Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

Rose & Thorn
Author: Sarah Prineas
Publication: HarperTeen (October 18, 2016)

Description: This beauty isn’t sleeping! Discover the true story of Sleeping Beauty in Sarah Prineas’s bold YA fairy-tale retelling filled with thrilling adventure and romance, perfect for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.

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 put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by Griff, the handsome and mysterious Watcher, and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Sarah Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” tale where the characters fight to find their own happy ever after.

My Thoughts: This was a lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Rose has been raised by Shoe in a protected valley. When she is a little past sixteen, the protection is broken, Shoe dies, and Rose needs to venture out into a world she knows nothing about.

Rose knows that she carries three curses but she doesn't know what they are. Her journey takes her through the Forest and into a city where the Protector is saving his people from Story by not allowing stories to be told. His son Griff is a Watcher along with his partner Quirk. Griff has never known love and has always been alone.

When Griff encounters Rose, both of their stories change and they have to fight not to be captured by Story and set on a course they haven't chosen. They escape the city and the Forest guides them to an isolated castle where Rose's story is set. It takes all of her will and all of her love for Griff to keep her out of Story's clutches.

This was a beautifully written story. I loved Rose, Griff and Quirk. I also enjoyed this new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story.

Favorite Quote:
Alone, in the darkness, I was a little frightened, but I was excited to go on, too.

That's the way it was with stories--you went on because you needed to find out what happened next.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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