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Thorn

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For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her bet
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Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Intisar Khanani (first published May 20th 2012)
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Intisar Khanani Hello! So sorry I didn't see this sooner. Thorn is indeed a standalone. I do have companion novels (and a companion duology!) planned, but they will e…moreHello! So sorry I didn't see this sooner. Thorn is indeed a standalone. I do have companion novels (and a companion duology!) planned, but they will each center on a different main character. That said, you might get to catch up with some familiar characters now and then. ;) Hope this helps!(less)
Intisar Khanani Hi Grace - I just spotted your question, and on the off chance that you are (still) wondering, here's what I can say: I usually recommend Thorn for ag…moreHi Grace - I just spotted your question, and on the off chance that you are (still) wondering, here's what I can say: I usually recommend Thorn for ages 15+ because of the nature of some of the themes (abuse, assault, etc.). The issue is really just assuring the reader has the emotional maturity to deal with what they're reading--so there may be particular younger readers who will do fine, and there may be older readers who won't, but 15 seems like the best guideline I can identify. I hope this helps!(less)

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Mada
A fairy tale re-telling of the "Goose Girl". I'm very pleasantly surprised at how good this book was.
3.5 stars

Princess Alyrra has never played well at being princess. She just wants to do her own thing and let her abusive brother and cold mother do as they want, as long as she escapes their clutches.
A traveling King shows up at the palace and makes an offer for Alyrra's hand in marriage to his son Prince Kestrin.
Alyrra doesn't have a bunch of choices. Stay and face more abuse at the hands of he
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Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

I received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book was first published in 2012 as an indie book and it is being republished now by HarperTeen because an editor fell in love with it after reading the book. And I can see the reason why.

This book has a slow start, that much I can say. So I didn't notice for a while that I came to love the story and much of its characters. I only did after I got to the middle part.

The story is so mesmerizing and at t
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Sarah Elizabeth
Thorn 99-cent Sale For A Cause -

All proceeds from this sale will go towards helping a good friend cover the cost of international adoption of a pair of biological brothers with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome--a condition that results in brain damage unless treated in the first year. Evan (age 7) and Raymond (age 9) were each given up at birth, and were unable to receive treatment for their condition.

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Pauline Ross
I loved this book, absolutely loved it. It’s an object lesson for me, actually, in not pre-judging a book, because this one ticks so many of my ‘no’ boxes: it’s YA, it’s a fairy-tale retelling, it’s first person present tense (“I back away...”, “I gaze at him”), it’s more or less a romance, it’s about a princess who doesn’t quite fit in, it has villains with no redeeming characteristics. Had I known all that beforehand, I would never have touched it and I would have missed a lovely, lovely story ...more
Charlotte
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
may ❀
Book 2 completed for #RamadanReadathon

i absolutely love the new and fresh take this book had to offer YA fantasy

- right from the start, i was entranced by the writing
- it's descriptive and lyrical and kept my interest even during the slower parts of the boko
- the main character was great. she was caring and kind and showed her power through friendships and alliances. i thought that was pretty cool to see her hold power in court without having to be a sword wielding warrior
- this is a retelling
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Camly Nguyen
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a king asks Alyrra's hand for his son in marriage, she accepts happily knowing that she won't have to live with her cruel brother and bitter mother.
On her way to the other kingdom, she is cornered by her maid that used some magic from an ancient witch to switch their bodies. At first, Alyrra hated the change but slowly, she learnt to cherish the simple life. No princes, no courtly lessons, no dances... But when prince Kestrin(the dude she was to marry) grew suspicious of the fake princess
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Umairah | Sereadipity
4.5 stars

Thorn was a retelling of 'The Goose Girl' (a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm) that slowly unfurled its petals to reveal a tale that had me captivated throughout. Out of curiosity, I read The Goose Girl before reading this novel and I think it truly is a stunning retelling that keeps the best parts of the fairy tale whilst adding some much needed depth and character development.

