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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 forceIn 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 the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy....

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Heart of Thorns Reviews

  • Melanie
    2019-02-09 06:12

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Killing "demons", magic that is only given to women, and bi boys? Yeah, I'm here for it.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2019-02-16 07:07

    Trust your heart. Even if it kills you.OMG, the cover!!! I love it!---Hmm...title changed from Black Rose to Heart of Thorns? Alright, not bad. I like it. Now if only I could get an official release date. ---Wait I thought this was suppose to come out in 2017? Why does it say 2018 now? Ugh...

  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    2019-01-22 00:01

    Loved this so much!

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    2019-01-28 23:16

    “Trust your heart Even if it kills you.” A BOOK WHERE WOMEN ARE THE ONLY CHARACTERS THAT HAVE MAGIC? 😍🙌.✨ I’ve been bless !!!!!! ✨ I really hope to like this book.

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2019-02-07 06:11

    I heard "bi male love interest" and "fiercely feminist", so, uh... here we are.

  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    2019-02-21 04:26

    *I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

  • Amber~ The Reading Addict
    2019-01-25 05:06

    GracelingandPride and Prejudice ?!?!?

  • Christopher
    2019-02-06 07:03

    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.

  • S.L.J.
    2019-02-07 03:11

    Blood bending?

  • Paula Fowlkes Roussel
    2019-01-27 03:10

    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...

  • Finley Fergus
    2019-01-31 04:02

    i was one of this book's early readers. it's my favorite YA book in a long, long time.

  • Doris Raines
    2019-02-13 06:21

    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.

  • Hailey
    2019-01-26 07:04

    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 assassination at their wedding, Mia and Quin have to run for their lives."Magic is born in the margins. It is nurtured among the vulnerable and broken. It is our bodies crying out for justice, seeking to right centuries of wrong."I have to start with the writing. The amount of dialogue and exposition in this book is insane. There is a whole chapter of just dialogue and nothing else. In the last couple of chapters, there were pages and pages of exposition. The writing felt stilted and awkward more than once. This was actually really disappointing because the author is actually a really nice writer. If she would go back and correct these issues, it would be an okay book."Wrong place, wrong time, wrong wife."Sadly, the writing was not the main problem. This book was littered with tropes. Now it is very hard to write a purely original YA fantasy, but I do expect a level of ingenuity. I will list a couple of the tropes revealed in the first chapters so I don't spoil anything.-Heroine tries to run away from her marriage.-Sister is ill.-Arranged marriage to protect the heroine and for the greater good.-Cruel, power-hungry king and a handsome prince that hates everything about his father.-Heroine is a genius assassin in a male-dominated order.How many people would die because of her?Mia Rose is our heroine. She was raised by the leader of the Circle which consists of Hunters and Huntresses that assassinate Gwyrach, magical women that are known to the general public as being the descendants of demons. She is pretty self-centered honestly, but that doesn't become extremely clear until the end. She is also not the independent woman that you would first believe. She heavily depends on those around her for basically everything. In all honesty, she is pretty forgettable. I finished this last night and I am having a hard time remembering her. Not what I want from a heroine. The plot twists concerning her were very obvious."I prefer whom I prefer. Girls. Boys."The true star of this book is Quin. He is a bisexual prince with an affinity for music and a skillful cook. He is the ultimate feminist and I loved basically everything about him. It got to the point where I was reading for him and not Mia. He accepts his duties with grace and dreams of helping the people of his kingdom. I like how Barton approached his sexuality. While he is very blunt about it, it does not overpower his character in any way. It does not define him or his actions. He reminds me a lot of Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses. That is a good thing. See quote below to realize how awesome Quin is."She felt Tristan's eyes scratch over her bare skin. 'I've never seen you in the flesh before. A pity to execute a thing so pretty.' 'She's not a thing,' Quin growled."Overall, this was pretty disappointing. The description and cover got my hopes up. I honestly thought about not finishing this book more than once. The ending was the best, yet still not very good. I felt like I was reading a first draft. As it is now, I would not purchase this. I will give it 1.5 stars, mainly because of Quin and two plot twists at the end. Sadly, I cannot recommend.Quotes were taken from an ARC of the book and may be subjected to change prior publication. My heartfelt thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hwei Ming Fan
    2019-02-15 03:07

    I see many people who review a book before it comes out. I just want to be first for once. The summary sounds amazing. I'll read it next year.

