Princess of Thorns

Princess of Thorns

Book - 2014
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After ten years of exile among fairies who teach her to use her magically-enhanced strength and courage, Sleeping Beauty's daughter Aurora enlists the help of Niklaas, eleventh son of King Eldorio, in the fight to reclaim her throne.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385743228
Characteristics: 389 pages :,map ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Sleeping Beauty.


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Feb 25, 2019

This book is so good! I found it when I was looking for story just like this, and this book was exactly what I was looking for. The twist on Sleeping Beauty is really interesting. This book has the right amount of fantasy, magic, and romance mixed in. Seriously, it was so good.

Dec 19, 2018

Do people genuinely dislike mashups of stories, or are they just unwilling to open their minds to new possibilities? This is the question the author has tried to tackle in her story of Sleeping Beauty's daughter, Aurora. With her brother kidnapped by the ogre queen that has tormented her kingdom, she disguises herself as a boy, and embarks on a journey to save him. Her powers come from the blessing of fairies, but also with a curse. Accompanying her is Nikalas, a prince who wants to marry Aurora to escape a curse of his own. This is a story unique to itself, and should be enjoyed for what it is. @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

CedarMill_SabrinaH Dec 11, 2018

A fun twist on Sleeping Beauty, that plays with classic tropes like warrior girls disguised as boys, curses and prophesies, and a delightful love-to-hate-you relationship between the two narrating protagonists. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings and The Song of the Lioness series.

May 08, 2017

This is basically everything I love in a fantasy! I didn't love the ogre queen's few chapters but I appreciated the glimpse into the villain's perspective, and I love that there were ogres in general! And fairies and witches and all sorts of excellent, fun fantasy elements. I loved this retelling, which was a sequel to Sleeping Beauty in a way. Aurora was such an awesome character and I looooved her very Mulan/Shang, Alanna/Jon relationship with Niklaas. Slow burn, bantery, passionate perfection. Of course secrets get revealed and I thought the reactions were believable and well-thought out. No quick forgiveness, but no unnecessary guilt either. I just loved them together. Lots of action and swoony romance and fantasy goodness in this satisfying standalone!

Aug 31, 2016

True loves kiss only works if you both have a choice

Jul 24, 2016

had everything I was looking for: girl power, romance, fighting, magic

Jun 23, 2016

The title and overall story was very intruging. However I just could not get into the story, and somehow I forced myself to read about a quarter

kirstd31 Mar 09, 2015

New twist on Sleeping Beauty. Aurora has been cursed by her fairy powers. She must rescue her brother from the ogres and take back her kingdom.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 24, 2015

I found this book both compelling and frustrating in almost equal measure. It's not so much a fairy tale retelling as it is a weird mash-up of a Sleeping Beauty sequel (focusing on her daughter) plus The Wild Swans. The two main characters, Aurora and Niklaas, team up to battle the curses laid on each of them, while keeping their motives secret from one another; this creates nice tension and their developing relationship and eventual romance is really satisfying, as both characters are interesting and well-drawn. The problem in this book lies in the world-building; the author clearly has a lot of really cool ideas, but it felt like too many of them were crammed into this standalone novel, and the end result was at times confusing, crowded, and rushed. Readers are dropped down into a complex world without ample introduction, making the first 50-100 pages of the novel drag somewhat; however, it picks up throughout the rest of the book, and if you can get past the issues of the overly crowded fictional universe and too-convoluted plot, it's totally enjoyable to read about Aurora and Niklaas' adventures. Recommended, but with that cautionary note.


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Aug 25, 2016

“I'll be a girl...pretending to be a boy...pretending to be a girl. The thought alone is enough to make me dizzy.”

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