Feast of Sparks (Thornchapel, #2)
I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.And so do I.Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us. If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes. And darkness.*Feast of Sparks is Book Two in the Thornchapel series.*

Feast of Sparks (Thornchapel, #2) Details

TitleFeast of Sparks (Thornchapel, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Contemporary, BDSM, Adult, Menage

Feast of Sparks (Thornchapel, #2) Review

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    January 1, 1970
    “If I could rearrange the world for you, I would,” he says. “I’d rearrange everything.” Stepping into Thornchapel is like being blindfolded on a rollercoaster. You never know when your inching up and nearing the edge... and then all of a sudden your stomach drops, your heart is light and you're descending at rapid speed. Then, everything seems fine but you really have no idea what else is in store for you. _______________ Feast of Sparks It's hard not to call this series captivating... Akin t “If I could rearrange the world for you, I would,” he says. “I’d rearrange everything.” Stepping into Thornchapel is like being blindfolded on a rollercoaster. You never know when your inching up and nearing the edge... and then all of a sudden your stomach drops, your heart is light and you're descending at rapid speed. Then, everything seems fine but you really have no idea what else is in store for you. _______________ Feast of Sparks It's hard not to call this series captivating... Akin to its predecessor, FOS completely consumes you from start to finish. It is erotica with grit and edge. A storyline that slowly hypnotizes you and characters that will make your heart swoon. When I started reading the first couple of chapters, I had to physically break myself away from the text and slow down just so I could draw out every page. The sensuality and carnality of the plot is something so unique to this series and I stand by my statement that the storyline is just as worthwhile as the erotica. FOS begins almost exactly where ALIT ended but now we also get to see the history behind Auden and St. Sebastian's conflict. The change in POV was refreshing and Saint now owns a large section of my heart. Sierra Simone definitely does not disappoint with her kinky, depraved and wickedly delicious scenes between Saint, Auden and Poe but I do have to say the monologue and character development I got to experience with Saint's storyline was breathtaking. In short; the longing in this book will drive you insane. "We are born to burn.” The Ensemble I have been chomping at the bit waiting for this release ever since I finished A Lesson in Thorns and while I can happily say that Sierra Simone delivered, there were quite a few problems I faced during the latter end of the novel. BUT before all of that, let me try and sell you on this series. Firstly, it's not for everyone. In fact, I'd say it's for a very select few that probably enjoy getting absolutely obliterated by a story about a group of six champagne-drinking, ritual-fucking, angst-driven, orgytastic adults. Whilst ALIT followed the groups initial curiosity towards their parents tragic backstories and all the magical / erotic behaviorisms of Thornchapel... FOS shows a significant level of maturity. It was like drinking a much finer wine. We see a distinct change in group dynamic and the characters have now begun to know exactly what they want. "This is just a bonfire we spent too long making, and this is just a circle of old lanterns that we found in Thornchapel’s attic. These are just my friends—my fussy, hilarious, prickly, pretty friends—and I’m just me. I’m not a bride, I’m not a May Queen. I’m just a librarian who likes to be spanked." Secondly, this book ends in a cliffhanger (I can't make my mind up on what I think about the cliffhanger in this one). The next book is expected to be published in early 2020. However, the plot is such that it follows a continuous timeline and I don't expect the third book will have any time jumps - it will most likely be like this one and start where the previous book left off. It's definitely a commitment but it's one that I have no regrets in following through on. Sierra Simone (as always) has the musings of a kinky philosopher and it works beautifully with the atmosphere and setting of Thornchapel. The wonderful descriptions and monologues were just as engrossing as the first novel. The tinge of magic in the air and the slight feeling that something paranormal is encircling the events that unfold during the book is still wonderfully written. "Maybe Thornchapel is a magic place, but it isn’t a safe place." The Story The start of this book was a solid 5 stars but towards the last quarter it fell to about 3-3.5 stars. This was solely due to the fact that a handful of things were starting to become more apparent to me during the time I was near the end. For the most part, I struggled to ration with Poe's desperation in this book. Understandably, something massive happens in her storyline that affects her throughout FOS, yet I wish we got more of her thoughts and identity like we did the first book. "I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride by thorns." It was hard not to compare FOS to ALIT, but I feel like a lot of what was happening began to be repetitive. The inner conflict with some of the characters felt a bit drawn out and unrealistic at times with all the grand gestures and statements. Which brings me to the random info-dumps at concentrated parts of the book. I wish the information we got on the rituals and the history of Thornchapel unfurled throughout the book rather than in selectively condensed chapters. Leaving behind all those little things, I really did enjoy this sequel to a series that I think I will always love. I look forward to the third book and seeing the mysteries of Thornchapel unravel :) "Keep me any way you want, I want to tell him. Just so long as you keep me close." 1. A Lesson In Thorns: ★★★★★2. Feast of Sparks: ★★★★
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) A Lesson in Thorns ★★★★ “I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride of thorns.” Alright, first off, I still completely recommend A Lesson in Thorns, and it is still one of my favorite romances of the year. I just believe with my whole heart that you should pretend it is a standalone, because Feast of Sparks was a complete mess. From unprotected sex, with multiple partners back to back, to questionable flashbacks to boys who are only sixteen, to Dom/sub relationships that felt a lot 1.) A Lesson in Thorns ★★★★ “I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride of thorns.” Alright, first off, I still completely recommend A Lesson in Thorns, and it is still one of my favorite romances of the year. I just believe with my whole heart that you should pretend it is a standalone, because Feast of Sparks was a complete mess. From unprotected sex, with multiple partners back to back, to questionable flashbacks to boys who are only sixteen, to Dom/sub relationships that felt a lot like abuse, to even incest, this book was a joke. Also, if you couldn’t tell, this is probably going to be a rant review, so if you don’t want me trashing a book you love, you probably shouldn’t read any further. AND I am probably going to lace MINOR SPOILERS for books one and two throughout this review, so please use caution while reading.➽ Becket - The priest. Bi, and living his life for God.➽ Rebecca - The genius. Bi, Black, and the Dom of my dreams still.➽ Delphine - The socialite. Bi, plus-sized, and Instagram famous.➽ St. Sebastian - The saint. Bi and biracial (white and Mexican).➽ Auden - The heir. Bi, and owner of Thornchapel.➽ Prosperpina/Poe - The dreamer. Bi and narcoleptic (both ownvoices), total submissive, but extra annoying and whiney in this installment. Basically, this is a story about a girl named Poe, who comes back to a remote manor called Thornchapel after her mother goes missing. She is quickly reunited with the friends that she hasn’t seen in many, many years, and they soon realize that they all would totally be down having sex with one another, and so they do. But at the end of the first book a big reveal happens that leaves Poe and her five friends very shook up. But I mean, what is the best way to cope with finding the dead body of your mother, after she’s been missing for twelve years? More kinky sex, please! Because like, who wants to read a 400 page book where they would spend at least a sentence talking about grief, trauma, and depression? Yikes!I always want to touch upon how so many white women in romance fetishize m/m romances written by white women. And yes, this is a book that feels polyamorous without using the word, and there are many group sex scenes, and maybe scenes involving more than m/m sex, but this book has A LOT of m/m sex, and flashbacks all the way throughout about these two boys and how their romances started. I don’t even want to talk about how uncomfortable it is to read about sixteen-year-old boys and their erections and them noticing things about each other, and their promises for more than just making out, but it just feels extra bad in Feast of Sparks.Also, it is not lost on me that we barely get to see Poe and Rebecca have a sex scene (with Auden there), and Delphine and Rebecca’s sex scene wasn’t on page. Yet, we get so much Auden and Saint, pages and pages, both past and present, no matter at what point in the story you are at. You all, do better, it’s 2019, and your obsession with m/m written by women is gross. Yet, I can’t believe that I actually read a book in 2019 that depicted people having group sex without using condoms. Because you know, “Hehe, we talked about it and we are