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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a c ...more
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Published August 13th 2019 by Bleeding Ink Publishing
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I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pricked was a really funny and easy book to read. It's set in a fantasy world based off of NYC, aka the Poisoned Apple. In this, you will meet Briar Pryce. She has an interesting job that definitely kept her and myself on my toes. Other than that, she's pretty unique in her own magical way. Think of her has a trusty bloodhound. She's no lapdog kind of person but she can easily sniff you a person's emotions out.

Sounds kind of we
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This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

Pricked, by new author Scott Mooney, is a really fun idea. It sorta falls into the realm of Shrek, where we are in a fantasy world that makes fun of fairytale tropes while also giving us a brand new story.


Briar Pryce is just one of the twenty-something girls living in the Poisoned Apple trying to make her way as one of t
InD'tale Magazine
"Pricked" is an intriguing blend of modern times and fairy tale lore — happening at the same time and almost the same places.

Read full review in the 2019 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's engaging, well-paced and absolutely hilarious. The clever pop-culture quips were nicely balanced with genuine characters and excellent world-building. It's seriously a delight to read, from the NYC gone pear-shaped with magic to the beautifully sardonic main character Briar (the glimpses we get into her inner monologue deserve to be voiced by Claire Danes circa My So-Called Life). Overall, I found Pricked to be smart, heartfelt, and a total cover-to-cover joy to read.
The Nerd Daily
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emma Knight

Amazing how a simple flower can have such an effect on someone. When you receive a rose from Briar Pryce, you are in for more than a nice smelling flower. And no, this is not another dystopian version of The Bachelorette. With a gift that she never really wanted, Briar delivers roses that contain emotion. Once pricked or attacked by a flurry of petals, you are overwhelmed with the feelings attached to the particular coloured coded ros
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a loong time since I’ve had a fairy tale fantasy book capture my attention like this one did. There’s also an urban fantasy vibe to it as well. I enjoyed that because it made for a fun read! The author has built this magical world with such creativity that you feel transported to another realm. THAT is a good sign of a good book. There’s tons of fairy tale references and it was fun to see how the author would put their twist on them. Briar was a fave. She isn’t perfect but tries to do ...more
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It has been a while since I've read an urban fantasy novel, and as soon as I saw this title I knew I had to have it. Pricked is set in a fairy tale version of NYC, called The Poisoned Apple, that is within the normal NYC and can be accessed through a magical door. The Poisoned Apple holds elements of NYC, but is also a fairy tale world. Pricked is not a re-telling, but has its own original plot and characters. This entire
Stephanie VanAlstine
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader of fantasy, and I am always craving another novel that will suck me in and make me excited to read every night, and this book was one of those! I devoured it in about 2 weeks.

The main character is the most badass chick (think like a Katniss with a WAY better sense of humor) and her powers are not like anything in any other novel I’ve read. The world they are in is an upside-down New York, which gives it the grit to stay grounded and real, while also being totally believable f
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
Briar Pryce is one of my new favorite characters. I'm a fantasy lover. I love the old fairy tales and our new fantasy retellings, and this is no exception. This takes New York as you know it, and gives it a nice poisoned twist, "the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic" according to the book, and it was just what I needed. If you're looking for something that can hook you with magic, mystery, and all wrapped in an urban fantasy type setting ...more
Steff Pasciuti
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Pricked by Scott Mooney was a delightful, unique, and rather impressive story that admittedly was not without its own flaws. The truth is that, after beginning this novel, I very quickly found myself under the impression that I wouldn't like it all that much. Thus, as I continued through the story I was incredibly amazed to find that I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. Pricked impressed me more than I thought it would. Despite not being the best story and despite having a
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make, when someone asks me who my favorite princess is, (What? No one has ever asked you?!?) I always say Belle, followed closely by Ariel. But, I have always been obsessed with Briar Rose.

My father used to tell me the real Grimm Fairy Tales when I was a kid. Cinderella’s step-sister cutting off her heal, trying to get the glass slipper on. And the princes who scaled the castle walls, trying to get to Sleeping Beauty (aka Briar Rose), becoming blind after having their eyes
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is so refreshing to pick up a book with a strong female protagonist, that was written by a man, passes the Bechedel test, and isn't a completely ridiculous take on women and how they view themselves (check out #menwritingwomen on Twitter). To top all that off, this was an incredibly fun story that kept my attention through to the end, and I finished it in one sitting.

Pricked is an Urban Fantasy novel, taking place in The Poisoned Apple, a parallel dimension of Fey, and NYC. Briar is hired by
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Approaches urban fantasy kind of from the back - the entrance marked "Fairy-Tale Universe, with Mystery Plot". But the protagonist, Briar, is the familiar kickass, smartass woman of urban fantasy, though with a somewhat fresh magical power: she can enchant roses to change people's emotions.

