Friday, July 3, 2015

Princess of Thorns

Today’s post is on Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay. It is 388 pages long and is published by Delacorte Press. The cover has the main character in profile with her silver blonde hair flowing behind her as she runs. The intended reader is someone who likes fairy tales, re-telling fairy tales, and romance. There is no language, talk of sex, and violence in this book. The story is told in first of the two main characters moving from one to the other as the story needs. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Once Upon a Time There Lived a Princess…
Princess Aurora’s mother, the Sleeping Beauty, died when Aurora was seven, 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 for hers is her romantic heart. Platonic love is the only kind she will ever know. 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.
… And a Prince…
Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. He must convince a princess to marry him before dawn on 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 on 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.

Review- This was an interesting retelling of two different fairy tales, sort of. The Sleeping Beauty part was what happened when the wrong prince woke her up at the wrong time. The Swan Brother’s was when the King wanted to live forever and he gets his sons cursed for that. I know that Aurora and Niklaas had to fall in love but I really liked them as friends. They were good friends but because of the demands of the plot they had to become more. I also wanted to spend more time with the ogre queen. She is very interesting, she believes that she is saving the world but she discovers that is not true. I wanted to see what made her first doubt her brother, what was that last thing that drove her to search for answers. But we do not get that. Instead we get a very forced and awkward romance between Aurora and Niklaas. 

I give this book a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.