  • Susana Zemlyakova
    2019-01-25 05:13

    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 banter was full of great sarcastic quips and the world was developed with lush scenery and language."You said you'd never manned a boat before.""I said I'd never been on a river. In my royal bathtub hewn of gold, I steered small ships made of walnuts." The origin of magic as a result of centuries of oppression and violence against women is an interesting concept. A very unique way to apply feminism to a fantasy novel. I am sure many women (myself included) wouldn't mind having unblooding powers some days. Who am I kidding? MOST Days.The book is a 5 star fantasy for me if not for the dialogue Mia has with Zaga upon their initial meeting. Now, I understand that Mia needs to be able to use/open her heart (ergo the subtitle) to access magic but I hate the argument that ALL knowledge has blinded and twisted her. Sure Mia has been taught to think poorly of the Dujia but that the blame can equally be laid on the environment. Instead, Zaga spits Mia's years of studies (history, medicine, languages, etc.) back in her face, while also arguing that the greatness gift of an inquisitive mind is its ability to silence its own inquisitions. To which I wanted to say: why can't it be both? Why can't you use your mind and heart to create brilliant things? As a creative person with a background in math and economics, I found this chapter hard to get through. Furthermore, to think with your heart means to act brashly. I don't think Mia would have survived as long as she had if she was a purely emotional person.In any case, it was a small pain point so nevertheless I persisted and I was not disappointed. The ending came on with a rush of adrenaline. Mia is forced to make a life-altering decision and this catapults us into book two. I won't say much more because I don't want to give away all the magic. But if you are looking for a fantasy book with a strong female cast that rises up against their male oppressors - this book for you. The only thing I will add is: I really hope that there is no love triangle in the following books. Familial and romantic love are veins in the plot but don't detract from the story. Soo... I will be immensely disappointed if the two sisters have to duke it out over a guy in the second book. (Small spoiler)I received a digital ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Michelle - Firstbooklove
    2019-02-16 23:28

    (I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss.)

Book review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Did not finish)

“Heart for a heart, life for a life.”
Title: Heart of Thorns (Release date: 31st July 2018)Authors: Bree BartonFormat: kindle (eARC)Genre: YA , FantasyRating: Did not finish[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 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 the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.(Review)(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)Mia has dedicated her life to hunting Gwyrach; women who manipulate flesh, bones, breath and blood, the same ones who took away her mother. Her father suddenly announces her marriage to the Prince, she is forced to be a proper lady of the court.I read 15% of the this book before deciding not to finish it. I was really excited when I got approved since this book has been sitting in my TBR list for quite a while and it has yet to come out, unfortunately, the pacing was way too slow for me and I felt that there wasn’t much going on.

  • MK
    2019-02-13 07:18

    arc provided by Edelweiss.DNF about 50 percent of the way thru.Sigh.This is the second book I couldn’t finish where the author just jumped right into the action and hoped you could catch up. I don’t think it’s a bad idea but so far it’s been executed poorly. Writers, don’t do it. Develop and tell. There are the bones to a high quality story here. It’s apparent the author wanted to really talk about woman’s rights here; with a lot of talk of controlling women’s bodies and mistrusting women. There’s also discussion about closing borders and distrusting those around you. And bisexuality in a lead character! All good things to have! But the writing style of this book is all over the place, to the point where it becomes distracting. The writer switches between bland fantasy writing to an almost quirky humor that is just disjointing. The author just jumps right into the action, which, again, okay, but it doesn’t work here, and the characters never seem to truly develop. I never connected, I didn’t care about the plot. Two stars for potential, but that’s really this has. Maybe an interesting story in another person’s hands.

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    2019-02-13 04:18

    I just got accepted for this ARC and uuuh only now am I seeing that people are describing this as Graceling meets Pride & Prejudice.. ??? holy shit????? this is THE BEST!!

  • Amelinda Bérubé
    2019-02-04 02:15

    Prepare to be enthralled by an utterly charming romantic arc, a thoughtful exploration of attraction, consent, and love, and a sparkling prose style that practically dances off the page. My heart needed this feminist fairy tale and I bet yours does too.

