Princess Aurora’s mother, the Sleeping Beauty, died in her arms when Aurora was seven years old, sacrificing herself to give Aurora her own fairy magic. In the ten years since, Aurora has learned that no magic comes for free. The price of hers is her romantic heart. Platonic love is the only kind she will ever know, and so, when her brother is captured by the queen’s men, Aurora dresses as a boy and sets off to raise an army, determined to free the only person it is safe for her to love before he becomes the Ogre Queen’s sacrifice.
…and a prince…
Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. He must convince a princess to marry him before dawn on his eighteenth birthday or meet the same terrible fate as his ten older brothers. And so Niklaas barters his most prized possession for a charm to locate the lost princess, Aurora. Instead, he finds her brother – or so he believes – and is blackmailed into helping raise an army.
Will they find their happily-ever-after?
As they race to prevent the fulfillment of an ogre prophecy foretelling the end of human life, Aurora and Niklaas learn that there are worse things than old curses. There is impossible hope and forbidden love, and there are kisses that steal like a thief in the night…
Readers will be captivated by the warrior princess Aurora in this thrilling, romantic fantasy adventure.
First Sentence: Having discovered the secret to eternal life, and jealous of his throne, the immortal king summoned a witch to the castle and ordered her to curse his eleven sons, ensuring none would live past their eighteenth birthday, the age at which a Kanvasol prince may become a king.
When I first heard of Princess of Thorns, I knew I needed it in my life. Like, a major I need it desperately in my life NOW need. Not only does Princess of Thorns have a princess cross-dressing to save the world (okay, not save the world exactly, but you guys know what I mean), but the romance also guarantees to be swoon-worthy because with a situation that complex, how does it not? I was so lucky to get an ARC of Princess of Thorns before it released and you could hear me squealing in excitement from a mile away.
“I would never leave a friend in danger. Deal or no deal.”
“I consider you a friend, too.”…”You’re like a brother to me, runt, I told you that last night.” (ARC 185)
My main complaint about Princess of Thorns was that the beginning half of the book was slow. The first four chapters or so weren’t – they got me invested in the characters and rooting for them to get their happy ending. However, from that point on, I couldn’t help but be a bit bored with the story, wanting Niklaas to realize that hello, “Ror” is not a guy, but a girl! Instead, Niklaas remained a clueless idiot even though the clues were all there for him to see. I was happy when he finally learned that Aurora was a girl, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed by how he found out she was a girl. I sadly can’t say anything more about the topic because of a thing called spoilers, but alas.
The ending of Princess of Thorns, however, was literally perfection. Let me share a secret with you: I’ve read the ending of Princess of Thorns six times already in the past two days. In fact, I just want to reread it all over again once I finished typing that last sentence. I wish the ending lasted longer so I could get more happiness.
“Aren’t you two delightful?” Crimsin’s voice drifts through the trees, making my shoulder muscles bunch and my head ache…”Is there anything sweeter than two boys in love?”
“We’re friends,” Ror snaps, shooting Crimsin a look I don’t understand. (ARC 185)
I love the fact that Princess of Thorns supports the hey, women can fight for themselves and don’t need anybody’s protection thinking. Aurora proves herself time and time again, showing Niklaas that hey, I (and other girls) don’t need anybody’s help despite what you think. Although Aurora was reckless to prove herself sometimes, I couldn’t help but admire how strong and brave she is.
The world-building in Princess of Thorns was simple, but it left me with no unanswered questions. It could be a bit confusing at times, but as you read on, you get the overall gist of it. The best thing of all is that THERE’S A MAP. (Yes, as you probably can tell, I love them maps.) The maps is pretty and I just want to pet it and stare at it all day.
Like her previous book Of Beast and Beauty, Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns stays true to the original fairytale. Stacey Jay uniquely takes elements of Sleeping Beauty and gives it her own twist to make things more magical and hers. Princess of Thorns didn’t have as much parallels to the original fairytale as Of Beast and Beauty did, but there were still notable parallels to the original fairytale nevertheless.
“It’s a fairy thing.” I think fast, hoping he’s too drunk to see through a lie. “We wrap our chests to keep our shoulders strong. When we…fight.”
Niklaas frowns. “Never heard of that.” (ARC 160)
Overall, do I recommend Princess of Thorns? YES. The beginning half of the book might be a slow, but I strongly urge you to continue on just so you can read that epic ending. Believe me, it is epic.