all healthy” is totally enough. Especially when three guys are cumming inside the same girl who didn’t tell them that she wasn’t on any form of birth control. Especially when one of the guys is having back to back anal sex, because who cares? It’s hot to “spill your manly seed everywhere” or what the fuck ever. Jesus wept, and so did I. (view spoiler)[Especially when the guy that is fucking everyone believes that the guy he just fucked, and continues to fuck, is his half-brother. I actually want to dry heave just typing that. (hide spoiler)]I will never be quiet about the importance of healthy and consensual relationships of all kinds, but especially sexual relationships that are in or venturing into the BDSM world. Auden’s treatment of Saint in the name of “kink” was really gross, and I honestly had a feeling this book was going to be a let down after he first slaps him in the first sexual encounter. Again, this is portrayed as a kink, maybe masochistic tendencies, and Saint likes it, but there was never any pretalk about the arrangement or if anything physical was going to happen during the sexual encounter; he just slapped him to be cruel, in my opinion. And every single time he would bite him and make him bruise and bleed? Like, dude, please stop. Speaking of cruel, let’s talk about Auden’s treatment of Saint’s mother. You quickly learn why Saint is upset at Auden, and it’s a very good reason to be upset at someone. Yet, we are strung along the entire book while waiting to find out what Saint did to Auden to deserve such treatment. And it was the most pathetic reason you could imagine. Yet, Saint thinks it is valid apparently, so who am I? Oh, just someone who can smell abuse, and a victim in a cycle of abuse from their constant abuser, a mile away. Hello. Lastly, this is something that made me feel uncomfortable, but I know it wont make everyone feel that way; there is a sexual scene that happens in a church with a priest and it made my Catholic-self want to repent. I’ll drag myself, and say that I normally do LOVE erotic reading about people trying to balance their convictions and their sexual wants, but this one was too much for me. Because the priest stays in the role of priest and it just skeezed me out completely. Plus, when you’re comparing a dude’s cum to Holy Communion? I’m out. I’m sorry, I’m out. *prays the rosary forever*Overall, this was probably the worst book I’ve read all year, and I’m just so disappointed. I will not be continuing on with the series. Even though I loved A Lesson in Thorns, I was harassed by a reviewer on multiple platforms about how me saying the characters could be pan was wrong, even though the word bi wasn’t used for all of them, which lead me to writing to the author and her confirming it, which lead to me being hurt, honestly. I licked my wounds and picked this book up though, because I loved A Lesson in Thorns and me and my friends were so dang excited to buddy read this together at midnight! Sadly, the last chapter was truly the worst thing I’ve read all year, and I don’t care anymore to see how this plays out. And I don’t care if it ends up being fake, because Auden thought it was true, and the author is using it as a plot device to have all of us believe it is true. Youtube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | TwitchContent and Trigger Warnings: talk of loss of a loved one, grief depiction, trauma depiction, depression depiction, underage drinking in the past, bullying in the past, physical violence in the past, some very triggering internal monologues about body image, brief rementioning/hint of sexual abuse in the past, talk of human sacrifice, religious rituals involving sex, invasion of privacy, unprotected sex without telling or discussing with the partner(s), and incestuous sexual relations and storylines! Buddy read with Chelsea, Jane, Madalyn, Riley, & Paloma! ❤
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    SCREAMS OVER THE LAST 10% FOREVER. I have NO IDEA how to rate this but I am pretty sure I hated it rjendueijEHWIDNFJOFN. Insert tyra WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU gif bc I am TIRED. That ending was awful. AWFUL. Buddy read with Melanie, Jane, & Madalyn!
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  • mahana (moved accounts)
    January 1, 1970
    since y'all apparently lack basic reading comprehension: i literally stated that i hated the ending and my high rating is for the first 80%. the people subtweeting me and saying i apparently support incest need to grow the fuck up and stop acting like children. thanks ✨review can also be found on my blog ✨ Thank you to the author for kindly providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! In a similar fashion to Simone's New Camelot trilogy, the sequel to an already wild, unconventiona since y'all apparently lack basic reading comprehension: i literally stated that i hated the ending and my high rating is for the first 80%. the people subtweeting me and saying i apparently support incest need to grow the fuck up and stop acting like children. thanks ✨review can also be found on my blog ✨ Thank you to the author for kindly providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! In a similar fashion to Simone's New Camelot trilogy, the sequel to an already wild, unconventional novel pushes the boundaries even further. From the perspective of someone who unconditionally loves these characters, I could appreciate the lengths she went to. However, if you have no fond attachment or complete comprehension of their dynamics, you might not appreciate this as much. As I stated in my review for A Lesson in Thorns, this story isn't for everyone. If you're uncomfortable with erotica, don't read from the genre then rate it poorly as if you were expecting something else. There were boobs on the cover, this one has abs, what did you honestly expect?* My unconditional love for these characters has nothing to do with the ending. I hated the ending. My high rating is for the first 80% of the book. Feast of Sparks is our resident emo, lip piercing boy St. Sebastian's story. Told in alternating chapters, we follow Saint and Proserpina in the present at Thornchapel. Poe stipulates to Saint and Auden they must forgive each other for past transgressions or she won't be with either of them. Meanwhile, we dip our toes into Saint and Auden's romance when they were sixteen, and finally uncover the mystery behind their mutual anguish and heartbreak. Thornchapel is a rare series for me where I have a visceral, emotional reaction to the characters. The entire time I was reading this, I was squealing, blushing, crying, laughing, sobbing, dry heaving, wishing for death, etc. You get the hint. Reading has become such an impersonal experience for me, so to experience the emotions right alongside with the characters is something I cherish. I haven't read many polyamorous relationships in novels before, but I can affirm no one will ever surpass Simone's. The developing romance between Saint, Poe, and Auden in Feast of Sparks was everything I've ever wanted. Unfortunately, Delphine, Rebecca, and Becket take a backseat in this novel. How do I possibly describe our main trio in this book, though? Adorable, sweet, soft, showstopping, amazing, phenomenal, life-changing, magical, again, YOU GET THE POINT. 79% of the time, Poe has her head buried in one of their chests or necks, or Saint/Auden are running their hands through her hair and kissing her temple. THE FOREHEAD TOUCHES AND KISSES. I was absolutely weak. The sheer amount of times they all touched foreheads, kissed each other's temples, or buried their faces in each other's hair was PHENOMENAL. Even if their entire relationship isn't domestic on a similar level, I adored all of this content. I needed to get that out before I exploded. ➵ Saint/St. SebastianI wasn't Saint's biggest fan in the first book, mainly because I was constantly making fun of him for being emo and having a lip piercing in the year 2019. However, we got an in-depth look into his character through his perspective and even received a reason behind the metal in his lip. I adored the flashback scenes to eight years ago, not only because his romance with a certain floppy-haired rich boy was sweet, but we uncovered more about Saint (and learned why he's still emo in 2019). Younger St. Sebastian wore eyeliner and lipgloss, he kissed boys in secret corners, read science fiction and fantasy novels, and loved his mother. It's heartbreaking reading about his interactions with someone he worshipped so much, with the foresight she's no longer alive. The circumstances behind Auden's disposition to him were incredibly difficult to read, but I appreciated the trigger warning and how you could still comprehend the story without reading that chapter. ➵ Proserpina/PoeOne of the reasons I obsessively refreshed my Kindle every second the weekend I knew ARCs for Feast of Sparks were being sent was: is the love of my life okay? Is she drinking enough water? Is she being cuddled (preferably by Rebecca and Delphine)? HOW IS SHE? I CARE MORE ABOUT HER WELLBEING THAN I DO FOR MY OWN, OKAY?My favourite thing about Poe's character progression in this sequel was her acceptance that sometimes it's okay not to be okay. Who would be after holding onto the kindle of hope that your missing mother has been alive for twelve years, then discovering she was dead the entire time? I loved how she didn't allow herself to marinate in the negative feelings and tried to replace them with happier memories. However, some of her actions throughout the book were pretty questionable. There's a particular scene that occurs halfway that took me at least 30 minutes to recover from. I can sense the negativity from those who don't understand her sexual