Today I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas. If you’re a fan of fairy tales, fantasy and a little romance, I highly recommend the book. Keep reading for my review, a chance to win one of three copies of the book and the tour schedule so you can participate in all the fun!
I received this book via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
Series: Ash & Bramble #2
Published by HarperTEEN on 2016-10-18
Length: 416 pages
Reviewing eARC from Edelweiss
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Sarah Prineas’s darkly imaginative retelling breaks down the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in a big, bold way. Brimming with action and romance, beautiful Rose must escape the curse that will force the kingdom to fall into a century-long slumber and fights for the freedom to find her own happily ever after.
After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with, curses that will have drastic consequences if they take effect. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Griff and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to this forced fairy tale. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the prescribed story they are trying to avoid?
Set in the world of Princess’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairy tales dark, your heroines daring, and your suitors dashing, this is the book for you.
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas is set in the same world as Ash & Bramble, 50 years later and is a loose retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty. Story has returned, setting in motion a three-fold curse on a young girl who doesn’t need a Prince Charming to complete her story.
I like Rose. She’s a bit naive, having been raised by Shoe (yes that Shoe) in a cottage in the woods with no interaction with other people. Rose has an innocence about her that instantly makes you like her. She’s soft-spoken, curious and eventually grows a backbone and takes a stand for herself.
Griff is the son of the City’s Lord Protector and a curse eater. He breaks my heart in the beginning. He struggles with showing no emotions, struggles with determining right from wrong, and then his own curse as a curse eater. He basically has the ability to break someone else’s curse with one touch. The problem with this is most people do not want their curses taken away and then for Griff it hurts him to do so. I liked seeing this character’s progression throughout the book.
Story sets out its cogwheels, its driving pistons. It plans its devices: a beauty and a castle, a rose and three curses. And thorns. Always thorns.
In my opinion this book is better than Ash & Bramble, though I’ll admit that I really missed Pen and Shoe. There is no lag in the plot and it moves at a nice pace. There’s continued world-building as the author explains the changes in the world during the lats 50 years. I loved the way she does this by seeing it through the eyes of the characters. Another thing I loved was the dual POV. The chapters alternated between Rose and Griff. While she did this with Pen and Shoe in the first book, it was more Pen then Shoe. Not the case here. It’s almost even and truly endears Griff to me. I also loved the slow, sweet romance that develops between them.
Overall I really enjoyed this book! If you liked Ash & Bramble or you’re a fan of retellings, I highly recommend it. Please note that this is a standalone in the series and you do not have to read book one in order to enjoy this one, though I do recommend you read them in order 😉
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ROSE & THORN. US Only.
Start the series with Ash & Bramble…Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Series: Ash & Bramble #1
Published by HarperTEEN on 2015-09-15
Length: 464 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from My Book Shelf
When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…
The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.
Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.
Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.
Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.
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