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Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

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.


Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton was a fighter. For the first 75% of this book, I felt pretty bored out of my mind. The story kept tugging on me telling me to finish. So I kept going. I am glad that I did because I found that I ended up liking the story enough that I will pick up book two. Barton has a talent for beautiful words. The hard part is I feel like everything is drawn out more than what it needs to be. The start of the book was strong. But as the reader was drug more and more into the plot, it felt quite flat. That ending though?! It leaves you with wanting your hands on the next book ASAP.

In the beginning you are sucked into Mia’s life. You want to know all about her and why she hates her upcoming wedding. We learn that we have this very smart and capable woman that is being forced to marry. Mia’s goal in life is to track down the clan of women that are half-demons to find the one that killed her mother and return the favor. These half-demon women are known as Gwyrachs or Dujas depending on who you talk too.

Then Mia’s future husband, Quin, gets shot as they are standing at the altar. Everything changes for Mia. She is in a panic and she and Quin escape into the woods. They definitely find the adventure of a lifetime and a very confusing first days of non-marriage. I actually enjoyed the interactions that Quin and Mia had because they were both always so snarky to each other. I feel like that is how a couple would act.

I have a hard time putting all my feelings on paper for this book because everything I think about seems to contradict something else that I think about. The book is slow. The middle is boring but the beginning and end made it all worth it for me. I really want to know what will happen to Mia next.

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