preferences already. ➵ AudenIs it a Thornchapel book if our floppy-haired loser doesn't come in his pants? I guess not. Somehow I loved and hated Auden throughout Feast of Sparks. Most of his character development revolves around his awakening as a Dominant, which we only really see one scene of. Experiencing his dirty talk was a... surreal experience. I know Auden is described to have the air of a king, but I always imagine him as a shy, timid boy in my head (I mean, what overbearing Dominant constantly comes in his pants instead of having sex, am I right, ladies?) When the reason behind his animosity towards Saint was finally revealed, I was making fun of him for coming in his pants for real instead of passing it off as comedy. I know bisexuals are dramatic (coming from a bisexual), but it wasn't the life-threatening, armageddon he referenced throughout the first book. Instead, the majority of the blame lies on his shoulders. I couldn't understand how he could be so abrasive toward Saint and push him away for years without acknowledging their downfall was mainly his fault. ➵ Rebecca & DelphineI'm grouping these two together because they don't appear much in this sequel. Rebecca has one POV chapter where we discover her father's role at Thornchapel. She also confronts her inner turmoil after sleeping with Delphine. It's not in her nature to be monogamous, but she's willing to try for the other girl. I wish we saw more development in her relationship with Delphine, but I appreciated the brief scenes we received between her and Poe. Delphine somehow gets even less page-time throughout the novel. Though, she's her usual charming self from the other's perspectives. I loved her further discussions about being plus-sized and related to her insecurities about being loved or valued when you're fat. Again, I hope there's more development in her relationship with Rebecca. One can hope. ➵ BecketI never saw the appeal behind Becket in book one. He's just a weird, shy priest who walks around moping constantly. The major mistake he made - which is referenced towards the end of A Lesson in Thorns is explored and we get to experience more of his personality. If I'm being honest, I thought his sexual on-the-page experiences would be with Saint, but apparently, that responsibility fell to Poe. I'm not against it, I would've preferred to see more of Poe with Rebecca and Delphine and Becket with Saint and Auden (though, the ritual scene towards the end was not disappointing in the slightest). Overall, their relationships with each other become more confusing as we continue with the series. Poe even questions whether she's in a polyamorous relationship within a polyamorous relationship. In theory, it's a polyamorous relationship within a polyamorous relationship within a polyamorous relationship. My main complaint was the lack of plot and the constant changing of perspectives. The chapters allowing us to see the thoughts of other characters were my favourite in book one. However, Feast of Sparks separates them by character randomly throughout the novel, alongside the alternating chapters following Saint and Auden's brief romance. I predict we'll get Auden's perspective in the third book, and I'm not sure I'll ever be prepared for that. There was also a considerable amount of info-dumping about the Beltane ritual that I was forced to skim over. I was still able to comprehend the basics of what they would be doing, but sometimes the plot focused on the information too heavily like a textbook. 90% of the reason I lowered my rating from a 5 star to a 4 star was the ending. I know it's probably false and will be resolved in the next book, but I hated it. I sat in bed, staring at the wall for 30 minutes after. Literally. That's no exaggeration. It's heartbreaking knowing these characters were finally satisfied and happy, only to have those feelings torn from them the next morning. I want the next book immediately, but I also know the angst and heartbreak would ruin me. Feast of Sparks didn't surpass its predecessor, but it's still a solid continuation of the story. If you can't appreciate these characters and their sexual/romantic dynamics, you wouldn't like this as much as someone like me who's heavily attached to them. Sierra Simone and her (horny) mind continue to astound me with every book.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 stars??? even though that .5 feels generous given how much I loathe the ending???oh man, this was.... so bad
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks, I hate it.
  • Isabella.R
    January 1, 1970
    5 Bride of Thorns Stars ⭐ Feast of Sparks picks up immediately from where A Lesson in Thorns dramatically ended. With a discovery that left Poe devastated and an explosion of emotions between herself and her eventual lovers St Sebastian and Auden this book was breathtaking from the first page."If I could rearrange the world for you, I would,” he says. “I’d rearrange everything."This is a complicated love story about three people that need each other more then their next breath, but there are so 5 Bride of Thorns Stars ⭐️ Feast of Sparks picks up immediately from where A Lesson in Thorns dramatically ended. With a discovery that left Poe devastated and an explosion of emotions between herself and her eventual lovers St Sebastian and Auden this book was breathtaking from the first page."If I could rearrange the world for you, I would,” he says. “I’d rearrange everything."This is a complicated love story about three people that need each other more then their next breath, but there are so many hurts from past and present keeping them apart. *Poe is our dreamer girl that uses her need for pain and submission as avoidance to her brokenness. *St Sebastian who has loved them both from the very beginning. He uses his anger to mask his loneliness and submissiveness.*Auden the rightful ‘king’ hides behind his arrogance and resentment to deny the rejection that remains from their past. But his newfound dominance may just save and heal them all."Christ. Auden is in agony that I want Saint; Saint is terrified I’ll choose Auden. And yet, when the three of us are together, all that agony and terror fuse into something holy and filthy and wonderful. How?"Like magnets they are forever drawn to one another, unknowingly giving into their emotions and desires. It is inevitable that they realise that they all have their part in this relationship. And without the three, they’ll never be whole."He drops his eyes down to Poe, tearful and flushed and naked. I can only imagine what a sight she is for a sadist right now—a feast of need and vulnerability, a living altar offering of delicious lust. And then he looks back up to me, hands flexing restlessly at his sides, and I know what he’s imagining. He’s imagining breaking me too, imagining me next to Poe just as flushed and raw and ready for the final act. His twin possessions. His two kept things."Readers should know that Feast of Sparks cannot be read as a standalone. As with all Sierra Simone books, they are intense, they are extreme and a fire extinguisher is required to put out the hot mess you’ll be after reading this 🔥🔥If you are looking for some reading inspiration, please feel free to check out my website www.mypinkfairytales.com
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  • Jean Menzies
    January 1, 1970
    Right well there's a lot to say here isn't there?Can I start with my biggest irk when it comes to this book though, and it's actually the reviews of it. Usually I couldn't give two shakes of a donkey's tale why someone dislikes or likes a book, it's all your opinion, but I have to address the multitude of reviewers criticising Poe for her actions in the aftermath of her grief. Only because what you write in a review will be read by people who have grieved and lost and these kind of judgements up Right well there's a lot to say here isn't there?Can I start with my biggest irk when it comes to this book though, and it's actually the reviews of it. Usually I couldn't give two shakes of a donkey's tale why someone dislikes or likes a book, it's all your opinion, but I have to address the multitude of reviewers criticising Poe for her actions in the aftermath of her grief. Only because what you write in a review will be read by people who have grieved and lost and these kind of judgements upon how people cope with their own grief are just not OK. If someone craves companionship or just straight up wants to be a bit selfish after losing someone (and yes even immediately after) let them. Grief is one of the most awful feelings to experience and people deal with it differently. Yes this is fiction but readers are real. Honestly you go Poe.So the actual book? Aside from there being way more sex (up to you if that's a pro or con aha) here are my pros and cons:Pros -Becket actually became a real character to me. In book one I did not understand his presence.St. Sebastian is just wonderful and I loved hearing about him when he was younger.We get answers to Auden and Saint's animosity.Auden actually started to grow on me after disliking him for most of book one.Auden and Saint's relationship growth was adorable.All the bisexual rep ^_^Cons -Not enough Delphine (although it wasn't a major absence, I just like her).The animosity between Auden and Saint seemed really unnecessary on their parts. But teenagers I suppose.The ending. What on earth, that ending!? At this point I have to assume it's a red-herring or else I'll be full of rage for the emotional journey the author took me on only to throw me under a car. BUT if it is a red herring it's still frustrating.I will be reading book three though and praying for the ending of book two to be false. I'm also not sure how Auden can redeem himself this time...
