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A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

by Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: March 24th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales


Favorite Quotes:

Mother has never kept me safe from my brother The only time I can remember not fearing him was before my father’s death.
This is how you survive: one breath to the next, refusing each thought as it comes to you. This is how you get through the worst of things.
Deep inside, I hear Ash ask, Who pushed you? It is a question I have waited half a lifetime to hear. I am amazed the sun does not shine.
I am not about to let one unfriendly man rob me of my chance at happiness.


Thorn by Intisar Khanani is a retelling of "The Goose Girl". I was really looking forward to this book. It sounded so good. I found that I enjoyed this book. Princess Alyrra has never been a very good princess. Alyrra wants nothing more than to get away from her family. She has a very cold mother that does not show love and then she has a very abusive brother. My heart ached for this girl. When a king show sup and asks for Alyrra's hand in marriage to his son, Alyrra realizes that she doesn't have very many choices in life. She can either marry this prince or she can stay with her abusive family. Then Alyrra switches places with her handmaiden. The adventure takes off from there.

I have to say that I really enjoyed these characters. I thought that each one of them was very thought out. I felt like they had great personalities and that they were very well written. I really loved the magic. Khanani did a great job with the magic in this book. I thought it fit quite perfectly. I really liked how Khanani approached some of the more sensitive topics in this book. I thought she did a really good job. I feel like when it comes to tough subjects, our society likes to hide and pretend that things don't happen. I think that this book really touches on some great hot topics. Ultimately, I really liked this book. I think it is definitely worth giving a shot.


I lead the king down to the back entrance to the gardens, and we walk along between plots of dill, thyme, and chives. I wait, knowing he will speak when he is ready.

“How much does your mother confide in you?” he asks as we near the middle of the gardens.

I slide a look at him from the corner of my eye. “Enough. My lord.”

His lips quirk, the first true smile I have seen from him. “Is that honest?”

I pause beside a bed of borage. “How much do I need to know, my lord? You are here seeking a wife for your son.”

“I am,” he agrees. “How often do you participate in the discussions between your mother and the council?”

“I don’t, my lord. You should know I am not . . .” I hesitate, aware that I have no place telling this king what he should or should not know. Or jeopardizing such an alliance for my land.

“Not what?”

I struggle to find an appropriate way to finish. “Not—it is not thought my place to attend such meetings.”

“You would never inherit the throne?”

I could inherit, it is true, but I doubt the council would allow it given my history—and certainly not now that I might marry into another royal family, one that would be happy to add our lands to their own. Either way, should my brother die, the council would certainly pass over me in favor of our nearest cousin. “It is unlikely,” I say finally.

“I doubt that,” the king says. “It has been my experience that even young men die. What you mean to say is your council would not accept you should your brother die without issue and you were yet unwed. Why?”

If he knows all the answers, why is he asking? I look him in the eye and quip, “Perhaps I am too honest, my lord.”

He laughs. “And too straightforward. You will have to learn to play with your words more.” He reaches out, his fingertips brushing my arm where my brother held me. I flinch back reflexively, as if the bruises have already darkened—as if he could see them through my sleeve. He watches me, his eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Once you are Menaiya’s,” he says, “your brother will never hurt you again.”

About the Author:

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s debut novel, Thorn, was picked up by HarperTeen and will be re-released in Winter 2020. In the meantime, she’s hard at work on the remaining books of The Sunbolt Chronicles.


On March 24th Thorn will be releasing from Hot Key (UK) and HarperTeen (US/CA)! To celebrate, I’m offering some amazing Thorn goodies to everyone who …
·        pre-orders/orders a copy of Thorn before March 31st at 23.59.
·        OR requests it from their library (library hold / suggested purchase) before March 31st at 23.59.
Here’s what’s up for grabs:
·        A Thorn Bookmark
·        A set of Chibi Stickers featuring Thorn characters
·        A Signed Bookplate
PLUS Digital goodies (worldwide):
·        A PDF of Brambles – a Thorn prequel short story so you can jump into Alyrra’s world now!
·        A PDF of The (Annotated) Goose Girl – the original fairytale with annotations from yours truly in the margin
·        A coloring page of three Thorn-themed bookmarks
All you need to do to enter is send a proof of purchase (or screenshot of your library hold), your name and address to T&Cs apply!
UK entrants: Hot Key Books rocks and can mail you physical goodies as well as the digital. Check it out here:
Non-US/UK entrants: I really, really wanted to offer you the physical goodies, but postage is a bear. If you would like to cover the cost of an international stamp ($1.20), I can absolutely mail you the goodies as well. E-mail in your proof/screenshot for your digital goodies, and I’ll link you up so you can do that.

The universal book link for purchasing Thorn is:


1st Prize: Win a book of your choice from Bookdepository (INT*)
2nd Prize: Win a THORN swag pack (stickers, bookmark, and a signed bookplate) [INT]

- Bookdepository: Open INTERNATIONALLY, *where Bookdepository ships to (
- Swag bundle: Open INTERNATIONALLY.
Starts: 24th March 2020
Ends: 7th April 2020

Tour Schedule:

March 24th

March 25th

My Bookish Escapades - Guest Post
Mythical Books - Review
Moonlight Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
Marzie's Reads - Review
MaBookYard - Review + Favourite Quotes

March 26th

L.M. Durand - Review
The Everlasting Library - Review
Book-Keeping - Review
Foals, Fiction & Filigree - Review + Favourite Quotes
& She Reads - Review
Elisabeth Wheatley - Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

March 27th

Kait Plus Books - Guest Post
Utopia State of Mind - Review + Favourite Quotes
Here's to Happy Endings - Review
The Laughing Listener - Review
Bookishly Nerdy - Review + Favourite Quotes
Books_n_sunshine - Review + Favourite Quotes + Dream Cast

March 28th

A Book Addict's Bookshelves - Interview
Books.Bags.Burgers - Review + Favourite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books - Review
The Layaway Dragon - Review + Favourite Quotes
Fanna Wants The World To Read - Review

March 29th

Fangirl Pixie Blog - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Dream Cast
La La in the Library - Review
Hauntedbybooks - Review + Favourite Quotes
Biblioxytocin - Review + Favourite Quotes

March 30th

To All The Books I've Read Before - Interview
A Dream Within A Dream - Review
Happily, Hedy - Spotlight
Dazzled by Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
inkstains.and.dust - Review
theanxiousbookworm_ - Review + Favourite Quotes

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