Rogue Princess
A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers' Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.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.

Rogue Princess Details

TitleRogue Princess
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250303431
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Retellings, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Rogue Princess Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    A fabulous combination of science-fiction and a gender-swapped fairy tale retelling, Rogue Princess is so much fun. If you loved Marissa Meyer's Cinder, you must read Rogue Princess.Princess Delia is strong, smart and independent, yet, for political reasons, she has to choose and marry a prince and thus secure a safer future for her people. But what if your head and your logic is telling you one thing, while your heart is convinced there must be a way to negotiate a deal that would give an A fabulous combination of science-fiction and a gender-swapped fairy tale retelling, Rogue Princess is so much fun. If you loved Marissa Meyer's Cinder, you must read Rogue Princess.Princess Delia is strong, smart and independent, yet, for political reasons, she has to choose and marry a prince and thus secure a safer future for her people. But what if your head and your logic is telling you one thing, while your heart is convinced there must be a way to negotiate a deal that would give an energy source for her planet without entering this heartless marriage. She steals a spaceship (hooray to girl power!) and discovers that it already has a secret passenger, Aidan, who is running away from his stepfather.My sci-fi heart fell in love with this book, which deals with serious sustainability issues, but is also an extremely entertaining story with fabulous characters. Delia is a strong female lead and we need protagonists like her if we ever want to achieve true gender equality. Delia's sister Shania was very funny and deserves a special mention. There is great diversity in the cast which is always welcome in any YA book.There are unexpected twists and turns in this unforgettable space adventure, and there is an unexpected conclusion, so if you think you have it all figured out, wait and read until the end- you will be surprised!Thank you to Edelweiss and Swoon Reads for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Sci-fi is a tough area for me because I’ve maybe loved only two of them. Cinder and Heart of Iron. This book had a bit of a Cinder vibe to it, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I did with The Lunar Chronicles.There was some witty dialogue and cool world building with a fun spin to it. I just wish I’d connected with it more.
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  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf: page 52There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book but it just isn’t for me. It isn’t capturing my attention and when I’d put it down, I had no motivation to pick it back up. I don’t think I was reading anything special so to speak.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceI’m always a sucker for fairytale retellings, and this next one is a delightful and gender swapped retelling of Cinderella. Not only is it set in space, but it has a twist that I don’t think most readers will see coming because I certainly didn’t. The author takes a beloved fairytale and turns it into a unique and fun retelling that I won’t forget. Add this to your TBR, especially if you love sci-fi retellings of fairy tales, or Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceI’m always a sucker for fairytale retellings, and this next one is a delightful and gender swapped retelling of Cinderella. Not only is it set in space, but it has a twist that I don’t think most readers will see coming because I certainly didn’t. The author takes a beloved fairytale and turns it into a unique and fun retelling that I won’t forget. Add this to your TBR, especially if you love sci-fi retellings of fairy tales, or if you just love space in general!In Rogue Princess, Princess Delia is in a pickle. In order to save her kingdom, she must choose a husband. However, she secretly dreams of falling in love, and in trying to find a better way to save her kingdom, she runs off…with a stowaway in tow. Aidan on the other hand, was only trying to make it away from the palace with a few trinkets stowed away, all so he can get off the planet. He didn’t count on butting heads with a runaway princess! Sparks will fly between the two as they uncover a plot to overthrow everything Delia has been working toward, and it will be a race against time to stop them. Will they survive long enough to save the planet, and fall in love?This story started off a little slowly for me, but then built into a fantastic climax and resolution. I loved Delia, she has such a fierce personality that understands she has a duty to her people, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to do her best to find a different way. That same personality trait is what gets her into trouble time after time in this story, and I’m definitely here for it. I also loved her sister Shania. She’s hilarious, and I her commentary on the physical attributes of the princes was a delight to read. She helped liven up Delia when she had more serious moments, and I loved the sisterly bond that they shared.Of all of the characters, the one I truly loved the most was Aidan. He’s a softy, but he’s full of wit. He’s quick as a whip, and his way of getting out of tricky situations is as fascinating as Delia’s way of getting into them. I loved the interactions that he had with Delia using the mechanical bird. They were both comical, and incredibly sweet. I honestly was not expecting the depth to his character, and when you read this book (because you definitely should), you’ll find out why.As I mentioned, it started off a little slow for me, but it quickly builds into a story that has you on the edge of your seat. While the story is set in space, there wasn’t a lot travelling to other places. I was a little disappointed in this, mainly because I felt there was a great opportunity to cultivate a larger world. However, the story makes up for it in the lore that makes up Delia’s planet. I loved how the mythos of the world really shaped how the monarchy kept up with certain traditions, like their hair. I can’t say too much without spoiling things, but it makes some of the sacrifices that happen in this book more meaningful.While there is a bit of insta-love in this story, I do appreciate that there are moments that also build up the romance. The relationship between Delia and Aidan is based on mutual trust and respect, but it’s the sacrifices that they make for each other that truly cemented this for me. There’s also another relationship in the book that I wish we had gotten to see a little more, but only because I would have loved to get to know those characters a little better.If there’s anything I wish I’d seen a little more, it would be more world building and development of some of the side characters. I wanted to immerse myself in Delia’s world, and while the lore certainly helped, I couldn’t quite picture the world she was living in. I didn’t have that trouble on Aidan’s end though. There were also a couple of side characters I would have loved to get to know a little better. However, I just feel like that means we need another story in this world *wink, wink*.This story is an 7/10 for me. I loved reading it, but I definitely needed a little more world building and character development. However, it’s a solid read if you love retellings, and fairy tales.
