Fantasy Review: The Thorn and The Blossom by Theodora Goss (Check It Out)

Posted January 26, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses / 5 Comments


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From Goodreads: One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.

When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .

The Thorn and the Blossom
 is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning


Read in January, 2012
Read for Review
Overall Rating: 3.75
Brendon’s Story: 4.00
Evelyn’s Story: 3.50

First Thought when Finished: I wish there had been more to the story.  I wasn’t quite through with Evelyn and Brendon.

First Impression of the Book: What a very neat concept!

Evelyn’s Story: I started with Evelyn’s story first and I almost wish I would have started with Brendon’s story. Being as this is a story of star-crossed lovers, it was interesting to get the story from both sides. I really felt for Evelyn as she dealt with the highs and lows from meeting and loving Brendon but I felt there was something missing.

Brendon’s Story: I felt his story is the glue that made the book make sense. I think you should start with his side. I always thought something was missing from Evelyn’s side of the story and after reading Brendon’s I understood. Though I always wondered if Evelyn did….

Together: I think the book, packaging, and rhythm was all very unique. It is what makes the story special. I do wish there had been a little more to the story to make the characters richer.

Final Thought: This would be a fantastic gift for someone who collects unique books!

Felicia S
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5 responses to “Fantasy Review: The Thorn and The Blossom by Theodora Goss (Check It Out)

  1. Carrie at In the Ham

    i already had this on my to read list, but now i reallllly want to read it now!i understand what you mean about the story, but it sounds well worth reading anyway 🙂

  2. Melissa (Books and T

    I am so curious about this book. I love uniqueness. That alone makes it worth it to me to read it. Plus, now I won't have huge expectations which will help. 😉

  3. Rebecca (RivkaBelle)

    I read this one too (review scheduled for the 2nd), and also read Evelyn first. I'm wondering how it would be to read Brendan first…it all made sense when we read his story after Evelyn's, so I wonder if there's the same "Aha!" when you read it the other way :o)