Book Review: The Thorn And The Blossom

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You didn’t think I’ve dropped the Book Review feature, did you? I finally finished A Clash of Kings over the Lunar New Year break, but I’m not going to review it, just allow me this one piece of advice: if you’re a fan of the show and want to check out the books, then watch first, read later. Your brain will thank you.

Anyway, on to the book of today’s review: Theodora Goss’ “The Thorn and the Blossom“. I think I first read about this book on Goodreads, and it immediately grabbed my attention because of two things. One, it’s set around a medieval legend, which is right up my alley – the central romance mirrors an alternative version of the legend of the Green Knight. And two, it’s a two-sided book. It tells the same story from the points of view of the two main characters, Evelyn and Brendan, and the accordion binding allows you to choose whichever side you want to read first. So when my friend Trang was getting ready to come home from England, I asked her to order this for me from Amazon (because international shipping to Vietnam is kind of a hassle.)

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Well, I have to say, I was disappointed. It is a very pretty book, but I think the gimmick of a two-sided book outweighs the quality of the story itself. I don’t think it needs to be told from two points of view – I started with Evelyn’s side, and when I read Brendan’s side I saw that it offers no new insight to the story at all (in fact, a lot of the same scenes are repeated, with the same dialogue.) It’s a super quick read (I finished both sides in one sitting), but the problem is not the length of the story. When I saw how thin the book is, I’d hoped for a short but beautifully written story. It’s not. Not badly written exactly… it just feels very flat. It’s categorized as novella, but it doesn’t read like a novella. It reads like an outline for a more complex novel. Everything is too on-the-nose, there is no depth to the characters or the story, and the style is as straightforward as it comes – no word choice that wows me or sentence structure that gives the story the poetic quality it needs. I think ultimately that’s my problem with this book: the writing is just too boring.

I guess I should never judge a book by its cover, literally.

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About the outfit: I’m wearing this dress backward (not that you can’t tell.) This is how the neckline looks, but it doesn’t work with the cardigan and the necklace, so I flipped it around. It kinda fits the whole “two-sided” thing too, right?

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Dress: tailored, Cardigan & Tights: Target, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Necklace: self-made, Shoes: borrowed from my sister


5 Comments on “Book Review: The Thorn And The Blossom”

  1. Isn’t it a shame to plough through a book and find it so disappointing. Good review though, and loved the dress

    • Salazar says:

      Well it’s not exactly “ploughing” – like I said I finished both sides in a couple of hours – but it is disappointing because I was so excited for it.

  2. That’s too bad that it wasn’t that great of a book, because I’d totally be intrigued by it, too! Especially the two-sided thing. And the cover. So pretty.
    I LOVE your outfit. And the idea of wearing a dress backwards; I wish I had dresses that did that.

  3. Megan says:

    Sorry to hear you were disappointed! It’s certainly a gorgeous book, and so is your dress… you look beautiful in it 🙂

  4. Gorgeous dress! I love how you styled it, especially the shoes.


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