I received this book for free from 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
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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?
Princess of Thorns is a mash-up of different fairy tales, mixed and thrown into a plot and world I fell in love with. Princess Aurora is trying to save her brother from a horrible fate and is dressed like a boy when she meets Niklaas, a prince who is devoted to finding the lovely princess and marrying her before he turns 18. On his birthday, if he does not marry, he will become a swan like his brothers.
This unlikely meet-up leads to some humorous moments, as Niklaas thinking Aurora is her younger brother and sets off to help Aurora on her mission. What Niklaas asks in return is to meet the princess, little does he know that she is right next to him the whole trip. Mixed into the story is an Ogre queen who devours the blood of humans and wants Princess Aurora to finally open a gate that her Ogre brother guarantees will open The Age of the Reaping.
Princess of Thorns was unique, showing Aurora right off to be the type of heroine you want to cheer for. Niklaas is kind of a jerk at the beginning, not realizing the true worth of women, having never met one as headstrong and stubborn as Aurora. Their journey together really bonds them in a way that never would have happened if Niklaas had met her all dressed up as a princess.
I loved the pace of the story, enough journey mixed in with different situations and moments of action. I liked the way Jay revealed the back stories and mixed in different fairy tales while giving the story its own unique perspective. The characters grew on me, even the evil Ogres and I truly fell into the book and could not stop reading it when I had chances to.