Princess of Thorns

Princess of Thorns

eBook - 2014
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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. 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. Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late' Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love' Praise for Juliet Immortal "The bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story are all here, imaginatively fleshed out with tropes from science fiction, fantasy, even political drama. . . . Will please readers who like to believe that fairy tales can come true, even under dire circumstances." 'The Bulletin, Recommended Praise for Of Beast and Beauty "The romance is intense, and so is the horror in this strong reversal of the Romeo and Juliet story. . . . Teens will enjoy the macabre fantasy story of forbidden love." 'Booklist.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780307981431
0307981436
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

This is basically everything I love in a fantasy! I didn't love the ogre queen's few chapters but I appreciated the glimpse into the villain's perspective, and I love that there were ogres in general! And fairies and witches and all sorts of excellent, fun fantasy elements. I loved this retelling, which was a sequel to Sleeping Beauty in a way. Aurora was such an awesome character and I looooved her very Mulan/Shang, Alanna/Jon relationship with Niklaas. Slow burn, bantery, passionate perfection. Of course secrets get revealed and I thought the reactions were believable and well-thought out. No quick forgiveness, but no unnecessary guilt either. I just loved them together. Lots of action and swoony romance and fantasy goodness in this satisfying standalone!

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KatieStringer
Aug 31, 2016

True loves kiss only works if you both have a choice

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fionavH
Jul 24, 2016

AMAZING
had everything I was looking for: girl power, romance, fighting, magic

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Phthallo
Jun 23, 2016

The title and overall story was very intruging. However I just could not get into the story, and somehow I forced myself to read about a quarter

kirstd31 Mar 09, 2015

New twist on Sleeping Beauty. Aurora has been cursed by her fairy powers. She must rescue her brother from the ogres and take back her kingdom.

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marthabwaters
Jan 24, 2015

I found this book both compelling and frustrating in almost equal measure. It's not so much a fairy tale retelling as it is a weird mash-up of a Sleeping Beauty sequel (focusing on her daughter) plus The Wild Swans. The two main characters, Aurora and Niklaas, team up to battle the curses laid on each of them, while keeping their motives secret from one another; this creates nice tension and their developing relationship and eventual romance is really satisfying, as both characters are interesting and well-drawn. The problem in this book lies in the world-building; the author clearly has a lot of really cool ideas, but it felt like too many of them were crammed into this standalone novel, and the end result was at times confusing, crowded, and rushed. Readers are dropped down into a complex world without ample introduction, making the first 50-100 pages of the novel drag somewhat; however, it picks up throughout the rest of the book, and if you can get past the issues of the overly crowded fictional universe and too-convoluted plot, it's totally enjoyable to read about Aurora and Niklaas' adventures. Recommended, but with that cautionary note.

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KatieStringer
Aug 25, 2016

“I'll be a girl...pretending to be a boy...pretending to be a girl. The thought alone is enough to make me dizzy.”

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