Princess of Tyrone Review 

Synopsis provided by the Author:

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.
But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.
A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!


About: Princess of Tyrone is a fiction novel written by Katie Hamstead. It was published on 3/31/16 by Curiosity Quills Press. The genres are fantasy, science fiction, romance, fairy tales, retellings, and young adult. This is book 1 in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles and book 2 is expected to be published on 3/14/17 called Myths of Mish. Please see below for more info about the author.


My Experience: I started reading Princess of Tyrone on 1/23/17 and finished it on 1/25/17. This book is an awesome read! It captures me right from the beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. I abandon work and sleep just so I can have extra time to read this book! The characters are amazing and the plot flows smoothly. The writing is easy to read and very captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to everyone. This book is under hyped and underrated and it shouldn’t be. It will definitely be in the list of my favorite reads of 2017 for sure!

In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Apolline, a yuckah huntress of planet Mish. She lives in the outer perimeter with 3 fairies. She grows up thinking she’s an orphan and accepts her life as is in a small town with drunks and pirates. Everyday the fairies tells her tales about Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. She loves hearing these fairytales. In another point of view, is Prince Allard. The media doesn’t know how he looks like because of an incident that happened when he was younger. His future has already been carved out for him. He knows that he is to rescue a princess by giving her a true love’s kiss to save her from the sorcerer’s curse. He doesn’t know how the princess looks like or what her personalities is because she has been in hiding for her safety from the sorcerer. In this story, the retelling takes place in the galaxy with different planets. Prince Allard lives in planet Oran. Cinderella and her husband known as Queen Cytheria and King Hernan lives in planet Tyrone. The sorcerer Bryanna/Bree lives in Mahkba, a sunless lightless planet.

“Allard! Is that your friend out there?”
“Yes, she locked me in my shuttle–”
“Is she crazy?”
“Most likely.”
“I need you to help me get her back in here.”
“Oh geez, Allard!” “She’s ballsy, I’ll give her that.” 55%

The twists and turns in this book is fun to read. I like the cleverness of Ashlan, one of the 3 fairies that helped raise Apolline. I like Apolline’s spunk, witty, clever, brave, and independent personality. Reading about her was so much fun. I also like Prince Allard. His reaction to Apolline’s use of guns is funny. I also like his friends Beau and Nathaniel. The scene in planet of Latveydos with the ogres is so fun to read. Beau’s reactions to Apolline is priceless! I find myself re-reading paragraphs as I read this book because this book is that good! I like it when supporting characters make an impression in the book. The main characters are likable too so it makes this book a total package. I really can’t wait to read book 2 of this series. This book does pull a few tears from me but it was happy tears. The only slight thing I didn’t like from this book are the names. They are so unique that either I can’t pronounce or I can’t remember. I only grasp onto their names as I reach the last few chapters of the book. I’m not a big fan of strange names. This hardly plays a big role so I will definitely be re-reading this book again in the future.


Pro: humor, brave & independent protagonist, witty, page turner, fast paced, retellings, lighthearted, family, friends, twists & turns, couldn’t put down

Con: unique names of places and characters makes it hard to remember

I rate it 5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

About the Author:
Katie Hamstead Teller
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush,” and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters, and their dogs. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
(Info obtained from Goodreads. Please click on her name to visit her website and learn more about the author and her books).

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author, Katie Hamstead, for inviting me to read in an exchanged for an honest review.


27 thoughts on “Princess of Tyrone Review 

  1. Azia says:

    I haven’t heard of this book before but I definitely have to add it to my TBR. The premise sounds fascinating and I love retellings! Your glowing review makes me want to pick it up right away haha. Lovely review, as always, Jasmine!! So glad you loved this one so much 😀

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    What a unique premise! I love the idea of sci-fi retellings of fairy tales. The Lunar Chronicles were a great series of reads for me, and I bet this will be too. It’s obvious you loved this, and it makes me want to read them too. March is so far away, and that’s only the second book?! How will you survive?!!
    (I hate waiting. It’s the worst)

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  3. sophiethestark says:

    Another great review, Jasmine! Based on your feelings about it, it does seem like a very enjoyable read. I really like the cover, first and foremost. And another fairytale retelling taking place in space? Count me in! 🙂
    Couldn’t help but think about The Lunar Chronicles when I read this. Would you say it’s similar to it or not at all? I’m curious, now!

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  4. Mandy says:

    Okay, YAY. I accidentally found this book perusing through Sleeping Beauty retellings, and then I never found anyone else that reviewed it or even read it it seemed. I’m so glad that you gave it such a positive review, since I was a bit worried. I can’t wait to read this now! 😀 Great review!

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thank you Mandy. This book is really fun to read. You must give it a try. I always like the surprise of an unknown book being so good. It needs as much hype as A Court of Thorns and Roses I feel, so hopefully my reviews helps others to read it because I really love this book much more than ACOTAR, which is the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. 🙂

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      • Mandy says:

        Oh, yay! I’m definitely going to try and pick it up soon. 😀 I’ve missed reading my retellings. And I do like the unknown factor as well. I always get a little scared of books with a tonnnn of hype (actually like ACOTAR XD).

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  5. TeacherofYA says:

    I loved this book and I reached out to Katie to make sure I can read book two! It IS so good! I’m so glad I found it on Netgalley, and that cover! #coverlove all day long!
    Wish me luck: I sent out my first major pub today, and I’m so nervous! Ahhhh!
    Great review, Jas!

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    • Jasmine says:

      I was not aware that this book was on NetGalley. Yeah, this book was so much fun to read.. I’m sad it ends haha.. Those emails are getting less scary for me to send now.. haha.. Good luck to you! 🙂 You will get addicted to it 🙂

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      • TeacherofYA says:

        Oh, it was awhile back on Netgalley…like maybe June?
        I’d only get addicted if it works! I don’t know…I’m not exactly the most popular blog out there. Hopefully. It really made me feel like I had nothing to offer them!
        I did get a tutoring job so some money is going to finally come in! Thank heavens! My luck on giveaways ran out (had to eventually), and now I am going to want to buy books! Hopefully I can with some money coming in! And there’s always McDonald’s if I get desperate! 😂😉

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          • TeacherofYA says:

            Well thank you. I love the comments bc I never had a lot of friends, lol.
            I will be tutoring a girl who is developmentally disabled. She has dyslexia and has a hard time with grammar (there, they’re, their). She wants to “better herself” she said…and I think that’s a wonderful thing. She gets things switched around so we need to see where she is at and what she has probs with. I am gathering materials for us to go over.

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            • Jasmine says:

              I find that hard to believe that you don’t have many friends.. haha.. you sure do make a lot via your blog and twitter 🙂 Helping people is actually really rewarding. I hope you enjoy it and make some $$ at the same time 🙂


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