  • Mikaela
    2019-01-23 04:28

    this sounds absolutely amazing and i need it now pls thx

  • Sam
    2019-02-09 06:01


  • Edelmira
    2019-01-23 02:10

    Sounds so freakin interesting! I want to read this so badly now too!

  • Coe
    2019-02-10 23:08


  • Meredith Thompson
    2019-01-23 00:25

    Mia Rose has always dreamed of being part of the Hunters. A group that kill women known in the ancient river kingdom as Gwyrach- demons. After her mother was murdered, Mia swore to kill the demon that ended her life.But when Mia's father suddenly announces she will marry the prince she is forced to step down, to play the fair maiden with the silken gloves that could never do harm to anyone. When the wedding goes horribly wrong, Mia discovers she has dark magic. Magic she had sworn to destroy.Can Mia learn to love after seventeen years of hate?I was given the digital ARC copy through Edelweiss and the publishing company Harper Collins for an honest review. This title will be released on July 31, 2018.The book starts so strong and it stays that way throughout. I haven't read many YA's where it's been able to keep that same intensity all across, and this one did. It was phenomenal right from the get-go.The chapters are short and to the point in this book. The sentences are flowery with images that are all too perfect. I found one typo, but other than that, I can't come up with something that I didn't like in this book. It was everything I was looking for in a new world of fantasy. It's action packed, a hint of romance that had me wanting more instead of puking, a smart main character that had flaws and could acknowledge these flaws to work through them, and side characters that added to the story instead of creating unnecessary tension. AND DID I MENTION THE PLOT TWISTS? Because that had be freaking shook to the core, crying because I just want the next installment. Bree Barton has created a world that was captivating yet felt so real, as if I could reach out and touch it. Bree has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and if she ever needs someone to review her other books, I am available no matter what.It's got a lot of feminist themes that I didn't think I'd like at first, but as the story progressed I was enthralled *wink wink*. Bree dealt with real world topics in an amazing way that even opened up my eyes.Mia Rose was a strong female character with prejudices she had to work through. She was smart and drove the story forward, even if she didn't make the best choices, she dealt with the consequences and faced it head on. She was stubborn and determined to do the best for her family. Quin has awful parents that seemed to have turned him into a monster as well. As the story progresses he comes into himself, letting Mia see a little more and more each time, surprising even himself. He's open to new ideas and accepting of people even if there is a hint of fear inside of him. He's brave and I love him with all of my heart.This book made me see a lot of things in a different light and really got me thinking about the way I act. It was amazing to feel so connected to people in a book that weren't one dimensional. Yes, some things felt a little silly, but every book has that. This one just did it in a way where I didn't care how silly it was, it was just perfect. I'm certainly buying this book once it comes out, and I really suggest you do that same thing.

  • Jackie
    2019-02-08 05:59

    This is one of those times where I wish I could ask what moment if any compelled an author to craft a book like this because there were so many details that we’ve seen play out before in both fiction and reality with a few nods to current events to really convey the message that violence against women is nothing new and is unfortunately far from slowing down. This entire story is like my dream because we go into it with a narrative crafted by a specific group of people who are in charge and want nothing more than to keep that power at whatever cost and when it turns on its head I wanted to shout from the rooftops how happy I was to see this overwhelming sense of sisterhood and embracing your gifts and the simple exchange where they replace the name they are given by the men with that of what they truly are I wanted to cry. I try so hard to review books without giving spoilers and I’m going to try and keep that promise but god there are so many things in this book that take what you know and what has been told over and over again in order to demonize or oppress women and gives it the middle finger starting with the explanation for how they came to have their gifts. I probably highlighted half this book because there’s so many great quotes that need to find their way onto posters that I can hang all over the house because wow this book did not hold any punches. Where it lost the five star rating is the ending, with such a big emphasis on this community and the relationships among those involved the reveal was a bit disappointing. On one hand I get it because it sort of parallels the struggle between what most people think and what actually is when it comes to feminism and how we have to embrace all forms whether the woman wants liberation or to stick with the “traditional” roles they still have value in the overall movement but it was sad to see it being one against the other instead of the entire patriarchy.Also I have no idea what happened from the last chapter through the epilogue and I’m hoping since it says book 1 I’ll find out if what I think happened is true but if this is a stand alone I’m going to need someone to message me after and discuss it so we can all be on the same page. Overall this book is amazing I really think a lot of people are going to enjoy it it’s so much more than what the synopsis suggests and I went into it with a certain idea as to what I expected it would be and I have never been so wrong and I thank the book gods for that I was because we’ve all read that book before, but this is something so different and I cant wait to see what’s next! **big thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Delia Evin
    2019-02-08 05:21

