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Princess of Thorns

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  7,196 Ratings  ·  1,048 Reviews
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. Disgu
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
A grandiose clusterfuck.

This book is a mess of an amalgamation of Mulan, Lord of the Rings, Sleeping Beauty, Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans, with a dash of Little Red Riding Hood, because why the fuck not.

Indeed, "Why the fuck not," seems to be the overriding theme of the book. Everything is thrown in with little explanation. In fact, the only thing that the book doesn't seem to resemble is the advertised Game of Thrones from the blurb. I'm not sure why the fuck Game of Thrones was eve
**Guys, this IS a negative review (by all means.) The gifs are in black and white...because that's how I'm feeling right now: very sad and annoyed.**

To be honest, this may truly be my biggest disappointment of 2014.


Sigh, another beautiful cover going to waste.


It is not! ...But I am a coverwhore.

See, the problem is that this wasn’t really a fairy tale retelling while that’s what I was looking for. It’s not only by picking fairy tale names for your characters that your book automatically become
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Oh my goodness I loved this. Absolutely loved it.

I think several people who didn't maybe came into it with false expectations. Its somehow marketed as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This isn't the case at all. The only resemblance is the character's names (some.) Otherwise, its a completely unique story line!

Basically, Aurora is an exiled princess who is trying to gather an army to retake her throne. Her brother has been captured by the corrupt people who stole her kingdom. Now, she's paradin
C.G. Drews
So basically my feelings can be summed up with --> FSJKALIUEWIIUQQWQWQQQ2121!!!!!!QQWQWQQQQ I LOVE IT. And that is intelligent and eloquent and you're so welcome. But seriously. SERIOUSLY, PEOPLES. How had I never been recommended this book before?!?! How did it take me so long to eat this entirely wonderful deliciousness??!?! THIS IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOKS OF EVER. *hyperventilates quietly in the background* It's epic fantasy, magic, fighting, sassy and winter banter, siblings, an OTP ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

It took me awhile to read this book. Not because it's a bad book but because I read it over the Christmas holidays when I had the boy child and hubs here and well..they are kinda needy.

Anyways..the book. Aurora and Jor are the famous "sleeping beauty's" children. The Sleeping Beauty tale did not go as we all know it. Her prince was a cheating asshole who was already married when he awoke the princess.

New wifey is an ogre who does not like sharing the throne. So the two kids end up bein
Cait • A Page with a View
I feel like it's super rare to find a solid standalone book right now that's not part of some ongoing trilogy/series with a ton of spinoffs. This story's about Sleeping Beauty's daughter and has ogres, tons of awesome adventure, plot twists, and slow-burn romance (hooray for no love triangles). The worldbuilding is amazing and I seriously really liked this story! Whyyyy aren't more people talking about it?!
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was fun! RTC

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I’m already a prologue and a chapter in and I’m obnoxiously obsessed with this. I’m assuming this is a “what happened after Sleeping Beauty” type retelling? Anyone know?

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Buddy read with the lovely Scrill!
3.5 stars

Not exactly a re-telling, since this story is about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, but it still lives in the land of fairytales.
I thought it was kind of dry and crunchy, but a decent read.
I really liked the lack of insta-love, but the relationship between Niklass and Aurora had a bit too much I-Love-You-But-Won't-Be-With-You-For-Stupid-Reasons at the end, for me to feel it was a total success.

Sleeping Beauty (whom Aurora is named after) didn't have quite the Disney ending in this story.
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

I'm all warning you now: This book won't be for everybody. It had its fair share of pros and cons, but personally, I thought the novel's redeeming qualities outweighed the irritating bits.

Why You Must Read the Book:

The elegant writing will surely draw you in. It wasn't elegant in a "lyrical" sense (I hate those books), but it was simple, but with a very nice flow. The writing definitely made the world more believable for me.

• Character development was great. We actually start off with two bra
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
This book made me want to pull my hair out.

I'm going to warn you. This is going to be an angry review. I'm extremely disappointed.

I'm going to try and stay as calm as possible, but if this review is cluttered and out of control then you know why.

