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All wealthy men are in want of a wife. And a mad woman is in need of an escape.

Catherine swore she wouldn't go back to the asylum. Her parents locked her away for seeing ghosts and fae, but years of treatment couldn't cure her. Spirits still haunt her, and the fae continue to taunt her. Her treatment might have failed, but if Elk Grove taught her one thing, it was how to impersonate a sane person. Finally free of the institution, she will do anything to remain so, even if she has to trick a man into marrying her. With the family's debt hanging over her head, Catherine's mother is insistent she marry. 

Lord Thornton is the perfect candidate: a rich bachelor as charming as he is generous. But Catherine has learned the hard way that appearances can be deceiving and a charismatic mask can hide nefarious intentions. However, with creditors knocking down their doors and time running out, Catherine doesn't have time to be particular. Either she marries or she will be sent back to the asylum. 

When a ghost makes an ominous prediction regarding Lord Thornton, it brings into question not only Catherine’s sanity but her plans to wed. Elk Grove told her ghosts weren't real, but can she ignore the warning when it's her life at stake? Now she must make a choice: Defy her parents’ order and be locked away for good, or risk her life and marry Lord Thornton instead.

This romantic gothic fantasy tale, a prequel to the Thornwood Fae, is sure to delight fans of Carnival Row and Jane Eyre.

©2020 Nicolette Andrews (P)2022 Nicolette Andrews

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A gothic horror about the true horror of the time.

Pricked by Thorns is a novella in the gothic horror genre. The main character, Cathrine, can see things. whether or not they are real doesn't matter. The end result is the same, locked away against her will in an institution that delights in psychological abuse.

By the time we meet Cathrine she is a broken woman. She is finally released from the institution, only so she can land a wealthy husband to pay her parents debts.

I don't usually enjoy horror, but Cathrine's ghostly visitors are not as frightening as the possibility of returning to the asylum.

Cathrine is an instantly likeable character, so childlike in her desire to please her mother. Her arrested development is all the more sad when you realize that her parents treat her as little batter than a child. Little better than property in fact.

The narrator Mia is amazing! she reads with a wonderful English accent and she even gives each of the characters a unique voice, making this project sound like a full cast audio.

This novella is part of a larger story, on that I aim to read soon.

*Thank you to the author and to Story Origin for the reviewer code for this book. This review is my own personal opinion of the provided audio.*



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I like this story for several reasons. The first is because it’s a bite-sized story that’s part of a series. I wish more authors would do this to let readers get a taste for their series before diving in.

The other reasons I enjoy this are for the interesting, relatable, and compelling protagonist and her family. Most are well done and fleshed out as if they’ve been based on real people, so they feel real to the reader. I want to know more about the protagonist and her apparent ability to see Fae and Ghosts. I want to see how her relationship progresses with Lord Thornton and I want to know more about this ghost’s prediction.

The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing life to the characters and acting out lines.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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WOW, IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SERIES.

WOW, IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SERIES as Catherine is introduced to us. The poor girl, I feel she is so misunderstood for the gifts she has. She has my sympathies and I am dying to know how she copes going forward. I don't know how I feel about the Lord, I am swaying both ways, is he good or evil? what is going on in the castle? who are the ghosts? will she find help in the little people? Recommended Clean book. Narration suited poor Catherine and the other characters came forward as realistic.

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Engaging Beginning

Nicolette Andrews has written a short story that introduced a protagonist named Catherine, who has the ability to see ghosts and other creatures called fae, that entertained me. The author has written a convoluted and tortured character that has grabbed and kept my attention from the opening paragraphs. I am looking forward to what the next book will bring. Mia Hutchinson-Shaw's narration was great, and her style reflected the overall gothic feel of the book. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Short but Good

Narrator does an excellent job with this story.

Note that Pricked by Thorns ends in a cliffhanger. So , be ready to listen to the next book.

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Young Woman is Warned by Fae/Ghosts


A young woman has recently been released from a mental institution, where she was sent after seeing ghosts and fae, when her family finds an generous intended, but her voices warn caution.

Series:
0.1 Fairy Ring 2018 (no audiobook available 6/22)
0.5 Pricked by Thorns 2020 (audiobook available)
1.0 Heart of Thorns 2020 (audiobook available)
2.0 Tangled in Thorns 2021 (no audiobook available 6/22)
3.0 Blood and Thorns 2021 (no audiobook available 6/22)

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Pricked by Thorns

Holy shit 😳 , this story started off so good haven't heard a good Mystery in a while. just hate the cliffhangers lol I can't wait to get started on the next book. the narrator did a really good job too.

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Pricked by thorns

I loved it!I am glad to see there are more books in this series! Mia Hutchinson-Shaw was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Intriguing

This story was just the tip of the iceberg.
Full of mystery & leaving you needing so many answers. A perfect introduction to this story.

