A Lesson In Thorns by Sierra Simone // Book Review

Title: A Lesson In Thorns
Series: Thornchapel (#1)
Author: Sierra Simone
Publisher: Sierra Simone
Published: March 20th, 2019
Pages: 374
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Synopsis:
When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…

As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden and St. Sebastian start unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…


I have mixed feelings about this book. This book isn’t as crazy as everyone says it is. It’s definitely not the smuttiest book I’ve ever read. It is definitely the most confusing smutty book, though.

I honestly can’t give a huge explanation to this book because I still don’t understand what the heck happened. Why are these friends performing these rituals? Is the house making them act this way? What is going on here?

Although I was confused throughout most of this book, I think I enjoyed it. I’m honestly still just trying to work everything out in my head. I liked the characters. I’m not entirely sure if I liked anything else because I’m so darned confused?

I will say that I did enjoy the smutty scenes. They were done very well. Consent was given, even safewords. I like that it seemed like everyone was apart of the LGBTQ+ community, even though it wasn’t necessarily stated. I also want to point out how awkward is was when Poe was talking to her father about his sex life. A bit weird.

If you’ve read this book, please help me understand it. I really want to see what’s gonna happen next but everyone hates it.

3/5 Stars