|Title: Princess of Thorns
Author: Stacey Jay
Published: December 9, 2014 by Delacorte Press (Random House)
Synopsis: 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 received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review in return. This fact has not changed my opinion.****
Princess of Thorns was an interesting and enjoyable fairy tale retelling and YA high fantasy novel. But be warned, this is not the Sleeping Beauty story you are used to. This is based more on the classic fairy tale and is about Sleeping Beauty's daughter. And while it didn't blow me away but it had great characters, a swoonworthy romance, and an interesting plot.
One thing I really enjoyed about Princess of Thorns was the world that Stacey Jay created. Pay no attention to the Game of Thrones comparison (even though I used GoT gifs), I mean it's there but vaguely, and the exiled ruler fighting to regain their kingdom is not a new concept. But the Grimm's Brothers and fairy tale retelling elements were there in full force. And it wasn't just the story of Sleeping Beauty. There were other elements of fairy tales throughout the book like ogres and witches as well as other fairy tales like The Twelve Brothers. Jay effortlessly combined these stories into something unique and interesting. But more than that she created an entralling world of magic and mystery. Her prose definitely captured my interest. I felt like I could perfectly visualize everything she had created as if I were there. Everything from the castles and the countryside, to the characters and even mundane things like the way camp smelled. It helped transport me into the world of the book.
On the whole it was an enjoyable ride. Princess of Thorns is the kind of book that grows on you. You keep chugging along with it and before you realize it you are immersed and connected with the world so much that it affects you in ways you never expected. And despite the fact that it did feel a little long at only 400 pages it was worth the investment when everything was all said and done.
I give Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay 8 out of 10 stars