Hey you all! Today I’m going to share a new kind of review with you. Instead of discussing the book and giving a summary, I’m going to share some pictures with you guys and girls to show you how awesome The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is. If you would rather not see some of the stunningly beautiful art in this book and want to be surprised if you buy the book than don’t read and look any further!!!
Before I start showing you the pictures I’d like to comment in short on the whole novella thing. It seems as though making novella’s is a new and lasting hype in the YA world. Almost every popular YA series has at least one, but often two or more novella’s which are put between the full length novels as extra’s or expansions of the main story. On the one hand this can be really fun and exciting because the story gets prolonged that way and some aspects of the world or characters can be elaborated on. On the other hand sometimes it becomes a cheap trick to get readers to buy even more books; books that were not absolutely necessary to understand the story. Most of the time I don’t buy these novella’s because of this. What annoys me most, though, are people who warn readers that they absolutely have to buy these novella’s because otherwise the series won’t make sense. That’s just a load of rubbish. Up until this day I haven’t come across a novella that needs to be bought and read because it is essential to the main story. The Language of Thorns is also a novella that doesn’t absolutely have to be read. In fact, nothing in this book is directly linked to the Grisha trilogy or the Six of Crows duology except the locations in these six short stories. So, you don’t have to buy this book to better understand the two main series, but it is an awesome collector’s item that contains six truly beautiful short stories, or rather short folktales, that the characters in the main stories no doubt grew up with ❤
So, let’s start this alternative review!
When you remove the stunning dust cover (or rather cloth cover) you see this stunning cover:
Those two covers are enough to get my fan heart beating a little faster, but wait until you see what’s inside!
A gorgeous fairytale that reminded me a bit of the Minotaur-myth meshed with Beauty and the Beast elements ❤ On every page there are tiny drawings that expand further and further until it comes to a climax in the endpages of the story, where a full blown drawing is depicted.
This first story was one of my favorites!
This story was based on the Ugly Duckling and is written so well that I didn’t see that plottwist at the end coming! I loved the fox as a main character and the dark and twisted vibe was awesome. And the artwork at the end was again amazing. Sadly, with this story I can’t show you the artpiece because it contains a spoiler about the plottwist 😉
Again an amazingly twisted and dark story with a plottwist I didn’t see coming. This one has a little bit of Hansel and Gretel in it, but in a whole new way. The final pages were truly stunning again.
It’s so pretty ❤
I loved the feministic touch in this story. That twist at the end had me grinning like the Cheshire Cat and chuckling like an evil witch 😉 I’m still trying to come up with what fairytale this story was based upon, because I’m sure I’ve read a fairytale or story where the hero needs to fulfill a couple of tasks to win the hand of the pretty princess, but I can’t remember which story it is… Anyway this was another one of my favorites (come to think of it, I think all of them are my favorites haha).
This story was based on The Nutcracker, but has a dark vibe the original story doesn’t have. I loved the sinister feeling of this one and that ending was so cool! I liked the artwork of this story the least, but it still is very nicely done.
The last story is the longest one and a variation on The Little Mermaid. I loved how round the main character in this short story was and I liked how the story built towards an explosive climax. I still can’t decide which story I liked best of all, but this one is certainly a contender. And the drawings are so, so beautiful ❤
If you’re looking for a novella that is worth your money and deserves a place on your bookshelves this is certainly the one to buy. Not because the stories in it are necessary to understand the Grishaverse, but because the book is stunning and the stories in it are written really well and all have a unique take on classical fairytales.