Here’s what the fuss is about:

Sorcery of Thorns By Margaret Rogerson


I have so much to say about this book but first let me get one thing out: WOW (hear me squealing!)!

Have you ever picked up a book, started reading and reading, and when you reach the end, you look back and search for another page? Maybe it got ripped off? So you read that last page again and as if it were a continuation to the story, continue on to the author section and back cover? Then you go online and take a look at what people are saying, all the while saying under your breath, “let it be a series, let it be a series, pleasepleaseplease.” That was me with this book.

I saw this book around in so many tbr lists that I got curious. And then a friend practically threw it at me, thank you Amira, for lending me this book – it was more than worth my time!

Let it be known that I was so caught in this story that I put everything aside – including my edits – and just read. Of course, I kind of lost the rhythm in the edits, but, well, it’s summer and if I can’t take a few days to relax and read, then I’ll never be able to.

I started reading this around 10pm, just a quick peak to see if the first few pages called to me. It was about 3am when I put it aside, because there’s no sleeping in for me, no matter how much I wish so. By 7am I was up and reading where I’d left off. I’m sure if I hadn’t paused to eat or drink or see to my kid’s needs and home, I’d have finished the story way before 2 am the next morning.

So, magic library, sorcery, conflicting heroes, evil villains, romance and action. What else one could ask?

I can honestly say that up to now, this is the best book I’ve read this year so far – there is not a single thing to complain about this book except for: I want more!


And then I picked up Illuminae.

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hmm, now this one is a mystifier. I’ve read so much about this one that I decided to read it – out of curiosity about the fuss. I admit that going into it, I thought this was going to be similar to These broken stars (a great read btw).

And in a way it was, since both were dark, creepy at times, and thoroughly captivating. I just couldn’t put it down – and God, I wanted to.

That’s right, I had a strong urge to throw the book – my laptop – at the wall through most of the book, and yet…. I’m not sure if this one was just so confusing for me, all the ims and smh and different formats – let me just say that I had my teeth gritted through most of the book. My reader read the whole thing as if there were no punctuation whatsoever anywhere, save for when the ‘illuminae group’ were giving their account of the events. I seriously contemplated putting the book down and forgetting about it, but man I wanted to know what was going to happen!

It was a surprisingly great read, but I’m sorry to say I don’t think I’ll be picking up the second book – because of the format, not the story. I don’t think I can go through another entire book through ims and smh and multiple formats.



Ever read either of these books? If so, what did you think? Have you ever read a book where the format was so weird it just put you off?

**Note: I was unable for some reason to save a copy of the cover for Sorcery of Thorns to use on this post.

54 Replies to “Here’s what the fuss is about:”

  1. I’ve never read either, but Sorcery of Thorns sounds like one to look out for, so I’ve added it to my list. I love it when that happens with a book. Must be some strong characterisation.

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    1. yes. I skipped the blurb (when a title is great, i try not to ruin a potential read by reading the blurb), so I went in blind – the best way to read a book is to wonder what it’s all about. I hope you get around to reading it.
      Thanks for the visit and have a great day!
      Btw, I left a comment on your post yesterday. I think it went to spam – can you fish me out?

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      1. Enjoyed my visit, thanks Jina, and got your comment on my blog, not in Spam, I’ve just had a hectic week and am behind in getting back to everyone. Hope to catch up this afternoon.

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    1. I don’t think the format is an issue to most. For me, it felt weird because I had trouble sometimes knowing who was saying what – but that’s probably because I’m blind and had to follow the names and abbreviations with the texts.

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      1. Weird. Do you check from the reader or the post itself? I have a blogger whose comments only show in the post – not from the notification. You haven’t replied to the last 3, or two, comments I left there. The last one was on the one of Cara’s b-day.

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      2. Thanks for letting me know. I checked your comments on the post with Kara’s bday, The Sunshine Blogger Award, and the post before that. Your comments are there and I did reply to them. I’m not sure what’s happening. Are you not seeing my replies?

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I’m sorry it took me a while to reply to this comment – I just saw it!
      I hope you do get around to reading it, it’s a great story. I recently picked ‘an enchantment of ravens’ by Margaret Rogerson and hope it’s as good – though I was told it has a completely different theme.

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  2. I’m just now reading Sorcery of Thorns and it’s making me wish so badly that it was the weekend right now because all I want to do is forget everything else going on in my life and hole up in my cave to finish it. IT’S SO GOOD. I want more and I’m not even finished with it yet?! Also, sorry to hear that you didn’t love Illuminae. The writing style is very different and yes, it was confusing in the first book, but I loved the story so much I wanted to keep going. I also ended up really enjoying the style lol and it does get easier as you get used to it, but fair enough it’s not for everyone 🙂


  3. I’ve seen Sorcery of Thorns all over the place lately, and don’t think I’ve read a negative comment yet. I haven’t read Illuminae, but Aurora Rising by the same two authors was one of my best reads this year so far – an easy 5 stars.

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    1. I plan to read aurora rising soon. I have nevernight waiting for me to dive in. Sorcery of thorns was a surprise, I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. I have An enchantment of ravens by the same author also waiting.

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