Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

262 pages

Self-published on February 3, 2017

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During the afternoon fantasy parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend. I am not making this up.

So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, does she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider?

Oh, this was refreshing. One minute, Leah is happily playing the role of Cinderella at Disneyland Portalis. The next, she’s not only impersonating a real princess in a world she knows nothing about, but she’s got a boyfriend to save – not to mention a cluster of nobles and royalty that need wrangling. Oh, and magic. Let’s not forget the magic.

Rescuing the Prince is super duper fun. Leah is a strong character – though she has her occasional moments of brattiness, she’s a determined and resourceful kid, fighting her fears and anxieties to save the boy she loves. The plot itself was wonderfully unpredictable. I was surprised and thrilled to realize that McVey had staunchly refused all the usual fantasy tropes. The main character is not blessed with unbelievable power. There’s a stunning lack of “Oh, which big strong man will I choose!?” love-triangulation. The Big Bad isn’t a faceless epitome of evil, but a proper character with motivations and history. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride, especially the ending – while it feels like a sequel might be forthcoming, the book doesn’t end on a huge cliffhanger. I really do love a good standalone.

If I had one complaint, it’d be that I wish the magic system was explained a little more, but in the grand scheme of badass princessing and daring rescues, I’ll let it slide. I highly recommend Rescuing the Prince to anyone who has a soft spot for YA fantasy.