Princeless Book 1: Save Yourself/Book 2: Get Over Yourself
by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin & M.Goodwin
Publisher: Actionlab Entertainment Inc.
Summary: Vol. 1
Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands!
A new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how will she deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?
My Thoughts: Friendship, Dragons + Girl Power! What more do you need?
Adrienne was my favorite character the moment she was introduced by questioning the endings/ideas and plot holes of fairy tales!
After being locked away in a tower, Princess Adrienne decides she can not only save herself, but her other sisters who’ve been locked away too! So her quest begins!
It was great to see both her POV and from her kingdom back home!
Along the way she meets Bedelia, a blacksmith, and after helping Adrienne they become friends! As the story progresses I loved seeing how their back and forth humor/witty personalities not only strengthened their friendship but overall made this a fun read!
Overall I loved how this story put twists on the classic fairy tales and comments on how women are treated and the pressures/ideas that are expected/put onto them!
Along those lines, the prince Devin, definitely puts a twist on the classic prince. Not living up to his father’s expectations, he is seen as unfit to rule and is not even seen as an equal to his own father!
My only minor issue was world-building! I wish there was more background to the world that Adrienne lives in, considering through the art itself I was only given basic knowledge!
Vol.2: Get Over Yourself
Adrienne heads off to save her older sister Angelica who is also locked away!
When Adrienne, Bedelia + a new friend Roderick, a poet, they head to Angelica’s tower while the king back home is setting up a his most trusted group of men to find Adrienne (who he believes is a knight)!
As w/ the previous volume there is discussion about how women are seen and treated, especially when Angelica’s backstory is introduced + how always being viewed b/c of her looks and beauty shaped how her life would become in the tower!
I loved that there was more backstory to the royal family & a lot more world-building!
Angelica is revealed to have been cursed by a witch b/c of her looks & it really influenced how she grew up & how focusing on her looks has skewed her view on what it means to follow+ set your own path and how their is no right/wrong way to do it!
There is also discussion on how we perceive/view others and how judgments of others can skew our idea on who people truly are upon first glance!
A lot can be discussed in regards to the knights b/c with their reward a chance at marrying one of the princesses, we see just how they view women & how they see themselves above them!
There is also an introduction to a character called The Black Knight & I have my theories of who this person is & I can’t wait to read the future volumes to find out!
Even more girl power, Feminism+adventure! Can’t wait to see what vol. 3 brings!
If you’ve read/plan to read Princeless, let me know in the comments below 🙂