Let me be very clear about this, this book is NOT a Sleeping Beauty retelling like the snyopsis implied it is. The ONLY similarity that this book has with Sleeping Beauty is that the main characters name is Aurora. IF ANYTHING, this is
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book people. This book! You think it's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, well it, but it's NOT! HA! How does that work? Well, you are going to have to read it to find out for yourself! And THIS IS A MUST OWN, A MUST READ, I LOVED!!! Can't you tell? I have read another book by Stacey Jay Of Beast and Beauty and I LOVED that one too! New must read author for me!

This story follows the tragic tale of Aurora and her brother Jor. Their mother kill
Jen Ryland
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dec-2014
Really liked this one -- an imaginative fairy retelling mash-up with great character development, a lot of action and one of the best romances I've read all year.

First off, this is not a strict retelling -- I have decided that it's an awesome fairy tale mash-up of the Charles Perrault version of Sleeping Beauty in the Wood and either a) a Hans Christian Anderson story called the Wild Swans or b) a Brothers Grimm story called The Six Swans. Both a) and b) are about princes cursed and turned into
A.G. Howard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book ages ago and forgot to put up a review! I am a sucker for fairytale retellings, and am especially drawn to anything written in fairytale-speak, old-world / alternate medieval style. This book had everything I adore in a retelling: Gorgeous prose, a strong heroine who can fight with the best of the warriors, a cocky prince who's down on his luck but has a heart of gold, and a curse that will bring their world to ruins if they can't stop it in time. And the romance! *swoon* Ah, th ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya

Princess of Thorns was enjoyable read but nothing revolutionary that would sweep me off my feet. Overall, it was quite a refreshing story but it lacked the "x factor" that would make it an epic tale. I would suggest it to all those who are in the mood for quick standalone fairytale retelling story with entertaining characters and slow burn romance.

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4.5 stars

I wasn't expecting to love this book so much. Yes, I really enjoyed Of Beast and Beauty, so I was well aware that Jay could write some really beautiful fairy tale retellings, but in between reading that book and Princess of Thorns, I made the mistake of reading Juliet Immortal, which was a huge disappointment for me, to say the least. So I was understandably wary when I started Princess of Thorns since Juliet Immortal was a lot fresher in my mind than Of Beast and Beauty.

Princess of Tho
Candace Robinson
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Especially for the fact that it was a stand alone!!
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
NOBODY MOVE! I have a good standalone fantasy in the wild here! I don't want to spook it!
Minni Mouse
"Why should any woman learn how wretched this world can be if they don’t have to?”

“Because they are strong enough to know the truth, and proving that to themselves will make them stronger.” Ror sits up straighter in his saddle. “And perhaps, if men were brought up to be gentler people, women wouldn’t have need of protectors. Have you ever thought of that?”

Niklaas shakes his head. “Men aren’t going to change, Ror. Men are what they are.”

“And women are more than you allow them to be. Women can
Lia Bonnibel  (pidgey)
Hello, it's me. I just wanted to let you guys know that *grabs megaphone* HOLY CROW, I FLAMING LOVE THIS BOOK!

Okay, this is hands down my favorite among all retellings, and I'm not even exaggerating. It was funny and interesting and emotional and so well written! The story couldn't have been more compelling and the characters! Oh, boy. Aurora and Niklaas were spectacular, they always made me laugh with their bantering and, sweet baby cheese, did they make my heart flutter, too. It's been a while
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my top three favorites this year - absolutely phenomenal.

Think something along the lines of Defy, only done right and sooooo much better, so much more complex and exciting and intricate and funny and sexy. Just... Wow. The twist on Sleeping Beauty fairy tale was so amazing, I was really blown away. I will be recommending this book to everyone. It's really THAT good.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
4.5 Stars

An absolutely STUNNING book that I adored!!! It was so refreshing to have such an EPIC standalone, pack with a powerful punch that dug deep!

I mean, this book did take a little bit to get into, but once it did, it was...


STACEY JAY, you are a mastermind of a storyteller! And this is the hoax's you cast on me with this story...


