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Author: Stacey Jay Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781494575892
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Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy, yet she is 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 to 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 keep them from ever finding their one true love? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mesmerizing and full of magic, Princess of Thorns is absolutely riveting! Jay demonstrates expert skill as a writer, weaving an intricate story with rich characters and imaginative twists…[with] witty banter and charming affection…Full of action and heart, this take on Sleeping Beauty with nods to The Wild Swans will leave readers mesmerized.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

  • “With the expert narration of Julia Whelan, the continuing story of Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, Aurora, can only be described as alluring…It’s difficult to decide which is more appealing in Whelan’s narration: Aurora’s lilting, slightly accented confessions or Niklaas’ growling reflections. As an extended comedy of errors prevents the star-crossed couple from uniting until the last possible moment, Whelan provides impassioned dialogue and a few surprises. Fairy-tale adaptations abound, but this narration is as enchanted as its characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A pair of cursed royals…rely on each other to survive in Jay’s reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The story is told from three points of view—Aurora’s, Niklaas’, and the ogre queen’s…Niklaas’ and Aurora’s relationship builds as they journey, but they have many obstacles to overcome before they can find their ‘happily-ever-after.’ This will appeal to fantasy lovers with enough action to keep them engaged.”


  • “Aurora and Niklaas’ very Lizzy and Darcy-esque relationship, as well as their growing bond, is entirely believable given the intensity of their experiences. When secrets are finally revealed, their sexual tension practically sizzles, but it’s refreshingly realistic that trust and forgiveness take time…[A] fully fleshed romance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The combination of adventure; lovable, complex characters; and a touch of romance make this a book that teens will be drawn to, especially those who appreciate strong female protagonists. School Library Journal
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Stacey Jay is the author of several popular books for young adults, including Of Beast and Beauty, You Are So Undead to Me, Juliet Immortal, and Dead on the Delta.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.