I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 was everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved the fairytale element with references to Sleeping Beauty and even a minor reference to Rapunzel. Still, this story felt unique and original. If this is any picture of how Stacey Jay’s other books are, I will definitely be going out to buy them all.
Our main character, Aurora or “Ror”, is on a quest to free her better from an evil Ogre Queen. Aurora was such an awesome character. She was kickass, determined, headstrong, and sometimes outright stupid. But that’s what I loved about her. She was definitely flawed, but that made it all the more fun to watch her change those flaws into positives.
Aurora meets Niklaas, a young prince from another land, who thinks that she’s a boy and she allows him to go on believing this for the majority of the book. I love when this happens. I don’t know what it is about mistake identity and girls pretending to be boys, but it just works for me. I loved the banter between Niklaas and Ror, banter that definitely wouldn’t have happened had he known she was in fact a girl. The chemistry between these two was just amazing. And then of course when he does finally learn she’s a girl, the swoon-inducing moments begin. Because Niklaas is hot. Sexy. Smoldering. Delicious. Mmm…
While the world-building in this one isn’t super detailed or complex, I felt there was still enough to give me a good background of the land, how the Ogre Queen came into power, etc. This definitely doesn’t read like a high fantasy, so don’t expect that. Expect more of a fairytale feel to it.
This book was exciting, riveting, suspenseful. With a great cast of characters, you couldn’t go wrong. You will fall in love with both Aurora and Niklaas. You’ll fall in love with Aurora’s brother and with Niklaas’s sister. The people they meet along the way are great and there are even some people who may surprise you. If you like fantasy, fairytales, or swoon-inducing, well-developed relationships, then you should definitely pick this book up!
Have you read this one yet? What did you think of the story? The romance? Were you swooning over Niklaas with me?