Read Princeless, Vol. 4: Be Yourself by Jeremy Whitley Emily Martin Brett Grunig Online


Angoisse Ashe, the oft-forgotten middle sister of the Ashe royal family, is locked in a castle deep in the swamp. Not only is her castle guarded by zombies, but the swamp is full of dangerous hazards. Everything from quicksand to goblins to swamp monsters to VAMPIRES! But does that give Adrienne pause? Unfortunately not, as she and Bedelia dive head-first into their most dAngoisse Ashe, the oft-forgotten middle sister of the Ashe royal family, is locked in a castle deep in the swamp. Not only is her castle guarded by zombies, but the swamp is full of dangerous hazards. Everything from quicksand to goblins to swamp monsters to VAMPIRES! But does that give Adrienne pause? Unfortunately not, as she and Bedelia dive head-first into their most dangerous adventure yet! Be sure to pick up this collection and share every moment of this thrilling chapter of the Princeless saga!"...

Title : Princeless, Vol. 4: Be Yourself
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ISBN : 9781632291165
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Princeless, Vol. 4: Be Yourself Reviews

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-06-23 02:09

    The Princeless series continues to deliver strong female characters, beautiful (child appropriate) artwork, and storylines with meaning. Each time Adrienne and Bedelia venture out to rescue one of Adrienne's sisters, a facet of relationships is dissected and examined. This volume dealt with abusive relationships and gender roles in government.Now, it's not that cut and dry on the surface- the story itself is really fun and engaging. Adrienne and Bedelia have to survive a cannibalistic tribe of goblins in a monster infested swamp in order to reach Angoisse's tower. On the way, they befriend unlikely allies and encounter a plant-like terror. While this is going on, Adrienne's brother, Devin, refuses to embrace traditional gender roles and activities, which continues to infuriate his tyrannical father. Their relationship illustrates the eternal struggle between parent and child. Parents think they know better and push their child in the direction they believe they should go, while children want to follow their natural inclinations. In the push-pull dynamic, somehow everything works out fine, but with more bad feelings on either side than there need to be.The abusive relationship portion is tactfully presented in the interactions between Angoisse and Raphael. Sometimes people act a certain way because they want something out of you, other than your company. Kids get it. (view spoiler)[But in an era of Twilight idealization, I think the presentation of a "vampire" who acts out of self-interest rather than undying love is an important topic to discuss. Teen relationships are just as thorny and prone to abuse as adult relationships and, because they are some of the first experiences that teens have, they have the potential to color the rest of that person's lifetime and set the stage for the relationships to come. Angoisse is a victim of Raphael but also her own beliefs. She's always thought that she needed a man to complete her and she was going to do whatever it took to keep that relationship intact, even to the point of giving up her humanity or betraying her own family. It didn't take a very smart predator to see that she could be manipulated through her feelings. Sadly, such people actually exist. Thank you, Princeless for opening a door to the discussion of how to remain true to yourself in relationships and a powerful example of how to leave the ones that have soured. (hide spoiler)]The story is not complex and adult readers may find it rather simplistic (unless you dig deeper into the underlying meaning), but it's perfect for the 8 to 12 year olds. This comic will appeal to reluctant readers of either gender. I highly recommend it.

  • Sesana
    2019-06-22 06:54

    I still really like this series, but this one felt like a bit too much plot packed into a bit too few issues. Mainly, I think, because I was a bit disappointed with how little time was given to Angoisse. I'd really been looking forward to this storyline, which is a take on the emotionally abusive relationships sadly common to YA PNR. It's one of those anvils that could use being dropped, if you know what I mean. I just wish that there'd been more time spent on this story. At the same time, I can't really complain about the entire goblin storyline. If anything, I think it could have maybe used a bit more separation from Angoisse's story. I guess I'm just saying that this is a part of the story that I wish was longer.

  • LynnDee (The Library Lush)
    2019-06-26 03:03

    I like these Princeless comics, I just don't find them as compelling as other comics I've read, ie. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Also, not a fan of all the ads for other comics in the bind-ups.

  • Laura (Bookies & Cookies)
    2019-06-21 03:41

    Brilliant as always. Ridiculous monsters, unlikely companions, a Princess Bride reference(!!!!!), and interesting developments that help me *see* where the story arc is going even if it's taking AGES to get there. I've read three volumes of Princeless in 1 month, so I'm pretty invested.