But I LOVED every second of your spellbinding curse...



What an elegantly spiraling, tremendously beautiful, and utterly
Maggie • Library of Colors
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The way I feel after finishing this book is the way I want to feel after I finish any book or series. This glorious story had action, wonderful characters, humor, and a love story I won't forget. Niklaas is probably in my top 3 favorite YA male characters. He's an idiot, a brute, and the least humble man ever, and I love him just as Aurora did. And Aurora! What a wondrous character that I grew to love so much. Her spirit is precious. Not to mention, I love it when girls have to disguise themselv ...more
"I know heroes," she says a little sadly. "Heroes are all the same."

Ooohh, I liked this one. It was good. Not perfect, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. That blurb though - *rolls eyes* Definitely one of the stupider Game of Thrones references I've seen. (Whoever decided to put that in the blurb should be fired. Why mislead people like that and give readers false expectations? Stupid.)

Anyway. Stories with a girl disguised as a boy are kinda my thing - I don't think I've ever given less t
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
ETA: I haven't always had the best luck with Sleeping Beauty retellings, so it's a good thing this story follows her daughter instead. ;) Seriously, though, I loved this audiobook when I first borrowed it from the library in 2015, but when I stumbled upon it again the other day, I could not for the life of me remember it. Which sounds like it must have been pretty forgettable, right, but I had given it five stars previously, so it had to have been at least a decent listen. Upon relistening, it w ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, disappointments
DNFd at 30%.

My problems?

1. Very slow to start. I literally fell asleep 5 times while reading this book...

2. Info-dump. Should I get a pad of paper and write this all down so I don't forget everything being thrown at me?

3. Very overused and unrealistic plot of girl-disguised-as-boy-yet-no-one-knows.

4. I don't have time to struggle through this one!! Perhaps it gets better? I don't know, and I don't have time to wait and see.
Molly Mortensen
Princess of Thorns starts with back story and prophecy, (I was totally confused and had to read it twice) but it made sense later on. This is actually the only part of the story that is related to a fairy tale.

The Good:

For most of the book the main characters are traveling (I knew this ahead of time and I think it helped me to enjoy it.) but I was never bored. There was enough happening and enough action to keep it interesting.

The world building was solid, if simple. I particularly liked what we
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This probably wasn't the best young adult fantasy I've ever read, but it was right up my alley, and by far one of the better ones I've read in a long time. And having read the Megan Berry and Juliet Immortal series, I was quite impressed with Stacey Jay on this one.

Let me began by saying I'm quite biased with my rating because I love fantasy books that are full of adventures, especially ones that include a kick-ass heroine who can take care of herself and is not afraid to speak her mind. Having
Neil (or bleed)

Princess of Thorns is not that engrossing but I didn't have problems finishing the book, probably because of the writing style or the flow of the story or something else. I don't know. Hehe. This book is good and bad at the same time. I do agree with some reviews I've read here in Goodreads that it isn't really a retelling but a fairy tale that has characters originated from a famous fairy tale or fairy tales.

Well, Aurora, the female protagonist, is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty who is Aur
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, kindle
4.5 stars
I have read some reviews that indicate that the Disney version is the version to which fairy tale retellings should be faithful. In the original tale by Perrault, Sleeping Beauty is not named, and she has two children named Aurora (Dawn) and Jor (Day). The prince is previously married and has an ogre stepmother who wants to eat Sleeping Beauty and her two children. Stacey Jay has stayed very faithful to this in her tale. And what a tale this is! It was full of action, adventure, romance
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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 ...more
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“What? Is something wrong?"

"You're ominous-looking is all. Like a plague rider. Or Death's little brother."

"Really? Are you scared?"


"Don't be afraid, Niklaaaaasssss. Death has not come for you tonight."

"Stop that."

"Why? Death only wantssss to be friendssss."

"There's something damaged in that head of yours.”
“I am only a child, too innocent to realize that there is no salvation without darkness, no triumph that doesn't carry the seeds of its own destruction bouncing in its pocket.” 12 likes
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