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The Thorn Princess

Iron Crown Faerie Tales, Book 1
Narrated by: Nikki Delgado
Series: Iron Crown Faerie Tales, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Ivy Hawthorne has always felt like an outsider, but now, she is starting to wonder who - and what - she really is.

She can see people’s auras. Animals watch her wherever she goes, and worst of all, sometimes, her dreams actually come true. But recently, things have gone from strange to downright bizarre. The animals have started following her. Strangers have started watching her. And when she gets angry or upset, inexplicable things are bound to happen. 

But the craziest thing of all is the sudden arrival of Barrett Forbes, a mysterious transfer student who finds her fascinating. The more she gets to know Barrett, the more she learns about the dark truth behind her lonely, isolated childhood. As she digs deeper into her past, Ivy discovers the shocking realities about her lineage and where her destiny lies. 

The new series fans of Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Aveyard, and Holly Black are craving. Filled with magic, romance, and mystery, The Thorn Princess is the first book in Bekah Harris’ captivating new series, the Iron Crown Faerie Tales. Get the audiobook today!

©2018 Bekah Harris (P)2019 Bekah Harris

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Splendid storytelling, familiar storyline.

I breezed through this audiobook whilst moving houses, as much as I liked how the story flowed, it strongly reminded me of the Trylle Triology by Amanda Hocking with some different impressive elements introduced into the Fey world.
Regardless, found myself glued to the story and was surprised when the end was announced and immediately switched to the sequel.


All in all, I adored the characters, although I expected interaction with wider cast characters but it didn't make the story any less enjoyable. Looking forward to the sequel.

Thank you to Audiobox and the author herself for this copy.

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  • 01-09-20

Liked it!

I really enjoyed the story, and I had to listen one day! I am looking forward to listen the book 2 in this series.

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A Hidden World and One Girl's Destiny

***I received a copy of this audiobook via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.***

What is up with my obsession of Faeries this year?! Y’all I’m devouring everything I can get my hands on that mention Fae and LOVING IT! The Thorn Princess is no exception. The first book in Bekah Harris's Iron Crown Faerie Tales, The Thorn Princess follows Ivy Hawthorne as she discovers a hidden world living around her.

Ivy Hawthorne is a seventeen year old, living at a boarding school in the Carolinas. She’s an outsider, a little quirky and a little magical. You see Ivy can see auras, animals seem to follow her around, and her dreams are sometimes prophetic. Now the boy from her dreams is the new kid at school and Ivy is about to follow him down the rabbit hole. I like Ivy. I empathize with her. Her mother went crazy and is in a home, her father never had much to do with Ivy after that, and Ivy thinks he blames her. Her one constant is her Irish grandmother who is just as quirky as Ivy. She’s a little shy and keeps to herself, and I can’t fault her for that. Then Bear shows up, and Ivy’s world is turned upside down.

Barrett Forbes’s transfer to Ivy’s school is questionable and mysterious, but a welcoming surprise to all. But he isn’t all he seems to be. An Irish accent and an uncanny ability to be where Ivy is when she needs help leaves the reader questioning who and what he really is. Bear was sent to find Ivy and bring her home to the Winter Court where her true mother, the winter queen, waits.

The plot of the story is interesting. As the reader, we see all sides and know things before Ivy does which I love. It creates some suspense and fantastic irony. I love the multiple POV too. We get a glimpse from Bear’s perspective, the queen’s and Ivy’s. The world-building around the Seelie and unseelie Fae, the mysterious reasons for Ivy being in the human world, and the dying magic of winter drive the plot and kept me interested to the very end.

Nikki Delgado narrates and I found myself drawn in, unable to stop listening. Clocking in at just under 6 hours, I finished it in one sitting. Delgado’s tone and inflection was enough that I had no trouble distinguishing between characters. I plan to listen to more from this narrator.

