• Juniper & Thorn

  • A Novel
  • By: Ava Reid
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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©2022 Ava Reid (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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It's okay

Got the recommendation off BookTok and while not terrible, it's pretty boring. It takes forever for it to get interesting in any way. Absolutely, should have trigger warnings for bulimia, highly narcissistic parent to (adult) child abuse. Lots of it feels like filler to try and be overly poetic. Quite a few things don't make sense. MC doesn't understand carriages but somehow knows how hot a bullet gets when fired? /shrug.

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Delicious, thanks

I went into this book and expecting a Grimm fairytale with a lesbian romance. When I read “… where Marlinchen meets a dancer who quickly captures her heart.” I was excited for a richly told lesbian dark fantasy. It wasn’t that.

When I got over the initial disappointment of the ballerina being a man I started to love the book for Marlinchen herself and the world Ava Ried created! The fantasy Ried created weaves around you until you find part of yourself still left in it once you’ve closed the covers. This truly was a pleasure to read and I loved every moment I spent in her world. It’s dark and enticing and grotesquely gorgeous and I’m so glad I picked it up.

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Enjoyed!

I very much enjoyed this book. The combination of magic, wizards, and monsters was amazing. I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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A brilliant, horrifying celebration of fairy tales

I have read countless retellings in the last few years. Many have been fun. A few have been exquisite. None have captured the essence of the horror and magic of fairy tales like this one. Children aren't safe. Parents aren't good. Siblings are not to be trusted. There is a laundry list of CWs that accompany this work, as there should be. However, I found the story to be ultimately incredibly empowering and worth the hard parts, even with the shadow of my own trauma lurking in the background. Readers should approach with caution. Absolutely brilliant work.

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