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.
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?
This book people. This book! You think it's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, well it, but it's NOT! HA! How does that work? Well, you are going to have to read it to find out for yourself! And THIS IS A MUST OWN, A MUST READ, I LOVED!!! Can't you tell? I have read another book by Stacey Jay Of Beast and Beauty and I LOVED that one too! New must read author for me!
This story follows the tragic tale of Aurora and her brother Jor. Their mother killing herself to save both Aurora and Jor, leaving Aurora "fey-blessed" with gifts that could eventually turn into curses.
Aurora being raised by the fey lives a pretty good life, being taught the ways of the fey in order to survive. When her brother is captured by the evil queen Aurora dresses herself as a boy in order to gather an army to go against the evil queen to save her brother, her kingdom, and eventually the world.
When Aurora is captured she is saved by a man named Niklaas in search of Aurora to woo and wed her in order to save himself from a terrible curse before his eighteenth birthday.
Disguised as a boy Aurora sets off with Niklaas to find her army and he, the princess he sold something valuable to find her.
I loved Aurora because from the beginning she is likable, she's stubborn, strong, sassy, loves deeply, cares much, what's to do what's right, willing to sacrifice much to save those she loves etc. In other words-very relatable.
The character development was great, the world building perfect, the adventure-one you can't put down, the romance- so soft and sweet, the writing style elegant and captures the world the author was trying to portray.
Ok enough of the ooey gooey goodness....let me just say that in all fairness it did take me a bit to get into the story. The character of Niklaas was great because it's about a boy with a past but overall a good guy who learns and matures and changes! See? Men CAN change! HA! You do want to slap him A LOT because of things he does and say but again the character development with him was wonderful.
There were several messages with this book, a story of forgiveness, REAL LOVE-not hormonal "love," change, and MORE!
Overall: loved the story even though there were times it got a little wordy and a little hard for me to get into in the beginning.
Sexual Content: moderate (talk of sleeping with several women, talk of sex-no graphic)
Violence: moderate (fighting scenes, a little bit of torture-not graphic)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (a little drinking/drunkedness)