  • Kathleen
    2019-06-08 23:48

    To continue my reviews of the comics I've read, after that brief Ursula Vernon interruption...Princeless! I really do enjoy Princeless. You've probably seen excerpts from it floating around on tumblr, and of course I've reviewed the first three volumes here. It's a smart, funny, girl-focused comic, with few boys and a strong focus on the relationships between women.In this installment, Adrienne goes to rescue her third sister, Angoisse, dead middle in a family of seven and also rather gothic. On her way through the swamp to Angoisse's tower, she runs into a tribe of goblins and ends up smack-dab in the middle of goblin politics and an election for mayor. Really. It's a lot of fun and involves a lot more physical fighting than politics usually does. We also got more of Adrienne's brother Devin as he sets out (in unwilling company with the wolf girl Kira) to find his mother (supposedly captured by the Black Knight. I am skeptical.). The second half of the volume, where we actually meet Angoisse, gets pretty dark pretty fast. Angoisse has a boyfriend, but he's emotionally abusive and using her for his own ends, telling her he loves her to get his own way. The relationship is depicted in such a painfully real way, I just wanted to snatch up Angoisse and hug her and tell her it'll be okay and he's a dick. Fortunately, with the support of Adrienne and Bedalia, Angoisse manages her own butt-kicking and gains back a great deal of the confidence her asshole ex stole from her. Again, this volume concentrates very strongly on the relationships between women and on women supporting each other. Adrienne and Bedalia hold each other up. Sparky helps both of them while on a quest of her own. Their goblin guide is an Indiana Jones-esque awesome lady goblin, and of course Angoisse's relationship with Adrienne is what saves her. It's a great comic series, and I look forward to the next installment.

  • Miss
    2019-06-18 02:45

    i am so fond of devin, the king really needs to take a step back to consider what amazing children he's blessed with and quit trying to push them into his tiny boring gender role boxes. i mean honestly, if i had a son who was clever and curious and a talented seamster i would be bursting with pride! i would never shut up about either of them! i'd be the embarrassing mom who's like and this is my girl adrienne, did you know what a talented swordfighter she is, hold on, i've got video for you. and do you see this awesome dress i'm wearing? devin made it! MY KIDS ARE SO GREATmoving on! this volume goes back to the main quest and brings us to adrienne's sister, angoisse. she is stuck in a swamp which is probably right beside a hot topic. you never see one on the page but she's got to be getting the goth clothes from somewhere right? adventures happen and sparky in particular makes a good showing. 4 stars

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-06-25 02:09

    Finally this installment gets back to the roots of what makes this a fun and colorful graphic novel series. Before we got sidetracked, you might remember that the mission was to rescue all the royal sisters, and middle sisters are the ones most often forgotten. Fear not, our heroines are on the way to the swamp to set Angoisee free, but first they must outwit goblins, zombies, and something far worse, I cannot say what for fear of spoiling the most delightful thing about this volume. Well, there are actually two delightful things, but I won't spoil either. Everyone still looks like they've been on weight watchers, and there is a bit too much switching of stories back and forth in this one, but a fun ride nonetheless.

  • Amy
    2019-06-19 01:02

    Maybe the best one yet! I'm biting the bullet and investing in the series thus far - wish I had these when I was a kid sighing over Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty!

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-22 23:44

    Well that took an entertaining turn!

  • Kales
    2019-06-20 23:42

    How does this series keep it's quality? I adore how unique it is and it continues to find fun ways to defy the odds. I don't really want it to end.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-16 04:51

    I loved the part with the new sister but I didn't love the switching back and forth between all the bits leading up to that.

  • Tiamatty
    2019-06-04 02:58

    Princeless remains a treasure of a comic. It's filled with fun humour, compelling characters and wonderful messages. There's the larger messages - those of friendship and family, those of ignoring gender roles to do what makes you happy, and in this particular volume, a message of not needing a boyfriend to be happy. But there's also smaller messages that are dropped in single panels: For example, a moment of Adrienne saying that sometimes you need to raise your voice, because no one listens to you when you're nice.This is a passionately feminist work, and one that is deeply valuable as a result. But even aside from that, it's just a delightful comic. This volume has jokes about politics, a derpy horse, a hiariously goth princess, the most adorable swamp monster ever, a goblin with a great business card, an exploding insect, and more. And if you're not interested by all that, well, I don't know what to tell you.If you've read the previous volumes of Princeless, you're already going to read this. If you haven't read the previous volumes, why haven't you read them? Go read Princeless.

  • Melle
    2019-06-01 03:05

    Reading this might have been the best possible Christmas present I could have given myself. Adventures continue, and Adrienne is tied with the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, as my favorite graphic series star. That she and Kamala are both feminist, asskixy protagonists of color is a happy coincidence. I was a little nervous about the goblin speaking in broken English, but there was no accent specified or implied, so I gave him a French accent in my mind, and it was awesomely hilarious. Sparky the dragon gets to shine in this, along with effeminate (ugh, this word is so loaded with negative connotations and I hate that, because there's so much wrong with the whole concept but I don't know how else to say it) and totally awesome little brother Devin. Anyway, this series keeps kicking major zombie butt, and I am salivating for the next installments. Get into the hands of every pre-teen and teen you know!

  • Chasity
    2019-06-13 06:04

    Another outstanding installment of the Princeless series. I love the further addition of characters with each volume and I'm really looking forward to the next one where we meet Bedalia's dwarf relatives and Sparky may get to see the farm where the dragons and raised to be protectors where she may have come from. It's so rewarding seeing everyone finding their own happiness in the book whatever that might be. I hope Adrienne can find her happiness too when her quest to save her sisters is through. One of my favorite characters is Devin, the prince, who the kind doesn't think is manly enough to ever be a ruler. His gentle spirit is so endearing and I am definitely rooting for him and Kira who have a fun dynamic with each other because they're such opposites though I have a feeling they will be rather opposed to their parents' plans. I think for most of the book I'm just like, 'Who put these grown ups in charge?'