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  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    A fabulous gender-swap retelling of the Cinderella fairytale set in space! 1. If you think Princess Leia is feisty, you haven’t met Princess Delia. She flies ships, fights pirates, and is fearless. She doesn’t want to marry one of the many princes who have come to her planet to vie for her hand.2. Her little sister Shania is hilarious! One word: Equipment (this scene had me rolling). 3. The pirates are violently charming.4. Aiden is a wise-cracking hero whose wit keeps you smiling while Delia A fabulous gender-swap retelling of the Cinderella fairytale set in space! 1. If you think Princess Leia is feisty, you haven’t met Princess Delia. She flies ships, fights pirates, and is fearless. She doesn’t want to marry one of the many princes who have come to her planet to vie for her hand.2. Her little sister Shania is hilarious! One word: Equipment (this scene had me rolling). 3. The pirates are violently charming.4. Aiden is a wise-cracking hero whose wit keeps you smiling while Delia saves their lives. He’s no alpha male, but that doesn’t make him a wimp. He’s full of surprises. 5. “If the SHEW fits!" (I was so late to the party on getting that play on words. Very clever.)6. A lovely romance with a surprising conclusion.Highly recommend for fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles.
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz ***Thank you so much to Swoon Reads for the review copy of ROGUE PRINCESS in exchange for an honest review!*** From the moment I laid eyes on Rogue Princess and read the summary I was sold. A gender bent, sci-fi, Cinderella retelling? Umm, YES PLEASE! I am really in love with the character art on this cover, I think it captures the vibes of this book perfectly and is so eye catching. Rogue Princess was such a fun read that was full of twists The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz ***Thank you so much to Swoon Reads for the review copy of ROGUE PRINCESS in exchange for an honest review!*** From the moment I laid eyes on Rogue Princess and read the summary I was sold. A gender bent, sci-fi, Cinderella retelling? Umm, YES PLEASE! I am really in love with the character art on this cover, I think it captures the vibes of this book perfectly and is so eye catching. Rogue Princess was such a fun read that was full of twists and turns and a plot twist that you will never see coming! Rogue Princess if perfect for of the Cinder Chronicles, Cinderella and Science fiction fans alike. Princess Delia knows that she must marry to save her dying planet, but she is reluctant to. She wants to marry for true love, not for a political alliance. But a princess must do what a princess must do. After her failed mission to run away and meeting the handsome palace chore boy Aidan, things begin to get interesting. The two discover a rebel plot and are in a race against time to stop it. But with so many obstacles standing in their way and so many unexpected events that happen will Delia and Aidan be able to save their beloved planet? Rogue Princess is told in both, Delia and Aidan point of views. I loved being able to see the struggles both characters face. Delia's situation reminded me a little bit of The Selection, princes from other planets are competing for her time and attention to become her husband, but Delia is having none of it. Aidan is a chore boy in the palace and steals trinkets to sell to pay for passage off the planet to begin a new life away from his cruel step brothers and step father. He never expected the ship he would be escaping on would be manned by the Princess. I found both characters to be smart and witty. Their personalities and actions seemed to balance each other out and they both wanted to get to the bottom of this rebel plan. THAT. PLOT. TWIST. I did not expect it at all. It was so masterfully done and creative and is going to leave you shell shocked. I know I was, I read this book on a road trip and I legit closed the book and stared out the window processing all the epicness. I wish I could say more, but spoilers! You're just going to have to read to find out what I am talking about! 😉My heart melts for the romance in this novel. This is a Cinderella retelling! Did we not expect for Delia and Aidan to fall in love!? The romance is tender and sweet and brings forth the question of the sacrifices you will make for the person you love. I lived for all of Delia and Aidan's moments and rooted for them from the moment Delia found him on the floor of her ship. Overall I can't give Rouge Princess enough praise. I simply love this story so much and has to be one of my favorite Cinderella retellings ever. This book is perfect for those looking for a quick, fun standalone with a romance that is going to make you swoon. I am really looking forward to reading more from B.R. Myers soon!