This is a power that grows during the story, disturbingly for her. Despite her noir-detective manner, she's good-hearted; she gets involved in the story problem because it looks like the only way to get her f
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of urban fantasy but an even bigger fan fairy tale retellings! Soooooo I was thrilled to read Scott Mooney's fairy tale mash up!!
In Pricked we have Briar Pryce who has the power to change emotions by enchanted rose, a best friend turned cat, dead end job making deliveries and her childhood crush turned roommate. Try saying that 5 times really fast and we may give Rumplestilskin a run for the money.
True to fairy tale form our main character makes a heroic deal to find the miss
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun start to a (I assume) new fantasy series. Briar Pryce lives in the Bad Apple, a sort of magic second city hidden from New York's primarily non-fey population. Briar has a talent that is unique in her already magic-rich world -- she can implant emotions into roses and, upon giving them to another, change the moods and feelings of others. Her work usually involves odd jobs, but when she's hired to find the missing non-fey of a fey princess, she quickly finds herself entangled in surprising int ...more
Tasha Leigh
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
So this was honestly just a fun novel to read.

A new spin on old classics, this novel has everything you could ever need from a tongue in cheek fairytale set in a hidden part of New York.

The main character Briar was the perfect mix of concerned citizen and passive aggressive sass while her supporting cast run the gamut of personalities.

The pace was divine, full off ebbs in the action, but only for so long as to allow the reader to catch their breath before the adventure started again.

For a story
Owen Raccuglia
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First book I finished after my 2nd kid was born. Really flew by!
Steph Warren
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Bleeding Ink Publishing and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

If you love urban fantasy and old-fashioned fairytales then this book is the mashup for you. Personally, having read this book, I would happily read anything Scott Mooney writes!

Briar Rose’s magical talent is one of the most fascinating and versatile I have encountered, with so much plot potential and room for developing characters in so many d
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But t
Ann Jacobs
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pricked is a really fun read! I loved this. It reminded me of the Sarah Maas Throne of Glass series - but this is lighter and had way more humor. You feel transported really quickly and get caught up in the life of Briar who is magical, charming, and a little snarky! The author really has a way of immersing you in the Poisoned Apple borough underneath NYC. It starts to feel like a reality that you just suddenly had become aware of....very fun indeed. Also, I won't spoil the ending but I was pret ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming. Can't wait for the next one!
Em (Diversify Your Shelf)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars-- I requested this on Net Galley*

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. Based on the synopsis I figured it would be my type of book and, even with thinking that, "Pricked" exceeded my expectations and did such a wonderful job of being more than just a magic story. This is also a story about consent, romantic and platonic relationships, homophobia, blind obedience, sexism, classism and aristocracy, as well as being a really fun adventure/romance story.

Briar is such a fun protagon
Kate Whitaker
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could NOT put Pricked down. I stayed up very late finishing it because I was so captivated. I can't adequately express how much I loved this book and Scott Mooney's writing is simply awesome! There were sections that I read again just because I loved the way he described a scene or a turn of phrase. I fell in love with the main characters, my mind's eye has a complete visualization of the world he created and I'm so excited for the next volume!!!!!

Everyone needs to read this book!!!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*

I have to be honest, at the start I wasn't sure I was going to like it, came SO close to DNF. The only reason I didn't was because I had a slow day at work, and I didn't really feel like reading much else, it was one of those days, so I kept reading. I am pretty glad I did, once I got past the fist few chapters, I really enjoyed this book.

The bad: So in the beginning, it had a lot of vague references to things in the past, i
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
For the most part, I really enjoyed Pricked. It’s clever and imaginative, with shades of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. I love fantasy novels set in our world, especially those with secret entrances. It makes me think I can stumble across one if I just look hard enough. Briar’s ability is intriguing (and I appreciate the fact that she enchants people with roses) and I really want to know more – especially if it’s tied to the parents she’s never met. Mooney is pretty skilled at infusi ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is author Scott Mooney's debut book, but you wouldn't know that by reading it! He has written a tale that is so well written, so detailed and complex that the reader would think that this is his 10th book. The writing style is fun, the characters are well written and fun and the plot is simply magical.

We meet Briar in this story who has a bit of a magical ability...but is in a dead end job with no excitement in sight. Enter a missing person, a request from royalty and a twisting, turning, l
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-reviews
Thank you to NetGalley and Bleeding Ink Publishing for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book after reading the premise. It sounded like it was going to be an imaginative and satirical take on popular fairytale tropes, and I loved the idea of integrating Briar’s fairytale world with New York City. However, my enjoyment quickly waned as I began reading and realized Pricked had an incredibly promising concept, but lacked with the follow throu
Tk Z.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story with a great balance of punchy parody, delightful romance, magic fights and genuine heart. I am enthusiastically recommending this to both my 70 year old mom and my 13 year old cousin, I think they'd both love it (maybe for different reasons, but who knows).

Such a cool concept, so excited for the next book and more stories inside the Poisoned Apple and beyond!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Briar is summoned to meet with Count Grimmour and hired to find his daughter's boyfriend, a Know Not that doesn't know about the fairy tale world hidden from view in New York City. The boyfriend, Rick, has been kidnapped, and Briar is tasked with using her unique magic to find him as all the wizards have failed. At her side is the knight Antoine, who both protects her and divulges important information about the Royals. With time working against them (they only have three days to find Rick, and ...more
IM211 -Scattered thoughts-
I was quite pumped to read this book sounded right up my alley.
There was just feeling, lighting the sky like fireworks in the summer night.I felt the roses below and with a beckoning gesture, I called two of them up to me...In my right hand was a slender red rose, its bloom just barely opening at the top. This was a rose with possibilities, its power red and dark...

Pricked had an intriguing premise with creative world building and fleshed out characters, and a good mystery but in a nutshe
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