Mini Review | Sorcery of Thorns

Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 453

My rating: ★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Review:

This review is going to be a little bit different from my other ones. Being that I don’t have a ton of thoughts about Sorcery of Thorns, I think I am just going to make a list of my likes and dislikes. Hope that is okay with you all!

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LIKES:

-This book was about a magical library! I mean, what reader wouldn’t be into that?? I loved that the grimoires were very much alive & that they definitely had a mind of their own.

-I love that this was a standalone. I actually didn’t know it was until I was pretty far into the book, but it was a nice surprise. There definitely needs to be more standalones in fantasy!

-Slow burn romance. I’m a complete sucker for it.

-Silas is by far the best thing about this book. I fell head over heels in love with him. He’s a little scary & mysterious, but also perfect at the same time!

DISLIKES:

-I didn’t really fall in love with the book. The entire time I was reading, I was waiting for that moment of being fully immersed in the story, but unfortunately that didn’t happen for me.

-It was too long. I honestly think this book could have been 100 pages shorter. To me it felt like it dragged on forever. I definitely lost focus more than once. 

-I was disappointed in the representation. Don’t get me wrong, I am SO happy that Sorcery of Thorns had a LGBTQ+ character, I just wish we got to see more of that represented. Honestly, you could have easily missed when they mentioned that the character liked more than one gender.

-This was kind of predictable. I saw certain things coming from a mile away. I know some people aren’t bothered when books are this way, but it does annoys me.

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Overall this was just an okay read for me, which is fine! I’m definitely interested to see what Margaret Rogerson does in the future!

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June Book Haul

Hi everyone!

Another month, another haul! I have 8 books to share with you all today so let’s get right into it!

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

I listened to the audio for this back in May and I ended up really loving it. I can definitely see this being a book that I want to reread every summer so I had to get myself a physical copy.

Legend by Marie Lu

This one I got from a trade. I actually don’t know much of anything about this book besides it’s dystopian. I am probably going to go into it blind and see how it goes.

Contagion by Erin Bowman

I was recommended this book by northwest_reader on Instagram (y’all should definitely go check out her account! Her posts are so pretty!) The synopsis definitely gives me Illuminae vibes & I am here for that! 

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This was the book pick for Owlcrate’s June box. My review will be coming very soon.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book is about a sibling relationship. It sounds like it’s going to be super emotional.

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

My wonderful friend Lacey (go subscribe to her Booktube channel!) was so sweet to gift me this book. I have heard such amazing things about it & I am looking forward to picking it up VERY soon.

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

I don’t know much about this one, but the cover intrigues me!

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

I got this one from a trade. I’ve been wanting this book for a while. I haven’t heard many people talk about it though. If you’ve read it let me know you how you liked it!

What books did you acquire in June??

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WWW Wednesday

Hello everyone!

Today Is WWW Wednesday! This is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the three questions!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

I actually had no intention of picking this up this month. I noticed that my library added the audiobook so I snatched it up real quick. So far I am really enjoying it. I am LOVING the convention setting. My geeky heart is happy.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

After I was disappointed by a very hyped book, I needed to read something cute & fun. I ended up giving this 3 stars. While it was what I needed, I expected it to be a little more steamy than it was. The sex scenes were fade to black which annoyed me.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I have actually already started this book, but decided to put it down for a few days. It’s summer break & with me being a nanny that means complete chaos Monday-Friday. I read chapter one while I was at work and could not focus on it at all. I’m going to pick it back up when I have some peace and quiet this weekend!

What are y’all currently reading?

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