{Liza Reviews} Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Posted February 1, 2018 by Liza in Reviews / 4 Comments

{Liza Reviews} Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Princess of Thorns

by Stacey Jay
Pages: 400
Published on December 9th 2014
by Delacorte Press
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
Source: Purchased for Audible
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Also by this author: Princess of Thorns, Juliet Immortal, Romeo Redeemed, Princess of Thorns

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?

5 Stars

Hi there gorgeous readers!  I’m trying something new for me and writing bullet points for the things I liked and didn’t like and an overall impression of the book for this review.  I’m trying to find a method that makes it easier for me to write the reviews (I tend to be very wordy) and for you to read them. Please let me know what you think in the comments!

  • The character development was awesome!  Since Aurora pretends to be her brother Jor for most of the book the interaction between her and Niklaas is so raw.  They both have secrets, but overall they get to know  each other pretty well.
  • Princess of Thorns is NOT a Sleeping Beauty re-telling, but rather a story that Aurora’s children AND the story or Prince Niklaas who has been cursed, just like the the Brothers Grimm Six Swans.
  • The world building is also amazing.  A world that has been taken over by ogres, where fairies live, where trees eat, where magic is prevalent… I loved it!
  • Some – not all  – of the bad people, were not really all bad.  I found that the characters were complex.
  • I enjoyed that the book was told from dual POVs and we also had a glimpse at the ogre queen’s thoughts and planning.
  • The romance was to die for *sigh* *swoon* I really liked that Niklaas and Aurora got to know each other first and then fell in love.  Their personalities were similar, selfless, full of secrets, stubborn, but they complemented each other at the end.


  • That it wasn’t longer?  The the prologue didn’t last 100 more pages?  That is to say that I love this book to pieces!


I adored this book.  I have no idea why it took me so long to read it since I’ve had the audiobook for a while.  I love these characters, this world, this magic, and most of all the romance of it all.  One of my favorite fantasies for sure!

Did you like this review format?  Have you read Princess of Thorns?  How about another book by Stacey Jay?  


About Stacey Jay

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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4 responses to “{Liza Reviews} Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

  1. I remember hearing a lot about this book a while ago, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen it featured on a book blog in a while! I’m glad you could enjoy it so much 😀 I am all for complex characters and that is what makes me more interested in this one. Oh, and I really like the sound of vivid worldbuilding. I am a huge world building fan <3

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  2. I haven’t read this one yet, but I did come across a copy at a discount store the other day and picked it up, and I’m in love with the cover. It’s been on my want to read list for ages, so I can’t wait to dive into it. I’m so happy to hear you loved it so much!

    I think this style of review is pretty interesting, actually. It breaks up blocks of text that might seem daunting to those reading the review. I might have to try this at some point!

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