for-word was too much, way too heavy-handed, in a book that didn't offer much else of its own unique content to balance it out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

    Ah nostalgia, you are a lovely friend. I only needed to hear “The Princess Bride retelling” to know I would love this book. And I did indeed love The Princess Will Save You. What I loved most was that it wasn’t a direct retelling. Their names weren’t Buttercup and Westley and there weren’t ROUSs (rodents of unusual sizes for you uncultured swine! I’m totally kidding 😂 But really, if you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, you should rectify that immediately! 😁) It was a close enough retelling that y Ah nostalgia, you are a lovely friend. I only needed to hear “The Princess Bride retelling” to know I would love this book. And I did indeed love The Princess Will Save You. What I loved most was that it wasn’t a direct retelling. Their names weren’t Buttercup and Westley and there weren’t ROUSs (rodents of unusual sizes for you uncultured swine! I’m totally kidding 😂 But really, if you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, you should rectify that immediately! 😁) It was a close enough retelling that you could tell it was a retelling, but it was loose enough that it had me stopping and wondering “who is this character in The Princess Bride? Ah! It must be so and so!” I loved that! I loved that it was an original tale that was different yet felt reminiscent and similar at times. I loved the sweet relationship between Luca and Amarande. He was the damoiseau in distress waiting for the princess to save him. Luca’s a cinnamon roll, which are some of my favorite male character types 😄 And Amarande was a fierce, strong royal who rises to her calling and won’t let people take away her kingdom or the man she loves. The ending was really interesting and I need the sequel right now! I can’t wait to see what happens for these two characters in the future. I was however a little confused by the epilogue. It didn’t quite seem to fit. Part of it did, but the other part seemed to come out of nowhere.

  16. 4 out of 5

    shre ♡

    i see a charlie bowater cover, i add it to the list. that's it. that's the review. i see a charlie bowater cover, i add it to the list. that's it. that's the review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Omg, how did I not hear of this sooner!? Also, covers like this are really warming me up to cover models 💕 But not gonna lie, I will forever associate this cover font with The Folk of the Air trilogy ✨

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Second time read and review. Guys! I am so excited that I dove back into this book because now I'm beyond pumped to dive into my ARC of the next one. It also doesn't hurt that I recently re-watched the princess bride either because I was LOVING the vibes I was getting. I think maybe today is the day that I fall in love with all my books because I was just really enjoying this one. It also doesn't hurt that I enjoyed the crap out of this the first time around either. So it's safe to assume that I Second time read and review. Guys! I am so excited that I dove back into this book because now I'm beyond pumped to dive into my ARC of the next one. It also doesn't hurt that I recently re-watched the princess bride either because I was LOVING the vibes I was getting. I think maybe today is the day that I fall in love with all my books because I was just really enjoying this one. It also doesn't hurt that I enjoyed the crap out of this the first time around either. So it's safe to assume that I liked everyone the same way and hated the others as well. I still like Ama is constantly underestimated which works in her favor. You'd think after she proved her worth the first time people would realize and accept her bad ass ways.. but nope. In the end, definitely enjoyed this re-read and I look forward to the next book so freaking much. _________________________ First off, this cover is fire and I love it. Second, that was not the only reason as to why I wanted to dive into. Third, after reading The Princess Bride earlier this month, getting all kinds of nostalgic vibes and wanting to watch the movie, and then seeing this beautiful book is a retelling of it? Oh lord, if that wasn't a sign for me to dive into this book then I don't know what a sign is anymore! The Princess Will Save You was such a fun adventure. Just like the in the original and the movie, things can be somewhat predictable BUT knowing and loving that storyline I was happy with how everything went. The romance was adorable between Luca and Ama. It was formed at such a young age and just grew to be incredibly precious and enjoyable. Of course there's the drama and it was okay. You knew someone was going to be the bad guy and trust me - this book gave you a ton of suspects. The one thing that kept me going was how everyone, and I mean everyone, underestimated Ama. She was a complete bad ass who knew how to handle almost anything. She could protect herself and do all sorts of things princesses aren't known for. I think that's why I was just so into this book. Every page, chapter, and twist just kept pulling me in for an interesting ending. All I can say is, I am so freaking proud of Ama. I'm also sort of looking forward to the next book?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on my blog *Milky Way of Books* on 17/6/2020 I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on my blog *Milky Way of Books* on 17/6/2020