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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Rogue Princess A Creative Fantasy Sci-fi Retelling SpoofB.R. Myers is an author I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. Her young adult paranormal series was quite fun and creative. I’m excited to see her dive into a fantasy/sci-fi retelling. Paired with a fun and unconventional cover Rogue Princess sounded like a Cinderella retelling with all the imagination I need to enjoy re-exploring this fairytale.Did B.R. Myer’s creativity in Rogue Princess sweep away this Fangirl?For me my mindset is very Rogue Princess A Creative Fantasy Sci-fi Retelling SpoofB.R. Myers is an author I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. Her young adult paranormal series was quite fun and creative. I’m excited to see her dive into a fantasy/sci-fi retelling. Paired with a fun and unconventional cover Rogue Princess sounded like a Cinderella retelling with all the imagination I need to enjoy re-exploring this fairytale.Did B.R. Myer’s creativity in Rogue Princess sweep away this Fangirl?For me my mindset is very important going into a new book. And I was in just the right place to enjoy Rogue Princess. Having just finished a year stacked with fantasy reads and balking at reading more I needed something light, fun and easy to consume. And Rogue Princess doesn’t take itself too seriously! It knows that it’s a fairytale retelling cobbling together a new story from different past Cinderellas. It’s not afraid to poke fun at the different fantasy and sci-fi elements it draws from to give me just what I needed… a light, fun and easy to read adventure.Princess Delia is my kind of princess.Delia is from a long line of ruling queens. Her mother is her role model and taking responsibility for her people is a duty she embraces. At the same time she wants to be a part of the action. If it’s flying ships, fighting pirates or saving children. I can really root for a girl who understands who she is, a princess, and chooses to do what’s right. She becomes a little confused where her path should go, but I enjoyed how she found her way.Aiden is my kind of body guarding thief.Thieves aren’t really a trope that I enjoy. I’m too much of a rule following oldest for me to get behind thievery. But a character who comes into himself around the right person is something I can support. Normally we see this happening with a girl finding her Mr. Right. I loved that we gender swapped this and paired it with some neat back history for our decidedly NOT alpha male Aiden. He is a bundle of surprises and I rooted for his happiness as much as for our duty bound princess’.At the heart of Rogue Princess is winning world building folklore.Cinderella is not a new fairy tale to us. Most readers have read at least a dozen different versions if not many more. So it takes a lot to give us something new. Gender swapping the main characters was a great start to refreshing the fairy tale. Myers though takes it a step farther by setting the story on a new fantasy world. This really worked well because it allowed her to craft original folklore for the background of the planet. It uses the Cinderella fairy tale as a frame for an entirely new fairy tale. It’s a fun way to give girls female empowered examples they will want to emulate.And the underlying themes add powerfully to the female empowered message.-The importance of following your heart.-Love of family, especially the bond between sisters and daughters to their mothers.-Loving who you love however they are labeled by the world.-Being environmentally responsible and socially active.-Sacrificing for those people and ideals that are important to you.Rogue Princess is a fun gender swapped retelling mashup of different Cinderellas with our favorite fantasy and sci-fi elements. A little mystery and a rootworthy princess rounds out the folklore that seams the world. Pirates, air ships and secret tunnels make for a light and easy to read adventure.
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  • Zaiba
    January 1, 1970
    Rogue Princess was such a fun read. It's a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with science and technology entangled throughout it. This book is about Princess Delia trying to save her dying planet and the only way she can do so is by choosing a prince to marry. However, Delia wants to find another way to save her planet. Thus, she runs away and happens to find a boy, Aidan, who's just looking for a way out too. Together, they try to save the planet from falling into rebel hands. Rogue Princess was such a fun read. It's a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with science and technology entangled throughout it. This book is about Princess Delia trying to save her dying planet and the only way she can do so is by choosing a prince to marry. However, Delia wants to find another way to save her planet. Thus, she runs away and happens to find a boy, Aidan, who's just looking for a way out too. Together, they try to save the planet from falling into rebel hands. B.R. Myers really impressed me. This plot was fun and entertaining. It had so many great moments that just got you so invested into the story. The plot was a bit fast paced, but you can totally keep up and enjoy. Myers' writing was great as well. The world she built had both a traditional and modern feel. I was just really into it. The characters were written so well. Delia was headstrong, caring, and just wanted to save her planet. Delia's character arc was so amazing. I loved her devotion and dedication to her duties. She was a fighter and she was ready to do whatever she could to help her planet. Aidan was an interesting character. He was witty, kind, and just wanted to have a life of his own. He helps Delia throughout the book by showing her a world she wasn't familiar with. Aidan's arc was seriously so good. And together, Delia and Aidan were such a match. I loved reading their dynamic and how they just balanced each other. The other characters were a great contribution to the story. Shania was amusing. She had many great moments and I just loved how she kept checking every prince out, I mean same. The princes were all so different from each other. It was nice to the mix and obviously, Prince Quinton was the best of them all. The pirates were just the best. Myers did a fantastic job with all the characters.Overall, I loved this book quite a lot. It had the right amount of adventure, romance, and fun. It's a fairytale coming to life in the science fiction world. I just loved it and I was captivated all throughout. And god, that plot twist nearly took the life out of me. It was such a good twist!! I