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The Thorn Princess

(Iron Crown Faerie Tales #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  756 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The new series fans of Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Aveyard, and Holly Black are craving.

Ivy Hawthorne has always felt like an outsider, but now she is starting to wonder who—and what—she really is.

She can see people’s auras. Animals watch her wherever she goes, and worst of all, sometimes her dreams actually come true.

But recently, things have gone from strange to dow
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Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Dreamlake Media
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NAT.orious reads ☾
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3 thorny STARS ★★★✩✩
This book is for you if… you buy into romances quickly and easily and love a nasty twist. This is sort of a Snowwhite x fairy crossover. TW: a love triangle seems to be in the making.

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I think I'm slowly learning how to take the fairytale genre. Altogether, this was merely a lukewarm story, it had its pros and cons. I was positively surprised that the teenage romance wasn't some flat, superficial, innocent crush, but something tangible that clearly held some
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Thais • tata.lifepages •
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first when I started the Thorn princess it seemed like it would be the usual trope: "teenage discovers they are the lost-heir to the throne". Even though it is a rather known trope, the story was able to grab me entirely in an addictive manner and I couldn't put the book down!

The story is told in two parallel realms: Ivy, an out-of-place girl in a boarding school who carries unique abilities, and of Lyric, Queen of the Winter Faeries. I love stories about the fae and their magic and the Thorn
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Christina
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so fun to read. I'm looking forward to see what happens next for Ivy and the gang.

On a side note, I'm doing that thing again where I'm shipping Ivy with the Unseelie Prince instead of Bear. Dark eyed, potentially bad princes are my thing.
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
FOUND ANOTHER FAERIE SERIES. YES. Please, for me, be good.
tábata scorpioni
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
it was very... blah.
there's not a single plot twist or big turn of events. no build up to anything.
very disappointing.
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Olivia Marie Clark
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Holly Black and Marissa Marr.

It’s hard to find good faerie books that aren’t Holly Black or Maas, but this one deserves to be up there with the big names. It was so good, and had me captured right from the first chapter. My only complaint was that there was not enough action at the end. I would have preferred to see a grander, more epic ending, but I can’t wait to read the next book.
Nisareen
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You’re not just any faerie. Your mother is Lyric, Queen of the Winter Court within the Seelie Realm.”

When the evil machinations of her ambitious sister Alena threatens her daughters life, Queen Lyric of the Winter Court is compelled to make a difficult decision; to send her daughter to the mortal realm and raise a human changeling in her stead. Seventeen years later, having been weakened by the death of her husband, King Dristan, who was poisoned (possibly at the hands of Alena) Lyric knows she
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Brittany Smith
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So to start out I gave it four stars because I know the next one is going to be even better so I had to set the bar “low”!!!

Absolutely brilliant story-love the description of everything in this book. The story takes place at a boarding school for 90% and I actually could picture/believe that it was a real school. The description throughout the story is spot on. I found myself wanting to find the nearest portal and visit the faerie land of winter!

The characters are all high school aged kids and
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Nina
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, novel, kindle, fiction
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Isobel Kenna
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is SO underrated!! It has literally all my favorite things, love; royalty; unexpected heritages, and so much more. Plus it’s a quick read that keeps you on the end of your seat.
Laurie (ofmoonlightnstardust)
this was definitely a promising set up. it felt more like the first 100 pages of a book than a book but that should change (I hope). thank god we go away from the high school scenario and pick me girl mindset and focus on faerie now. I do like the love triangle (even though the set up for the first guy was instalove, damn) but still I have a feeling this might improve
Amy
Nov 09, 2020 added it
This book was not what I was expecting it to be. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I liked it quite a bit. I'm excited to read the next book in the series to see where ivys life/adventure goes next. ...more
C.L.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is...so weird and so bad. I got like halfway through but I can't anymore oml. ...more
Ester
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!
I read this in a few hours. I was sucked into this world and could not break free! This book is magnificent in every way and I need the next book now!!

I felt connected to all the characters in a variety of different ways. I loved Bear and Ivy’s relationship and it felt so real. My heart aches for them! This story will leave you with answers, but not ones that fall flat. This story flows so well that those answers you seek at the end of the book make you want to dive into
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Chase
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love faerie tales where things are not quite as they seem... if you love Holly Black's The Folk of the Air series... than give the Iron Crown series a try.