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kilikina

    A PRINCESS A STABLE BOY A QUEST "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." A PRINCESS A STABLE BOY A QUEST "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."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 (I'll admit, a lot of that had to do with the cover) and while I'm not... disappointed exactly, I am a little let down. It wasn't that this book wasn't good, because it was. But it also wasn't quite what I was hoping for. I feel like this could have been done SO much better. I mean, gender-swapped Princess Bride retelling? The potential is through the roof. But I feel like it's important to understand one thing: This did Actual Rating: 3.5 stars This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 (I'll admit, a lot of that had to do with the cover) and while I'm not... disappointed exactly, I am a little let down. It wasn't that this book wasn't good, because it was. But it also wasn't quite what I was hoping for. I feel like this could have been done SO much better. I mean, gender-swapped Princess Bride retelling? The potential is through the roof. But I feel like it's important to understand one thing: This didn't actually end up being a Princess Bride retelling. It is a story with a plot that bears vague similarities to Princess Bride and has small nods to it throughout the book, such as certain characters that mirror characters from the movie. I feel like that's a major thing that might disappoint people with this book. Remove the light Princess Bride-isms and it's a very baseline YA fantasy novel about a princess taking a journey to overcome odds for love. Which is 100% fine! But that's not what everyone was expecting from this book and I think that's a fair complaint. With that being said, the ending definitely set up for book 2 and I'm very interested to see where it goes from here. I enjoyed this book, but I know it had the potential to get better and I truly hope we'll see that in the sequel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    This book upset me a bit, I was expecting to really enjoy this. All of the plot twists were given away in the author trying to foreshadow or hint. Everything that happened did not surprise me, but I did enjoy the story line until the final chapter. I just wished that it wasn’t as predictable. The characters I really liked and thought they were enjoyable to see grow. The only slight bit of criticism I have with the characters is the growth of the relationship, we know these characters have been f This book upset me a bit, I was expecting to really enjoy this. All of the plot twists were given away in the author trying to foreshadow or hint. Everything that happened did not surprise me, but I did enjoy the story line until the final chapter. I just wished that it wasn’t as predictable. The characters I really liked and thought they were enjoyable to see grow. The only slight bit of criticism I have with the characters is the growth of the relationship, we know these characters have been friends for a long time but the romance felt like it was just thrown in. Overall, this was a cute and fun story but I wish it wasn’t as predictable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    2.5 - ⭐️⭐️💫 The Princess Will Save You is a reversed retelling of the beloved classic The Princess Bride While I’m not the biggest fan of the movie nor did I read the original novel, I was excited to learn that this will be a unique retelling of it. Well... not exactly • The Writing is mediocre although it caught me in the beginning it just fell flat to me later. • The Plot is very predictive due to the fact that the author did not steer far from how the events unfolded in the original tale which w 2.5 - ⭐️⭐️💫 The Princess Will Save You is a reversed retelling of the beloved classic The Princess Bride While I’m not the biggest fan of the movie nor did I read the original novel, I was excited to learn that this will be a unique retelling of it. Well... not exactly • The Writing is mediocre although it caught me in the beginning it just fell flat to me later. • The Plot is very predictive due to the fact that the author did not steer far from how the events unfolded in the original tale which was a bummer because when it comes to retellings I always look forward to the author’s own twist to it. Only towards the end where finally a secret unfolded that stirred my curiosity about the sequel. But I did like the whole power girl thing, I’m always up for girls kicking ass. • The Characters did not have much depth to them even though I did not dislike them. I wish that the main heroine Ama and her love Luca were fleshed out more. Even the villains I did not find to be compelling. • The Romance couldn’t be more bland. I could not for the life of me get invested in the couple. I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up the sequel since the ending hints at it, but I’m a little disappointed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    Through the haze of monotony and tears of boredom, I think I appreciated what this book was trying to do. It was lacklustre, humourless, and predictable to boot. The lead characters had less chemistry than two blocks of stone. Oh, they were childhood sweethearts, how funking original. The book's plot is basically one giant rescue mission and honestly, I've never read something less unexciting in my life. The world-building isn't anything spectacular either, made all the more dreary by stupid kingd Through the haze of monotony and tears of boredom, I think I appreciated what this book was trying to do. It was lacklustre, humourless, and predictable to boot. The lead characters had less chemistry than two blocks of stone. Oh, they were childhood sweethearts, how funking original. The book's plot is basically one giant rescue mission and honestly, I've never read something less unexciting in my life. The world-building