never saw it coming!! Seriously, read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Rogue Princess is a gender-flipped, sci-fi retelling of Cinderella that is somewhat reminiscent of the film Ever After in terms of plot beats. Princess Delia must marry for the good of her planet, but she wishes there were another way to save her people. Aiden is a kitchen boy and minor thief, but when he meets Delia, he pretends to be someone else, someone worthy of her time and attention. This was a fun and easy read with some inventive elements, but I didn't love some of the plot choices Rogue Princess is a gender-flipped, sci-fi retelling of Cinderella that is somewhat reminiscent of the film Ever After in terms of plot beats. Princess Delia must marry for the good of her planet, but she wishes there were another way to save her people. Aiden is a kitchen boy and minor thief, but when he meets Delia, he pretends to be someone else, someone worthy of her time and attention. This was a fun and easy read with some inventive elements, but I didn't love some of the plot choices made. There is a plot twist near the end that I wasn't a fan of and that (in part) made it difficult for me to take the romance seriously. Some of the side characters feel like over the top stereotypes (like the silly, boy-crazy sister, the silly and self-involved suitor, etc.) which was okay and entertaining, but again made it hard for me to take it seriously. If you are looking for a fun and fluffy read, this is a good pick, but I wouldn't expect anything terribly groundbreaking. One other thing that I found irritating is that the cover shows a young woman of color, but in the book we don't get descriptions of the princess's appearance. Rather, lots of side characters have skin that is described as "white" (which itself feels a little odd in places where "pale" would have made more sense). I guess we are supposed to assume Delia has darker skin just because it isn't described as white? That feels like a real missed opportunity. I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    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. Aiden wants to find a better life away from the control 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. Aiden 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, Aiden 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 romanctic 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 Aiden’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. Aiden 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 Aiden 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.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Yna the Mood Reader
    January 1, 1970
    "It is my duty to not only wear the crown, but to be the crown. I only thrive if the kingdom thrives." Series:No, standalone. Genre:Young Adult Fantasy Retelling POV:Dual POV, one for each lead Cliffhanger:No. Read if:you are a fan of Cinder, Cinderella, and love stories set in space.I am not really the go-to person to for sci-fi recommendations, as this is something that I am not normally into reading. But, I was interested in reading Rogue Princess because I was excited about a Cinderella "It is my duty to not only wear the crown, but to be the crown. I only thrive if the kingdom thrives." 📚 Series:  No, standalone.📚 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling📚 POV: Dual POV, one for each lead📚 Cliffhanger: No.⚠ Read if: you are a fan of Cinder, Cinderella, and love stories set in space.👑👑👑👑I am not really the go-to person to for sci-fi recommendations, as this is something that I am not normally into reading. But, I was interested in reading Rogue Princess because I was excited about a Cinderella retelling that is set in space.Rogue Princess follows the journey of Princess Delia, who has to choose a husband to better her country in a dilemma a la The Selection, and Aidan, who is a poor boy in the palace that does chores and steals trinkets for extra money. This book tells their love story.This book is a little slow on the build up, but if it is not a concern to you, the plot twist will be worth it in the end.The romance in this story is also sweet and heartwarming, so it is perfect for all the hopeless romantics like me.Overall, the Rogue Princess is an enjoyable read for all lovers of SciFi and Cinderella retellings.👑👑👑👑☁ THE CRITERIA ☁🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆🌼 Thrill Factor/ Mystery: ⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ☁FINAL VERDICT: 3.67/5 ☁ Much thanks to Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. 📚 Blog ♡ Bookstagram ♡ Facebook ♡ Twitter 📚
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    * Thank you FierceReads for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *ACTUAL: 4.25 starsAs an overview, this novel is a sci-fi, gender-swapped, Cinderella retelling - and I was really excited for it. Delia feels trapped in an arranged marriage to save her failing planet. Aidan is more interested in a few palace trinkets that can provide him money and a bargaining chip off the planet. When their paths cross in a royal spaceship, their lives become intertwined. As the danger of a rebel * Thank you FierceReads for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *ACTUAL: 4.25 starsAs an overview, this novel is a sci-fi, gender-swapped, Cinderella retelling - and I was really excited for it. Delia feels trapped in an arranged marriage to save her failing planet. Aidan is more interested in a few palace trinkets that can provide him money and a bargaining chip off the planet. When their paths cross in a royal spaceship, their lives become intertwined. As the danger of a rebel uprising continues to threaten the palace, her budding relationship with Aidan threatens her stance on securing a marriage alliance.I really liked this one. The mix of romance and science fiction was written well, and the quirky characters were witty and amusing - Shania in particular was great. There some plot twists I was not expecting, and those were exciting and drew me in further. I also loved the gender-swapped Cinderella retelling concept, that really intrigued me. In terms of things I personally was not a fan of, the plot had some lacking points for me - things were either rushed or feeling incomplete. I found the relationship between the Delia and her mother a bit forced, and found both characters at points rather dumb or naive. Overall, the love story was cute, and I recommend this one for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and retellings.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    A gender-swapped YA retelling of Cinderella set in space? YAH, I want to be BLESSED BY THIS.
