Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay!

Posted November 20, 2014 by valeranne in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay!

Princess of Thorns


by Stacey Jay
Published on December 9th, 2014
by Random House Childrens Books
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friendship, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Juliet Immortal, Romeo Redeemed, Princess of Thorns, 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

Once upon a time there lived a prince and a princess with no happy ever after…

Princess of Thorns had me hooked from the very first page with an opener like that and I stayed hooked until the very end. Heck, it’s over and I’m still hooked, I keep thinking about the characters and HOW I NEED MORE! This is my first Stacey Jay novel (where have I been living?) but it will definitely not be my last. She’s awesome! The writing, the characters, and the concept all made this a huge win for me!

Let’s start with the writing, it was beautiful and it flowed which really helped shaped the world that these characters were living in. This reminds me, there is a map involved! I know so many people love maps in their fantasy novels and this one proved extremely helpful. The wonderful writing connected me with the world, the characters, and the past. One of my favorite aspects is that it’s written through three different POVs (I’ll get to that in the next paragraph) and they each had their own unique voices and characteristics. I have to give Stacey kudos for that, they were all distinct and wonderful!

Next up: The characters. These characters, whether they were major, minor, important, not important, they were ALL WONDERFUL! The main character, Aurora, is Sleeping Beauty’s daughter and a crazy awesome character; her mother refused for her to be fairy blessed at birth realizing that it’s both a gift and a curse but she later gets her gifts and all sorts of things come from that. She is such a strong female character who I instantly loved from the very first second we met her. If it’s possible, Niklaas is just as good of a character as Aurora is! His father in the Immortal King and out of fear of someone taking his throne, he has cursed each of his sons to die on their eighteenth birthdays; the witch who cast the curse took pity and instead transformed them into swans but in Niklaas’ eyes, that isn’t much better. He is on a quest to wed in order to sidestep his curse and he is just awesome, I could just keep talking about him forever. The final POV is a POV that we rarely have and that is the Ogre Queen who is all sorts of bad news; her POVs were CREEPY because ogres take the souls of humans so she spoke in plurals and it freaked me out. The other minor characters were spot on and I loved them all!

Princess of Thorns is wholly unique; I don’t want to say too much but it is definitely different and the plot twists…. I stopped functioning during a few of them but I’m fine now. It’s just… so brilliant. I’ve never read a book quite like this one.

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter but that wasn’t a big part of the book in my opinion; they mentioned her mom’s sleep once in an off-handed remark but that about it. I loved it nonetheless.

This book is full of contrasts and the biggest one was between Aurora and Niklaas; Aurora is a strong female while Niklaas has grown up in a world where women can’t be strong and they have more than one clash. I definitely sided with Aurora on this one, I got SO frustrated by Niklaas but it all made sense and I loved seeing the two of them change.

The set up for the ending is fantastic, I had to reevaluate everything and I saw how she did what she was doing.

The only note that I have is that the pacing is a little weird but also understandable.

In conclusion, I have taken on the responsibility of pushing this book to death so I hope that you check it out. Also, CAN IT BE DECEMBER 9TH YET?????

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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9 responses to “Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay!

  1. […] Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay made me a fantasy LOVER. I had never read much fantasy before this book and it whisked me away and I wholeheartedly understand why people love this genre so much. She wanted to make a sequel but I think that it is a perfect standalone fantasy novel, I’m unsure if another book will ever compare. See Valerie’s review here. […]

    • I’m so glad that you loved it! I’m fairly new to fantasy and this was a great novel to SUCK ME IN! It had EVERYTHING I needed and wanted and SO MUCH MORE! I haven’t read any of her other books either but that will change soon. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Let me just say that your excitement is CONTAGIOUS. Any doubts I had on reading this book are now gone. A lot of people have commented on the book’s writing style – so I’m really excited for that! Another aspect I’m excited about is it’s a retelling – though the synopsis reminds me more of Mulan than Sleeping Beauty.

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    • I try to put my passion into words and I’m glad that it came across! It’s way more like Mulan than Sleeping Beauty! I can’t believe I didn’t think about that. Either way, it’s amazing and I hope that you enjoy it when you get to read it! 🙂

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