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I'm Hooked!! Fae Meets The Sixth Sense

This is such a fantastic start, or I guess really it's more of a prequel/sampler for the series. I usually steer away from the horror style-reads because I don't like how they make me so jumpy, but I was intrigued and now I am really glad I read it. The summary is very accurate and I don't want to spoil anything so if it sparked your interest, you like fae/fantasy books and liked the movie The Sixth Sense then you really can't go wrong here. I would recommend not reading this one at night like I did, it made for some effort getting to sleep. It's simply a really well written short book with an edge of creepy that definitely intensifies the deeper you get in to it and grips you pretty quickly... oh and then the cliffhanger at the end!!!

Parents- PG13- middle grade and up read
Language: none
Violence: Really think The Sixth Sense - ghosts turning to show disturbing wounds like slit bloody throats, etc. Not for the squeamish or really young reader
Sexual Content- undertones and implied but no actual scenes, it's hard to say what the next book could hold here in content, I would recommend reading first to judge for yourself.

The narrator was fantastic, loved her British accent and her skill with voice differentiation and acting was wonderful.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-22

Wonderful gothic feel

This was a quick listen and a wonderful welcome to a, to me, unknown universe.
The story has a gothic feel to it, and I absolutely love it!
I might not have known about this series beforehand, but now I do, and I know where my heart will lead me the next foreseeable time.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 07-17-22

Prequel- ends on a cliffhanger.

I got this audiobook via a promo code and this is my voluntary review.

Cathrine, the protagonist, is able to perceive things. It doesn't matter if they are real or not. Her parents send her to a sanitarium for therapy as a result, where she is cared for by a doctor she really dreads, Dr. Armstrong.
The outcome is the same—she is imprisoned against her will in a facility that takes great pleasure in abusing her psychologically. When we first meet Cathrine, she is a damaged person. After five years, she is permitted to depart, but only to meet Lord Thornton so that her snooty, impoverished parents can marry her off properly to find a wealthy husband who will pay off her parents' debts. Catherine likes Thornton but feels insecure and reserved around him. She also has visions of him that warn her off and frighten her silly.

The narration by Mia Hutchinson-Shaw was excellent, and her tone complemented the book's overall gothic theme.

Ends on a Cliffhanger but having listened to the first in the series, I would urge you to continue, or see if theres a completed collection.

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  • Krystle Smith
  • 04-06-22

Amazing

I love this genre of reading. Not sure if you could say the era is my interest or the fae with magic or the fact that the main character can see dead people. The fact that the author has intertwined all three in one story has me astounded and intrigued in a rather pleasant way.

Catherine is released from a special house only to find her family struggling and setting her up with a Lord in order to marry her off. They put her in this home believing she could see things that weren't there. Now she struggles to live her life figuring out what is real and what is not while trying to ignore what she knows isn't real all in the hopes of never being sent back to that awful house. She accepts the marriage even though a ghost is persistent in warning her to run.....

I find it amazing as to what she can see but after she questions it out of fear.

I don't remember if I've heard any work from this narrator but she is good. You're able to keep track of each character and Catherine's emotions are felt. looking forward to the first book.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 04-04-22

I definitely want more

This book is a very intriguing one. With so many questions I definitely want the next book. I love how the leading lady is trying to be so strong, I hope she finds she can lean on her new husband. A brilliant performance from Mia.

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  • Janalyn
  • 02-26-22

If only the ending was better!

In the book Pricked By Thornes, Catherine is taken out of the asylum she has lived in for years. Her parents want her to marry Lord Thorton, but the spirits in Faye that she continues to see tells her she won’t live through it and so she refuses to marry him. Her abusive mother once this marriage so they could pay off the debts and be rid of the crazy daughter Catherine and so they called the doctor from the asylum and he gives her the ultimatum. Marry LordThorton or go back to the asylum.Just like she pretended she didn’t see visions, she now pretends she
The whole story kept me interested, it was the ending that was disappointing. I thought the narrator did an awesome job and even though the ending what is disappointing maybe you will see it differently. As I said the whole book keeps you listening, but when it ends you still have the X yourself or her vision real or is she crazy? As far as the narrator goes she is a totally five star narrator and she has a great voice that is soothing to listen to and 99% of the book keeps you listening it was just the very end of the story that disappointment me.wants to marry Lord Thorton, but will her visions be right in her life in danger or is he everything“That he pretends to be“

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  • mangankillarney
  • 02-24-22

FAE

I loved the narration of Mia Hutchinson-Shaw perfect for this book.


This was a great short story, to listen to . We have Catherine needs to get away from her parents. She is sent to asylum called Elk Grove , while she is a child. Catherine sees imaginary beings.
Later when Catherine is older , her family bring her home to marry !!
This story has ghosts , Fae and romance ....
This book ends in a cliffhanger !!

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  • trufriends
  • 01-29-22

introduction

this is an introduction and gives an insight to Catherine before the events in heart of thorns.

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  • VoraciousBookDragoness
  • 01-15-22

Story well written and great narration

I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Story well written and great narration.