NetGalley Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Delacorte Press To Be Published Dec. 9, 2014 400 Pages
Delacorte Press
To Be Published Dec. 9, 2014
400 Pages

Princess Aurora is an enhanced human. . .  She has been blessed with fairy magic that gave her super strength, bravery and a curse that makes anyone she kisses her slave. Disguised as a boy, Aurora gets the help of  Prince Niklass, to raise an army to fight the Orge Queen, who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

But Prince Niklass has a hidden agenda, one that makes him untrustworthy and with each step forward Aurora needs to decide which is true following her heart or following her destiny.


I loved the twist on “Sleeping Beauty.” It is dark, sad, and weird. What I loved about this book was the first half of the book. Aurora was focused, determined to get her throne back and to save her brother. Aurora maybe a bit naive but she had a plan and appreciated the help that was given to her.

I also liked Prince Niklass. I don’t consider him an asshole or the jerk. His intentions, once reveled, was justified and he was open to Aurora when he considered her a brother. He was a good guy and had morals that made sense.

What I didn’t like about this book was the speed. It was slow, painfully dragging, slow. This made the book extremely hard to keep reading. But that wasn’t the worst part. The worst was Aurora.


When Aurora realized that she deeply cared about Niklass and then eventually love him, everything she has been fighting for, everything she said wanted to do was put second to keeping Niklass by her side. It is and will always be the most annoying thing an author can ever do. Even Niklass had to check her on that and remind her she is a Queen.

I also didn’t like the hissy fit Niklass threw when he found out Aurora is a boy. He was pissed off and I couldn’t understand why he was so upset. Yeah, I understand for the first 10 seconds but beyond that really?

The book started off really good. But it went downhill because the downtime is too much, Aurora lost herself and the fights she and Niklass were having was ridiculous and took too much away from the book.

Overall, I like what the author was trying to do but that drive stopped. 2 Pickles

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