The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

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Pages: 82
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN13: 9781594745515
Genre: Romance Novelty Book

Review by Phil

This copy was sent to me for review from the publisher and did not affect my opinion.

Synopsis ( 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 .

My Thoughts:

Ever since seeing this book on BookRatMisty’s channel over a year ago in one of her hauls. The story line sounded interesting enough, but what caught my attention was the unique accordion binding, as well as the double sided love story. I had never read a book, in which you read one persons side of the story, and then immediately after read the next persons perspective by flipping the book around. Also this book is pure cover lust for me, you know I love painted covers, and this one is done phenomenally.

So, apart from what originally drew me into this book, I have to say, it was only…eh. Now don’t get me wrong, I did like it, and I think I would have liked it a lot more, have it not been for the accordion binding, which is ridiculous because it was what originally caught my attention. But constantly while reading this book I would find myself in awkward positions trying to hold this book in a way that could be presented as readable. Also god forbid you drop this book! All of the pages fall out and you need to “accordion” them, for lack of a better term, back into the correct format. I am a klutz, so this happened very often.

The story as a whole was good. I started off reading Evelyn, and the romance was cute, I liked the whole star-crossed lovers aspect. Evelyn’s “visions” I found kind of silly though, it seemed like a bad ploy to give the readers something out of the ordinary, which the book didn’t need. Brendan’s story was good too, well it was really the same exact story. Sorry to be vague, but there is very little one can say about a book that is only 84 pages long, and if you split that in half you get both Evelyn’s and Brendan’s story, each at about 42 pages long.

What I did really like though was the Tale of the Green Knight frequently mentioned throughout the book. Evelyn and Brendan are both medieval literature professors at a university, so there were constant references to this medieval poem, in which The Thorn and the Blossom is loosely based on.

If it hadn’t been for the accordion binding this would have been a 4/5 for me, but I am super picky, so The Thorn and the Blossom gets a 3/5.


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