    Gonna give this book 3.5 stars and that is because I had a really big issue with a certain scene in the book. Overall I would have to say that Heart of Thorns was an enjoyable read. I look forward to the sequel. The characters were well thought out, the romance was believable and I loved how the author interspersed anatomical and scientific terms and both magic into the book. It was educational and especially helpful for me since I am currently taking an Anatomy course!I am going to include a major spoiler below here so if you do not want to be spoiled in any way DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT. There was a particular scene in the book that felt very out of place and was in very poor taste on the author's part. The scene was between two relatively minor characters but who still played a part in the overall story. The princess, Karri, who up until that point had been described as a capable and strong woman who was rumored to be a better choice as a future ruler of the Kingdom was about to be raped by both her cousin Tristan and one of his fellow guards. This of course happened after Tristan and the guard survived not only a severe poisoning attempt but also days hiking through the wilderness, half starved, weak, and on Tristan's part injured as his hand was shattered by a character during the poisoning attempt. So we come upon the two men trying to rape Karri who for some reason up until that point could suddenly not defend herself against two men that for all intents and purposes should barely even be capable of holding a cup let alone holding down a strong woman. Let's not even get into the dialogue that went on between the guard and Karri during this entire debacle. This scene was ridiculous, served no purpose whatsoever and was poorly plotted. I am having trouble understanding why this scene was necessary and I honestly strongly urge the author to reconsider releasing the book with this scene. I expect more from a female author than a gratuitous rape scene inserted into a book to drive a character's actions. It isn't good and it soured the entire book for me.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-29 00:12

    ****4.5 Stars**** (just because of that ending....yes I am being passive agressive...for the moment at least )This book came out of nowhere and sucker punched me in the gut! I had no idea what it was about, I just picked the book up because I liked the title and the cover art....sorry I hate to admit that; but about 25 pages into this book I was telling my husband not to bother me while reading hooked! Bree Barton has written a lushly, magical world that has me jonesing to jump back into it....alas I have to wait a whole year for the next in the series!!! (Why do I keep reading books that have more to come?!?!? Self punishment I suppose :) I can't wait, literally, to see what happens next to Mia, Quin, Angelyne...and I hope that she picks up right where she left off because that cliffhanger just about killed me!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!

  • Just Reading Everything
    2019-02-03 00:27

    Set in an ancient river Kingdom, Mia Rose seeks to avenge her mother by killing Gwyrach. These are women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood and have been branded as exceptionally dangerous. Aside from her father, the only person who Mia truly cares for is her younger, carefree sister, Angie. But when her father arranges an unexpected marriage between Mia and Prince Quin that turns into a violent disaster, Mia discovers the magic she's sworn to destroy is the very one she possesses. This is a refreshingly inclusive YA fantasy that is richly spun and exceptionally engrossing. Barton expertly writes a magical, lyrical story containing female empowerment, the importance of consent, and the strong bonds of sisterhood all while keeping the reader on an intriguing, fantastical adventure.

  • Books and Guacamole
    2019-01-31 04:22

    Heart of Thorns is a serious page-turner. Twist after twist, with the perfect amounts of action, humor, romance and heart. Fans of Graceling DEFINITELY need to read this. Barton has crafted a fun and intelligent feminist fantasy, bringing forth issues of consent and power and the consequences of patriarchy.

  • Hayley Chewins
    2019-02-05 03:23

    This book grabbed me from the first page and kept surprising me all the way through. Bree Barton's writing is clever and sharp-edged, beautiful and tender, all at once. (Plus, the witty banter is DIVINE.) The ending was one of the best endings I've ever read. EVER. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE meets GRACELING meets HANDMAID'S TALE? You need this book. <33333