Sorcery of Thorns was a Spellbinding Success!

***I was given this by Netgalley in exchange for review- but the unabridged gushing is all me***

sorcery of thornsSet in a magical library, with the promise of plenty of drama and danger, I had a feeling I was bound to love Sorcery of Thorns… and I was right! Last year, when this came out, I was blown away by the sheer number of positive reviews. Just last month, I was delighted by Enchantment of Ravens and saw for myself the author’s potential- but nothing could’ve prepared me for the pure pleasure of this book. A perfect escapist read, I was instantly lost in this world of grimoires and demons.

The main character, Elisabeth, was charming, feisty and quirky. Her perspective felt refreshing and fun- and it certainly didn’t hurt that her ambition is to be a warden of the Great Library (let’s be real- I wish this was my life!) I didn’t just feel a connection to her, however- the love interest stole pieces of my heart and (surprisingly) a side character managed to run off with the rest of it!

And while the world is easily one of its biggest draws, it’s no question that the plot also delivers a punch. Pacey from the enigmatic opening to the turn of the last page, I felt like I was leafing through the layers of this story with every chapter. Part murder mystery, part coming of age tale, part romance, this has a little of everything to satisfy readers of all stripes.

For me, the writing held just the right level of enchantment. With a lovely refinement, it made me laugh and hit me in the *feels* when it had to.

The narrative also manages to raise interesting ideas- which I also appreciated in Rogerson’s previous work. Here, she doesn’t just explore the brilliance of books themselves, but how they make the reader stronger and more resilient. This is penned into the protagonist’s development in such a way that makes her feel simultaneously special and relatable. It bookends the beauty of libraries in an exceptional way.

As you can tell, my love for this book is no fiction. There’s something simply joyous in this YA fantasy. If you’re looking for a little time away from our world right now, I highly recommend stepping into this book about books!

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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Have you read this? Did you have as much fun with it as I did? Let me know in the comments!

Enchantment of Ravens Had A Certain Charm

enchantment of ravensWell this book was an unexpected pleasure. While I’m always hearing great things about the author’s more recent release, Sorcery of Thorns, I feel like Enchantment of Ravens has flown a little under the radar… which is why I wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I did.

From the off, there was a subtle sense of intrigue, creating a little whimsy in the world building. I was instantly captivated by the writing style and charmed by the characters. Traced out just enough to have a sense of form, there was an air of the unknowable about them, making them all the more intriguing.

I loved the carefully laid brushstrokes to the world building as well. There was an element of threat in the wild nature of the Fair Folk and I loved this conception of them. The story played with the idea of costly immortality, of the sorrow of living forever without being able to change and of the grief attached to this eternal death. To me, it was especially impressive to see this slowly woven into the narrative, painting quite the picture through simple actions of a fair folk being unable to do something as simple as cooking. It showed me how human creativity is our greatest asset. Of course, in terms of details, elements of the Craft could certainly seem surface level- however I was personally surprised and delighted by this level of depth in a seemingly simple YA fantasy.

Going beyond the world, I did feel the plot could be a little all over the place. The romance, for instance, leapt into action and then bizarrely slowed down to a snail’s pace. And I wasn’t convinced that there was a clear line to the plot. Still, I did enjoy the banter and aspects of the love affair. And, ultimately, I did like the way it ended and everything was tied together.

Overall, while this wasn’t the perfect book, it had so much potential! If you take a step back, you can see the beauty in it. I definitely have to admire this work as a while and have high hopes for this truly talented author.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So, have you read this? What did you think of it? And have you read or do you plan to read anything else by this author? Let me know in the comments!