ARC Book Review – Princess of Thorns

Posted January 7, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 13 Comments

ARC Book Review – Princess of ThornsPrincess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Published by Delacorte Press on December 9, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley
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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?

My Review

Princess of Thorns is exciting, romantic, magical, and funny. I loved this!


Princess Aurora is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty and that is the only connection made to the classic fairytale.  The story of Princess of Thorns is original and I loved the author’s creativity.  I couldn’t put this book down!


What I love the most about Princess of Thorns is the characters.  Princess Aurora isn’t your typical classic fairytale character. She is a warrior princess who is determined to save her brother, Jor.  Aurora is smart and quick to put Prince Niklaas in his place.  And she can kick ass!  Aurora is fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery and mercy, so it is exciting to see her stand up for herself and protect everyone she cares for.  I love her!!


Prince Niklaas has the looks of a god and knows how to charm his way through everything.  But he is more than looks.  He is a loving and protective brother. He may be a smooth talker but he is honorable.  Even though his original mission is to remove the curse on him, Niklaas puts the future of the people before his needs.  Niklaas is swoon-worthy with his charm and his heroic actions, making him a perfect modern day fairytale character.


Aurora and Niklaas’ relationship has the perfect balance between friendship and romance.  When they first meet Aurora is pretending to be her brother, so naturally Niklaas takes the role as ‘big brother’.  The fun teasing between them adds amusement to the story. I loved Aurora and Niklaas as ‘brothers’ and later as a couple.  The romance is soft and sweet, starting as friendship and respect then grows into something more.


Princess of Thorns is the first book I have read from author, Stacey Jay.  This was beautifully written and perfectly paced.  I look forward to reading more from this author.

I highly recommend this book to all YA Fantasy fans.  Princess of Thorns is a book I will read again and again!

Overall 3



Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Reading Assignment
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13 responses to “ARC Book Review – Princess of Thorns

    • Kathy

      I’m sad there isn’t a sequel but I did like the ending. I loved these characters so I would love see them in another book. I hope you get to read this and enjoy like I did =)

    • Kathy

      This was a nice surprise. Whenever I hear “fairytale retelling” I’m worried that the story might just be a copycat of the classic. But that’s not the case with this book. This was nicely written and original. So I hope you like this =)

    • Kathy

      I”ll have to check out those books. I liked how this was written so I look forward to reading more from her.

    • Kathy

      I love the new fairtytales now with heroines that are strong characters. I hope you enjoy this book! Thanks Laura!

    • Kathy

      Thanks Michelle! I’m a little confused with this too but I hope she eventually returns to writing. I hope you enjoy the book!