Review: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
Title: The Thorn and the Blossom
Author: Goss, Theodora
Length: 82 pages
Publisher / Year: Quirk Books / 2012
Source: Picked up at Chapters.
Why I Read It: Jodie recommended it.
Date Read: 25/08/12
This is a beautifully packaged little book, with the pages all connected and folded like an accordion between two thick hard covers. The entire book is then nestled in a beautiful box. The book tells the story of a young American girl and a young English man who meet, and whose lives are forever changed and impacted by a fable and book that they share. One side of the accordion gives her story, the other side gives his. In this way, the reader gets two stories and two points of view.
Evelyn and Brendan were both well written, full characters who came to life off the pages. The perspective the reader gets of each within their own telling, as well as featured in the opposite telling, work together so well, and both characters seemed completely believable and like real people. The story that Goss shares in this book is incredibly thought out and works wonderfully. The magic is just right, as is the romance, the history, and the coincidences.
A short tale (or rather, two short tales), that are very worth the read. And the full package makes the book even more worth it! Certainly completely different from anything I’ve ever read before.