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I am not going to sugar-coat it: this book is a piece of trash. The key word for A Lesson in Thorns was “convenient”. The word for this book is “ridiculous”. This takes place right after the events of the first book. I complained a lot in my review of A Lesson in Thorns about the lack of relationship building. There is NO way that 6 people can have this sort of deep connection when most of them haven’t seen each other in years.It is pretty much glossed over and the only explanation is that “it i I am not going to sugar-coat it: this book is a piece of trash. The key word for A Lesson in Thorns was “convenient”. The word for this book is “ridiculous”. This takes place right after the events of the first book. I complained a lot in my review of A Lesson in Thorns about the lack of relationship building. There is NO way that 6 people can have this sort of deep connection when most of them haven’t seen each other in years.It is pretty much glossed over and the only explanation is that “it is The magic Of Thornchapel™, it’s this place!”, and I am sorry, but that isn’t enough. They did a fake wedding as kids. AS KIDS. And then didn’t see each other for at least 10 years. Again the connection between all of them is supposed to be deep and meaningful and the eeeeendless prose and pretty words and sentences did not help in any way but the book tried really hard to make it seem like it was so, so, SO DEEP YOU KNOW. Again, this is just porn trying to act like a high class hooker. Now, if I am reading, for example, an Alexa Riley book, I know what to expect: over the top alpha guys, somewhat silly girls,often virgins,… But at least those books are up front about the often ridiculous things that happen. This book though? It tries SO hard to be super classy and complex and intricate when it is really, REALLY not. I think Donatella Versace’s face is less fake than what Feast of Sparks claims to be. Lines like “We left the chapel. But the chapel didn’t leave us”. Oooh. So #deep, so #meaningful. The only relationship so far that has been explored is the one between Auden and Saint, and that made sense, yes. At least they had a decent backstory, but of course Poe was mentioned often enough, EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T SEEN HER IN YEARS. Every problem and every feeling seems to be solved with sex. Feeling a little bit under the weather? Let’s have sex. Accidentally looked somebody in the eye when looking for your car keys? Let’s have sex. Found the bones of your dead mom behind some altar? Let’s have a threesome, you know, to cope with the grief. Followed by another threesome because there is just sooooo much grief you know. The rest of the week and a half that passes where they don’t have sex is glossed over in one sentence, so suddenly the grief part doesn’t seem that important anymore. Because nothing seems to be going on in this book aside from people having sex, or people thinking about sex. Because the only thing Poe seems to be doing in this book is either having sex or craving it like it’s air. Oh no wait, she also falls asleep a lot and I can get that. I would sleep as much as I could if I have the personality of a glory hole.Those 2 threesomes I mentioned took up TEN FUCKING PERCENT of my Kindle copy. I got so bored and I just couldn’t read fast enough to get it over with. If I am falling asleep while your characters are going at it then I think you’re doing something wrong.Also, I had no idea there were so many group sex related holidays, or just any day a good reason to get naked together? The amount of times it is mentioned a guy getting hard is almost alarming, but that’s probably where the brain damage comes from and the girls are constantly in danger of slipping off their chairs due to excessive wetness.The thing between Auden, Saint and Poe… Again sooooo deep, that connection between them, god yes. (I am rolling my eyes here). At some point they talk about their “relationship” and how they will pursue it with the 3 of them. HOWEVER. If they fuck without the third one present, OR if they have sex with any one of the 3 other members of the group then it’s not cheating (3 mins later Poe is blowing the priest, probably all again in the name of healing and dealing with her mother’s death, because a good dose of priest milk is just the stuff). Good thing the 3 of them agreed it’s not cheating. HOW CONVENIENT. And even MORE convenient is that they first agree to only fuck each other (but then fuck the rest of the group in the heat of the moment I guess?) but THEN they want to be exclusive, and only have sex if all 3 are present and not when only 2 of them are in the same bed. What bugged me the most was the constant crap of Auden “having to earn Poe” before having sex with her. Same with Saint (Auden fucking shelved books with Saint to earn him, wtf dude?) It is just an excuse to get Auden, Saint and Poe naked in the same room together, because the guys still haven’t made up and there would be NO other way for it to be “normal” when Auden is guiding Saint’s dick into Poe’s quivering vag, time after time. No, Auden needs to control how the other two fuck. Raise your hand if you understand what’s going on. Keep in mind that Auden is still a virgin up at that point, but not that much later he sticks it in Saint.Of course the climax of this story is a well-researched 6-way orgy of unprotected sex with dicks being inserted while the jizz of the previous dude was still seeping out. And I’m sorry, I’m not a fan, but what exactly is sexy about a dick that went from an ass right in to a vag? And nobody took a shower, but yet in the morning Poe is licking Auden like it’s not disgusting as hell.And as if all of that wasn’t enough: AT THE VERY END OF THE BOOK WE FIND OUT AUDEN AND SAINT ARE HALF BROTHERS. And apparently Auden knew, Saint did not. And while being in full knowledge of sharing a dad, Auden just shoved his dick up Saint's ass anyway. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HIM? Is it "The Magic Of Thornchapel"™ again working its mysterious ways? Or will we get another Clary and Jace moment where they yell JINX at a certain point? I have read one book about incest that I enjoyed (but in an entirely different way than what this book is desperately trying to do and that other book was very well written. I'm not saying incest is right, I'm saying the situation was so very different) so don't tell me I am not at least somewhat open minded, but this was just the cherry on top of the rotten cake.I cannot stand to be in this world for another page and with this I am throwing in my towel. If you like books with a story line that makes no sense (ridiculous!) and just a lot of people fucking then this will be your best read of 2019. It’s too bad really because as I said in my review of A Lesson in Thorns: I wanted to love this world. Alas it is just a lot sorry excuses for way too much sex crammed into one book.
