Thorn in Red by Magaly Guerrero Review

19 Feb

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Thorn in Red


Sixteen-year-old Mattalina Thorn grows up believing that she is one third of a typical 21st century family. Her mother leaves the military to start a life coaching and security agency with Mattalina’s aunt, after the latter decides that she no longer wants to be a counselor for the wealthy. All is perfect for Mattalina. Until right before her seventeenth birthday, when someone takes a knife to her aunt’s face; no one is telling Mattalina why.

Bran Van Dyke knows he is different from most eighteen-year-olds. While other boys his age graduate from high school, play sports and perhaps flirt, Bran is training to become the protector of the family to whom the Van Dykes owe their freedom. He likes his role in life, and when he gets reacquainted with the youngest—and most excitable—of the Thorns, Bran goes from liking his role to absolutely loving it.

But in war, love and Stories things are rarely what they seem. In Thorn in Red, typical becomes uncanny very quickly: reality is crafted by imagination; tradition uses fresh and deadly methods to preserve the old ways; Matt and Bran enter a realm where life and progress depend on death, on the reshaping of ancient lore, and on the heart of a couple of teenagers.

It’s a very interesting story. I couldn’t put it down. Magaly is great at using unique story lines in the books she has written. The reader is sucked into Mattalina’s world from page one. She learns things aren’t as they seem with her family and those around her. She is thrown into a new world she didn’t know existed. She is learning things as she goes and trying to come to terms with all of it along the way. I look forward to reading more of Magaly’s books.

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Posted by on 02/19/2014 in A Creative Mind Blog


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4 responses to “Thorn in Red by Magaly Guerrero Review

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    02/19/2014 at 6:06 pm

    Doesn’t sound like your typical young adult book, that’s for sure.

    • sjledge2

      02/20/2014 at 4:00 pm

      It’s not a typical young adult book but the ones who read it will definitely love the world Magaly built with the story. 🙂

  2. magalyguerrero

    02/20/2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the review, Diane. I’m very pleased you found the tale “interesting” and the storyline “unique.” 🙂

    • sjledge2

      02/20/2014 at 3:59 pm

      You’re very welcome. I look forward to reading more of your books. 🙂


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