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, Netgalley, and Swoon Reads for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.I’m the worst at figuring out retellings unless they explicitly tell me THIS IS A ______ RETELLING, like this book said it’s a gender-swapped sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. I personally would not have Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, Netgalley, and Swoon Reads for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.I’m the worst at figuring out retellings unless they explicitly tell me THIS IS A ______ RETELLING, like this book said it’s a gender-swapped sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. I personally would not have guessed, and that could be because I’m not a huge Cinderella fan, or just haven’t watched it enough to catch it. Either way, I personally really enjoyed this novel and I don’t even think Cinderella when I think of this novel. I just don’t, and I think that works out better for me.Don’t you just love it when princesses don’t want to get married in order to rule their kingdoms? I personally love it a lot, because if they are the ones born into royalty, why can’t they rule on their own? Why do they neeeeeeeeeeed a husband if it’s not a marriage of love, you know? I know about doing your duty and all that, but come on. Princesses can rule as Queens without having to have a husband in order to be fulfilling their duty. I also get the whole political alliance thing, which is why Princess Delia needs to marry someone in the first place, but come on. That kind of thinking is so antiquated and needs to be looked at and changed. Political alliances should be sealed based on a marriage. But anyway, that’s just my own personal thoughts on this whole thing.I am also a huge fan of strong sister bonds in novels, and I feel like Delia and Shania had that in this novel. I get that sisters aren’t always friends at all hours of the day, but being able to truly support your sister in times of need and just be there for her is what makes me love reading about sisters. I don’t have a sister, but if I did, I’d want a strong bond between us. I wouldn’t even mind having a novel just about Delia and Shania, and I’m curious if Myers would do a spin off on Shania and what she gets into these days.I definitely want a physical copy of this novel once it comes out, because I can see myself reading this one again and going back into this world. I loved Delia. I loved Shania. Aidan made me laugh and I just can’t get enough of this novel.
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  • Bee ☆
    January 1, 1970
    ・ 。゚: *. .* :゚. Synopsis:Delia is the rightful heir to Astor, a planet that is rapidly consuming their resources and have been neglecting parts of their planet for decades. Delia knows her upcoming decision to choose a Prince to marry will decide the fate of her world and she knows that unfortunately her feelings aren’t included in the mix. Duty before love.Aidan has been stealing here and there to gain enough money to fund an escape to The Desert Planet of Delta Kur. Ever since his mother and ─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───Synopsis:Delia is the rightful heir to Astor, a planet that is rapidly consuming their resources and have been neglecting parts of their planet for decades. Delia knows her upcoming decision to choose a Prince to marry will decide the fate of her world and she knows that unfortunately her feelings aren’t included in the mix. Duty before love.Aidan has been stealing here and there to gain enough money to fund an escape to The Desert Planet of Delta Kur. Ever since his mother and father passed and he’s been forced to live with his cruel Stepfather and Stepbrothers he’s wanted more, he’s wanted a family and true love. Aidan’s time is limited though, his headaches are getting worse and he knows there’s no cure but when he meets Princess Delia during an escape gone haywire he can’t help but try and become her hero.─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───My Thoughts:Thank you to Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for my review. I had high hopes for this novel but I just couldn’t seem to connect with it so I’ll keep this short so it doesn’t seem like I’m just dragging it. While the premise and the world itself was full of all of the elements that created a wonderful sci-fi adventure, pirates, a headstrong princess, a plot to overtake the throne, and lovable side characters, it just didn’t hit the mark for me. While I can’t speak on the representation in the story I did enjoy the stories and significance that were presented. Where the problems arose for me was in the pacing of the novel, it seemed like the first 100 pages had less world building and plot laying than there should be; then the story would hop around and I wouldn’t know how much time had passed or when the characters had gotten to that particular destination. The characters were great but extremely one note, I didn’t feel that there was any character development minus what the plot forced upon them. I also didn’t think the big plot points hit like they should have and it was predictable, and the romance was a mix of insta-love & slow-burn that did not match. As far as the Cinderella re-telling the only thing that stuck out to me as an element of the fairytale was the fact that there was a Step family and a Ball, other than that it seemed like a complete different story.Wrap-Up:I really wish that I loved this novel more but I’m glad I gave it a chance. It was refreshing and sweet but totally not what I was wanting. I hope that everyone give this story a chance because there were parts of the story I wholeheartedly enjoyed. ─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    This YA retelling of Cinderella in space drew me in with the cover and the promise of a gender-swapped tale. Did it live up to my expectations? I will get to that in a bit. First of all, there were some bits I really fell in love with: 1) As mentioned above, the cover. Also, the symbolism of Delia's braid and its import for her wedding night. 2) The sand worms! Did anyone else have a flashback to Kevin Bacon in "Tremors?" 3) Delia's sister Shania is the perfect foil for her and added some This YA retelling of Cinderella in space drew me in with the cover and the promise of a gender-swapped tale. Did it live up to my expectations? I will get to that in a bit. First of all, there were some bits I really fell in love with: 1) As mentioned above, the cover. Also, the symbolism of Delia's braid and its import for her wedding night. 2) The sand worms! Did anyone else have a flashback to Kevin Bacon in "Tremors?" 3) Delia's sister Shania is the perfect foil for her and added some necessary humor and lightness. 