Trigger warnings: physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault (off page), animal death (off page)

Plot:
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Katerina Kondrenko
8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Genre: fantasy, retelling, YA
Stuff: a la The Goose Girl
Fail: a bit passive MC
WOW: prince, atmosphere
POV: 1st person, female
Love-Geometry: none

Quote-Core:
"I am the Lady who has lost her soul. I am the princess who has lost her self. I am the goose girl who has lost her way. I am the
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Sophia Sardothien
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you Intisar Khanani and Netgalley for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review

Having never to read Goose girl, I pleasantly enjoy reading this book.

The plot was alright, interesting enough to kept me reading for the entire time. Despite the fact that the synopsis seems to empathise a lot on the romance, but the main focus was definitely beyond that. I would have elaborate more but I think it would be better getting in the story without knowing much.

The writing style is ext
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Candace Robinson
I love this cover! ARC received via publisher!
Cee (The Mistress Case)

I wish safety for Krestin, as little as I understand him— safety for him and from him.


I just— this one line— hit mehhh in the feels— I can’t.

Okay, okay, in all seriousness, let’s get started.

If you read and liked The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale like I did, don’t be afraid to pick up Thorn by Intisar Khanani. The storytelling is different, as I hoped it would it be. For one, there are Fey and sorcerers in Thorn and I don’t recall any in The Goose Girl (which I read years ago, so I may be mista
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Althea Ann
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully-done retelling of 'The Goose Girl.'
(http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm089.html)

As in the original Grimm brothers' fairy tale, a princess, on her way to meet her betrothed, is betrayed by her maid, who uses magic to force the two to change places. 'Thorn' adds an extra element of magic in that the women don't just exchange clothes; but actually switch bodies.

Prevented by a curse of speaking of what has been done to her, the princess Alyrra must make the best of her new situation and ad
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JenacideByBibliophile
Actual Rating: 4.5

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen & Hot Key Books, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

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“‘You are neither goose girl no veria, but something better than them both.’

‘You are mistaken,’ I say, the words bitter on my tongue.

‘I am nothing.’”

Alyrra is no stranger to cruelty and being looked down upon, even if she is Princess. Though her honesty may be seen as a virtue to some, in the eyes of court and her mother, it is her biggest weakness
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Shanice Singh
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-books
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alyrra is a princess with a cruel family who take delight in tormenting her. When a King comes to visit with the intention of marrying Alyrra to his son, Prince Kestrin. No one understands why he wants stupid Alyrra instead of someone prettier with a richer kingdom.
Eager to be rid of her, Alyrra's family encourage the engagement and plans are made for Alyrra to leave home.
On her way to her betrothed's Kingdom, Alyrra is robbed of he
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
It isn't often that I pick up a book that grips me as much as Thorn did. It was highly unexpected, and I sobbed in many parts because it touched me so personally. I will be completely frank. It isn't a perfect book. But it is one of those rare reads that because of the way I feel about it myself, I rate it as a perfect 5 star because I don't really care that it isn't perfect. It's a raw and compelling story and the fierce and unyielding main character compensates for any other missteps. This is ...more
Fanna
March 30, 2020:

Consider this reading this review over on my blog!


➝ Sum it up in points!

✔ retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale: The Goose Girl
✔ female protagonist finds her strength & purpose
✔ societal themes of justice and entitlement
✔ free-thinking Horse + sentient Wind
✔ slow-building, genuine romance
✔ villainous witch & robinhood-type thief

Thorn is YA dark retelling of a fairy tale that doesn't confine to the mere recounting of fantastical occurrences but also explore themes important enough
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Another retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale, and a $0.99 Kindle special. I'm interested to compare this to Shannon Hale's version, which I adore.
Talltree
I love this book. I'd hug it if I could. It is beloved to me and will stay forever and ever on my reread shelf <3<3 ...more
Dana

This book is the only fairy tale retelling that I have actually enjoyed, and for that I am truly impressed and grateful. I really loved this story, and while the MC could be naive, I still found her very likable. The pace slows down a lot in the middle of the story, and for some this may drag too much. However I personally did not mind the slow pace, as I understood the MC's struggle and how hard it was for her to make a decision considering the life she had led.

I admit that I am not very famili
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La La
One thing which draws me in with Intisar's stories is the pacing. She has an impeccable sense of story flow. I'll be back with a full review after I've had time to compare some scenes with the previous edition. I love this retelling of The Goose Girl with all my heart. The wind and the horses are two of my favorites in this retelling. Many of the elements are applicable to the times we are living in right now.

