Review: To Wake a Kingdom by Nisha J. Tuli


Sleeping Beauty meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this twisted fantasy romance retelling, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Raven Kennedy.

After 100 years, I awake not to true love’s kiss, but to a blade at my throat.

Enchanted into an eternal slumber to escape an evil fae, Thorne is awakened, not by true love’s kiss, but by a man with a sword at her throat. So she does the only thing a princess can do—nails him in the balls and sticks him with a dagger.

But something has gone wrong because now her entire family isn’t waking up and Ronan, a warrior from an enemy kingdom, arrives on her doorstep seeking answers she doesn’t want to give.

Bent on revenge, the evil fae returns to claim the princess and kill everyone asleep in the castle. So Thorne strikes a bargain—thirty days to break the curse or Thorne becomes her property forever. But Thorne has no idea how to break a hundred-year-old spell that’s gone awry.

As time ticks away and she scrambles for a solution, her feelings for Ronan become entwined in her fate. Now she must find a way to protect her heart, save herself, and rescue everyone she’s ever loved.

My opinion:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

To Wake a Kingdom by Nisha J. Tuli is a fairytale retelling. It’s the first book from the Curse of Thorne series.

This is one of the best sleeping beauty retellings I have ever read. The plot is very engaging and captivates you from the very first chapter. It’s definitely a slow burn with good world-building and incredible characters. The romance is a mix of insta-attraction and enemies to lovers. I loved how the author changed almost everything from the fairytale. What impressed me the most was that the damsel in distress became a true warrior. Ronan and Thorne had very good chemistry and their banters were quite entertaining. What I didn’t expect was for the story to turn so dark and twisted. The last one-third was kinda gruesome but held tons of surprises.
My favorite parts were when the curse broke and when the friendship between the Fae and the Princess was established.

If you like twisted fairytale retellings then this book is for you. I fell in love with this one and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I will rate it with 5 stars.

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