Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1) by Bree Barton

Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1)

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch. But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after...

Details Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1)

TitleHeart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1)
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns, #1)

  • Emily May
    There have been many times when I've disagreed with Kirkus reviews, but whoever wrote the review for this book and said: "This winsome debut novel goes down like a vegan, gluten-free cupcake: sweet and good for you but entirely lacking in satisfying decadence." nailed it.Heart of Thorns needed more editing and fewer tropes. It needed more memorable characters and fewer info-dumps. And it really just needed to be a bit less... polite. There's abs...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “Once upon a time, in a castle carved of stone, a girl plotted murder.” Hello, friends! This is going to be a hard one to review. I honestly feel like this is a solid 2.5 star read, but some aspects make me want to raise that rating and others make me want to lower it. I will say the end of this book is phenomenal. Like, easily the best part. And it was so good th...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    Thank you Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an arc of this!2.5 starstw: attempted sexual assault, mentions of self-harmThis was a bummer for me, you guys. I was really looking forward to this one and it just really fell short for me. The premise of this book was SO good, and when I read the synopsis I was instantly sold. But unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.So where did it fall short, you ask?For starters this was SUPER ...
  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    Loved this so much!
  • Tanya
    Expected Pub Date: July 31st,2018Review You an also read it on my blog!! 1 StarDNF @30%I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Spoilers SomewhatYep I'm gone. I'm bailing quicklyAfter it started off with such premise I found myself being disinterested by 25% in.Let me give a run down of the plot.It's about a 17 year girl Mia, who is an arranged marriage with Prince Quinn which is the last thing she wants to do. She wants...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Ok for me this was 2.5 stars but I think I've been prejudiced by the travesty that was chapter 53. The book probably deserves 3 stars so I've rounded up.I'm not going to rehash the blurb here. This is a very linear story of a young noble woman being forced into an unwanted marriage when she'd rather be a Gwyrach (witch/ demon) hunter like her father (who incidentally is who is forcing her...
  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    2.5 RTC It was going to be a solid 3 until this lovely line: "You're beautiful when you lie." He quickly added, "Not to diminish you or suggest that beauty is an indicator of your worth." FOR. PETE'S. SAKE. Just tell the story and stop trying to shove your microwaved feminism down my throat.
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦3.5 stars. Heart of Thorns was exactly the kind of Fantasy book that I love. And while I found especially the first half of it very slow, there's nothing about it that I actively disliked.This book has incredible world building and for me it's the thing that stands out the most. The writing is sometimes a little bit much but when it comes to describing the world it works perfectly. I thought it was so easy to imagine the set...
  • Christopher DeWan
    I've already read a manuscript of BLACK ROSE, and it's a great adventure, full of beautiful insights and heartbreaking revelations. I can't wait to see the final draft and the other books in the series.
  • mith
    this review + others can be found over on my blog!---I loved this book! Though, frankly, it might have to do with Quin, but I'll get there.In the grand scheme of things, Heart of Thorns isn't entirely different from most other fantasy books. What does make it stand out is that only women have magic! And they're seen as demons. (Figures lmao) So of course our main character, Mia, is such a "creature"! I loved Mia, though. Throughout the book, it w...
  • Paula Fowlkes Roussel
    Anyone else having a hard time rating and reviewing this book? Because I am...I have to think about this review for a few days...
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryI received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mia has been training and studying hard for the past three years in preparation to kill the demon that killed her mother. In Mia's world, all women are at risk of turning into Gwyrach, powerful, magical women, the spawn of demons, with the p...
  • Finley Fergus
    i was one of this book's early readers. it's my favorite YA book in a long, long time.
  • Hailey
    SEE THIS REVIEW AND MORE AT LITERATURE DREAMS! "Once upon a time, in a castle carved of stone, a girl plotted murder." Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton is book one in the "Heart of Thorns" series and will be published on July 31, 2018.Story in a Sentence: Mia Rose, a seventeen-year-old Huntress that has pledged to hunt the Gwyrach, is engaged to Prince Quin against her wishes by edict of her father and the King, but after an attempted assassinatio...
  • Roxanne
    ARC kindly provided by Edelweiss.All right. Okay. So...I'm still really torn on my opinion on this one. There were some good things that I really liked, but a couple of things really didn't work for me. The good- A strong female protagonist that doesn't need anyone to protect her. (In theory, that is. She didn't seem to do much protecting of herself either but it was implied a lot that she didn't need anyone to..)- Interesting side characters - o...
  • Emily Cait
    2.5 stars. I was given access to a free digital ARC of this text through work as an #indigoemployee in exchange for an honest review. It was presented to me as earth shattering new feminist fantasy... and it was just your standard YA fantasy. All of which, post-Tamora Pierce, tends to have a badass female character who does the feminism... I think to be ground breaking, a YA feminist fantasy text needs to be more interventional. (My disappointmen...
    3.5 stars! I went into this one not entirely remembering what it was about, but I think that worked in its favor. It does have a lot of familiar fantasy tropes, but I like the direction the author took with them and I’m curious about where it will go next. The only reason I can’t rate it higher is because for all that I liked Mia, I didn’t feel as personally connected to her as I would have wanted to be.
  • hannah ♡ peanutbutter&books
    mixed feelings about this one! for one, I get why the rating for this is relatively low—the characters were ridiculous, the plot was predictable, the message was pretty heavy-handed, etc. but then again, I had fun reading this, and considering I usually rate books based on my enjoyment... this is probably a 3.5-4 stars for me. 💖 review to come
  • Erin Arkin
    Review to come.
  • Sabrina
  • Doris Raines
    Black. Rose. Great. Title. Where. Is. Rest. Of. The. Words. I. Would. Take. A. Chance. And. Buy. This. Book. Why. Because. Of. The. Title. I. Love. All. Roses. This. Book. Will. Be. Going. On. My. Shelf.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    my rating:4.5/5 starsI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Heart of Thorns. Where do I start with this book? This book was just everything I wanted in a fantasy and I've read many fantasies this year ever since Everless by Sara Holland turned me into a fantasy reader this year. It had a really unique magic system, the world was built vividly through Barton's talented writing style, and the plot twists were never ...
  • Susana Zemlyakova
    Heart of Thorns is a daring, fun and hilarious new fantasy novel that I finished in less than a day. The plots follows the flight of ex-huntress Mia Rose and her reluctant, new husband Prince Quin following their interrupted nuptials. Mia's world has been turned upside down because she learns that she has magical powers - same as the demons she has hated and hunted all her life. The relationship between the two newlyweds is strained; but the bant...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2.5 starsI wasn't a huge fan of this. It was one of my most anticipated reads from this month, but unfortunately, it ended up falling flat, unlike the other fierce, feminist fantasy that came out, Grace and Fury (sooo recommend this one). I have to preface this with that this wasn't terrible! It wasn't heinous or offensive or anything (ok, maybe a tad too white, but besides that) and it was moderately entertaining. There were just too many things...