Ivy Hawthorne has always felt like an outsider, even at her elite boarding school. She often has dreams that later come true. So when she wakes up one morning and discovers a new transfer student has arrived at school, and she had a dream about him only the night before, things really start to get strange. Especially with all the woodla
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Megs
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Picked this up as a quick read based on the reviews but it was not enjoyable. I found the writing style over explanatory and descriptive for the length of the story. The characters fell too much in to typical troupes for me as well. Will not continue forward with story.
Kathy Zuercher Diveley
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ivy & Bear

A fairy tale story. Ivy was switched at birth with a human to protect the fairy princess. Now she's of age and her mother Lyrica needs her magic . Bear infiltrates her boarding school, and becomes her friend and protector. After several attempts on her life, Bear tells Ivy her story. After finals he takes her to her mothers winter fairy palace. There their magic combines and stability is restored. She is introduced to her betrothed, an unseelie Prince named Arden. Magical intriguing st
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Lillian
I received a copy of this audiobook via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

What is up with my obsession of Faeries this year?! Y’all I’m devouring everything I can get my hands on that mention Fae and LOVING IT! The Thorn Princess is no exception. The first book in Bekah Harris's Iron Crown Faerie Tales, The Thorn Princess follows Ivy Hawthorne as she discovers a hidden world living around her.

Ivy Hawthorne is a seventeen year old, living at a
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Lorie
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boring read

The storyline sounded interesting but ended up to be boring. The mc is weak and bullied by the mean girl. Couldn't finish.
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Sofia Askeroglu
Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
The only reason I finished this book was because I had nothing else to read. Absolutely cannot put into words how terrible this was. Extremely boring character development that made me want to piss myself. Ivy’s BFF carries this book on her back. I do not hate books easily. Believe me. I have never written a book review before but had to because of how shitty this book was. I have discovered book PTSD because of this novel. Be weary future readers. I guarantee you this book is not worth your tim ...more
Sue Gangloff
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unbeknownst to Ivy she is a daughter of the fae realm. Strange things start to happen around her at school that start to make her question her sanity. With the help of her friend Jules and the new boy at school she will Persevere. Definitely one of those books that makes you cheer and say yes...what’s next for this character.
Loved it and didn’t want to put it down.
Chloe
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got like 17 pages in and honestly could not go any further, so make what you will out of this book. Ivy is a super privileged and super unrelatable special snowflake who annoys the fuck out of me. I get that it’s geared towards younger audiences, but the writing style was really lacking, and world building was meh (although I did not give the latter much more of a chance to be fair).
Jaime
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Thorn Princess is absolutely amazing. It drew me in immediately. The characters are intriguing - especially Bear! The story itself is full of magic, drama, and relationships, some of my favorite things! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Big
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Could have used a good edit, but otherwise it was truly good. I started on book one and by the time I came up for a breather I'd finished book two.

This series reminded me of the Trylle series by Amanda Hocking. Is there going to be a book seven right soon?
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Misty
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love !

I love it so much ! It’s really great I have no idea what’s gonna happen next but I’m here for it !!
Em
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Kindle Unlimited fantasy with faeries. Like a pg version of Sarah Maas “court” series. Book one of a series
Rocio
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Warning! 🚨
This book is full of slut shaming, stupid teenagers, love at first sight and your classic and most hatred trope of YA books, the you are not like the others trope, yes, for real. Because this books was released on 2019 I immediately thought this is going to be good and mature and it definitely won't have slut shaming, right? because as a society we are so over it, right? right? *awkward silence*

So here are some quotes from the book that would make you think.

“Well, that figures,” Jul
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Karen Voitik
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
>Book Review – The Thorn Princess
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 1st in the Iron Crown Faerie Tales series and ends in a cliffhanger. This book is young adult with a lot of angst. The story starts out introducing Ivy and her BFF, Jules. They are both outcasts at a boarding school, but for different reasons. Jules is a goth/punk rock type and Ivy is a goody-goody. The school has the typical mean girls, but in this universe, paranormal creatures do not exist. This boarding school i
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Christine
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Lit Shit Podcast
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
While this isn't the caliber of Sarah J Mass or Holly Black this was still a good fast read and start to a series.

Ivy is attracted to Bear, a new student at her boarding school, and vice versa. Turns out she's actually a faerie princess and he's there to retrieve and take her home where she'll need to fight for her kingdom.....oh and she's engaged to this man whore prince of another realm and being with Bear is against the rules. Ivy is a wonderful heroine and not the sit down and take it, help
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Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Bekah Harris has been writing since she could hold a pencil. The beauty of her home in the Appalachian Mountains, along with the legends, myths, and folklore of that area, is what inspires the unique plots and settings captured in her young adult fiction. In addition to her love of all things fictional, Bekah is also a freelance writer and editor ...more

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