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The Loveless Princess

2.84  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Princess Anette doesn't love her fiancé, Prince Everett, and despite constant assurances from everyone around her, knows she never will. It's not that he's terrible, it's simply that she doesn't love anyone, or want to be with anyone, the way the rest of the world says she should.

But princesses must marry princes. She's expected to have her proper happily ever after. So A
ebook, 56 pages
Published May 3rd 2017 by Less Than Three Press (first published May 1st 2017)
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

2.5/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

Oh well wow, that was fast, I had no idea that the book was so short, I would call it a short story, because it only has 56 pages, which is crazy, it was clearly quick to read but it was, certainly, the opposite of what I expected


Anette is a princess, she's forced to marry with prince Everest because it's what every princess "is supposed to do", but Anette can't be less excited about it, in fact she doesn't want
I received an ARC via netgalley but all thoughts are my own.

The first thing you should know about this short book is that I kept reading it in the car (don't worry I was only a passenger!) despite my motion sickness and despite the Pokémon GO event with the 4x candies for your Pokémon buddy, y'feel me?

So I guess what I'm saying is that I was hooked from the first sentence. It's not that the story was particularly original but it was gripping and really well written and I really wanted to know ho
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
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☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
(3.5 stars)

I enjoyed this modern fairy tale a lot, especially as it subverted the usual idea of fairy tales being about finding romance by having an aro/ace protagonist. The writing was simplistic but not bad, and I thought it went with the fairy tale-vibe quite well. However, I wish that there had been a distinction between romantic love and other types of love (platonic, familial) as often people assume that aromantic people feel no love at all which is obviously not true and that wasn't quit
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, in-english
I've picked this after another Christmas-holiday lunch at my grandma's. I was stuffed, tired and wanted something short to read. The rating of The Loveless Princess was not great but whatever. It was short.

It's a modern fairy tale about an arranged marriage where one of the characters is gay and one aromantic/asexual.
And the story was actually ok.


Direct story line, simply written, easy read, pretty cover, the lenght of the book is on point. I liked it.
But I am not a fan of the title, t
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been ROBBED. The plot and concept were super but I had issues with the writing that I put down to length. If this had been developed a bit more as a full novel it could have been OFF THE CHARTS.
Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 3rd May 2017

There was a lot of potential for this to go really wrong, since it features an aromantic and asexual character in a typically heavily romance-is-your-happy-ever-after world. Princess Anette has to get married, and she’s not interested in the idea at all. It’s not the prince in particular: it’s the idea in general. She’s not interested in sex or romance at all; she doesn’t feel a lack of it in her life, she doesn’t even really feel cu
Claudie Arseneault
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I guess I could be generous and give it 1.5 stars? But no, look, this book does the thing where I get so angry at it that I want to rewrite everything into a new, better version.

It forces both of its aroace characters into traumatic experiences, it strongly implies you can only be sex- and romance- repulsed as an aroace person, it never makes the distinction between romantic love and others... add all these rep problems to a fairly predictable story, one dimensional characters, and lackluster wr
Amelia Smith
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book in exchange for review from the publisher through Netgalley)

EDIT: 6-10-17-- been ruminating on this a little more. The representation in this book didn't sit well with me for some reason but it was hard for me to put a finger on why. The explanation for the villain's actions was a little extreme and failed to present a positive representation of aro/ace identity? I think I understand where the author was coming from (alienation based on identity) but it wasn't ex
Lexxi Kitty
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Less than Three Press in exchange for an honest review.

I read this work because it was short and I was under the impression that it involved an asexual character. I was misinformed (or didn't remember correctly what I'd been told). The description doesn't actually say that it involves an asexual person, though so it isn't the story's fault. *looks at description on NetGalley* Yeah, doesn't say asexual there either. (ETA: with more thought on the
I did enjoy this novella and I read it all in one sitting, but the frustrating thing about this (and I say this a lot for novellas) was its length. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the story plot and I really enjoyed the fairytale elements and how they were woven into the stories. However, I have many problems with it and most of these are due to its length. I feel like the conflict was too easily resolved, I feel like the character arcs were too short and limited and I felt like it hammered ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Jun 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs-done
Oh boy, I don't even know where to begin. When I found this book I was super excited. A fairytale with an aroace protagonist! That's amazing.
While I personally don't identify as aroace, I wanted to pick this novel up for exactly that reason, especially as (as far as I know) the author identifies as aroace too! Sadly I ended up being very disappointed. I liked the idea but I think the execution didn't work well and the writing was too simple and repetitive. I could have overlooked this for good r
Francis Franklin
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aromantic, fairytales
A fairytale with an aromantic heroine. A heroine who is a princess, and a princess must love her prince. Everyone knows that...

