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Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay Book Review

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

I really enjoyed this book. I had read another retelling by this author and I enjoyed it too, but I didn't remember a whole lot from when I had read it. So I was hoping that this book would be good as well but I wasn't expecting too much out of it, due to my lack of memory. 

However this book surpassed what I could have hoped even if I had remembered the first book better. This book was amazing. As a fairy tale retelling it was wonderful. Just the right mix of dark, grim-esque vibe and sticking just closing enough to the original tale, but still making it a different sort of story. I really liked the feel of this book. It's a book with dangerous  risks and wonderful characters. You fall in love with the characters slowly, but by the end of the book you couldn't imagine not loving them (or so it was in my case). I loved the relationship between Aurora and Niklaas. It was beautiful and definitely one of the best romances I've read in a while. It completely took me off guard with how real and substantial it was. I loved their banter and, towards the end when the pace of things starts to pick up, when things start to go a little wrong and they begin to grow distant as secrets come out...well it made me very mad because all that I wanted for them was to be happy. You feel a lot with these characters, let's put it that way. There was some very lovely secondary characters too.

The adventure in this book is great. The pace is pretty fast and although the beginning is a tiny bit confusing (it will begin to get pieced together through the first several chapters) I loved the writing style and the world building. It was fresh and just everything was fun. The ogre aspect of the story was a bit odd, but I loved what happened with them at the end. It was beautiful and that another thing that I love. I mean yeah, this is a retelling (and a great one at that) and a romance and an exciting book, but it also has a great moral. I was just thrilled with this book to be honest. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, every aspect of this book. I loved the way the romance was written, I loved the characters (so much), I loved the writing style, I loved the world-building and yeah, I don't think there was really anything that I disliked. Other than when things weren't going well between them and I felt like screaming. Ahem. The world-building really fit into the whole fairy tale genre/ vibe. This is definitely a book and author that I would read again. I'm giving Princess Of Thorns 5 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. Oh, it seems really amazing! I might pick this up sometime this year. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

  2. I've heard suuucchhhh good things about this book and I LOVE fairy tale retellings, so I really want to read it soon! I actually got accepted on Netgalley, but they only accepted it after the book was already archived so I couldn't download it - I was SO disappointed! Fabulous review! :)

  3. I started reading this one, but have yet to go too far. I keep getting distracted. Lol. It's been great so far, though. And the retelling is definitely a cut above.

  4. I still haven't read anything by this author, but I have heard that these retellings are great. Considering I love retelling I'll dive in soon enough. Glad you enjoyed this one. Great review :)

  5. Oh I am so glad you loved this book. I have it coming up on audio and Iove to see positive reviews on my upcoming reads. Its good to see its fast paced. Retellings are my favorite reads but sometimes they seem slow. I think there are bunch of great ones out there right now which is AWESOME!!!!


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