Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns is my favorite of all the books publishing today and one of my top picks for 2014. Aurora is Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, and things did not turn out happily ever after. This is her journey to put things right. If you want a retelling, look somewhere else, but if you want some wonderfully flawed characters and a Grim-like fairy tale setting, this is what you are looking for.
Princess Aurora knows the time has come to take her stand against the evil that destroyed her family. She knows that the fate of humanity and her kingdom hangs on a delicate balance that she can so easily tip. Determined to raise an army to her side, she impulsively sets out and finds her only ally is a overly charming prince with his own ticking curse who doesn’t even realize she is a girl. I adored this book. The plot was original without betraying its origins, and the characters were real and flawed in such wonderful ways. The pacing was strong and moved the story, the character development, and the romance along at a satisfying pace. The suspense was sustained throughout, and I honestly had no idea if or how the writer was going to resolve the conflicts that developed. I am so excited for this book to come out because my high school readers are going to fight over every copy I can procure! The language is appropriate and the sensuality is tasteful, so I would recommend it for seventh grade and up, but adult readers will find it engaging and satisfying as well.
Available in our classroom library on March 18, 2015!