“Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently, I haven’t read any particularly interesting or exciting new YA releases lately so to say my expectations were low going into this would be an understatement of epic proportions.

Just as well then that this book perked me right up.

What I thought I’d get: Generic badass magic girl who is better than all the other girls. Every heterosexual male character falls in love with her despite her having the personality of a mouldy potato. She has a rivalry with some bitchy, but beautiful, female character. All the actions takes place in an utterly blah, generic world.

What I got: A totally awesome (TALL!!) heroine who is witty, clumsy and completely adorable. A story with oodles of imagination. A toe-curlingly perfect slow burn romance. A demon cat. Subtle and effective world building. An interesting magic system. Strong friendships. Girls getting shit done. MAGICAL BOOKS.

This book was basically what I wanted Uprooted to be. I took my time with it, where most YA can feel like a tequila shot – it’s fun and it will get you drunk but isn’t particularly enjoyable, this was a fine cognac – something to be savoured and enjoyed.

Suffice to say I enjoyed it. If you like YA fantasy and don’t like this book I don’t even know what to say. Plus if Charlie Bowater drew the cover art then you know what’s up.

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