The time has finally come! Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns comes out tomorrow!!! I’m so excited for this book guys! and I can’t wait to meet Bree to get my hard cover signed.
Warning: Ahead there be spoilers! If you don’t want spoilers go order your own copy of HoT!!!
**disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**
I went into this knowing almost nothing about the plot, and all I knew about Bree was falling out of my chair laughing at some of her hilarious videos. I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book until I learned I had won an ARC. I love Bree, she’s a special kind of eccentric and she reminds me of my childhood self I feared I lost years ago. It’s so inspiring to see a woman so free and I feel that’s very much the theme of this book. Breaking free.
I’ll admit I’m not a feminist so I was a tad skeptical going into this book. I was worried about some preachiness when it came to the message and themes but to my great delight this book owns its premise, keeps it authentic and never seems like it’s trying to preach to you. In fact, I very much agree with a lot of the points.
Mia struggles with letting her heart guide her and trusting her instincts. I thought that was a bit campy at first but no, the book shows again and again why it’s important for her to trust her emotions. Mia was brought up with the belief that women’s emotions and hearts are dangerous, that getting what she wants is somehow wrong because it puts people in danger. The king of Glas Dtir even says many of the laws that oppress women are “for their own safety.” Mia firmly supports the king in spite of being a woman herself but the moment she learns she has magic everything changes. She struggles throughout the book to listen to her gut and when she doesn’t there’s consequences, when she does there’s reward. It’s beautiful and like the author I find it’s a beautiful message.
At 14 Mia’s mother died and this seems to be a catalyst for her firm belief in the danger of the Gwyrrach, and her scientifically minded nature. She suppresses emotion not to protect herself but to protect others. I really empathize that because I feel I’ve had to suppress my enthusiasm, and the beauty of spontaneity. I used to be able to put myself out there, make friends with strangers and light up a room, but life happened and I hid away in my shell. Bree inspires me to no end because here’s a woman uninhibited by the world’s standards, encouraging women to be uninhibited, to dance and let out their quirkiness.
I find the very title fitting since the book has almost nothing to do with a “Heart of Thorns” nor are the words ever mentioned. It’s subtle, and open to interpretation. The book is an adventure with many twists and turns but it’s really Mia’s journey to opening up her heart and to be free. She doesn’t fully learn her lesson in this book but I’m sure there will be more to come in the sequels.
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