I was approved for an eARC, via Edelweiss, in return for an honest review. I was also s
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Jeannette Nikolova
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

The acutal rating is about 4.5, but I'm pleased with Khanani, so 5 stars it is.
A couple of months ago I wrote about Intisar Khanani's Sunbolt. As you may have seen in that review, I liked the book but I wanted and expected more. I'm SO SO glad I decided to follow Intisar Khanani's work because Thorn is great! 

If you are a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses, you should be able to like this one too!

What's great about this book is that it has this lovely fairytal
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Olga Godim
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This novel is one of the few that have left me divided. On one hand, it’s too intense, too emotionally grueling for my taste. I wanted the heroine, Princess Alyrra (aka Thorn), to have a respite, to have something working for her, but the author wouldn’t oblige. So in my head, I argued with her. I told her that she was wrong to subject Thorn to so many indignities. I told her that the test she devised for her hero, Prince Kestrin, was unfair and unnecessary cruel. I told her that Thorn behaved f ...more
Marquise
A wonderful retelling of The Goose Girl fairy tale, that I liked tonnes more than Sharon Hale's unimaginatively entitled "The Goose Girl" retelling, which was too cloying, "fluffy" and unsubstantial to me.

This one has a very palpable Middle Eastern flavour, probably due to the author's background, which in itself was a very welcome change of ambiance from the European-like setting of most retellings, and though the world isn't especially complex or developed in every single painstaking detail,
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Beth
I adored this retelling of the fairy tale about the goose girl. The prose was gorgeous and the story wrapped me up so tight, I stayed up till 2am to finish it...

I love strong female characters, and Intisar Khanani has created one of my new favorite female heroines. Her goose girl came from a life of privilege, but one of coldness from her royal family. She grew up only knowing the kindness of the court servants, her only true experience of what family should be. When she is betrayed on her way
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Kirstine
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy (even though the publication date was in 2012/13). GO READ THIS BOOK.

I have before me now a new life, if I choose to take it. I feel a ripple of something sweet and wonderful wash through me. I am done with that, I think. I wonder if it is joy I feel.

With fairytale retellings popping up everywhere, it’s easy to think they might not be worth your while. But this one is, I promise you.

Other than being a standalone book, which is rare enough,
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Shy
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Mercedes Lackey would enjoy this
Disclaimer: I read an ACR copy of the revised 2020 version of the book from the author. However, I am keeping my original review of the 2012 publication below as well, which I purchased on my own.

I have had the privilege of watching this book grow and mature from a solid good story to a highly polished gem. Intisar Khanani has put in an enormous effort (an extra 20,000 words!) into fleshing out Alyrra's emotional growth and character development and the book has only gotten stronger for it. Thi
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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

“Hate is a strange thing, Thorn. We do not always understand it.”


Holy guacamole! I honestly didn’t think I was going to love this book as much as I did, but I guess life surprises you sometimes. I always love a good fairytale retelling, but I haven’t really enjoyed the Goose Girl’s retellings I’ve read in the past. Nonetheless, I decided to give this a chance because it sounded pretty awesome, and I’m so glad I did because I ended u
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
4-4.5 stars

THORN by Intisar Khanani has actually been on my radar for a number of years, previously released as an indie book but has now very rightfully found publishers in the UK and US. I’m really glad I waited as this is Thorn’s moment and just look at that gorgeous cover.

This is a loose retelling of the Brother Grimm’s goose girl, which I didn’t recall but being a lesser-known tale, the storyline was all good and unexpected things. It is a story construted around royalty and magic but it ve
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Gail Carriger
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, historical
A retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale as a YA fantasy. At first I thought it would be very like To Play the Lady, but it turned out to be much darker and less romantic. It's beautifully written and easy to gobble up with a clean plot and some stunning imagery. At times, I found myself a little annoyed with the main character, she's quite passive, but this may be a consequence of the base material (after all, that's what most fairy tale heroines are = passive). In the end, I wished the romance ...more
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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as clo ...more

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