Mini Book Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Okay before I start this review, let me just say, my thoughts on this book are all over the place. I think this book is just a mess.

We have all read a book, that has made you want to throw it out the window! that was this book to me.

I really thought I was going to enjoy this book, I was so disappointed that I didn’t, this was my first ARC as well.


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. (Goodreads)

Okay whoever has marketed this book as YA, they really need to go back and read the book. It was written in the style of old school adult fantasy, if anything I would say this is New Adult, not YA. Some of the things that happened in this book are awful. There is also graphic sexual assault, rape, self-harm, mental and physical abuse, suicide, and animal harm. So if you are triggered by anything in that list, don’t read this.

I did like the main character Ama she started off really nervous and meek, and she got stronger as the book went on. Now the prince, the prince is just a giant prick!! I absolutely hated him, which is what the author wanted, but oh my gosh, I just wanted to punch him in the face. Repeatedly. With a BRICK. So I think the author accomplished the hate for the prince.

The story was such an interesting idea, I was just hoping to like it and sadly I didn’t. The animal harm in this book really upset me, I really wish there was a trigger for it on the book just to warn you, to be prepared. It made me really on edge through the book wondering what was going to happen. I didn’t like that feeling at all.

There is not much left to say on this book, it left me feeling sad, bitter, and thinking what the fuck just happened. The ending was super weird.

So there you have my mini book review of Damsel. I tried to be constructive with this but honestly I couldn’t think of ways to do it.

Goodreads: 1 Star

Have you guys read a book that has made you feel like this? What was it?

If you would like to know more about the book, ask me whatever you want in the comments.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.


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