isn't anything spectacular either, made all the more dreary by stupid kingdoms fighting over the same stupid things. I don't know if the absence of a love-triangle was a good thing or not. It may have added a bit of spice into this tasteless story. Nothing in this book strikes out as remotely original or thrilling, besides maybe the idea of princess going to rescue her man, which if you think about it, happens a lot in YA books anyway. Eh. The title and the cover are bomb, though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "True love is the most powerful force on this earth- we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love." The Princess Bride is a classic and was an instant favorite when I was younger and it still is to this day. So when I heard that Henning was writing a strong feminist retelling, I was nervously excited because those are some pretty big shoes to fill. But Henning stepped up to the plate, knocked it out of the park, and left me in awe. What if Buttercup saved Westley? "True love is the most powerful force on this earth- we just forget it because those with power here deal in fear rather than love." The Princess Bride is a classic and was an instant favorite when I was younger and it still is to this day. So when I heard that Henning was writing a strong feminist retelling, I was nervously excited because those are some pretty big shoes to fill. But Henning stepped up to the plate, knocked it out of the park, and left me in awe. What if Buttercup saved Westley? This gender-swapped fantasy retelling will let you know that you should never underestimate the power of a female. King Sendoa of Ardenia dies suddenly, leaving Princess Amarande the only heir to the throne. But since she’s female and not yet wed, the Kingdom can’t be hers until some of the requirements are met. Princes from other territories come far and wide to ask to take her hand in marriage but she wants the rules to change. She wants to rule Ardenia alone until she finds the right person and time to marry. To force her into marrying someone she despises, Luca, her best friend and beloved is kidnapped. She was always taught to fight for what she believes in and never sacrifice for something less. There is only one thing to do. That’s to put her life on the line to save Luca and her Kingdom. Nothing or no one will step in her way. Okay, wow! This was epic. This was one of the best unique retellings that I’ve ever read. Henning took a classic that is close to my heart and turned it into something that is her own while also twisting the damsel in distress tale overboard. You’ll be amazed at the power of her words. Princess Amarande was such a badass and strong character. She’s who we need at the head of this feminist revolution and I’m glad she’s now apart of my life. She also has made a special place in my heart. Her story and dedication for what she believes in will make you proud to be reading her story. She’s one character that will always stick with you. The Princess Will Save You is the Princess Bride reimagining that we all needed. My mind is still blown by what I have read. This is one everyone needs to experience. It’s one that has left me speechless.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received a physical ARC from TorTeen in exchange for an honest review! CW: sexism, kidnapping, physical injury, murder, death, and betrayal 4.5/5 Each book I read by Sarah Henning gets better. And ever since I heard about this one, it's been on my TBR. I feel so grateful I was able to snag an ARC and I can't wait to see the finished copy! So glad that I have it preordered. This book has multiple POVs, but it mainly follows Princess Amarande. One day, her father dies. It's a surprise and completely I received a physical ARC from TorTeen in exchange for an honest review! CW: sexism, kidnapping, physical injury, murder, death, and betrayal 4.5/5 Each book I read by Sarah Henning gets better. And ever since I heard about this one, it's been on my TBR. I feel so grateful I was able to snag an ARC and I can't wait to see the finished copy! So glad that I have it preordered. This book has multiple POVs, but it mainly follows Princess Amarande. One day, her father dies. It's a surprise and completely out of the blue. He dies and that leaves her the next ruler. However, there's an issue (as there usually is in patriarchal societies). The realm is set up that a woman can't rule in her own stead. Kind of like a Salic law, in a way. But, to rule, Princess Amarande has to marry. She's underage and requires a regent, as well as a whole slew of men making this decision for her. But, she's not having it. I loved how Amarande was and how she never backed down. Truly, she was her father's daughter. To force her hand, her stable boy (and big time crush), Luca, is kidnapped by a trio. If she doesn't agree to marry one of her suitors, they'll kill him. Instead of deciding to do it just to save his life, she decides to defy that yet again and go after him. Which is where more of the adventure starts. As I said, there are multiple perspectives. It largely follows Amarande, but it also goes to see what Luca's doing or the thoughts of her kidnappers, or the suitor who wants to force her to marry him, or her regent. There are brief chapters about them and, honestly, I loved how it all came together in the end. I love fantasy, but I always get annoyed when there's too much action or too much romance or too much politicking. I need a nice balance in my fantasy of all those things. And this book had a very nice balance. I felt like I got to know the characters well and the world. And that cliffhanger?? It wasn't something I expected at all, which made it even more fun. I basically need the second book now so I can move on with my life and not obsess over what's going to happen next. That'd be great if I could get that sequel ASAP.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Morgan (dragonsandpages)