4) The sci-fi additions that were acronyms like (Aidan), but especially SHEW (If the SHEW fits. . .) 5) Aidan and Delia working together to save Astor -- although it was a bit rushed.What I did not love: 1) The worldbuilding was weak --I really wanted to see the other planets. 2) The princes all blurred together. 3) Quinton--he offers a marriage in name only, because of his great romance with his page who suddenly disappears altogether. 4) The big reveal of Aidan as AI was not entirely a surprise and I find his ability to function essentially like a human being to be an incredible leap, even for sci-fi. It also is creepy. All in all, the pros overrule the cons. An entertaining read.Thank you to Swoon Reads and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This was too much like Cinder, the world building wasn't fleshed out at all and the romance was...just ew.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good fairy tale retelling. Adding in the SciFi elements just added to the joy of reading about this smart, tough princess. The perfect mix of the future and the past.
  • Tasya Dita
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review- Sci-fi isn't really my best genre, it's really rare for them to capture my attention and this one is no exception. I can't bring myself to be interested with the setting and geography, as well as the mythology of Astor. - It's more like a retelling of Cinder rather than Cinderella? It got the elements of both mixed and improved- And that's why the plot is a bit predictable- And while I understand the scary prospect of I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review- Sci-fi isn't really my best genre, it's really rare for them to capture my attention and this one is no exception. I can't bring myself to be interested with the setting and geography, as well as the mythology of Astor. - It's more like a retelling of Cinder rather than Cinderella? It got the elements of both mixed and improved- And that's why the plot is a bit predictable- And while I understand the scary prospect of marrying a stranger, Delia just felt really selfish. She's not the first Queen to enter arranged marriage and she knows the importance of it. And yet she keeps trying to get away. - She's also very naive and trusting. - I have no impression on other characters because I'm just not invested enough with the story- I felt like there's too much going on? They can remove the pirates and the plot will stay the same :/ (view spoiler)[they can always escape with gliders and etc (hide spoiler)]Full review to come near the release date!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**A genderbent Cinderella sci-fi retelling? This book instantly grabbed my attention when I read the synopsis on Edelweiss and I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I picked it up. So I did. The beginning was a little messy and confusing at first, and I think the world-building could have used some work, but once things started rolling I couldn’t put it down. There were some really interesting **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**A genderbent Cinderella sci-fi retelling? This book instantly grabbed my attention when I read the synopsis on Edelweiss and I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I picked it up. So I did. The beginning was a little messy and confusing at first, and I think the world-building could have used some work, but once things started rolling I couldn’t put it down. There were some really interesting twists and turns, a nice amount of homage to the original fairy tale, and characters that I truly loved and enjoyed reading about. To be honest, in the beginning I was a little disappointed. From the synopsis this sounded like it was going to be taking place mostly in space on a ship. It doesn’t. They never even leave the planet’s atmosphere. That aside, though, the rest of the story pulled me along with mystery and intrigue and of course, a highly entertaining romance. There were a lot of parts to the story and sometimes it felt like almost too much at times, but at others, especially the more quiet and intimate moments, it was so darn cute and swoony.It wasn’t a perfect tale, unfortunately, with a lot of plot points that felt incomplete or lacking something that caused me to feel like I didn’t quite get everything that was happening. This mostly came through the plot points about the resistance. I feel like part of this is because the majority of the first part of the book focused on the relationship between Aidan and Delia. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love with each other, but it also kind of pushed aside the rest of the plot and when things started to come to a head I felt like I didn’t always understand everything that was going on. It was all just so much and all at once that it was a lot to take in suddenly. I also felt that Delia’s mother, the queen, was not informing her heir of a lot of important matters, despite knowing that she was dying, and instead just kept insisting she choose a prince to marry in order to save the planet.AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THAT ONE. It was so completely frustrating and annoying. The most it did was act as the catalyst to make Delia want to run away on a space ship and therefore meet Aidan, but still, it was excruciatingly painful. According to Delia’s mother and the never-seen council, she had to marry another prince to gain resources in order to save the planet. This is apparently because their only “natural” source of power was depleted long ago and they can’t afford to keep buying another source from a different planet. Great, so why not try to find a different energy source first? Like, I don’t know THE TWO SUNS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY MENTIONED?? This is a sci-fi novel, right? Why isn’t that even a consideration in these people’s minds? The messy plot aside, I really enjoyed the characters and they are definitely what pulled my interest along. Aidan, my love, had me falling for him instantly. He is a thief, he is snarky, he dreams of escape, and he makes me angst for him. There were some strange inconsistencies in his behavior that irked me at first – I couldn’t understand how he could be so suave and confident with Delia but meek and subservient with his step-family – but those things made much more sense by the end. And oh man did they make sense. Let me just say…there was a revelation about Aidan that slowly dawned on me while reading and it was kind of an amazing twist that I didn’t quite see coming until the clues started settling in. Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Delia is strong-willed and determined. I love that she is willing to do whatever she must for her country, but is still also scared enough of marrying someone as part of a contract that she will try to run away. This action did seem to go against the rest of her nature, but in such a believable and understanding way. And then seeing the choices of men she was given made it very understandable. While I liked how she felt like she was learning new things about her kingdom (why is it called a kingdom actually? It’s been ruled by queens. Screw it, I’m calling it what is is) her QUEENDOM and realizing what really needed to be fixed, I hated that she didn’t already know these problems existed? If you are the heir apparent, why don’t you already know what the problems of the queendom are? She claims to have spent her entire life training to be queen, but I kept wondering in what ways exactly. I think this is partly what made me despise her mother, who didn’t seem to inform her about a lot of things and who so cold towards her anytime they talked and was constantly cryptic and single-minded. “Choose a husband, Delia. It’s the only way to save the planet, Delia.” NO IT’S NOT FIND ANOTHER SOURCE OF ENERGY STOP RELYING ON MARRYING MEN TO GET THE JOB DONE.Anyway. Then there was Shania, Delia’s younger sister and an absolute thrill to read. She is funny, she is a romantic, she is unafraid to ogle men’s backsides. I love her and that’s really all you need to know.There was a lot about this book that was lacking in detail and inconsistent at times, with characters doing and saying things that seemed to contradict the rest of their characteristics. I absolutely loved Aidan, Delia and Shania and thoroughly enjoyed the romance, but I felt that the world-building needed some more work, the plot was a little messy, and certain plot points were extremely frustrating. It was a fun story to read over-all, but I think it definitely needs some more fine-tuning in certain areas. 3.5 stars
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  • Amanda Danii Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I AM HERE FOR THIS.
  • Aless {the introvert reads}
    January 1, 1970
    Please, oh please do not be a disappointing love story. I'm not a fan of space and sci fi elements but I am hyped about this. Also, the cover is gorgeous and I am here for a black/POC princess.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    First of all let me say that I adore this cover art and knew I wanted to read the book without even reading the summary. Then knowing it was a gender-bent Cinderella story - sold, I am in! And I can say that overall it was a fun ride and I definitely recommend it to people who like similar type of stories. I also really personally appreciated that this is a standalone book because I don't know if I could handle a cliff-hanger._After diving in, I was hooked from the first dramatic scenes. This First of all let me say that I adore this cover art and knew I wanted to read the book without even reading the summary.  Then knowing it was a gender-bent Cinderella story - sold, I am in! And I can say that overall it was a fun ride and I definitely recommend it to people who like similar type of stories.  I also really personally appreciated that this is a standalone book because I don't know if I could handle a cliff-hanger._After diving in, I was hooked from the first dramatic scenes.  This author knows just how to grab you and carry you along before you realize that you are drawn into this world you know nothing about.  I did wish for a tad bit more world-building because not only did this planet have many levels and different communities, but it was also part of a complex solar system and it would have been great to learn more about the other planets.  But the interactions between Delia and Aidan made up for it because they were so precious!  And aside from them, Shania was my favorite character! She was cheeky, sassy, had lots of little inappropriate comments that had me cackling.  Oh yes and there are pirates and androids galore!_THE TWIST IN THIS BOOK.  I don't know if it was just me, but I was completely shocked and actually shouted out loud so much that my husband had to check on me.  Perfectly maneuvered to steer us away from the truth.  Just when I thought this book might end up somewhere predictable the rug is yanked away and I am left shocked and trying to re-process everything I had read up to that point._The ending let me down a tiny bit, just because there were MAJOR revelations and events and so many important, impactful things but only put into a short amount of pages.  I wish some of the complicated ideas were more explained and drawn out.  I understand trying to get everything into one book, but I think that a little bit more development of some of the ending plot would have helped the ending immensely. I still can't decide how I feel about the ending and without spoilers I cannot completely unpack those feelings in this review._B.R. Myers has a wonderful voice and I am truly looking forward to reading any other fiction that she writes.  Thank you to the publishers for a free copy of this book; I was happy to give my honest thoughts.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher on Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Rogue PrincessAuthor: B.R. MyersBook Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: January 21, 2020Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 15+ (kidnappings, princesses, and arranged marriages. Also slight violence and some romantic bits)Publisher: Swoon ReadsPages: 304Amazon LinkSynopsis: A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers' Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher on Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Rogue PrincessAuthor: B.R. MyersBook Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: January 21, 2020Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 15+ (kidnappings, princesses, and arranged marriages. Also slight violence and some romantic bits)Publisher: Swoon ReadsPages: 304Amazon LinkSynopsis: A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers' Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.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.Review: I really liked this Fantasy like Sci-fi adventure. The book did a total twist on me and I completely fell for it. It’s also a gender-swapped Cinderella telling. And did I mention…. SPACEEEEEEEEEEEEE? Anyways, the writing was perfection, the book was amazing, and the characters were so well developed. The world building was also excellent!The only downside is that the book was pretty fast paced and it’s such a fast beginning that it leaves you breathless.Verdict: If you like fantasy and sci-fi you’ll like this!
