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Friday, October 14, 2016

Blog Tour- ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas An Interview & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas! I freaking adore this series!  I have an interview with Sarah to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a finished copy of the book!!

Haven't heard of ROSE & THORN? Check it out!

Author: Sarah Prineas
Pub. Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Sarah Prineas’s darkly imaginative retelling breaks down the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in a big, bold way. Brimming with action and romance, beautiful Rose must escape the curse that will force the kingdom to fall into a century-long slumber and fights for the freedom to find her own happily ever after.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with, curses that will have drastic consequences if they take effect. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Griff and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to this forced fairy tale. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the prescribed story they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairy tales dark, your heroines daring, and your suitors dashing, this is the book for you.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Sarah! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! ROSE & THORN was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thanks so much for the kind words!  :D

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about ROSE & THORN and the characters?

Sure!  Rose & Thorn is a sleeping beauty retelling with a twistthe prince is the one who needs to be awakened, and the beauty carries an axe.  It’s also about stories, and how they try to shape who you are and who you can becomeand pushing back against those forces to become most truly yourself.  Theres also kissing. 

Will there be a 3rd book? And if so do you have a title yet or who it’ll be about?

There is not!  I considered it, but a middle grade book idea grabbed me (it’s about a boy who is a dragon), so that’ll be my next book (apart from one of the MG Spirit Animals series, which comes out next year) (sorry, I talk in parentheses a lot). 

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Nope!  I get asked this question a lot.  The only character I’ve written who was inspired by a real ... creature ... is a cat from my Magic Thief series.  Everybody else is made up. 

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

The same person: Quirk!  Writing him was very fun, but also difficult.  He’s a super fun character to write because he’s funny (he names his biceps, for example) (I think that’s hilarious; YMMV).  But he was hardest to write because he knows a lot that he doesn’t tell, and keeping his secrets was tough. 

What is your favorite passage/scene in ROSE & THORN?

My favorite moment is when Rose and Griff have been kissing and Rose has to leave and says, “I’ll kiss you tomorrow...” She turns red and corrects herself: “I’ll see you tomorrow, I mean.” 

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

It’s the sleeping beauty story, so of course there has to be a spindle.  But there’s no spinning wheelthe spindle is used by a woman who is hand-spinning flax into thread for making lace.  A Twitter friend who spins helped me get the details right (I changed some things for writerly reasons, but the spinning is essentially correct). 

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I have a passionate love-hate relationship with Eugenides from Megan Whelan Turner’s Queen’s Thief series.  Or maybe it’s hate-love.  Depends on what happens in the next book...

What inspired you to write YA?

I have (*counts on fingers*) seven middle grade novels out, and had no plans to write YA, but Ash & Bramble dropped fully formed into my head and I had to write it.  It was very weird.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I cannot wait to read Like a River Glorious, the sequel to Rae Carson’s terrific Walk on Earth a Stranger.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?


Twitter or Facebook?

Erm.  Both?  But not Instagram.

Favorite TV show?

I don’t watch any TV.  Or see movies.  Visual media isn’t my thinggive me a book!  

Sweet or Salty?

Both.  As long as they have plenty of fat added. 

Any Phobias?

Nope.  I actually love snakes (see Slytherin, above).

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.

Thanks so much Sarah for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read ROSE & THORN!

About Sarah:
Hi there! I'm Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it's a YA.
Here's my website:


and here's my book website (with games, wallpaper, and extras!):


Thanks for reading!

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of ROSE & THORN. US Only.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/10/2016- Novel Novice- Interview
10/11/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview
10/12/2016 Seeing Double In NeverlandGuest Post
10/13/2016- Mom with a Reading ProblemReview
10/14/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
10/17/2016- Once Upon a TwilightReview
10/18/2016- YaReadsGuest Post
10/19/2016- Eli to the nthReview
10/20/2016- The Cover ContessaInterview
10/21/2016- Mundie MomsReview

Go back to where it all started! It's a great time to start the series if you haven't!


  1. This sounds fantastic!! I just adore the cover. Cannot wait to read it!

  2. The last paragraph of the synopsis describes me perfectly as far as my book choices. Love the cover--so gorgeous! Can't wait to read this.

  3. I always wished there was more detail in the original fairy tales. This series sounds great!

  4. I love fractured fairy tales! I love your cover!!!!!


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