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  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    ***Available Now***4.5 BORN OF THORNS CROWNSWow! I just finished and my word. My head is still reeling, my mind is processing it all. What I can say for sure is that is HOT, everything erotica should be. It is filled with beautiful prose, as all of Sierra Simone’s stories are. It is unique and complex and an interesting swirl of love and romance, religion and mythology, mystery and bdsm. It is uniquely Sierra Simone.Feast of Sparks focuses more on St. Sebastian. We get more of his back story and ***Available Now***4.5 BORN OF THORNS CROWNSWow! I just finished and my word. My head is still reeling, my mind is processing it all. What I can say for sure is that is HOT, everything erotica should be. It is filled with beautiful prose, as all of Sierra Simone’s stories are. It is unique and complex and an interesting swirl of love and romance, religion and mythology, mystery and bdsm. It is uniquely Sierra Simone.Feast of Sparks focuses more on St. Sebastian. We get more of his back story and his relationship with Auden. We know from book one that their relationship is tenuous , but here we get the why. We see Saint’s character evolve just as his relationship with Auden and Poe. We see the group change and evolve as well, coming into new roles, finding out more about this chapel that seems to have ensnared them. This book is intriguing on so many levels, and not just because of the steamy, erotic scenes between the group, couples, and trios. It is because of the mythical and religious aspect of the land. Just like the characters, Sierra’s words wrap us up in her world. We are invested in the mystery, we want to find the secrets with them. We want to understand what happened in the past and what that means for all of them in the present. I’m loving the evolution of Auden, the look into his relationship with Saint. The dichotomy of sweet and rough and the hedonistic and religious. With each ritual, the change to the group grows more significant and after the end of this one, I have no clue where we go from here. As with most Sierra Simone books, there is an interesting connection between God and physical intimacy. Some people perceive polyamorous relationships or even kink to be ungodly, but Sierra writes in such a way that you see these ideologies as being woven together, one cannot be without the other. Just like the physical aspect, there is a great deal of historical details, setting, and connection between myths and the evolution of religion. This I found to be just as enthralling as the romance itself. This book is heavy. Heavy in details, heavy in history, heavy in kink and desire. It is unlike anything I have read before, and I’m not sure I will ever read again. But what I do know is that Sierra Simone continues to push my boundaries, making me examine my own ideas of sexuality and desires and that evolution of man and our relationship with the land and God isn’t as clear and set inside the lines as we might like to believe. Like her story, she writes outside the lines of erotica, and for this reason, she will always be a must read. ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    ❤4 STARS ❤This series is my new addiction, both books were so brilliant!The concept is refreshing and intrigued!I fall in love with the story and the characters!This book picks up right where the last book left off, and I was hooked! “You and Poe are like air and water, and he’s earth. He’s fire.”This was so hot,sensual and intense!The relationship between St. Sebastian, Proserpina (Poe) and Auden is something else!I could feel their connection. I’m not going to spoil anything but if you are loo ❤️4 STARS ❤️This series is my new addiction, both books were so brilliant!The concept is refreshing and intrigued!I fall in love with the story and the characters!This book picks up right where the last book left off, and I was hooked! “You and Poe are like air and water, and he’s earth. He’s fire.”This was so hot,sensual and intense!The relationship between St. Sebastian, Proserpina (Poe) and Auden is something else!I could feel their connection. I’m not going to spoil anything but if you are looking for a hot and original story check this series!     
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  • Paloma *The Romance Queen*
    January 1, 1970
    DNF if it looks like a turd and smells like a turd....then it's probably a turd....If you've been following me a while you know that i dont really write reviews that much anymore...let alone bad reviews especially for books i did not finish...but I'm burning with fury over this steaming pile of garbage that i have to let it out.I gave this book 2 chances...I was initially going to drop it like a dirty diaper at about 17% percent but after a nights sleep i decided to give this book a chance to c DNF if it looks like a turd and smells like a turd....then it's probably a turd....If you've been following me a while you know that i dont really write reviews that much anymore...let alone bad reviews especially for books i did not finish...but I'm burning with fury over this steaming pile of garbage that i have to let it out.I gave this book 2 chances...I was initially going to drop it like a dirty diaper at about 17% percent but after a nights sleep i decided to give this book a chance to come up with a semblance of a plot......I shoulda trusted my instincts.this is just so full of CRINGE and BULLSHIT and CONTRADICTIONS and PROBLEMATIC stuff (I never say that in reviews ever but thats how I feel)I lasted to about 33% on its second chance so Ill be talking about it till that point.ok, so at the end of the first book we find out that Poe's mom, who's been missing for years is dead because they find her bones underneath the alter where they had their Pagan Celtic orgyshe literally lost her virginity as a virgin sacrifice more or less in an orgy on top of her mothers grave.ok so literally the day she finds out it seems like a good idea to her to do a nice BDSM scene to "cry" because she hasn't cried about finding out she had sex on her mothers grave or cried about the fact that she finally knows where her missing mother was and she is dead . BTW this scene is suggested to her by one of her 'friends' i use that loosley a lesbian domme oh surprise she is also Bisexual you find out in the scene because of course she is because everyone is convientley bisexual in sierra simones books!and lets not forget St sebastian (what ridiculous names these characters have) who keeps waxing poetic about how Poe isn't his she's Audens but he literally hasn't stopped fucking her. But oh he wants to fuck Auden too and Poe wants them all to be together at the same time :)oh and Auden and St Sebastian hate each other so much st sebastian did something unforgivable to auden and auden did something back but Auden can't stop jacking him off and dry humping..him.........come to find out that auden is responsible for st sebastians mother starving and we also know that st sebastian beat auden up horribly but still the lust is so strong who cares. its so hot so sexy omg just go with it who cares right.its also mentioned several times how auden hates it that poe chose st sebastian but he literally places her on his dick in their group sex scene. also Auden is a virgin he hasn't penetrated anyone all he does is dry hup and cum in his pants like a teenager. and the last straw for me was rebecca suggesting they do the pagan orgy again on the next celtic holiday because they had such a good time........THEY LITERALLY FOUND POES MOMS BONES THERE IN THE THORNCHAPEL ALTER BUT ANOTHER ORGY IN THE SAME PLACE IS A GOOD IDEA????????????? and or course poe goes along with it because she is literally a sex doll with no self preservation and its no me calling her that she calls herself that!thats so fucking stupid and wow im expected to just swallow that i just know the rest of the book is going to be just as cringy and stupid and convenient and implausibleoh and btw the straw that broke the camels back was that after that scene poe has a little meeting with st sebastian and auden asking auden to forgive st sebastian because she wants them all to be together a beautiful thriple. Even though she doesn't know what happened between them she just cares about getting fucked. Neither does the reader and just what follows was one of the dumbest stupidest scenes ive ever read. this book is straight burning dumpster fire and im in the minority because everyone is loving it....what are they reading????? I'm done with sierra simone honestly i'm not reading her anymore this was such a horrible excuse for a book. she doesn't write books she writes continuous bad orgies with indulgent convenient plot devices. I dont know why I ever gave her another chance this is the same author who wrote a book about a priest fucking a women on the alter of his church? and i wouldn't be surprised if this happened in this book as well.
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  • mina reads™️
    January 1, 1970
    What if in this one they all have a real conversation about their feelings??? Plot twist
  • Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
    January 1, 1970
    5 “Enchanting” StarsWow, what a read!! Feast of Sparks is enchanting, mystical, erotic, and addictive. It is the second book in The Thornchapel series and picks up right where book one ends. It is a must to read A Lesson in Thorns before this one.The way this author tells her story is one that is so very unique. She incorporates the setting, Thornchapel, as a major player within the story along with Auden, St. Sebastian, Proserpina, Rebecca, Father Beckett, and Delphine. The combination of this 5 “Enchanting” StarsWow, what a read!! Feast of Sparks is enchanting, mystical, erotic, and addictive. It is the second book in The Thornchapel series and picks up right where book one ends. It is a must to read A Lesson in Thorns before this one.The way this author tells her story is one that is so very unique. She incorporates the setting, Thornchapel, as a major player within the story along with Auden, St. Sebastian, Proserpina, Rebecca, Father Beckett, and Delphine. The combination of this ensemble creates a spiritual mystery infused with religious aspects as well as erotic displays of passion, need and desire.This book is told mostly in St. Sebastian’s POV and more information is exposed as to past transgressions. The emotional intensity of this book is high and definitely heavy. But it also makes the story bloom all the more. And then the ending.... it blows everything sky high. It’s definitely crushing and mind blowing. I’m not sure how I will wait patiently for the next book. My anxiety will be at an all time high!!!I rated this book a 5 because it was magnificent. But I will say that there are times when this author gets a little too wordy. Could it have been a little more streamlined, yes, but for the most party, it didn’t take away from the story. Her words are lyrical, mesmerizing and full of passionate depth so I see how sometimes she just gets carried away. *advanced copy provided by Candi Kane PR in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    January 1, 1970
    imagine ruining your whole book im a matter of 20 pages —i’m just ,,, no. no. no. A Lesson in Thorns was iconic, different, and fun.This is repetitive, gross, and should have never been done.
