Princess Of Thorns by Stacey JayPrincess Of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Princess Of Thorns

byStacey Jay

Paperback | February 9, 2016

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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.
 
It’s been ten years since Princess Aurora’s mother, the Sleeping Beauty, sacrificed her life to give her daughter her magical powers. Aurora knows that magic is never free. The price for hers is that she will never know romantic love.
     Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. Unless he is able to convince a princess to marry him before his eighteenth birthday, he will meet the same terrible fate as his ten older brothers.
     When Niklaas and Aurora meet under unusual circumstances, they must race to prevent the fulfillment of an ogre prophecy foretelling the end of human life. But will they be able to break their curses?

“Compelling and action-packed. . . . 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

“The plotting is impeccable, the world building ample, and the resolution neatly done without feeling pat.”—Booklist 

“The banter between rakish Niklaas and feisty Aurora is crackling with chemistry and wit.”—The Bulletin

“We absolutely loved Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns, a riveting retelling of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ that's full of action, drama and romance.”—romantictimes.com

“Will appeal to fantasy lovers.”—VOYA

“Jay creates people with real flaws, but endows them with enough integrity to be characters to respect and want to know.”—examiner.com

Praise for Juliet Immortal
“The bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story are all here, imaginatively fleshed out with tropes from science fiction, fantasy, even political drama. . . . Will please readers who like to believe that fairy tales can come true, even under dire circumstances.” —The Bulletin, Recommended

Praise for Of Beast and Beauty
“The romance is intense, and so is the horror in this strong reversal of the Romeo and Juliet story. . . . Teens will enjoy the macabre fantasy story of forbidden love.” —Booklist




From the Hardcover edition.
Stacey Jay has written several popular books for young adults. She lives with her family in California.
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Title:Princess Of ThornsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.22 × 5.56 × 0.83 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385743238

ISBN - 13:9780385743235

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A fast pace story of love, action and mystery. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super cool world Aside from a nod to the original fairytale with the name Aurora, this book had very little to do with Sleeping Beauty other than that it is the story of her children. The king who rescues Sleeping Beauty (preemptively, apparently) from her briar of thorns is actually a cad who already has a wife at home, one who is an ogre who is building up her collection of souls to deliver to their dark deity in ogre armageddon. Once she's managed to off the king, the ogre queen attempts to use Sleeping Beauty and her children to complete the ritual, but S.B. kills herself before her fairy gifts can be used and gives them to her daughter, allowing her children to escape. They grow up with the fairies until Aurora has to confront her destiny and reclaim her throne, while dealing with the faery gifts that are probably more of a curse than anything - she can't kiss a guy without turning him into a mindless slave. This becomes frustrating when she meets Niklaas, a prince from a neighboring kingdom who is doomed to turn into a swan one of these days, and, despite the fact that she's pretending to be her brother for most of it, manages to fall into one of my favorite book relationships ever. So lets start with that. Niklaas and Aurora are by no means perfect - Niklaas has spent his tragically shortened life making good use of his formidable powers of attraction, Aurora is secretive and a bit of a liar, and they are both so prickly its a wonder they don't poke each other's eyes out. But they manage to fall into the most comfortable, natural relationship that starts out with them laughing and saving each other and ends with some of the most passionate, argumentative, energetic exchanges. There is no secret as to why these two belong together - no mysterious intangible hormones at work or insta-love. He refuses to acknowledge her as pretty at first, but by the end thinks she's downright beautiful; she tells him everything she loves about him and works to put aside her pride for him. Their dialogue is natural and comfortable and often adorable, and it's just all pretty great. It's passionate, and by no means easy, and tempestuous, but pretty darn awesome. Points off for some iffy world building. I never really felt like I had a very good grasp on the world - where they were or how the ogres and the witches and the exiles fit into everything, or even a solid grasp on the geography or feel of it. Of Beast and Beauty did a much better job of this. What it lacked in world atmosphere, though, it made up for in fairytale atmosphere. Despite having nothing but the barest roots in actual fairytales, it managed to convey the same sense of wonder, tragedy, arbitrary magic and struggles against all odds that makes fairytales appealing to me. With little nods to other fairytales, such as Rapunzel, it was always interesting and always magical. Finally, the ogre Queen's arc was just about my favorite thing ever. It was so creepy and twisted but finally satisfying and surprising in the best way possible. While it didn't quite live up to Of Beast and Beauty, in my opinion, Princess of Thorns has its own special kind of magic and a couple I am going to be thinking about for a long time.
Date published: 2016-12-17