Princesses, drag queens and Paris, oh my!

Its summer, it’s boring and readers need adventure and glamour. Luckily, here are some books to provide that!

A familiar story with a twist is told in “The Princess Will Save You” by Sarah Henning.

A beautiful princess’ father dies, and several kings and princes in surrounding kingdoms want to marry her in order to gain power. But this Princess practices with a sword daily and just told the kingdom she isn’t going to marry just anyone. Amarande has always been in love with the stable boy that she grew up with, Luca, and this isn’t an ordinary love, its True Love. When a trio of pirates kidnaps Luca in order to force Ama to marry a Prince, Luca knows one thing — his Princess will come for him. And when she does, everyone better watch out.

Inspired by “The Princess Bride,” which is one of my favorite books ever, this is a fun new take in which The Princess is the dashing sword fighter and the stable boy is the damsel in distress. While the Princess is cool, the girl who is basically Inigo is fierce, the male characters, especially the stable boy are kind of bland. I wasn’t sure why someone as cool as Ama would be that into Luca.

“The Princess Will Save You” is published by Tor. It is $17.99.


If you’ve ever watched Trixie Mattel or Katya (I’m not gonna try to spell her last name) on RuPaul’s Drag Race or on their YouTube series Uuhhh, you will know exactly what you are in for with “Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood” by Trixie Mattel and Katya.

Trixie and Katya are here to tell their fans how to be their most fabulous and talk about a variety of topics, such as fashion, makeup, drinking, social media and more. The self-help part is mostly tongue in cheek, but with the kind of wit and humor the duo are famous for. These essays and photos will dazzle with their eleganza. Hon-ney.

“Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood” is published by Plume. It is $26.


Since we can’t go anywhere, “Paris Is Always a Good Idea” by Jenn McKinlay came along at the perfect time.

After finding out her father is engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Chelsea is suddenly inspired to reconnect to her youthful ways by revisiting her European gap year in which she fell for three men along the way. By reconnecting with these men now, will she reconnect with herself? And while away on her vacation of rediscovery, she must entrust her work to her frenemy coworker, Jason Knightley. Will things change between them from a distance?

With a name like Knightley, you know what’s coming there, and an entertaining romance along with a story with ever changing scenery makes this the perfect summer read.

“Paris Is Always a Good Idea” is published by Berkley. It is $16.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.


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