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Princess of Thorns Hardcover – December 9, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—Set in a well-drawn fantasy kingdom that is home to humans, fairies, ogres, and witches, Princess of Thorns chronicles the early life of Princess Aurora, the briar-born child next in line to inherit her deceased father's kingdom of Norvere. Unfortunately, Aurora's grandfather chose an ogre as his third wife. After conspiring to bring about the demise of her husband and her son, Queen Ekeeta imprisons the rest of the family. Aurora's mother sacrifices herself so that Aurora and her brother Jor can escape, and they spend 10 years in hiding with the fey, but a disturbing ogre prophecy requiring a briar-born child makes the ogres hunt them tirelessly. When the prince is captured, she'll stop at nothing to save him, but doing so requires a risky journey across lands rife with spies and traitors. Using her fairy blessings, the princess is as strong as any warrior, but her blessings come with a dark side as well, and she fears that she'll never be able to enjoy a happily-ever-after. Compelling and action-packed, Princess of Thorns weaves in elements of classic fairy tales, such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," and "Swan Lake," while still telling a unique and compelling story of its own. The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists. The message of empowerment is well developed, and this cleverly conceived novel is a highly recommended first purchase.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT
"The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists." ---School Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Princess of Thorns was the second book of Stacey Jay’s that I’ve read. I adored her retelling of Beauty and the Beast with Of Beast and Beauty and was so excited to see she was taking on Sleeping Beauty.
I expected this to be a retelling but in actuality it was more of an expansion to Sleeping Beauty. The main character, Aurora, was Sleeping Beauty’s daughter. The story was the slightest bit confusing in the prologue and first chapter just because I was wrapping my mind around the world and players. Once the story got started I was hooked and wanted nothing more than to read this book (why must I do other things when all I want to do is read??).
I absolutely love the girl disguised as a boy trope. I never get tired of this particular plot device and when it’s done right, which it is here, it’s so much fun to read. I loved the way Jay utilized it and made it work with her story beautifully. I felt that it was never obvious that Aurora was a girl dressed as a boy and was fully believable.
The adventure side of this story was fast paced and kept me riveted. I loved the action scenes and could easily visualize the fighting scenes. There was a good amount of adventuring which felt pretty typical to the fantasy genre but of course the writing made it fun and never boring.
Many aspects of Princess of Thorns have been done before- girl dressed as boy, curses, miscommunication and a kiss stealing the will of another person-regardless Jay was still able to give this book it’s own heart and mesh these together to create a story that I adored (even with my reading a ton of fantasy and seeing these things used often).
Have I mentioned I enjoyed this book?
It was such a pleasure to read and was perfect for what I needed right now. I wanted a fast paced, absorbing book that had heart and the sense of adventure. Jay gave me all of this plus a couple I could ship.
I loved, loved the characters in this book. Aurora was badass and perfect as the ‘boy’ Ror but also as the Princess out to avenge her family and save her brother. She was a true heroine ready to sacrifice to save others. I loved her struggle with the line between deception and truth and how much of herself to give. She was a well developed, likeable character that I immediately rooted for.
Niklaas was such a great addition to Aurora/Ror’s quest. I adored their banter and felt their connection early on. I loved his witty dialog and cocky attitude. He was so much fun to read and felt incredibly fleshed out to me. I also appreciated that he wasn’t just a side character there to help Ror on her quest, he was on his own adventure with very high stakes.
The villains of the story, the ogres, were wonderfully done as well. I loved that Jay gave them a mythology and appearance that stood them apart from other things I’ve read. They ate the souls of people and marked their bodies with symbols representing the souls they’d devoured. I loved this tidbit and would love to see more about them in a future book.
Princess of Thorns was a wonderful expansion to Sleeping Beauty that kept me riveted to the page (or my phone in this case). I loved the characters and story and want more from this world (hoping for a novella or additional book).
Aurora, is Rose’s daughter aka, The Sleeping Beauty. Disguised as a boy, she’s on a quest to rescue her little brother, Jor.
I won’t lie to you, at first both Aurora and Niklaas got on my nerves. But soon, their banter turned entertaining. I must admit this book isn’t as soul-reaching as Of Beast and Beauty, but it does succeed at delivering a nice story.
The dynamics between the couple are endearing and despite it being fantasy, very human. And even the bits told from the baddie’s point of view are quite intriguing.
I liked how when the time to exchange words of love and fluffy stuff came, it didn’t feel forced, or made me roll my eyes. The characters spoke from the heart and that warmed mine to no end.
I’ll just sit tight here waiting for another of Stacey Jay’s awesome books.
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