Overall I really enjoyed The Thorn Princess. I cannot wait to read more about Ivy, the Winter Court, and of course Bear. If you enjoy YA fantasy, I highly recommend it.

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Intrigued

I really liked this book. It had me sitting down and listening most of the day. I only.got up when I absolutely needed to and I finished it in practically one sitting.

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Good start to a series

Ivy has no idea who she really is or what she really is. I enjoyed getting to see her find out who and what she is although I wanted to scream at a few points. This version of Fae was fascinating I enjoyed the different creatures brought in and I look forward to learning about the different power struggles and how Ivy is going to stay safe and turn the tables on them. Ivy has a lot to learn about her people and what her role is. I hope she stays true to herself and doesn’t cave to the pressures. This thorn princess has a lot of danger but hopefully she can find her strength and make sure those she love are safe and she can have her love. I want to know what will happen next!

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This book deserves recognition

This book deserves some major recognition! I loved it! The author did an amazing job setting the story up so that the reader is completely taken over and feels like they are a part of the story. I loved the way this author wrote, it felt so honest and flowed so seemlessly. I loved her descriptions and the way you could envision everything from characters, to places, to events. I cannot wait for book two, and am honestly shocked this book doesn't have more 5 star ratings. I'm a huge fan and can't wait for more work by this author. I also really enjoyed the narration. Totally sold! *I received this book in exchange for an honest review, but my thoughts are completely my own.

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Interesting Fairytale

This was an interesting fairy tale. I enjoyed the fairy changling storyline, and the set up of the characters. The narration was excellent. I did find that the story ended quite abruptly, essentially on a cliffhanger. I listened to the whole book in one sitting while getting ready for Thanksgiving, and will probably read the sequel soon to find out what happens to the main character.

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Love the fae world!

Such a great start to the series! Ivy is a strong heroine who learns her past is full of secrets and her future will be nothing like the one she predicted. Amazing characters and such gorgeous descriptions!

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Bekah’s a master storyteller

Bekah Harris has done it again! Her prose has taken us into many different Appalachian settings, and this series opener is no exception! The Thorn Princess is immersive and refreshingly relevant. Delgado’s narration also lends a sense of wonder to the story. I can’t wait to listen to the follow-up!

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  • 01-18-20

interesting

I enjoyed this. interesting story and characters. I will go through the rest of them also
I received a code from Facebook's group audiobx

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  • Layla
  • 01-14-20

The Thorn Princess

This is not the best Fae book that I have read. The story has a good pace with interesting world building.
There were a few things in this book that confused me, like, where the school was because there were some British english phrases that clashed with where I believed the female character to be from. It did not help that the narrator has an English accent. She was good but in my opinion did not suit this book.
If you like YA books then this is for you.

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  • NAT.orious reads
  • 01-13-20

3 thorny STARS ★★★✩✩

This book is for you if… you buy into romances quickly and easily and love a nasty twist. This is sort of a Snowwhite x fairy crossover. TW: a love triangle seems to be in the making.

⤐ Overall.
I think I'm slowly learning how to take the fairytale genre. Altogether, this was merely a lukewarm story, it had its pros and cons. I was positively surprised that the teenage romance wasn't some flat, superficial, innocent crush, but something tangible that clearly held some mild sexual tension. Adult authors usually seem to love to pretend teenagers aren’t aware of sexual impulses. I'm sure that's grounded in some weird desire to "protect" their readers which is just a laughing matter at a certain point.

I loved the first kiss in this one, I care more about the first kisses of my MCs than my own, anyways. This one I was listening to unmoving, in awe and utterly concentrated. It was beautiful.

Unremarkable characters, at first glance, but especially the last chapters introduce some interesting figures. I love me some evil villains. I was quite unhappy that we have a stereotypical highschool mean girl. They're overrated and even toxic for society. Please stop.

