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Princess of thorns
Jay, Stacey, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
389 pages : map ; 22 cm
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.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.

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Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Fantasy
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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.
It's been ten years since Princess Aurora's mother, the Sleeping Beauty, sacrificed her life to give her daughter her magical powers. Aurora knows that magic is never free. The price for hers is that she will never know romantic love.
     Prince Niklaas is living on borrowed time. Unless he is able to convince a princess to marry him before his eighteenth birthday, he will meet the same terrible fate as his ten older brothers.
     When Niklaas and Aurora meet under unusual circumstances, they must race to prevent the fulfillment of an ogre prophecy foretelling the end of human life. But will they be able to break their curses?

"Compelling and  action-packed . . . . 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."-- School Library Journal

"The plotting is  impeccable , the world building ample, and the resolution neatly done without feeling pat."-- Booklist  

"The banter between rakish Niklaas and feisty Aurora is  crackling with chemistry and wit ."-- The Bulletin

"We absolutely loved Stacey Jay's Princess of Thorns, a  riveting  retelling of 'Sleeping Beauty' that's full of action, drama and romance."

"Will appeal to fantasy lovers."-- VOYA

"Jay creates people with real flaws, but endows them with enough integrity to be characters to respect  and want to know."

Praise for  Juliet Immortal
"The bones of the classic Beauty and the Beast story are all here, imaginatively fleshed out with tropes from science fiction, fantasy, even political drama. . . . Will please readers who like to believe that fairy tales can come true, even under dire circumstances." -- The Bulletin , Recommended

Praise for  Of Beast and Beauty
"The romance is intense, and so is the horror in this strong reversal of the Romeo and Juliet story. . . . Teens will enjoy the macabre fantasy story of forbidden love." -- Booklist

Author Notes

Stacey Jay has written several popular books for young adults. She lives with her family in California.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Briar-born siblings Aurora and Jor have been in hiding for 10 years, ever since their mother, Sleeping Beauty, was assassinated by the Ogre Queen. But now Jor has been kidnapped, and the fairy-blessed Aurora must save him before his blood is spilled and the prophecy of living darkness comes true. She disguises herself as a boy, planning to hire an army that can rescue Jor, but instead becomes unlikely travel partners with Nikklaas, cursed to turn into a swan on his eighteenth birthday unless he can marry a princess. Jay has turned fairy-tale elements on their heads to create her own unique tale of adventure. Both Aurora and Nikklaas are complex characters whose backstories are released incrementally, creating romantic tension. The plotting is impeccable, the world building ample, and the resolution neatly done without feeling pat. An excellent choice for older fans of Donna Jo Napoli and Robin McKinley, this book is satisfying in its own right, but readers will be hoping for a sequel.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-At age seven, Aurora is confined with her mother and brother Jor in a miserable dungeon. Her mother sacrifices herself, gracing Aurora with fairy blessings, and the two children escape to the fey. Fast forward 10 years, and Aurora meets Niklaas, a blindingly handsome, conceited prince with a heart of gold, who mistakes Aurora for her brother. Niklaas plans to use this "brother" to find Aurora, since marriage to her will thwart his curse (turning into a swan on his 18th birthday). The plot is typical for girl-disguised-as-boy adventure, with the expected awkward moments as the girl keeps her femininity under wraps. Aurora is injured, Niklaas discovers the truth, and swordfights, bickering, and tickling ensue, as the two travel to the Feeding Hills to free Jor from the ogres. The plot has imagination, though the happily-ever-after ending sticks with tradition. Narrator Julia Whelan does an excellent job switching between narrators, primarily Aurora (a hint of Celtic lilt) and Niklaas (appropriately haughty). -VERDICT Whelan's narration adds zing, elevating this from strictly additional to suggested for libraries seeking middle-teen fantasy and romance.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.