  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    Well.. This turned into a fucking mess.I have been sitting with a cup of coffee in my hand for the last 20 minutes while I've been thinking how I felt about this book because my emotions have been through a blender while I was reading this last night. And not a good kind of blender, but the one that turns everything into a gooey mush.Where I had somewhat liked Poe in A Lesson in Thorns I found her to be unbearable this time around. Maybe by now her sexual needs were starting to get on my fucking Well.. This turned into a fucking mess.I have been sitting with a cup of coffee in my hand for the last 20 minutes while I've been thinking how I felt about this book because my emotions have been through a blender while I was reading this last night. And not a good kind of blender, but the one that turns everything into a gooey mush.Where I had somewhat liked Poe in A Lesson in Thorns I found her to be unbearable this time around. Maybe by now her sexual needs were starting to get on my fucking nerves. The bitch was honestly only whining about how she wanted to have sex with everyone, and even after they had just discovered the bones of her own mother at the same place where they had a Celtic orgy the day before. Like what are your priorities?? Ugh, I was just tired to read about her complex mind and how she wanted to spread her legs 24/7 for both Auden and Saint. She even referred to herself as a sex doll and if that doesn't tell you what kind of person she is I don't know what does. She needs to calm the fuck down and get some help.I was all aboard for how we get to read more about Saint this time around because I wanted to find out more about his past and what made him who he is. We even see more of his history between him and Auden, and why the two of them resent each other. When I found out the truth it was heart clenching for sure. To me these Auden and Saint chapters were the best parts about this whole book.I cannot recall if there was any plot this time. These fools decide to have another ritual orgy at Thornchapel, the same place where a fucking body was found, just to get their horny needs saturated. I'm not making this stuff up! Pretty much the largest part of this book was basically them planning this next orgy and it existed of a lot of useless and repetitive braindump and I skimmed parts of it cause it hurt my brain.All I can say is that I'm sad, and that's mostly from being disappointed.Books in the series: 1: A Lesson in Thorns ★★★★↠ Genre: Erotica, Fantasy, Contemporary ↠ Reputation: Bisexuality↠ Pov: First Person - Dual↠ Type: Book 2 out of 4 in the Thornchapel series.↠ Rating: 27% - Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm
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  • Jes Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Look here Sierra. After finishing A Lesson In Thorns I had to immediately pick up this one. If I thought that book was dirty *clutches chest* I was MISTAKEN. THIS BOOK is filthy. There's a sex scene with a priest in a church for christ sake. However, this book lost the plot. Literally. It was ALL about the sex. NOT TO MENTION THE ENDING IS COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT. How, as a reader, are we supposed to feel when we've been encouraging this relationship the whole fucking time. AND THEN the auth Look here Sierra. After finishing A Lesson In Thorns I had to immediately pick up this one. If I thought that book was dirty *clutches chest* I was MISTAKEN. THIS BOOK is filthy. There's a sex scene with a priest in a church for christ sake. However, this book lost the plot. Literally. It was ALL about the sex. NOT TO MENTION THE ENDING IS COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT. How, as a reader, are we supposed to feel when we've been encouraging this relationship the whole fucking time. AND THEN the author goes on to laugh about it. Hmmm, in the year of our lord 2019 we STILL AIN'T thinking that incest is fucking cute. This isn't shipping, this is BLATANT incest. And I'm nauseous. I IMAGINE the third book will clear all of that up, but really am I going to get to it? Who fucking knows at this point >.>
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  • Shabby -BookBistroBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Complex love that captures 6 friends in a web of champagne filled excessive life, heartbreak laced with pain, lust that binds with thorns. Sierra creates MAGIC and enraptures your senses till you see through her eyes this fantastic tale which is sprinkled with Diamante of Myths and A pearly sheen of Paranormal otherworldliness. She makes you a believer in all things legendary and fantastical till you are transported in the Craggy moors of Devon, over the altar lit by lanterns, thorns binding you Complex love that captures 6 friends in a web of champagne filled excessive life, heartbreak laced with pain, lust that binds with thorns. Sierra creates MAGIC and enraptures your senses till you see through her eyes this fantastic tale which is sprinkled with Diamante of Myths and A pearly sheen of Paranormal otherworldliness. She makes you a believer in all things legendary and fantastical till you are transported in the Craggy moors of Devon, over the altar lit by lanterns, thorns binding you and Auden and Saint de-virginising you. It's a head trip of ecstatic proportions🥰 "Holy shit. This is what I’ve been chasing all these years. Not the leather, not the munches, not the delightful but predictable croon of Maynard James Keenan laid over some bass-heavy track. And this isn’t even just the combination of sex and kink. This is here. This is Thornchapel. This is them—Auden and Saint, and also Rebecca and Delphine and Becket. I’ve been needing to fuse pain and delight in this place, with these people. I’ve needed to become the bride by thorns." This starts a philosophical journey into a kinky world of 6 close friends, Indulgent merrymen who have orgies galoreThis book delves a bit deeper into the background of Saint and Auden. Why they are at logger heads and how Proserpina is caught between them, figuratively and literally.I think it's safe to say that Sierra is like a professor of kink. She carefully embellished philosophy in her stories right next to sensual and carnal scenes. She indulges freely in describing IN DETAIL the placements, the desires, the thoughts, the feelings and aftermath of guilt. It's like she's exploring it LIVE and writing alongside. I'd dunno why that thought conjures up😳That's a testament to the talent of Sierra, she puts life in her words till they breathe and pulse With passions like an organismIt's a decadent rich buffet of hedonism with hefty doses of angst. Each character evolves and matures from their original placement " we left the Chapel. But chapel didn't leave us" Thornchapel is in them like they're ordained with magic. They tore down the curtain, ripped the veilOf the characters I'm leaning heavily towards Saint, his stature reeks of pride and power and yet I could almost tough his soft, vulnerable, wounded heart inside "It was a record of every ache, every angry longing he’d had for Proserpina Markham and Auden Guest that day, and St. Sebastian wasn’t sure he was proud of those aches. Nor how he’d memorialized them in playlist form." Auden is the quintessential prince. Regal, brooding and pensive. His inner thoughts intrigued me the most, his battles with his own self is what I was looking most forward to decipher “If I could rearrange the world for you, I would,” he says. “I’d rearrange everything.” Proserpina is a dominant's wet dream come true. Beautiful, unapologetically submissive and her hunger for pain would drive any Dom insane with jealousy. "But it’s wonderful. Sometimes pain drives me in, in, in, sending me into a place inside myself that’s still and quiet and calm, a place much like the feeling of being inside under a blanket when the wind howls outside and the sky hurls rain and thunder against the windows." I'm waiting to uncover more mysteries cause this one ended on a cliffhanger and the next one is far away into next yearDone with Imbolc on to Beltane...Then Lammas, Samhain...a Full Celtics Circle Sierra skillfully makes us a devotee of her carnal religion, it may sound debauchery but it works. I soaked up every word, I felt every touch, I was cut open with every thorn and lash of the FloggerI cried and smiled and basked in the sunshine of the ever loving gaze of Auden and saintI became Prosepina Markham!! “Thornchapel planted a flag in me and it said:Mine.” the sexuality borders on worship and silkiness of the sentiments captivates you immobile in their delicate threadsI couldn't put the book down as if i was under a hypnotic spell. I will keep looking forward to all their stories, however long it takes "MAY I" give 4.5 stars for Wild God and Thorn King #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me :[email protected]://twitter.com/BookBistroBlogwww.instagram.com/BookBistroBloghttps://Bookbistroblogger.blogspot.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: August 1, 2019 Genre: Erotica/RomanceFeast of Sparks is the second book in the Thornchapel series and MUST be read in order!!! I love this authors writing style and she really brings originality to the romance genre! I found this one to be kinky, delicious, and swoon worthy. I don't normally care for books with a million sex scenes but for some reason, the sensuality that Sierra writes about in this book drew me in. I love the unconventional relationships that take place. I love Release Date: August 1, 2019 Genre: Erotica/RomanceFeast of Sparks is the second book in the Thornchapel series and MUST be read in order!!! I love this authors writing style and she really brings originality to the romance genre! I found this one to be kinky, delicious, and swoon worthy. I don't normally care for books with a million sex scenes but for some reason, the sensuality that Sierra writes about in this book drew me in. I love the unconventional relationships that take place. I love how this story isn't just about sex but that the sex adds to the story. I love these characters, I love their interactions, and I love how this book has so much more meaning than any other erotic novel I have read. I know many readers are going to love this one and I know there will be some that are turned off by the story line and how the characters engage with one another. To each their own!Truth be told, this isn't really my type of book but I went into it (and A Lesson in Thorns) with an open mind and truly fell in love. I'm exited to be taken back into the fantasy world with these characters in the next book! Be sure to read A Lesson in Thorns though first as this book is a continuation of it. Also, don't expect this one to be completely finished. There is much more to come!