World(-building). I think Bekah was very smart about this. Since the alternate reality features a faerie court marked by a wintery climate, atmosphere and setting, it was easy to picture it all since the mundane side of the story starts off in winter as well. Faeries, although not my favourite mystical creature, are incredibly easy to picture which made for an effortless falling-in-place of the world.



The arch of suspense. Since Ivy's family mystery and the romance are the prime variables for the arch of suspense, it can only be described as mediocre. The first one is splendid, it's obvious from the beginning that there's some dark family secret to be revealed. I couldn't wait for it to happen. The romance, however, my goddess, was so stereotypical sometimes. In those moments, it was barely endurable. But I made it through and was rewarded with a decent listening experience. From the first 20% of the next book I can assure you, it's getting better. Lots of teenage angst, my favourite angst.

Minor spoiler (view spoiler), which I think is important and should be worth the risk.

⤐ What’s happening.
‘But wishes are only granted in fairy tales..’

Except in this case. Be careful what you wish for.

You know things are gonna get real weird real fast when you notice animals following you around and strange powers growing inside of you. Ivy's got no clue what's happening to her, especially when the newbie at her school seems a little too nice and fairy-tale like to be the simple noble gentleman he acts like. Enter teenage angst and all them feelz and we have a recipe for disaster a fairytale.
Con:
⇢ heritage more questionable by the minute
⇢ accidents increasingly dangerous
Pro:
⇢ adorable first kiss
⇢ perfect winter scenes
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writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 4*

plot/story in general = 3*

plot development = 3*

characters = 2*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 3*

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 12-14-19

Encouraging start to a promising series

“You’re not just any faerie. Your mother is Lyric, Queen of the Winter Court within the Seelie Realm.”

When the evil machinations of her ambitious sister Alena threatens her daughters life, Queen Lyric of the Winter Court is compelled to make a difficult decision; to send her daughter to the mortal realm and raise a human changeling in her stead. Seventeen years later, having been weakened by the death of her husband, King Dristan, who was poisoned (possibly at the hands of Alena) Lyric knows she must share her magic with her true heir or she cannot access the magic of the ancestors that sustains the Winter Court. With the melting of the snow as well as the Queen’s health deteriorating, the Fae of the Winter Court have run out of time and are vulnerable of being taken over by the Summer and Autumn Courts with the Seelie Queen turning a blind eye.

Ivy Hawthorn has always known she was different. Not only can she see people’s auras, but animals watch her wherever she goes and sometimes her dreams actually come true. Things take a bizarre turn with the arrival of Barrett Forbes, a mysterious transfer student who always seems to be in the right place at the right time when her life is threatened. With the Queen’s health fading fast and Alena aware of Ivy’s whereabouts, Barrett is forced to come clean to her regarding her royal lineage and where her true destiny lies..

The Thorn Princess is the first instalment of the Iron Crown Faerie Tales. I was already familiar with the author’s hugely enjoyable Native Guardian series so I was looking forward to delving into this book. From the offset, the author draws you in effortlessly with a glimpse of the stunning world of the Winter Court Fae. Her wonderful use of descriptive and vivid imagery had me feeling as though I was there, practically tasting the snow on my tongue.

The plot moved along fluidly and the characters were quickly introduced, developed and understood. The book is told from multiple points of view most notably Ivy, Barrett, Queen Lyric and a last moment teaser by the Unseelie Prince Arden which paves the way for an intriguing plot development in the follow up instalment.

This is an encouraging introduction to what looks to be a promising series. I recommend this to fans of faeries, shifters and paranormal romance.

I received an advanced free audible copy of The Thorn Princess and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Nikki Delgado has masterfully brought the characters and story to life with her clear, concise delivery which made it easy to differentiate between characters.

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  • S. Cole
  • 12-09-19

Loved the Thron Princess

This was such a great story. Ivy finds out that her past has many secrets. This world that Bekah Harris creates in this book is so fascinating. Can't wait to see where Ivy's journey goes next. Highly recommend this book if you enjoy the Fae.