Published by Delacorte Press on December 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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?
Firstly, I have to say that the reason why I got interested in this book was because of Cait @ Paperfury. I kinda stumbled upon her review of Princess of Thorns, and OMG HAVE YOU SEEN HER SPAZZES?! So, the moment I saw this book at the library, I was just like, “Okay, wasn’t this the book that Cait spazzed about?” which resulted in me bringing it home. AND HOLY HELL, IT WAS GOOD. LIKE, SOOOOO GOOOD.
You need to know that this book isn’t really a fairy tale retelling. Instead, it’s more of a fairy tale continuation, which is definitely surprising because I rarely see books that take on the continuation. Though, if you really want continuation of fairy tales, you should check out the comic series called FABLES by Vertigo. They’re amaaaazing.
This book is the continuation of the Sleeping Beauty. Princess of THORNS, get it? And one thing I love about continuation is that it shows that even fairy tales do not have much of a happy ending. I mean, how happy can you be if your life is another amazing book? There’s bound to be something bad that happens, and holy crap, bad things do happen in this book.
Princess of Thorns was heart breaking at times, but it could still make me laugh. I mean, I think I definitely love Aurora being known as a boy, because she could be her usual snarky self, and that’s what made me love her character. Don’t get me wrong – she kicks some major asses, and could handle her way out of a fight REALLY well, but sometimes I prefer humor over kickass-ness. I mean, nowadays heroines are more or less strong, and amazing, and can fight well. It’s kinda rare to find snarky heroines though.
The character development in this book was astounding, and pretty much one of the main highlights of this book. I seriously wanted to strangle Niklaas at the start, no lie. He was getting on every single one of my nerves by being an insufferable ego maniac. I was almost horrified at the thought of him being the love interest, but honestly? He became one of the characters that I greatly admired and respected by the end of this book.
You need to read this book to understand what I mean, but I frankly think that this was one of the best fantasy standalone book that I’ve ever read in 2016. Or maybe, ever.