Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Posted May 6, 2016 in review / 6 Comments

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey JayPrincess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Published by Delacorte Press on December 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Source: Library
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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?

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.

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6 Responses to “Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay”

  1. I enjoyed this book but not as much as you I think haha

    I found it to be a little slow at time but I think that is part of the problem is that I struggle with Stacey Jay’s writing style. This was the 4th book by her and I find that I sometimes get lost in her narratives.

    I liked Aurora and I had the same thoughts about Niklaas as you. I thought I would love him immediately but that was sooo not the case but he grew on me as the story progressed.

  2. OMGGG I’M SO GLAD I GOT YOU TO READ THIS!! *SCREAMS* ISN’T IT JUST THE BEST OF EVER??!?!?! I LITERALLY AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND I WANT TO PET IT. I listened to the audio and it was AMAZING too (but I want to reread so bad after reading your review ) I think it’s the perfect example of what a fairy tale retelling should be. <3 It continued the story and made it unique PLUS had lots of familiar elements. AND THE BANTER. AFjdsakldjafkld
    Least to say, this review made my day. XD

    • HAHAHAHAHA YOU SOUND SO HAPPY. but yes, I loooooove this book and I do think it’s the perfect example. Instead of retellings, authors should just continue the fairytale 😀

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