10 Thoughts on The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué


I’m going to share 10 thoughts on The Firethorn Crown today.

I mean, maybe I should do 12, since it’s about 12 dancing princesses?

But I’m doing 10 because it’s nice and round and I want to.

Ten is a great number!

People love ten!

So that’s what I’m going to do.

Anyway… A little about the book and then my Ten Thoughts.


Title: The Firethorn Crown

Author: Lea Doué

  • Date read: February 11, 2017
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Genre: Fantasy (Fairytale retelling: The Twelve Dancing Princesses)
  • Age: YA
  • Year pub: 2015
  • Pages: 289 paperback
  • Series? Book 1 (Yesss, there will be more books about different princesses! *cheering*)
  • Fave character: Eben!
  • Source: Won a paperback from the author in a giveaway from Clean Indie Reads; but I also bought the ebook version.
  • Notes: Read for Fellowship of Fantasy‘s bookclub February 2017 read, which was sooo fun.



Ten Thoughts:

1. THE COVER. It is awesome. Excuse me while I stare at it forever.

2. TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES! I’m totally here for a retelling of my favorite fairytale. (Which may mean I was pickier about how I wanted the book to be than I should have been, but oh well.) It was so fun to read this retelling and I greatly enjoyed seeing how it was done. 🙂

3. Eben the guard was awesome and my favorite. 😀 I wish we’d gotten more of him and/or some of his POV. He was epic! That is all.

4. The princesses, as usual, were a little hard to sort at first, but I did get used to which were which eventually. My favorite was Neylan (with her mini dragons!). And the princes (some of them pairing off with princesses) WERE SO FUN. Orin the goose prince, Holic the red-head prince… So funny, loyal, and helpful. 😀

5. DRAGONS. I might have liked more details about them and to see more of them, but it was really neat that there were all different kinds/sizes, as natural wildlife. The butterwings (kind of like butterfly dragons, mini ones who hang around in the flowers) were my favorites. I wish they’d been outright stated and described instead of implied, though, because sometimes it took me awhile to figure out that honeysucklers, woolies, etc. were kinds of dragons. But dragons! Looking forward to seeing more of them in the later books!

6. It took a break from other retellings in which the princesses’ king dad is a grumpy semi-antagonist for some of the story; instead, he’s away most of the book, so their mom fills in that role. XD

7. I don’t know how I feel about the villain. There seems to be a longstanding twelve-dancing-princesses-retelling tradition in which we have a mysterious character that we don’t know if he’s good or not but I kind of WANT him to be good, but… he’s not. Or is he? Eh. I have complex feels about this character and don’t know what I think. I DON’T KNOW. MUCH CONFUSING FEELS.

8. I really enjoyed this book—a lot—but I didn’t love it for some reason, and I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe because of how attached I am to the fairytale it’s retelling, so I’m pickier? Maybe the way it constantly hinted at things but never stated stuff, as if the writing was shy of the forbidden “telling” versus showing? (But taking it too far?) Maybe I was conflicted over a certain character? Maybe there were a lot of things I wished had happened that didn’t? Anyways, there was something a little bit off which prevented it becoming an absolute favorite, BUT I did enjoy it a lot and it was overall a quite good book. 🙂

9. I quite liked the world—it was colorful and interesting. I look forward to seeing more of it! (Especially the dragons. Ahem.)

10. Overall, it was great fun reading this retelling and I can’t wait to continue the series! There are characters I’m excited to see more of, and mysteries left vaguely hanging (like True the goose. WHAT is the deal with True the goose??). If you enjoy good clean fun books and fairytale retellings, I recommend giving this one a try. 🙂

(Note: I won a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway. This in no way influenced my opinions, which are entirely my own.)


From Goodreads:

firthornPrincess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother’s matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she’s willing to pay.

The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” is the first in the Firethorn Chronicles, a series of stand-alone novels inspired by fairy tales and other stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.


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Thanks for reading, dear Pagelings!

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer


14 thoughts on “10 Thoughts on The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this FOREVERRRRRR. -_-

    Ooh, it’s one of *those* villains…Like in Entwined by Heather Dixon? I know how you feel. In Entwined, I really wanted to like him, and I wanted him to be good but…yeah. XD It really felt like the author was beating around the bush a bit, which I suppose was to add suspense, but…Yeah, I don’t know, but I know what you mean. 😛

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    • I know that feeling. 😛 Hopefully you’ll get to read it someday!

      Eheh, yes, fairly similar to in Entwined, but less absolutely awful. XD AND YES I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN. I wanted the villain in Entwined to be good. 😛 Anyway, in this one that kind of character is different, so… it’s hard to say. I CAN’T DECIDE HOW I FEEL ABOUT EITHER. XD

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  2. This was fun! 🙂 Yay for The Twelve Dancing Princesses!!! ❤ I loved this book, enjoyed book two, and am looking forward to more. AND YES. The dragons. They were so fun and intriguing!

    Hope you're doing well, friend! ^_^

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    • Thanks! AND YES HURRAY FOR THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES! Glad you enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to trying out book 2 — the fact that you enjoyed it can only mean good things! 😉 (Dragons are awesome.)

      I’m doing okay, thanks. 🙂 I hope you are too! ❤


  3. TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. DRAGONS. WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET???? I keep meaning to but…like…so many books to read. o.o BUT I MUST. SOON.

    100% YES to the cover. IT IS SO GORGEOUS. I need to get a physical copy just to have that gorgeous cover on my shelves. #ShallowBookWorm

    That’s cool the mom took the usual role of the dad. The grumpy King/dad IS a very cliche fairytale thing. #Guilty Ahem. But seriously, I like how this author turned around that cliche for a change.

    I know what you mean about the villain, in that you want him to be good!!!! Entwined was the WORST about it. I…I LIKED The Keeper but he was sooooooooooo creepy and just…ALL THE CONFUSING EMOTIONS. I don’t knooow. I guess it’s good to have a villain we like but we also want him to be good eventually and just…*FLAILS* SUCH CONFUSION.

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book as much as you wanted to. And sometimes it’s even worse when you can’t really pinpoint WHY you didn’t enjoy it. That is exactly how I felt about the new Beauty and the Beast movie. Like…it was all fine. I don’t really know WHY I didn’t enjoy it. I think maybe because we’re too attached to these fairytales? B&B is my favorite and 12DP is yours, so we have really, really high expectations for them, and want stories based off of them to be perfect. I don’t know! I guess it’s a hit or miss with things we’re so deeply attached to.

    But anyways, I’m glad you did mostly enjoy it. Your list of things was fascinating to read. It’s definitely something I want to try! Thanks for sharing with us! ^_^

    (And yes, people love ten. XDDD)

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    • Yes, methinks you’d like it! 😀 (But yes, so many books to read. XD)

      *stares at the cover forever* I SO AGREE. And I often have that feeling of wanting to own an actual copy just because SO PRETTY. XD #ShallowBookwormRightThereWithYa

      Heehee, the grumpy King should be a fairytale character trope because SO OFTEN. XD But that’s okay too, just common. 🙂


      I like your idea that it might just be because we’re too attached to these fairytales! That might really be it. Especially when we’re actually writing versions of them ourselves? So if it’s not like we would do it, it’s obviously different and… yeah, that might be why. Whoops. 😛

      But yes, I did mostly enjoy it! And you’re welcome! Thanks for reading and for all your loverly thoughts! ^_^ I hope you enjoy the book if you read it someday! 😀

      (Specifically you and I love Ten. XDDD)


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