Author: Theodora Goss
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Hardcover, 82 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a touch of fantasy
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 by Theodora Goss is a unique reading experience. First I need to talk about the book design. The book is spineless. You read that right. The book is put together in a way that makes it able for you to read Brendan's story and Evelyn's story separately. After you finish with either character's story you can flip the book over and begin the other character's story. I like the way this book is designed. It brings something extra to the story. This is the first time that I've read any book in such a way.
As I've mentioned before this is two books in one. One from each characters point of view. The main characters are Brendan and Evelyn. Evelyn has a troubled past and is seeking to make her own way in life. Brendan is looking to start his life away from his father. Evelyn meets Brendan when she walks into his father's book store. They are drawn together as if they were magnets. However things happen that tear them apart but fate keeps throwing them back together.
I like the duel point of view for each book. Even though they are two sides of the same story I like that the author put details in each story that was not in the other character's story. So even though you are reading the same story, it's not all the same. I also like that this story contained legends and mythology. I'm a huge fan of mythology and legends and I think it added a lot to this story.
Overall I did like this book but it didn't wow me. The book design is really interesting and it did add to the story. The book is short so it doesn't go into a lot of detail. I think that it would have been better if this book were a little longer. It's more on the lines of a novella than a full length novel. However this is a sweet story of star crossed lovers. This is an adult book but I think it would be suitable for younger audiences as well. It's a fairly clean read.
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*I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.