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Publisher's Summary

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' 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 16 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.

©2020 Sarah Henning (P)2020 Listening Library

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A wonderful surprise

I'll be honest, I typically hate books with any significant focus on royal politics. But the characters and writing in this are so fantastic here that I didn't care, I loved it regardless. Every character is so amazingly written that I just couldn't stop listening, I was desperate to know how they'd manage to get out of the next situation, and I gotta say, the answer was never what I originally thought. The author manages to be unpredictable without losing believability, and I think that is amazing. My only real complaint would be that I felt final couple of chapters were a tad rushed. I can't go into detail without doing spoilers, so all I'll say is that the ease with which the main climax is resolved left me a bit... incredulous. Only a tiny bit though, it's mostly fine. Also, the amount of time the two main characters get to be alone together felt a bit sparse. Don't get me wrong, the instances they do get to be alone are incredibly sweet, and their romance is easily my favorite part, but they spend most of the book separated from each other, and when they finally do get reunited they're surrounded by other characters or dealing with some sort of emergency. I just think the story could have done with one or two more scenes of pure mushy romance, that's all. That being said, the book is still fantastic and I am EAGERLY awaiting it's sequel, whenever that comes out.

One other thing. While this book definitely takes inspiration from the Princess Bride, I'd hesitate to really call it a retelling. The two main characters and the kidnappers have obvious parallels to that book, and having one of the 2 main characters be kidnapped and the other one go off on a quest to save them is clearly inspired, but there's a lot if original content here too. I was recommended this book by a friend who told me "It's basically just gender flipped Princess Bride." and was very surprised when that turned out not to be the case. I'm glad my friend was wrong, but it did surprise me. Just be aware this book is INSPIRED by Princess Bride, it is not a recreation.

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Buttercup on Steroids!

Well-crafted and well written hero’s journey but this time the hero is a woman. This book is for all of us who see ourselves as warriors and reject the trope that our only role is the passive damsel waiting to be rescued by prince charming. A fast paced and satisfying listen for women of ALL ages with “I didn’t see that coming” turn of events in every chapter and an ending that leaves you wanting more! Excellent narrator brings the story to life. Down with the patriarchy-can’t wait for the sequel!!!

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Fun reimagining of the Princesses Bride

Loved this story and loose retelling of the Princesses Bride. Plus the narrator was fabulous and great to listen to. 10/10, would recommend!

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Predictable and boring

The only reason I finished this book was because I can't return it. I hated it so much. It wasn't just "inspired by" The Princess Bride, parts of the story were just lifted the Princess Bride and altered slightly. And it's so obvious which characters in this book were just taken from Princess Bride and changed slightly.

And the theme was so heavy handed.and annoying. "Love always wins" over and over and over again. I'm also extremely tired of stories where "strong" women have to fight back against a male dominated world, where "strong" means masculine.

Never mind the bad writing as well. The narration jumps all over the place and it gets confusing at times. The narrator didn't help either. She just drones on in this monotone, emotionless reading.

tl;dr: I hated every second of this book and I'm glad it's over.

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solid 4 stars

while it has notes of the princess bride as advertised i wouldn't call this much of a retelling. lacking some of the memorable umph and comedy the book had. on its own it is a simple adventure story, easy to get through. i found it had odd pov choices which I think took away from some of the plots mystery but not enough for me to be too offput.

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Princess Bride but Lacking

I strugged to keep going after a point, as it was a slow burn that gave a barrel full of questions, hardly any development, and only hand full of discovers that were to predictable for the mystery that was surounding the story.

I found it hard to root for anyone in this story save for the Pirates. The diologue was flat and some of it a rip off from Princess Bride. the characters stagnate and no development made to give me something to like or root for. I'm sure the only thing that kept me interested was the narrator.

it was a decent attempt at a princess bride retelling, but lacked the meat to be something more and left me more cringing then laughing.

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An Amazing Journey

It's been a long time since I had a book hook me in so thoroughly. Sharp writing and an even sharper protagonist. I could hardly put it down! An absolute smash hit, 10/10

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So much potential

This story has a fun plot and fun characters, but I almost didn't finish it, because the writing wasn't tight. Any good writing instructor will impart the wisdom to show not tell. This author feels the need to tell you. Tell you the character is thinking or feeling a way that is obvious with out them telling you. Or worse, telling you how awesome a character is a they do something stupid. There are several times when sentances should have been replaced by a single adjective in an adjacent sentence. All this telling drags the plot down.
Despite these problems, the characters are intriguing and enough world building is in place to make the setting enjoyable. While the plot draws liberally from The Princess Bride, it is its own story and the references are kind of fun. There is some well done foreshadowing and a couple twists. The narration was well done given the book did have to be read as written
I find it frustrating that the book could have been so much better, but isn't.

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Good story inspired by The Princess Bride

This is an inspired retelling version of The Princess Bride, yes inspired means it has some things but not expect it to be like it. The worldbuilding seemed to be good but felt a bit flat, would've wanted to find more about this world. The characters are interesting but expected more of them. I got to read this as I got the second book to review, so off to that one.

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I liked the story

it was good. I enjoyed the characters and that the princess is such a strong individual. I think there were some unexpected turns to the story.

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