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  • - Michelle Claypot_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 – MUST read book 1 first!Feast of Sparks is what Sierra Simone does best. Tells beautifully filthy stories in such a way that you simply can’t look away. This one focuses more on St. Sebastian – we get his back story and the reason his relationship with Auden is the way it is. How will he, Auden and Poe make things work? At times it seems impossible! It’s a complicated tale and I was hooked. We get to see everyone grow and evolve as their relationships change and more secrets are revealed Book 2 – MUST read book 1 first!Feast of Sparks is what Sierra Simone does best. Tells beautifully filthy stories in such a way that you simply can’t look away. This one focuses more on St. Sebastian – we get his back story and the reason his relationship with Auden is the way it is. How will he, Auden and Poe make things work? At times it seems impossible! It’s a complicated tale and I was hooked. We get to see everyone grow and evolve as their relationships change and more secrets are revealed just as more questions are raised. This one is a complex tale!This story had me hooked. It was intriguing on lots of levels – the kink, the emotions and the underlying mythical/religious aspects. I found myself regularly pausing to think on chapters & their “other” meanings - A LOT. It’s not an easy read, but gosh it’s a beautiful one. I simply CANNOT wait for book 3 in this series! Cliffhanger status for this one is BRUTAL!!!I received an ARC of this book.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I’m selling the house and moving to Devon.Thornchapel owns me. Every bit of me. I want to wedge myself into a Poe, Auden, Saint sandwich and dance around the fire with Delphine, Rebecca, Becket and Sir James Frazer whilst drinking Prosecco and banging on a drum. Imbolc was hot. Beltane is so much hotter. Like scorching hot. Kindle smouldering hot. Sex toy hot. Tumblr research hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hotter than the equator. Hotter than a naked Adam Levine. Hotter than the signing room at RARE. Hotte I’m selling the house and moving to Devon.Thornchapel owns me. Every bit of me. I want to wedge myself into a Poe, Auden, Saint sandwich and dance around the fire with Delphine, Rebecca, Becket and Sir James Frazer whilst drinking Prosecco and banging on a drum. Imbolc was hot. Beltane is so much hotter. Like scorching hot. Kindle smouldering hot. Sex toy hot. Tumblr research hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. Hotter than the equator. Hotter than a naked Adam Levine. Hotter than the signing room at RARE. Hotter than whatever the hottest chilli in the world is. It really, really, really is THAT HOT!So, in a nut shell, little bride at the thorn chapel with two grooms, then little bride goes. Saint and Auden age 16. Oh the angst. Little bride comes back. Imbolc. We loved Imbolc - the biscuits were immense. What comes after Imbolc - Beltane. Sierra does what she does best, she weaves the magic. I’m enraptured. I can’t find my thoughts. I’m up and I’m down. “I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride by thorns.”
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  • MeaganCM
    January 1, 1970
    Fuck that ending 😡😡 I still loved it overall but whhhhhhyyyy 😭💔. Ugh, just when I finally reached the moment I was waiting for the entire book, Simone fucking rips my heart out 😭I just....Why would...It's not going to be ok now...It's too soon for this level of problems right now...This is bullshit 😭😭😭Edit:After getting over my initial shock of the ending, I actually think Simone brings up an interesting topic.
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  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, this is not my usual reading choice/genre, but. This book was such a huge mess—even though I skimmed all the parts that make this book erotica, which makes up like 80%, give or take (leaning towards the former). I only cared about the flashback scenes with Auden/Saint, to be honest.Also, the ending … I get ending books on cliffhangers, and wanting to get readers to feel compelled to buy the next book in a series, but—this felt very cheap, and unnecessary, and just … yikes.Blog | Twitter | I Yes, this is not my usual reading choice/genre, but. This book was such a huge mess—even though I skimmed all the parts that make this book erotica, which makes up like 80%, give or take (leaning towards the former). I only cared about the flashback scenes with Auden/Saint, to be honest.Also, the ending … I get ending books on cliffhangers, and wanting to get readers to feel compelled to buy the next book in a series, but—this felt very cheap, and unnecessary, and just … yikes.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I’m abstaining from rating this one because I’m truly at a loss. For now, here’s how it breaks down:Everything but the last chapter: 5 stars The last chapter: 0 stars Make of that what you will.
  • Chaimaa
    January 1, 1970
    LET ME CATCH MY BREATH SO I CAN GET BACK WITH A PROPER EDIT .OH MY GOD .
