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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

    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!!!

  2. 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

  3. 4 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

  4. 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!

  5. 4 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.)

  6. 5 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!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Henning

    Watch this space for pre-order swag

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

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

  10. 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.

  11. 5 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’

  12. 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!

  13. 4 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.

  14. 5 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 ✨

  15. 4 out of 5

    shre ♡

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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    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 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?

  17. 4 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacy 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.

  21. 5 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger

    (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)]

  23. 4 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

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I was really looking forward to this book. I read both Sea Witch and its sequel and really loved it. I loved the world, the characters, the storyline and the writing style. And the concept of this book really spoke to me. So, I placed an extra order and soon got this book. I had to admit that it was quite hard to fit it into my N.E.W.T.'s but eventually I made even that work. So, this morning I started reading, looking forward to an awesome experience. But that's not what I got. This book does th I was really looking forward to this book. I read both Sea Witch and its sequel and really loved it. I loved the world, the characters, the storyline and the writing style. And the concept of this book really spoke to me. So, I placed an extra order and soon got this book. I had to admit that it was quite hard to fit it into my N.E.W.T.'s but eventually I made even that work. So, this morning I started reading, looking forward to an awesome experience. But that's not what I got. This book does the exact thing I don't like in my book. It gives a female character, in this case a princess, a sword, comes up with loads of fighting scenes to have her show her skills with that sword and then calls her a strong character. Newsflash: Being a strong character has nothing to do with being able to handle a sword. You need a little more than that. In this case: A brain would have been nice. There was a lot of potential for an interesting plot. We had a princess who had to marry to get her crown and we had three neighboring princes who want her hand. It's a pity that two of those are out of the picture way too soon and that our princess thinks personally, without telling anyone, chasing her stolen boyfriend is more important than her country and people. I understand that it's supposed to be romantic, wanting to give up crown and power for your true love, but it's most of all really irresponsible and stupid. At least her character is written like that throughout the entire book. Yes, there are a lot of bad ass moments where she fights herself out of impossible situations. But she wouldn't have been in those situations if she had thought about what she was doing first. Most of the time she does something stupid, ends up in a scary situation and then shows some incredible strength freeing herself. O, and of course: She's against killing, because that's a step too far. If you're one of those people thinking Arya Stark is much more interesting than Sansa Stark you might enjoy this story. If not, I think it's best to skip this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice If you’re like me and adore The Princess Bride, then you’re going to want to add this book to your list. This story has it all. Pirates, sword wielding princesses, and a daring quest to save the kingdom as well as their heart. I have serious heart eyes for this book, and I’m so mad that it ended too soon! I definitely need more of this book! Amarande is such a strong female lead, that is daring and isn’t afraid to actually fight Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice If you’re like me and adore The Princess Bride, then you’re going to want to add this book to your list. This story has it all. Pirates, sword wielding princesses, and a daring quest to save the kingdom as well as their heart. I have serious heart eyes for this book, and I’m so mad that it ended too soon! I definitely need more of this book! Amarande is such a strong female lead, that is daring and isn’t afraid to actually fight for what she believes in. I also loved the scheming taking place and even though we get to find out some answers, the ending will leave you with a dozen more. There’s so much more that we’re yet to find out, and I cannot wait to see where Sarah Henning takes this duology. Add it to your TBR! Raed the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Scarpello