    Oof...... I’m......... underwhelmed. If you want to get me interested in reading a book, have Charlie Bowater design the cover. I mean, seriously, did you LOOK at that cover. Going into this my expectations weren’t set as high as others I have seen surrounding this book. I have never actually seen Princess Bride *gasp*, so I was not as bought into the hype. When I started this book, it was off to a decent, if not predictable start. We have a princess whose father dies and she has to marry to bec Oof...... I’m......... underwhelmed. If you want to get me interested in reading a book, have Charlie Bowater design the cover. I mean, seriously, did you LOOK at that cover. Going into this my expectations weren’t set as high as others I have seen surrounding this book. I have never actually seen Princess Bride *gasp*, so I was not as bought into the hype. When I started this book, it was off to a decent, if not predictable start. We have a princess whose father dies and she has to marry to become his successor. Of course there is a lot of court politics that go into this and she just wants to be with the love of her 16-year old life, the stableboy. Within the first few pages he is kidnapped as a hostage and the story begins. My first and BIGGEST gripe with this story is that we didn’t get to spend enough time in the beginning with Princess Amarande and her stableboy Luca. You only get one scene with them and we are just supposed to immediately know that she has this deep love for him that makes her willing to risk it all. I feel like if we got any more time with them or maybe even one heartfelt interaction with them it would have made the relationship feel more real to the reader and I would have been more invested from the beginning. I really struggled this whole book caring about the plot simply because I was not invested in the characters. The writing was done very well and I did enjoy the writing style, however that didn’t make up for the fact that I felt the book fell flat for me. Overall I found myself wanting to just get through the book, I had no attachment and nothing made me want to pick it up and keep reading. Thank you Tor Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    (view spoiler)[The book I really wanted to be the Fairyloot July book, but I was wrong, we're getting Shielded. MEH. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[The book I really wanted to be the Fairyloot July book, but I was wrong, we're getting Shielded. MEH. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    Too cliche for me sorry 🤷‍♂️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    DNF @ 53% I'm so very underwhelmed. I was really excited about this book, but I found it boring and really hard to get through. I tried, I really tried to get through it (for 53 days) and it didn't work out. Things I had problems with: Amarande - Sure, she's strong, but she's naive to how the outer world really is (and she doesn't admit that to herself either) The Love Story - There wasn't any build up to the love. Everyone just knew that they were in love. There wasn't any romantic tension, I did DNF @ 53% I'm so very underwhelmed. I was really excited about this book, but I found it boring and really hard to get through. I tried, I really tried to get through it (for 53 days) and it didn't work out. Things I had problems with: Amarande - Sure, she's strong, but she's naive to how the outer world really is (and she doesn't admit that to herself either) The Love Story - There wasn't any build up to the love. Everyone just knew that they were in love. There wasn't any romantic tension, I didn't feel excited about what was to come because they were already in love. If you are going to have them already in love, please, please, please, make the characters likable and something to look forward to in the future of their relationship. Characters in General - kind of bland, nothing special that I haven't already seen Third Person Narrative - I had a hard time seperating the multiple people telling the story and in some parts there was head jumping. World Building - Info dumps. I wanted to learn more about this world, the whys and the hows, but it didn't really happen. I also would have wanted a map of the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky, just a small foldable one at the beginning of the book would have helped me imagine this world better. With the cover that it has, why not. I'm positive it would have been gorgeous. Based Off the Princess Bride - I expected more. Really did. If you are going to retell/base your story off of The Princess Bride, make it good. Have funny moments and lines that are quotable, have romantic tension, and most of all make it an intriguing story/world that I want to dive head first into. I didn't like it, but I hope some people out there enjoy it.

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