ARC Review // Rogue Princess by B.R. Meyers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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