    DNF for now, MIGHT pick back up later. I am having the same issues with this as I did with A Song of Wraith and Ruin- marketing a book as a retelling and shaving away the coolest parts of the source material can be a struggle, but like ASOWaR i see some light at the end of the tunnel here- I just have other books to get through.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    *4.5 stars* Summary Princess Amarande's true love, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped in order to coerce her in to a political marriage. Ama will do anything to get her true love back. But it's not just her love life at stake: Amarande's hand is being forced in order for her to hand over her kingdom. Review This was such a fun, action-packed, fast paced, and sweet read! Ama was truly a badass, and Luca was truly a huge sweetheart. The love that motivated the both of them was really sweet to *4.5 stars* Summary Princess Amarande's true love, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped in order to coerce her in to a political marriage. Ama will do anything to get her true love back. But it's not just her love life at stake: Amarande's hand is being forced in order for her to hand over her kingdom. Review This was such a fun, action-packed, fast paced, and sweet read! Ama was truly a badass, and Luca was truly a huge sweetheart. The love that motivated the both of them was really sweet to see. I love the reversal of the damsel in distress trope, and we see Ama set out to save Luca after being kidnapped. On top of that, there is a lot of political maneuvering that keeps the plot spicy. This was a great blend of adventure, romance, and scheming. Even though The Princess Will Save You is pitched as being based on The Princess Bride, I found that this is very loosely based and not a retelling at all. If you head in to this book thinking that you are getting a gender-bent version of The Princess Bride, you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you appreciate the inspiration that Henning takes from the source material and puts her own spin on, it really is a fantastic read! I think it's best to approach this novel as its own separate work. Ama was an amazing heroine. She has been raised by her father to be a warrior, but when she gets out in the wild to rescue Luca, she realizes that all of her training has been done in the safety of the palace walls and she has much to learn about fighting in the wild. It was so cool to see her take the reins of her fate and try and finagle her way out of an increasingly difficult situation. As the only female heir, she is unable to ascend the throne without a husband, leaving her essentially powerless. Ama won't let herself become just a pawn, and it was amazing watching her fight for Luca and for her kingdom even when everything seemed impossible. There was also a great cast of characters! I loved seeing how everyone's alliance would shift as the pieces fell in to place and scheming was revealed. I was constantly kept on my toes and wanting to know what was going to happen next. And of course, the romance between Ama and Luca. As Luca is the one that is taken captive, he is the one that is in distress, while Ama takes on the role of the rescuer. I absolutely adored their relationship and the chemistry between the two. Luca has stalwart faith in Ama, and is supportive of her and her badass-ness. He doesn't feel emasculated by her fighting skills or status as a ruler, and I am *soft* at how much he regards her and loves her. More soft boys in literature please, they are my weakness.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    *3.5 stars* "She was the daughter of the Warrior King and the Runaway Queen, and she had made her choice ... Amarande was going to claim it all, while letting these vipers devour one anther in the chaos of her wake." *ARC provided by Tor for an honest review* SUMMARY When Princess Amarande's father, The Warrior King, unexpectedly passes away, she is forced to claim the throne at an earlier age than anticipated. The problem is the law dictates that she is unable to claim her crown until she has a *3.5 stars* "She was the daughter of the Warrior King and the Runaway Queen, and she had made her choice ... Amarande was going to claim it all, while letting these vipers devour one anther in the chaos of her wake." *ARC provided by Tor for an honest review* SUMMARY When Princess Amarande's father, The Warrior King, unexpectedly passes away, she is forced to claim the throne at an earlier age than anticipated. The problem is the law dictates that she is unable to claim her crown until she has a king by her side. Shoved into marriage prospects by the three neighboring kingdoms, and shunned by a royal counsel that wants to marry her to the highest bidder, Ama makes a public statement that she has no intention to marry. However, Ama's hand is forced when her childhood friend and crush, Luca, is kidnapped. Suddenly faced with an ultimatum of marrying an awful prince or losing Luca, Ama surprises everyone when she flees her castle determined to get him back herself. But her journey leads her into dangerous territory, and her castle is vulnurable to conspiracy. How will Ama save her love and her crown? REVIEW This was pitched as a genderbent retelling of The Princess Bride. I shall be honest, it has been awhile since I have watched The Princess Bride so I only remember the main bits and pieces. However, I could still tell that this is more of a loose retelling. I had high expectations for this novel, and they fell flat. That being said, I am intrigued by the way this novel ended and do plan to continue the series to find out what happens next. Princess Amarande has had a "special relationship" with stableboy Luca since she was a child. However, where the novel fell flat was their romance. Luca didn't have much personality apart from being 100% enamored by Ama and pronouncing his love for her every five seconds. It is only after Luca is taken that Ama realises that she truly is in love with Luca, however I wish we had a little more background on their relationship. You pretty much just had to take their feelings for one another at face value. They are separated for a majority of the novel, and this hinders any connection that the readers could grasp onto. I really hope the sequel amends this. Ama has a lot of potential and was easily my favourite character. She was a take-charge heroine who was able to fight for herself, both metaphorically and literally. I loved that she was proficient with swords and daggers and believed in her ability to rule as a sovereign Queen. I liked that she wasn't perfect and still had the naive nature of a teenage girl. She made mistakes but learnt from them, and sometimes her stubborn nature and blind love led her awry. She is driven by her fierce love and loyalty to her crown and I am interested to see what choices she will make in book two. The book shone with the side characters as well because it brought in the theme of grey morality and shifting alliances. You never really knew how much the other characters knew and where they would fall politically. The characters that you weren't meant to like... you really didn't like and I can commend Henning for her talent of unlikable characters. I was afraid that the kidnappers would be flat, but I found myself rooting for our female kidnapper towards the end. Overall, the novel was quite predictable. I would put this book in the younger half of the YA spectrum because I was easily able to pick out the plot-twist hints miles before they were officially revealed. However, I will still be picking up the sequel and learning how the adventure plays out.

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