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Princess of Thorns Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Jay, Stacey
ISBN: 0385743238     ISBN-13: 9780385743235
Publisher: Ember
    OUR PRICE: $11.99  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2016
Annotation: A romantic fantasy adventure imagines the story of Sleeping Beauty's warrior princess daughter, whose fairy gifts of strength, bravery and mercy are overshadowed by a curse that causes her to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Princesses; Fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016005562
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (0.70 lbs) 389 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 174478
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 17.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Stacey Jay has written several popular books for young adults. She lives with her family in California.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Prince Niklaas needs to marry Princess Aurora to prevent a curse from falling on him, but he mistakes disguised Aurora for her brother (and she mistakes his true purpose). The two embark on a mission that brings them closer while the problems of mistaken identity increase. Narrated by Niklaas and Aurora in alternating chapters, this fairy-tale mash-up is both clever and original.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 October #2)

A pair of cursed royals—Princess Aurora, facing death to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and Prince Niklaas, son of an immortal king whose descendants never reach age 18—rely on each other to survive in Jay's (Of Beast and Beauty) re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty." Their partnership, however, is steeped in lies. Blessed with mercy, bravery, and preternatural strength, Aurora is masquerading a boy as her brother, Jor, in order to conceal her quest to save him from captivity by the Ogre Queen. Niklaas, meanwhile, feigns interest in wooing Aurora without revealing his own dire circumstances. Chapters are split between the two characters' perspectives, allowing them to reveal their motivations, fears, distrust, and growing affection for one another in distinct but equally stubborn voices. This dual narrative becomes even more effective when Niklaas is robbed of his free will, after which he conveys his single-minded pursuits with a flat, cold voice. In giving the two teens ample room to explore their emotional journeys, Jay's book maintains a languid pace, before picking up in the second half of the tale. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 9 Up—Set in a well-drawn fantasy kingdom that is home to humans, fairies, ogres, and witches, Princess of Thorns chronicles the early life of Princess Aurora, the briar-born child next in line to inherit her deceased father's kingdom of Norvere. Unfortunately, Aurora's grandfather chose an ogre as his third wife. After conspiring to bring about the demise of her husband and her son, Queen Ekeeta imprisons the rest of the family. Aurora's mother sacrifices herself so that Aurora and her brother Jor can escape, and they spend 10 years in hiding with the fey, but a disturbing ogre prophecy requiring a briar-born child makes the ogres hunt them tirelessly. When the prince is captured, she'll stop at nothing to save him, but doing so requires a risky journey across lands rife with spies and traitors. Using her fairy blessings, the princess is as strong as any warrior, but her blessings come with a dark side as well, and she fears that she'll never be able to enjoy a happily-ever-after. Compelling and action-packed, Princess of Thorns weaves in elements of classic fairy tales, such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," and "Swan Lake," while still telling a unique and compelling story of its own. The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists. The message of empowerment is well developed, and this cleverly conceived novel is a highly recommended first purchase.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

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