Alright, second review for today! I’m slowly trying to catch up on all the books that I read in August. September reviews are minimal, so hopefully we can begin October books next week! Lets dive into this review then!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Rouge Princess by B.R. Myers
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Science Fiction | YA – E |Political Marriages, Death | True Love Conquers All, Identity
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Alright, so a Cinderella retelling but a Scifi. Also the roles are flipped, so that’s cool. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it yet. But that’s okay. I hope it’ll be a good heart warming fantasy. I read this after SLAY so I need a change of pace lol.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Wow. That hit the place in my heart that is saved for Treasure Planet, and filled it with warmth. I loved this. So much. It is so good and I’m happy with how it turned out.
Aidan works in the castle of Astor as a kitchen boy. The princess’ suitors have arrived and he decided to steal from them, so that he may finally leave Astor. He does so, taking Prince Felix’s knife, and tries to run away. At the same time Delia, the princess, runs away because she doesn’t want to get married. They end up on the same ship and she saves his life.
He escapes, and she goes home, after being found. He takes the knife to Griff, a local man, who gives him money. He goes home to his abusive step father and good for nothing brothers and dreams of her.
Delia who returned home, finds out that her android that she used to escape was decommissioned and she goes to Aidan and asks him to investigate it. They meet up more. Learning more about each other, Delia also learning more about the other candidates. They find out about a plot to kill the royals, through and Android, but her mother tells her it’s an old plan and nothing to worry about. She tells him legends of their people, and he convinces her he is her bodyguard. They are kidnapped by pirates and she battles for their lives, winning. And the pirates accept them. They realize they are in love.
Delia invites Aidan under a great tree and asks him to be her lover, after talking with her mother. Not her husband, just a lover. He says he can’t and goes back home. Delia’s mother dies and she is crowned queen. Aidan goes home, and wakes up in a secret lab finding out that he is the Android to kill the queen. If Delia picks the wrong choice, he is to kill the queen. Aidan is supposed to go to the ball as a kitchen boy, but when he wakes up and sees a letter from Delia, he goes as himself.
Delia is talking to the world when he arrives late and she decides to take him away to dance with him. He is given the order to kill the queen but instead kills himself. Massive attacks break out, and Delia is saved by the pirates. She and her sister escape with them through the tunnels under the castle and find out, one leads to the basement lab where Aidan was taken by his care taker.
He explains why Aidan was built, and that he had only been functioning for a year. Delia is convinced by them that he really did love her and had superseded his own programming. With something he gave her, they are able to wake him up, and with it he knows how to save Astor. They got to the sand worm canyon and find their major export again, go back to the castle and Delia fights for her kingdom.
She wins, but Prince Felix is about to kill Delia and with the last of his energy Aidan kills Prince Felix. He wakes from a message that his body was built to run itself. He is able to live a human length lifespan. They decide to get married and Delia tells him that it isn’t a problem he can’t have kids. The world is changing.
What I Liked:
Cinderella retelling; I really did like reading through this book and being like OH. There were many OH moments when I realized the references to the original Cinderella story. I liked seeing how it was twisted and changed as well, to keep it fresh.
Aidan; A robot himself? I am not sure when I realized he was, but when I did, I was happy with the development. It was properly set up.
Delia; A girl who is a big sword wielding fighter pilot has a special place in my heart for swooning. She hit that spot and held my heart tight. I’d do anything for her, just like Aidan.
Other Characters; I did like all the characters, but they were mostly pretty static and worked to support the plot for what was necessary. I did like the development we got for them, since Cinderella is about the two lovers more than the others. I also liked how the Step-father and brothers troupe was used.
World and Science; I LOVE this world. Like I said above, it hit that spot in my heart where Treasurer Planet sits. This world having air ships, places where the sun shines and does not, as well as multiple other planets being spoken about? I needed it all. It was as magical technology as I could hope for and everything about the world and the science of the world was a big YES for me.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I would have liked to learn more about the other countries.
“You are the person who determines your own happiness.” – pg 84
” ‘I mean who are you. I don’y know your name.’
‘Of course not, I didn’t give it to you.’ ” – pg 106
“I feel like the heavens crashed around us and we are the only two wandering around its ruins. I am surrounded by my own persona utopia where words have become meaningless. I am at a loss… a complete and incurable loss to express how much I want you.” -pg 179
“Do not confuse confidence for courage. It is when our heart is most afraid that true bravery appears.” – pg 186