  • Kat High
    2019-06-16 00:06

    I think this volume was my favorite so far. In addition to criticizing bullying and unjust power structures, this volume investigated abusive relationships and manipulation. There are a few things that I would still like to see from this series. They are:1. Actual, explicitly stated, LGBT characters. There's been some implied lady/lady crushes but just give me some medieval girlfriends, please?2. "Good" characters who fit into the traditional gender roles. The reversal of gender roles does an awesome job of criticizing the established patriarchal normative. HOWEVER, its unfortunate that the women who fit into social expectations are typically presented as being limited by those interests/abilities and that the men who fit into social expectations (especially regarding strength) are all presented as corrupt. 3. Lady-dwarves who grow beards and keep 'em.

  • Colona Public Library
    2019-05-30 01:40

    I'm still really liking this series and I really loved how much attention Sparky the dragon got in this particular volume. (view spoiler)[ Although I kinda like the vampire princess and villain I feel like it was rushed. (hide spoiler)] I'm very excited to see the brother and Wolf kid join forces to find his mother and I wonder if this will be part of the story or another spin off? Things are starting to get interesting! ~Ashley

  • Kris
    2019-06-02 02:54

    This was another not so good volume. I'm not saying it was horrible or anything but it could have been better. I felt like they spent way too much time with the goblin characters and Sparky. I wasn't that into the parts with her brother either. Although that other little monster was freakin' adorable. I also kinda miss the art style from the last volume.

  • Hebah
    2019-06-16 07:01

    Another cute installment of this series. It was a little jarring for me since it has been a while since I read the last volume, but I'm enjoying seeing the various princess sisters and how they each cope with their lots differently. The goblins were fun, and I loved their little arc of politics and monsters (and the embossed business card :D).

  • Akemi Maniwa
    2019-05-27 00:05

    While I still very much love the series and I know the target audience is much younger than I am I feel this volume was a bit weak compared to the previous volumes. Or it just may be I'm more than slightly disappointed at the lack of Raven in this volume. It may be there were too many plotlines that I wanted to follow more in-depth but were not focused on, like the development of Adrienne's brother's quest. I'm really glad that a comic for young girls expressly addresses issues such as gender roles in politics and abusive relationships in a way that can be understood by younger readers. Unfortunately, I just didn't find this volume to be as satisfying as the rest have been.

  • Angie
    2019-06-11 01:39

    Princess Adrienne is off to rescue another one of her sisters. This time it is moody Angoisse stuck in a tower in the swamp. Angoisse isn't alone however. She believes herself in love with a vampire knight. Little did she know he was not what he seemed. Adrienne, Bedelia and Sparky also help the goblins of the swamp with a little monster problem. Turns out the monster is not who they think it was. There is so much to love with this series. It is original and awesome.

  • April
    2019-06-22 01:42

    Yet again, Princeless has captured my heart. This is one of my favorite volumes yet. Princeless is funny, feminist, creative and well imagined. I seriously did not want this one to be over and I can't wait until I get my hands on volume 5. Perfect for fans of Lumberjanes and similar all ages comics. Princeless is the fairy tale we all need.

  • Miri
    2019-05-30 22:57

    Three and a half stars. I love the series, but after reading Raven the Pirate Princess, I have to admit I'm not as excited about Adrienne and Bedelia's questing. They're great characters, but their stories feel a little younger, and Raven is just all grown up and putting together the most badass pirate crew of all time.

  • Lara
    2019-06-15 01:49

    I feel like this series is starting to lose me a little...I didn't really care for the goblin story line much, or the Angoisse one, although I do like that Devin's getting some more screen time and I LOVED the The Princess and the Pony reference!

  • Andrew
    2019-06-15 05:49

    Follow along with our daring princess hero as she 'rescues' another of sisters. This one is still just as much fun, empowering, and funny as the other Princeless graphic novels. Keep reading! They also introduce some awesome cute, cuddly, and not so cute and cuddly creatures!

  • Derryn
    2019-06-03 22:40

    Good addition to the series. amazing and strong female characters.highly recommend for all ages⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kendra
    2019-06-06 23:56

    Yes good continue please

  • Katherine
    2019-06-26 05:46

    2.5 stars, I didn't like this one that much since it felt like not much happened, but I loved the swamp goblins and I'm interested to see where Devin's plot goes.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-31 01:44

    God, I love these.

  • Emyrose8
    2019-06-03 05:43

    Best one yet! (I read #4 before reading #3, but I don't think I missed too much..., it still made sense)

  • Kelcey
    2019-06-11 23:58

    Killer squirrels, vampire princes and goblins under an unjust government... what else does one need? :D