Title: Heart of Thorns
Author: Bree Barton
Date Started: October 2
Date Finished: October 3
Format: Hardcover from a subscription box
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.
When it comes to book subscription box books lately, I just casually glance at the summary, put it on my TBR pile and just call it a day. My expectations don’t go anywhere with these books and I’m kind of glad that it didn’t for this one. The reviews for Heart of Thorns were mostly critical and negative and let me tell you, they’re actually right. I only tend to distract myself when I’m writing and I get stuck. Let me scroll endlessly through (fill in the blank of some social media platform here). But for Heart of Thorns, I felt like every few chapters I was on Facebook or Twitter and scrolling.
And that isn’t because this book was boring. I mean, it kind of was in parts, but it was just so slow. I mean, when it takes 70+ pages for the main character to figure out her hidden secret and then another 100 pages or so for her to find out her mother’s secret, I was yawning a little bit too much in between. I kind of liked Mia’s character. She was adamant about her beliefs and very stubborn about finding her mother’s killer, but once her world is flipped upside down she becomes very whiny and shortsighted. And sure, I kind of get it because she just finds out that she is what she’s hated/hunted for the last three years, but still. Take a chill pill dear and listen to your elders.
And then there’s Quin. Sweet, precious Quin. I did not like him at first. He was a cold, heir apparent who seemed to be following in his father’s footsteps. And that scene at the beginning where Mia and him come to an ‘understanding’ about their marriage was just so…. Ugh. But then Mia stumbles across him playing the piano with only his dogs – Beo and Wulf (creative) – and things get kind of adorable. I really, really like Beo and Wulf and despite my better instincts I also like Quin too. When he turns out not to be this pampered prince while him and Mia are on the run, I really grew to appreciate his character.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. So if I liked Quin and kind of liked Mia why is this book getting a meh rating from me? Well, there were parts that were just boring. They dragged on or there was too much of an info dump at once. I also really didn’t like the ending. For a ‘feminist’ book you don’t have your main character, her sister, and her mother’s former lover turn on each other. Okay? You have them turn on the evil oppressing king – although apparently, the sister already did that.
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