Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh my goodness I loved this. Absolutely loved it.
I think several people who didn’t maybe came into it with false expectations. Its somehow marketed as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This isn’t the case at all. The only resemblance is the character’s names (some.) Otherwise, its a completely unique story line!
Basically, Aurora is an exiled princess who is trying to gather an army to retake her throne. Her brother has been captured by the corrupt people who stole her kingdom. Now, she’s parading around as a boy basically and gets herself captured. Niklaas, the sassy prince from a neighboring country, rescues her, thinking she’s her brother. He tells her he will help her so long as she leads him to “Aurora”, obviously not realizing its her all along. Thus the story begins.
Oh my gosh the banter. Aurora is stubborn and serious and Niklaas LOVES to get under her skin. They absolutely hate each other but end up developing such a sweet and hilarious friendship – even though Niklaas still believes her to be a boy. He’s constantly impressed by her fighting skills (did I mention she’s a badass?) even amidst her size. He also gives her advice on how to “win girls” and its just so funny I can’t. There’s a lot more plot to it but I’d rather not give anything else away.
I loved their journey together so much. It IS a traveling book but I didn’t mind that one bit. I was never bored. Of course, things eventually unravel and secrets are revealed – and OH MY GOSH THE FEELS. My heart. My poor heart. This is a standalone, so everything was wrapped up (I won’t say good or bad) but I LOVED how everything transpired.
I don’t want to give away too much but all I can say is if you’re a fan of fairytale-esque books with a classic, whimsical feel, this one is perfect for you. It reminds me of some of the fun fairytales I grew up reading – and even movies like “Shrek” (secrets/curses/magical fairytales) and some of the darker disney movies. Seriously, if you like fantasy, sassy princes, slow burn hate to love… GO READ THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it. I don’t know how it isn’t more popular.