Did Someone Say Gender-Swapped, Sci-Fi, Cinderella Retelling?! | Review: Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers

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I solemnly swear that I'm not still studying the cover for Rogue Princess like it's a priceless piece of art. (It is, okay?)

by B.R. Myers 

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 by B.R. Myers 
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5) 

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Rogue Princess was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases for SO many reasons. I mean, have you seen the cover!? Swoon. Plus, I've been a bit nostalgic for the feelings that came with my first time reads of other sci-fi retellings such as Once & Future and Cinder. Rogue Princess promised to be the gender-swapped Cinderella retelling of my dreams! And I was intrigued.

From the moment I saw it, I was smitten and excited. It got bumped up my TBR the second I got approved for the ARC and I wasted little to no time in diving into my first B.R. Myers novel. Alas, it wasn't love at first read for me and Rogue Princess. Shockingly, I had to put it down and pick it back up a few times before I truly got into the story groove. (Don't worry, I'm just as disappointed in myself as you are.)

While it was good, it didn't exactly live up to the level of hype I set up for it. Don't get me wrong. I really and truly enjoyed it! B.R. Myers' prose is compelling and the way she retells such a classic tale is lively. There was a slow start in terms of connectivity for me, but I think it goes without saying that this has nothing to do with the story or Myers' itself--it is entirely subjective to me as a person.

Rogue Princess, once fully into its own groove, felt like pure entertainment and creativity. Although it took some time for me to become invested in the story, it was thoroughly charming and electric. It really hits its stride about a quarter of the way in, for me, and proves to be an adventurous gem of a novel. I absolutely adored the gender-swapped twist, much like I expected to. It took all the great and familiar traits of your standard Cinderella, and played them to its advantage.

Further, I thought the cast of characters were all easy to like and root for. Rogue Princess shines because of the way it weaves fantasy, adventure, comedy and romance. Myers' characters, too, prove to be likable--I loved Delia and Aiden.

Ultimately, I had a lot of fun with Rogue Princess. Despite issues I had getting into it at first, I really enjoyed this spin on Cinderella. It's definitely a blast that will keep readers smiling!

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