Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Author: Stacey Jay
Series: None
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 5 Stars
Summary From Goodreads: 
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?

My Thoughts

Ahh, Princess of Thorns. I love retellings, and I love Stacey Jay. While I liked her other novel, Of Beast and Beauty, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, Princess of Thorns was AMAZING. It wasn’t a direct retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but a loose retelling of a collection of stories which I thought added to the uniqueness of the novel. Even though I’m not as familiar to Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales, I still highly enjoyed the whole ogre aspect, even though I didn’t fully grasp the allusion to the prince’s set death at eighteen.

Aurora was a kickass main character. I haven’t read many books with cross dressing characters, but this one was executed extremely well. Niklaas isn’t the best person in the beginning of the novel, but his character definitely progressed throughout the book. I loved seeing the evolvement of the romance/overall bond between him and Aurora as well.
Aurora’s brother was a great side character due to his unwavering loyalty to his sister, and I loved Aurora's determination in rescuing him.

The ending was a surprise because of the underlying quality in the villain that I did not expect at all. The pacing, setting, and plot were weaved together fantastically.

This is definitely the perfect novel for fantasy and retelling lovers alike. Princess of Thorns is easily one of the best retelling I have read so far!

Stacey Jay

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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

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