Psst! I’ll let you in on a secret: I’ve got an infallible technique to rate the books I read. It works every time, no matter how many years since I’ve first discovered it. Very scientific, etcetera. The method’s simple enough at first glance: I’ll finish a book, close my kindle’s protective case, and then, I’ll wait a few seconds. More tricky now, because the rest is entirely outside of my willpower: will I shamelessly hug the book? Yeah? That means four stars, at the very least. Impressed by my professionalism? I mean, I did warn you. It’s very scientific and complex. So. I guess the question is, did I hug Sorcery of Thorns?
narrator: she hugged the damned book indeed
Along the years I’ve become more… prudent with my ratings for YA fantasy, because I’m just not the intended demographic. Indeed I do think that as adults reading YA, we have a responsibility coming from our privilege. Take our ability to buy more, for starters: what we like and promote does have an influence on publishers, influence that teens readers simply do not have, not to that extent.
It doesn’t mean that I’ll be lenient with problematic love interests and other insufferable nonsense, or that I’ll gloss over an utter lack of world building, of course, but Sorcery of Thorns, in that regard, is perfectly fine. No, scratch that. It’s more than that: very enjoyable and effortlessly readable. I especially appreciated our trio’s dynamics which were *chef’s kiss*, and Silas gave me life. It’s undeniable that Nathaniel’s character is some kind of variation of the stereotypical tortured-but-genuinely-nice-boy-who-just-craves-to-be-loved, yes, but I’d make cupcakes from this mold on any day, so. No complaints here. As for Elisabeth, she’s just – awesome. A perfect balance between level-headed and reckless that feels just right. I loved them together.
Bottom line:Sorcery of Thorns was exciting and just so damn fun, it made me so happy. I’ll take more of this, please. 4.5 stars.