  • AtenRa
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I’ll be damned.Even though my TBR pile is ginormous, I decided that reading the sequel of a book I didn’t like, was the best use of my time. 🙄 But that’s just me, I can’t abandon books. Once I make a commitment, I am in all the way. And A Lesson in Thorns was too intriguing, if nothing else, to not at least try and read the next in the series.Feast of Sparks starts right where A Lesson of Thorns left off. Not giving anything away, just saying it was something very traumatic and shocking fo Well, I’ll be damned.Even though my TBR pile is ginormous, I decided that reading the sequel of a book I didn’t like, was the best use of my time. 🙄 But that’s just me, I can’t abandon books. Once I make a commitment, I am in all the way. And A Lesson in Thorns was too intriguing, if nothing else, to not at least try and read the next in the series.Feast of Sparks starts right where A Lesson of Thorns left off. Not giving anything away, just saying it was something very traumatic and shocking for Poe. So instead of dealing with her grief, she decided instead to have a lengthy BDSM session with Rebecca and Auden, who is now Rebecca’s BDSM student (thirsty for knowledge, that one!). I am not going to judge people’s grieving process and the way they choose to deal with sadness, to each their own. It’s just something about this scene that I found offensive, even though there was not an instance of an objection of any kind or lack of consent. All participants seemed to fully enjoy it, but for me it was too much. I felt like Poe didn’t request the scene because she wanted to deal with her pain and grief, but she just plain wanted to have sex just for the sake of it. That she used what happened to “justify” her incessant need for sex, didn’t sit right with me.After that, there were short sexy scenes here and there but nothing too major until the very end, something I found very refreshing. Finally we learn about Saint and Auden’s back story and it was a real treat. It was touching and almost romantic to see how much these two loved each other from a very young age and how Auden just adored Saint, which is not apparent in A Lesson of Thorns. He lusted after him sure, but we didn’t see how deep his feelings for him went until now. That was the books’ main difference in my opinion: how unromantic and completely in your face and matter of fact A Lesson of Thorns was, and how more subdued and calm Feast of Sparks was.That is, until we get to the last scene. Because trust me, there was nothing subdued about that!We’re talking massive sex free-for-all with all of the characters participating – yes, even the priest. Completely unexplained, out of the blue, but I’m not gonna lie: still hot. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Feast of Sparks. I don’t know if that’s because I had zero expectations going in, or because it was actually decent. Don’t get me wrong, it was stilled filled with silly moments that made me snort, even though they were supposed to be “serious”, but I am satisfied with the amount of effort Simone put into her characters. They had more interaction with outsiders and they were actually putting some thought into their actions. But everything was just noise compared to teenagers Auden and Saint seducing each other, that was pure gold.After feeling exhausted reading about copious amounts of sex, I was ready for the ending everyone has been talking about.And it was a big one (pun definitely intended) 💣 💣 💣 I’m not going to say I was shocked at the actual revelation, but I was surely shocked about the fact that Simone actually went there. I guessed it right around the middle, but I thought “Nah, no way that’ll happen, it’s too risqué”. But it did, and I don’t know how I feel about it. Obviously I don’t like it, but I am sure it will easily be explained away at the beginning of the next book, so I am not going to be too upset just yet.Confession: I am definitely going to read book 3.
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  • Na
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars"I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride by thorns."I really have no idea how Sierra Simone does this. This book left me hot and cold all over the place. This second book in the Thornchapel series is another masterpiece that needs to be devoured. It's no book you can read in between, you need to take your time as it demands your full attention from the first page to the last."You and Poe are like air and water, and he's earth. He's fire."Like in the first book each of the six 4.5 stars"I am the girl who kneels at night. I am the bride by thorns."I really have no idea how Sierra Simone does this. This book left me hot and cold all over the place. This second book in the Thornchapel series is another masterpiece that needs to be devoured. It's no book you can read in between, you need to take your time as it demands your full attention from the first page to the last."You and Poe are like air and water, and he's earth. He's fire."Like in the first book each of the six characters will pull you in their webs. Even though this second book focuses more on Poe, Auden and Saint, you'll also get your fill of the other three.Specifically the attraction and releationship between Poe, Auden and Saint gets explored on a deeper level. We get to know what happened in the past and how Auden and Saint work on their forgiveness. "I don't care how you keep me. Just keep me close"Everything about this book keeps your mind busy. The mystery, the attraction, the unusual relationships. Sierra Simone's writing style creates a spell that binds you to the book. You won't be able to leave it. It's like Thornchapel doesn't only crawl into the characters of this book, but also into your mind."She looks up at him like he's just given her the moon, and it makes me want to give her the sun instead."And let me tell you one thing: You'll start to guess and have your suspicions because of well placed hints all through the story. Trust your gut, you won't be wrong. The end will come like the huge wave you see coming but then you'll be surpised it hit so hard."The soul of you, Poe, is a soul made for living, and living hurts most of all."Feast of Sparks is as hypnotic, intriguing and powerful as the first book. It will leave its marks in your mind and crawling under your skin like no other story.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Get yourself a man who cuts your mother off knowing full-well she depends on that money, indirectly makes you drop your education, but doesn't give a fuck because his feelings and ego are bruised. But he says he still loves you and pinky promises he'll take good care of you. The only thing I felt while reading this book was boredom and three different types of disgust. So there's two Catholics—one who's a priest, btw—fucking in the middle of the church (that's also unlocked) because that's oh-so Get yourself a man who cuts your mother off knowing full-well she depends on that money, indirectly makes you drop your education, but doesn't give a fuck because his feelings and ego are bruised. But he says he still loves you and pinky promises he'll take good care of you. The only thing I felt while reading this book was boredom and three different types of disgust. So there's two Catholics—one who's a priest, btw—fucking in the middle of the church (that's also unlocked) because that's oh-so-hot and they just couldn't drag their disgusting asses outside, at least. And then there's Auden, with the fakest sob story ever, who physically and verbally attacks a person whose mother he royally screwed over out of spite and because his spoiled rich ass felt entitled to hatred and revenge a thousand times worse. And then he lies about it to all mutual friends and makes himself a literal saint. Not to mention a few important facts he decided to withhold along the way.He earns his redemption and two love confessions by shelving some books in a library for a week or two or w/e. What the—what the fUck? And, of course, Poe... who just found her mother's dead body and she's like "You know what we could do now? Orgies. Yes, brilliant. Let's have orgies." Cause nothing gets you hot and horny like the sight of your mother's decaying corpse.Honestly, this was exactly like the first book, except it's cringy and more melodramatic. But at least I found out what the drama was all about and I have a vague idea of what happened to Poe's mother, soooo...
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 ‘The Hurt I Choose’ Stars*** UGH...Whyyyyy?Yes, I know that this is a four book series and the first three books will end in cliffy’s. I KNOW this, but even with this knowledge, I still can’t believe that THIS is where this one ends...especially since I have to wait until next year to see how this little tidbit plays out….but I also knew this going in so #practicingpatience it is.But on to the review…My review of A Lesson in Thorns was quite vague, but necessary since it was only just the ***5 ‘The Hurt I Choose’ Stars*** UGH...Whyyyyy?Yes, I know that this is a four book series and the first three books will end in cliffy’s. I KNOW this, but even with this knowledge, I still can’t believe that THIS is where this one ends...especially since I have to wait until next year to see how this little tidbit plays out….but I also knew this going in so #practicingpatience it is.But on to the review…My review of A Lesson in Thorns was quite vague, but necessary since it was only just the beginning of the journey for the characters in the book. I was fascinated by them all, but I didn’t have a true grasp of who they were and who they could possibly become..yet. But after reading this one, I definitely have a better feel for them all and can honestly say that, as a whole, I really like each of them. They all bring a different piece and unique piece of the puzzle to the table and I loved watching how the constantly changing dynamics of their relationships with each other affect the group as a whole. Auden and Saint are definitely my favs, but the others are not far behind. Now, the main focus as far as romance goes does fall on Auden, Poe and Saint ~ though Rebecca, Delphine and Beckett have their own things going on as well ~ and I really liked where things are going with them. There is a lot of hurt and anger between Auden and Saint and it was heartbreaking and frustrating to watch as they constantly butted heads, but I liked how Poe was that...force...that enigma that made them truly think about what they wanted and it was actually quite sweet and heartwarming to watch what transpired between them as they worked to earn their hearts desires.Feast of Sparks was definitely an experience. The smexy was HOT and I love the open, no holds barred nature of the relationship between all the characters. True, it’s not conventional, but what they are going through isn’t either. While a few secrets have been exposed, there are many more to uncover and I’m really looking forward to seeing what is coming up next and how they will affect all of these characters in the end. ~ Copy provided by Candi Kane PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    *whispers softly* what the fuck what the fuck what the fuck?????
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