Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns!
There’s a bunch of fun things planned, such as a bunch of sneak peek quotes from the adavnce copy, a giveaway (ooh!), and a totally awesome list of reasons why you should read this book!
Without further ado, let’s get started! I’ll be alternating between quote and reason 🙂
1. The worldbuilding!
There are so many luscious details in this novel–you’ll be blown away by how well-thought out Barton crafted this world. She put a lot of thought into things like how different kingdoms interact and foods (oh the foods!) and different peoples.
I really liked reading the interesting details about the world and how each of the four kingdoms differed culturally and in terms of governance. I hope to see more of the exploration of kingdoms besides the river kingdom in book 2 because there’s so much potential in this part of the novel!
2. The mystery…
There is so much mystery in this book–we’re looking left, right, and all over for who the bunches of murderers are. There’s people who murdered Mia’s mom, there’s people who tried to murder someone else, there’s a bunch of other murderers…yeah.
But it’s not just being on the run from assassinations! There’s also things like the mysterious circumstances Mia’s mother died under, which is such a huge surprise to find out–I was totally blown away by that! And the mystery of what’s truth and what’s lies when you live in a corrupt kingdom.
3. The examination of themes that are applicable in today’s society.
One thing I really liked about this novel’s premise was how it explores ideas about oppression of women (but it’s applicable for all sorts of modern oppression) and really looks at how single minded some parts of feminism can be and how we can make feminism more inclusive.
Mia has a lot to learn about advocating for women’s rights, and one of the things she learns is that girls liking dresses or wanting to have a family doesn’t mean they respect themselves any less. Mia might believe you need to be logical to be a strong woman, but she’ll soon find out that’s not true.
4. The totally fierce characters.
Some of the characters are just crazy badass–I mean, we have a girl who’s trained to kill, a prince (who’s might not be the best swordsman but is wonderful at cooking? cooking is the way to a woman’s heart, you know…), some other hunters, and a bunch of women with magical powers who can stop your blood flow with just a thought.
Yeah. That’s one rowdy (and pretty dangerous) bunch. But not as dangerous as their antagonists! So there’s lots of deliciously angsty conflict that you’ll totally want a piece of! (Something else you might want a piece of would be the aforementioned prince’s cooking–have I mentioned it sounds DELICIOUS?)
5. THAT ENDING!!!
Seriously–no spoilers but wow that ending was so twisty and interesting–I was totally blown away by it! There are so many crazy things that happen and just when you think you’ve reached the final plot twist–BAM! There’s another one.
I would recommend this book based on the ending alone because there are so many wacky (but believable) things that happen at the end–you can only imagine when you put a bunch of power-hungry people in a room together.
More About the Book
Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns #1) by Bree Barton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Inventive and heart-racing, this fiercely feminist teen fantasy trilogy from debut author Bree Barton examines a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic—and every woman is suspected of having it.
Mia Rose wants only one thing: revenge against the Gwyrach—feared, reviled, and magical women—who killed her mother. After years training under her father’s infamous Hunters, Mia is ready. She will scour the four kingdoms, find her mother’s murderer, and enact the Hunters’ Creed: heart for a heart, life for a life.
But when Mia is thrust into the last role she ever wanted—promised wife to the future king—she plots a daring escape. On her wedding night, Mia discovers something she never imagined: She may be a Huntress, but she’s also a Gwyrach. As the truth comes to light, Mia must untangle the secrets of her own past. Now if she wants to survive, Mia must learn to trust her heart . . . even if it kills her.
More About the Author
Bree Barton is a writer in Los Angeles. When she’s not lost in whimsy, she works as a ghostwriter and dance teacher to teen girls. She is on Instagram and YouTube as Speak Breely, where she posts funny videos of her melancholy dog.
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Thank you so much to Harper Collins, Edelweiss, and the Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing me with a digital review copy! Don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the tour–both in person with Bree as she travels the country & online at the rest of The FFBC’s tour!