I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Published by Random House Children's Books on December 9th 2014
Genres: General, Young Adult
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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?Praise for Juliet Immortal“The bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story are all here, imaginatively fleshed out with tropes from science fiction, fantasy, even political drama. . . . Will please readers who like to believe that fairy tales can come true, even under dire circumstances.” —The Bulletin, RecommendedPraise for Of Beast and Beauty“The romance is intense, and so is the horror in this strong reversal of the Romeo and Juliet story. . . . Teens will enjoy the macabre fantasy story of forbidden love.” —Booklist
“Princess of Thorns” by Stacey Jay was a fun book to read. Princess Aurora or “Ror” spends most of the book disguised as a boy. Ror wants to raise an army to save her brother from their evil ogre step-grandmother. In this fairy tale, Ror is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty. In this version fo the story Sleeping Beauty didn’t have her happily ever after. Ror ended up being cursed and gifted with fairy magic.
“Princess of Thorns” is not your typical retelling. This retelling seems to have a few different fairy tales all rolled into one. There are references to Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Swan Princess, and Sleeping Beauty. I have to admit it was little different knowing that Sleeping Beauty and her daughter shared the same name. It made understanding the story a little confusing at times. It seems like the fairy gifts that she was blessed with in this story is different from the original Sleeping Beauty tale. The original tale the gifts seemed to benefit Aurora, but in this version of the story, the gifts seem to take an ugly turn. Instead of people just loving Aurora or “Ror” they seem to become her servants, which is not Ror’s intention.
I really enjoyed the friendship between Ror and Niklaas. Niklaas thought Ror was her brother the entire time, so he truly didn’t that Ror was the princess that he is wanting to marry. Ror has no intention to marry Niklaas at all. I was very interested to find out if Niklaas would end up finding out that Ror is not who he thought “he/she” was. I really wanted to know what Niklaas reaction and thoughts would be once he learned the truth.
“Princess of Thorns” is a pretty enjoyable read but I would have to say that it isn’t as good as I expected it to be. There was a ton of dialogue. Way too much in my opinion. I really didn’t like that a lot of the traditional Sleeping Beauty story was used for this retelling but it wasn’t about Sleeping Beauty at all, so in some ways that made the story very hard to read and follow. I don’t feel like the world was developed very well. With the book being mostly dialogue, I don’t feel like that let a lot of room for world building.