Thursday, December 18, 2014

Princess of Thorns: First Impressions Review & Giveaway! {blog tour}

Today I'm participating in the blog tour for Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay! I was so excited to read this one after absolutely loving Of Beast and Beauty (my review) last year---so amazing! Thanks to the wonderful folks at Random House, I'm giving away two copies of Princess of Thorns, so be sure to enter below!

Today I'm doing a First Impression review of Princess of Thorns, a new feature I'm starting here at Stories & Sweeties! Check back tomorrow for a formal introduction to this feature, but for today, here's my first thoughts on Princess of Thorns!

Where I'm at: 100 pages in

First Impressions: Princess of Thorns has me dazzled already!  After a short prologue and first chapter that firmly establishes it as a mash-up twisted fairy tale of both Sleeping Beauty and The Wild Swans, the story jumps straight into full action with a daring rescue and escape scene! Told in alternating points of view, we meet Aurora, daughter of the Sleeping Beauty, who must face the Ogre Queen to rescue her brother, and Nicklaas, who must outwit his father's curse or be turned into a swan when he reaches the age of 18.
I'm once again swept away by Stacey Jay's grasp of writing high fantasy. The world is clearly building up all around the characters as they begin their journey so that the reader is completely immersed in journey and can feel what's at stake.  Both characters' personalities come through right away and it's fun to watch them get under each others skin as the story goes along.  Wonderful so far! Can't wait to see where this is headed!
What I'm feeling at this point:

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

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Enter to win one of 2 gorgeous finished copies of 
Princess of Thorns!
•US mailing address only please
•Must be 13 or older
•Ends January 1st, 2015
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  1. I've heard a lot of good things about this, I can't wait to read it!

  2. Aw, yay :D Amazing post Becky. <3 I'm so glad you are enjoying this book so far. Hope you continue to love it :D I haven't started it yet, but sooon. <3 hoping it is perfection. Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3 love the new feature :)

  3. this looks and sounds awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the cover on this and I have read so many great reviews about this book! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  5. Ugh I want to read this so bad.

  6. I love twisted fairy tales, and this one sounds like a good one. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. I'll be honest, I'm not sure I would have given this a second look if I had just seen it on a shelf at the store, but I've heard SO MANY glowing reviews of this that I've decided I HAVE to read it!


  8. So far, every review I've read about Princess of Thorns has been nothing but positivity and praise for the story. Definitely looking forward to reading this one and finding out why everyone loves it so much! And I love that it's a retelling of one of my favorite princess moves; Sleeping Beauty! YAY! ^_^

  9. Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway, Becky!

  10. This one is on my TBR, glad to hear you are enjoying it so far :)

  11. I have such high hopes for this book! Cannot wait to read it.