Thursday, February 18, 2016

Comic Review: "Princeless Book 1: Save Yourself" by Jeremy Whitley

I knew I needed some new comics in my life as it had been awhile since I had a good binge.  I found these Princeless books in the YA section of our library and knowing nothing but the title (and the title says a lot right there) I grabbed them all.  That, my friends, was a good decision.

Princess Adrienne has never bought into the whole getting locked in a tower until a worthy prince rescues her as a trophy.  Even as a young girl, she fought with her mother about it.  So what happens when she's sixteen?  Her parents actually drug her and get her out to a tower with a dragon to protect her.  Naturally, she's pissed.  And totally not impressed by all the princes who come and lose to the dragon.  One particular prince even called her "fair" - to which she pointed out that she is not fair - she's not fair skinned or white at all!  (I loved that scene!  She's so sassy.)

So what then?  She decides that she doesn't really need to be rescued.  She finds a sword and rescues herself.  The dragon, Sparks, is totally on her side and they go off having adventures attempting to rescue all of Adrienne's sisters from their respective castles.  She gets a sidekick, has a little commentary on sexism in terms of armor...  this book is wonderful.

As I read this, I became fully aware of three things.  First: I am going to read all of the other books as soon as possible.  Second:  I am going to get this in the hands of my niece, the little girl across the street, and to all the girls I possible can who might still be a little too young for Lumberjanes.  Also, all the teen girls too, because this thing is awesome.  And third:  I am going to get this in the hands of my sons as well because it is just as important for them to read this and grow knowing that the girls they know are powerful humans who are just as capable as they are.  And they'll like the dragon.

Princeless Book 1:  Save Yourself
by Jeremy Whitley
Action Lab, 2014
128 pages
Source:  Library



looloolooweez said...

Oh, I've been meaning to read this! One of the kids in my teen group recommended it to me just before I left that library for another job, and I'd forgotten all about it 'til now. You know it MUST be good if a kid is telling her librarian she has to read it, haha. Anyway, thank you so much for the reminder! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. :)

Andi said...

The folks at Panels love all over this book all the time. Must try it!

Aarti said...

I love that you plan to give the books to boys as well as girls :-)

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