Review: Damsel

Title: Damsel

Author: Elana K. Arnold

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

My Review:

I absolutely love Sleeping Beauty retellings! My journey on this one, however, I can’t even explain how I felt. But I’m going to try!


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First, I didn’t know this was a feminist retelling. I’m all about equality for everyone, but I felt like this book definitely put men to shame, and that’s a real effing shame. Women in general are not holier than anyone, and that’s what I felt this book did. Women and men need that equality!

Also, Emory was a weird guy, like sometimes he felt cocky but okay, but then he would have these strange times where he’d do weird things like drag Ama around by a leash. Another thing was, I hated Ama too, so it was hard for me to feel sorry for her, or anyone really. I think I felt sorry for Tillie the most—she needed to get the hell out of that castle! Pawlin was also supposed to be a “man’s man” but I liked him better than Ama too—who I’m supposed to feel sorry for.

I will say that I loved the ending. It was pretty cool and awesome, but that didn’t save this book. I think if I didn’t feel like it had this weird agenda against men, then it would have been better, like the ending could have totally been the same but with less man hate! Also, why is the guy’s dingaling referred to as a yard almost the entire time??? Weird!


What’s your favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling?




3 thoughts on “Review: Damsel

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  2. Best line in that whole review: “Also, why is the guy’s dingaling referred to as a yard almost the entire time???” The dictionary said, way down under the definition of yard being (2) measurement, it said, “In Middle English and after, the word also was a euphemism for “penis”. 😆 A man must of come up with that term. Ha!! Being awfully generous with measurement. 😆

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