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Delia was not exactly thrilled with the prospect of choosing a husband, but she knew better than to expect an opportunity to marry for love (even if she wished, deep down, that she could). Her mother, the Queen, invited a bunch of princes from neighboring kingdoms/planets for a visit in an attempt to arrange a marriage that would be beneficial for their kingdom/planet, since they were experiencing a devastating energy shortage. When Delia tried to run from the palace on a "borrowed" Princess Delia was not exactly thrilled with the prospect of choosing a husband, but she knew better than to expect an opportunity to marry for love (even if she wished, deep down, that she could). Her mother, the Queen, invited a bunch of princes from neighboring kingdoms/planets for a visit in an attempt to arrange a marriage that would be beneficial for their kingdom/planet, since they were experiencing a devastating energy shortage.  When Delia tried to run from the palace on a "borrowed" royal ship, she ended up meeting Aidan -- a thief who thought his most recent acquisition might help him to get enough money to get off the planet and escape his own dreary life. While they were not exactly the dynamic duo you would put together if you had a chance to plan a match, something clicked quite nicely between them.  They were both just so clever and determined that it came as no surprise when they quickly uncovered a rebel conspiracy that threatened the planet... but would they be able to continue working together if Delia discovered that Aiden wasn't who he claimed to be (a bodyguard for one of the visiting princes) when they first met?If you enjoyed Marissa Meyer's Cinder , I highly recommend you check this out.  While the story is definitely very different (i.e. not at all a rip-off), they share a similar vibe and I can't imagine anyone who liked the Lunar Chronicles not enjoying this gender-swapped, sci-fi retelling of Cinderella.Happy Reading!
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  • Erin (erinevelynreads)
    January 1, 1970
    I have to start this review by admitting that Rogue Princess has a truly special place in my heart. See, one of the truly awesome things about the Swoon Reads imprint is that they allow beta readers to read manuscripts in order to determine if the manuscripts are worthy of publishing. In 2017, one of those manuscripts was named Never Once, and I casually picked it up, thinking I might like it. I devoured it in two days. Well, Never Once was chosen to be published and renamed Rogue Princess, and I have to start this review by admitting that Rogue Princess has a truly special place in my heart. See, one of the truly awesome things about the Swoon Reads imprint is that they allow beta readers to read manuscripts in order to determine if the manuscripts are worthy of publishing. In 2017, one of those manuscripts was named Never Once, and I casually picked it up, thinking I might like it. I devoured it in two days. Well, Never Once was chosen to be published and renamed Rogue Princess, and I couldn’t be more excited to see the finished product.Rogue Princess is an adventure story and gender-swapped retelling of Cinderella. It follows Princess Delia, who must marry a prince to forge an alliance with another planet in order to save her own. Dreaming of true love and longing to control her own destiny, she steals a ship from her fleet and takes off. There’s only one problem, it contains a stowaway named Aiden, a thief looking to steal from the palace in order to buy passage off the planet. As the two get to know each other and spark feelings, they uncover a massive conspiracy and must work together before it’s too late.With adventure, love, and excellent world-building, Rogue Princess is a fantastic tale that does not disappoint. I highly recommend it to other YA fantasy fans.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    This is billed as a sci fi gender bent Cinderella. That's a lot for a novel to live up to, and sadly this doesn't. It feels like it's trying to be too many things at once, and instead of any of them working properly they just form a big mess. I couldn't follow what was happening well enough and I wasn't drawn back to find out what happened next. I hope some readers do enjoy this, but it's not for me.
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: Mandy C.Cover Story: Montell JordanBFF Charm: Yay, MaybeSwoonworthy Scale: 7Talky Talk: RetellingBonus Factor: PiratesAnti-Bonus Factor: Questionable InclusionRelationship Status: Fleeting FlingRead the full book report here.
  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    This book started up convincing me that it was just a regular Cinderella story with a few twists, but what I got instead was an epic story with plot twists I definitely didn't see coming and I totally loved. I enjoyed the world building thoroughly, I definitely recommend this book.
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  • Caitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    Horribly crippled by listless plot, misplaced character motivations, and subpar characterization.
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