This novella reminds me a little of Tenth Kingdom, the way so many fairytales are referenced and even fairytale characters appear in the story, notably Briar Rose - I like the way roses are something of a nocturnal pest.

I would have preferred this story to have been a longer work with real world building and character development - in other words, more of a fantasy, less
Representation is great. As an aro/ace it is awesome to read a story where someone like me is the main character. There were many quotes in this short that I identified with.

"She wanted to shout at him that she didn't want to be married, because why on earth did marriage mean happiness?"

"She cared for her parents very much..."
(I include this one because this short does not go into the differences between romantic and non-romantic love, but that doesn't mean she doesn't love her parents
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
***I received a free copy of this book from, in exchange for an honest review.***

TW: sexual assault, aphobic tropes.

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Laura Kehoe
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

This was so cute and fun! I mean, you've got fairy tale mash-ups ANNDD multiple LGBTQIA characters. That combination right there is enough to make me happy. But the story itself was so much fun too. My biggest complaint was that it was too short. I didn't realize when I asked for this book originally that it was only a novella and I ended up feeling really disappointed that there wasn't more for me to read.

I've mentioned before that short stories/novellas aren't usually
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a really, really short book -- just 56 pages -- so it's a little hard to judge.

I enjoyed Princess Anette a lot. She had a great personality and strong moral compass. I sympathised with her situation and was rooting for her throughout the story. She's also the first time I've ever seen an aroace princess, so bonus points for that!

Although the book is short, I feel the pacing was terribly off. The first half could have been condensed to ages pages without much loss. The section detailing A
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was such an amazing little adventure.

The plot is pretty linear and being that it is so short, I wasn't expecting too much detail or involvement; I think it had just the right amount.

Love and romance are not everything in life and while I am a person who enjoys those things when reading, I do think it is important to remember some people don't know those feelings or would just rather not read about them. This story is
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half of this novella was way too slow, but then the pace improved and it read like a fairy tale. I have some issues with the aroace representation because the main character is sex repulsed and it's explained like the only kind of asexuality that can exist. Also be aware that there is a very very acephobic moment when the villain (who is also aroace) yells at her that she's a liar and is faking not feeling attraction or romantic feelings. But I loved the main character and the magical ...more
Sameena Jehanzeb
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I am very sorry to say this, because I really wanted to like this book and Anettes character, but ... It was just so boring and felt heavily constructed to me. There were no emotions at all, not even between the two persons that were supposed to be the passionate ones. I felt nothing while reading this short story and maybe that was exactly the point, but I don't think so.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Less than Three Press in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little heavy-handed, but super relatable. Also sad there was no distinction between platonic and romantic love. Just got all grouped together I guess. A definite rec to aro/ace readers, but I'd hesitate to rec this allo readers. Don't feel they'd get it at all.

Also I love the story itself. Felt like an old school fairytale, while still referencing a bunch of other fairytales, which was super awesome.
Jasmin Johansen
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this short story/Novella. It is written so well and it's easy to follow what's happening. The author manages to put so much in those few pages, without being too much or confusing. I really liked the pace of the story. It was neither too fast or too slow and you didn't feel that something shouldn't be there. I wish it was longer, but not because it was missing something, but I just really wanted to see more.

I really liked the main character, Anette. She is not annoying and she is
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I rec'd an ARC from NetGalley/Less Than Three Press in exchange for an honest review. This short story revolves around Princess Anette and her quest to find her husband Prince Everett who disappeared after an 'unfortunate' incident. She is asexual but has empathy or that is how I read it. Strange tale for me, I couldn't really get into it unfortunately, so only 2.5 stars. ...more
Irene (thefictionthief)
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: queer, arc-reviews
*I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Yeah, this read like terrible fanfiction.
Estance DH
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Good concept, but underdevelopped and I could see myself cheering for the main character. The ending I found a bit sad too.
Miss Susan
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqia
i was rooting for this to be good but instead it was boring and simplistic. 2 stars
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Asexual princess

Felt like the author had a political agenda. Figured out the plot in the first pages and skimmed to confirm. Felt sad.
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