Rogue Princess – B.R. Myers – Swoon Reads – Published 21 January 2020
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.
All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!
Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.
I love fairytale retelling and Rogue Princess was such a wonderful surprise. It’s fresh, clever, unique, romantic and has such a fantastic cast of strong, diverse characters.
Princess Delia knows her duty. Choose a husband that will benefit the kingdom. That doesn’t mean her heart doesn’t long for a love match. Determined to find another way to secure the energy source her planet needs, she attempts to steal a space ship and broker a deal. Aidan wants to find a better life away from the control of his stepfather and step brothers. Stealing items while working at the palace has enabled him to secure a new future for himself. But when he steals a valuable item from a prince he must run, and finds himself on Delia’s spaceship. The two don’t make it far, intercepted by pirates. Delia must return to the palace and face the wrath of the queen, Aidan to his stepfather. But the two have a connection and together begin to uncover a plot to over throw the monarchy.
Rogue Princess is a sci-fi romantic adventure, with themes of sustainability issues and equality. Advanced technology means there are servant androids and mini personal flying craft, spaceships and mentions of other planets, but the story remains firmly grounded on Delia’s home planet.
The story is split between Delia and Aidan’s perspectives, which is perfect for the flow of the story and the reader’s understanding of events. Delia is a strong character. She can fight, fly and bargain with the best of them. She stands up for herself, wants to do the right thing and is struggling to balance her desires for her kingdom with the dreams of her heart. Aidan is an interesting character. He plays the role of Cinderella in this gender swapped retelling. He is kind and opens Delia’s eyes to a world she hasn’t seen before. While Rogue Princess is a retelling it doesn’t feel like one. So much is new and unique. And while the traditional fairytale is shadowed in the story, it’s subtle, where you pick up things afterwards and go, oh that’s like that in the fairytale. Very clever.
There is such a great cast of diverse characters in Rogue Princess. Delia’s sister is hilarious with her sneaky lewd comments and commentary on the princes. LGBT characters face persecution for their choices on other planets and aside from a few mentions of dark complexions, skin colour is not mentioned expect that Aidan is the outsider with fair hair and pale skin.
There is a twist at the end that I just did not see coming. I was blown away, impressed and just fell that much more in love with this story. Try to avoid spoilers if you can because the surprise is worth it.
I highly recommend Rogue Princess for lovers of science fiction, for lovers of fairytale tellings or even for people who enjoy a fun story with lots of adventure and strong characters.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction
Genre: Science fiction
Themes: Technology, energy sources, royalty, arranged marriages, leadership, pirates, androids, romance, love, natural resources, equality.
Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Advisory: Frequent sexual references, references to marriage beds, wedding nights, lewd comments and innuendo. Occasional coarse language, pi** (2).
Published: 21 January 2020 by Swoon Reads
Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook. 304 pages.