Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

18782855Game 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. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago. – Goodreads

Alright, alright. Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales? Let’s simmer down. There was nothing Game of Thrones-y about it, except for the fact that there was royalty. Grimm’s? Yes. In fact, I would say it was kind of like Shrek meets Mulan. Let’s carry on.

I am always a little bit leery of gift given heroines. I’m personally a fan of a heroine who has to work for her success. When I read in the summary that Aurora had fairy gifts, I groaned inwardly. However, they turned out to be more like curses, save for the strength. I appreciated this.

Kept in a dungeon by the ogre queen, Aurora’s mother, Sleeping Beauty, committed suicide in captivity to pass on her fairy gifts to her briar-born daughter, Aurora. Aurora and Jor, her little brother, then slipped out of the dungeon with the help of a guard. The story then flashes forward. The Ogre Queen has the prince in her clutches, but needs Aurora to fulfill a dark prophecy.

Aurora dresses like a boy to pass as a soldier. When Prince Niklaas saves her from a bunch of headhunters, she introduces herself as Prince Jor (her brother’s name), but says she would rather be called Ror. At this point, I was convinced Prince Niklaas was an imbecile. AuRORa? Come on, man!

The worldbuilding was fabulous. The story was intricately woven, and it really did feel like a tale from Grimm’s fairy tales. I loved Jay’s writing style, too.

The romance was subtle, which worked well for the characters and story.

All that aside—I wasn’t wowed by this story. I wasn’t pulled in and held there, turning page after page until I finished. It was a great read, which I appreciated, but it just didn’t captivate me as much as I had hoped. I’m not quite sure what was so “meh” to me. I think this book would really captivate most fantasy fans, but it just didn’t do it for me.

I gave Princess of Thorns a 3.5/5 on Goodreads.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 11/25


Top Ten Books We Want To Read This Winter

160815881. Fire Study – obviously I’m now obsessed with this series (thanks Lauren!) so I’m going to finish it soon!

2. I picked up Red Queen by Christopher Pike at my local Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago, it’s about a girl named Jessie who discovers the Witch World while on a road trip. It looks super intriguing and I haven’t really heard much about it.

3. After I finish the Study series, I’m finally going to start the Mortal Instruments series!! I’m so excited, the first book is sitting on my nightstand staring at me, begging me to read it.

4. I was looking for some specific winter/Christmas books and found Let It Snow which is a collection of short stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I’m definitely going to read it around Christmas.

5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand is the first in a series inspired by the nutcracker and I am SERIOUSLY excited about it. Hopefully I’ll be able to track down a copy at one of the book stores around here.

95655486. I recently picked up Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah in a moment of weakness while walking by a bargain book rack. Joy Candellaro is at a crossroads at her life (and it’s Christmastime). She basically runs away from her life and meets a six-year-old boy who has just lost his mother and is facing his first Christmas without her, and Joy is there to help him and his father, Daniel, heal. Sounds like a real tearjerker!

7. I’m not typically one to pick up a book of short stories, but I have to read My True Love Gave To Me, which features twelve short holiday stories from various authors. The perfect holiday love story book! I’m sure it will be a mixed bag of awesome stories and TLDR, but I’m excited.

8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers looks faaaabulous, and I received a copy through Net Galley. I’m going on my honeymoon next week (!!!) and this will be a fantastic book for the long hours on the plane and at the airport (and let’s be real…the pool, hotel, etc! You can’t put two book nerds on a honeymoon and expect them not to read!).

9. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg is about a girl who practices paper magic under the apprenticeship of a man named Thane. An evil dude shows up, rips Thane’s heart out, and Ceony is forced to face the evil magician to save her teacher’s life. It sounds unlike anything I’ve read before (paper magic?!) and I’m very excited to have this on my shelf!

10. Can you tell that I’m on a fantasy kick? I really want to read Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay. It’s a fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, who is a warrior princess who is trying to save her brother. Quests, adventure, magic, spells…I’m all over it!

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