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    A Goose Girl Retelling

    I'm excited to be a part of the THORN blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from March 24th - March 30th, 2020! I received an ARC of this book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Physical & Emotional Abuse, Rape & Attempted Rape, Assault "Mother has never kept me safe from my brother The only time I can remember not fearing him was before my father’s death." Although she’s grown up as a princess, Princess Alyrra has never known a pleasant life. Tormented and sometimes afraid for her safety from her terrible brother, and disliked by her mother, Alyrra has little hope for a happy life. When a King of a faraway land arrives at their abode to ask for her to become the betrothed of his son, she has no option but to accept. The marriage alliance will provide her family with improved status. Her brother's hatred towards her has long-jaded her view on men and makes her apprehensive of what the prince will be like. "I have only ever been a tool--something to be used or disregarded, my worth measured in my political acuity and marriage prospects." Before she leaves her homeland to travel to Menaiya, she is visited by a mage in her dreams, warning her of the many perils ahead and to be wary of whom she trusts. A terrifying sorceress enters the room during his warning, and attacks the nameless mage when Alyrra denies to help her gain the prince for herself. Alyrra wakes up with the knowledge that the dream has foreshadowed what is to come. Princess Alyrra embarks on her journey to her new home, accompanied by Valka, a previous friend, and Lady that she has long had a falling out with. Despite the mage's warnings, Alyrra is tricked by Valka and the woman from the dream along the way and has her identity stolen from her. Alyrra and Valka switched bodies, putting her at the mercy of Valka as she took possession of the princess' body. The only one to know her true form is a talking horse named Falada, that her brother had gifted to her as a wedding gift before leaving. Once at court, Valka quickly gets rid of Alyrra, stripping her status to a mere peasant. Alyrra becomes a goose girl, and rather likes her new, simple life. As time unfolds, and her crossings with Prince Kestrin increase, Alyrra finds herself drawn to not only him, but his kingdom and the people within. Knowing of the trick the sorceress has set in place for Kestrin, Alyrra must decide if she wants to remain the goose girl, or become the princess that she has always been to help mend a kingdom in disarray. Thorn is a heart-wrenching tale about a constant and admirable princess. This retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ The Goose Girl highlights how important healthy and supportive relationships are to have, and how terribly toxic ones can attack one's self-worth.
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    Engaging story and great characters

    Loved it loved it. A Goose Girl retelling where the questions of justice and responsibility are grappled with, but not solved too easily.
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