Violet Sterling Has Spent The Last Seven Years In Exile, Longing To Return To Burleigh House One Of The Six Great Houses Of England, Burleigh S Magic Kept Both The Countryside And Violet Happy.That Is, Until Her Father S Treason Destroyed Everything.Now She S Been Given A Chance To Return Home But Burleigh Isn T What She Remembered Wild With Grief, Burleigh S Very Soul Is Crying Out In Pain As Its Tormented Magic Ravages The Countryside, Vi Must Decide How Far She S Willing To Go To Save Her House Before Her House Destroys Everything She S Ever Known.A House Left Unchecked Will Lead To Ruin.But I Will Not Let It Ruin Me.Dark, Gripping, And Utterly Unique, This Atmospheric Historical Fantasy From Critically Acclaimed Author Laura E Weymouth Is Perfect For Fans Of The Hazel Wood And Caraval. i honestly cant remember how i heard about this new release, but i managed to find a free copy, so i may as well read it, right and having gone into this story with really no expectations, im actually quite happy with it was i blown away by it no, not really but there is much to appreciate about this.its quick and light to read the narrative does tend to be a bit repetitive at times mainly due to the lack of in depth world building, so there is only so far the plot can go but theres an easy flow to how its written, with some atmospheric tendencies the characters are also likeable they can be pretty one dimensional at times, and i feel like i tolerated violet than i actually liked her, but what really got me is wyn im an absolute sucker for childhood sweethearts, so you know i was 100% on board the vi and wyn train but the absolute highlight of this book is the originality of the story concept living, breathing, magical estates in the english country that require caretakers to manage them is a wildly imaginative idea i just wish the execution did it a little better justice.overall, this is a pretty decent read not my favourite, but still enjoyable 3.5 stars Weymouth is SLAYING the cover game.First, My issue with A TREASON OF THORNS is that I found the best parts of it to be in the synopsis.The tightly framed concept sounds fantastic in short form but loses itself in drawn out translation The characters are underdeveloped, the romance is. a stretch, and the plot itself feels like it s just spinning its wheels until it reaches a certain word count It s repetitive both in tone and vocabulary and, ultimately, just stuck in one gear This is such a fascinating idea, and the author made it complex enough to be believable, but then dropped the ball by explaining very little It still had the potential to be outstanding, though, and while I did like some the imagery, and the resonance of emotion Violet felt through her connection to the House, again, it just. didn t really work It might make a great movie, though, if you had visuals to focus on and an actress who could pull of the range of emotions that I don t think felt at all believable, or fully formed, from the MC.I ve now had two very perplexing reactions to Weymouth s first and second novels and I m realizing that she just might not be for me 1.5 stars I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities. Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterThe BuzzMy anticipation for A Treason of Thorns has been built to a feverish pitch ever since I first saw the cover reveal back in February I LOVED The Light Between Worlds, Laura Weymouth s debut novel and it became my 1 read for 2018 As A Treason of Thorns was also magical realism historical English setting I was so, so dying to read it Then Laura contacted me to send me one of her ARCs as her 1 fangirl and I was on 7th heaven When the post office didn t deliver the book I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff about to spiral into the abyss of despair So by the time I received the second copy my expectations were high like mega high.And look at the cover of A Treason of Thorns It totally deserves to take up space on EVERYONE s bookshelf for beauty alone And the design and title are so spot on for the story It s creepy, dark and full of betrayal If you re attracted to the cover and title then you will enjoy the book The PremiseA Treason of Thorns is about a sentient house and the young girl who was very willing to put Burleigh House first before family, before king and country and even before love in order to become its caretaker Vi comes back from exile to find Burleigh run wild and the countryside dying due to its magical kickback She finds the boy from her childhood grown and bitter, his relationship with the house dark and twisted I LOVE this premise It s rare to find a story where an inanimate object is alive but it sounds super great, right Are your expectations as high as mine too A Treason of Thorns delivers on so many points The sentient house was nailed to perfection I especially loved its morally grey nature How it expected its residents to put it first, to sacrifice whatever was needful to it The history about the magic of the great houses was stellar and fleshed out the different outcomes that Vi was trying to prevent It upped the stakes Vi s memory mining to try to piece together her father s hunt for the deed This is one of my favorite things that Burleigh was able to do The magical moments No spoilers but Burleigh is than sentient, it s magical too I loved the idea of mortar and the different ways it came out in A Treason of Thorns Vi s loved ones were spot on I won t expose them all but from her father s old servants who were like beloved grandparents to new friends, like a certain princess I loved them and how Vi relied on them and they in turn influenced her Wyn He gets his own category He was my favorite part of the mystery I like that he s secretive and angry and you aren t sure if its at Burleigh, her father or Vi.As you can see the world building was truly incredible I really loved the world of the 6 great houses and would actually welcome a companion novel though I m not adverse to reading ANYTHING Laura Weymouth writes I was so satisfied at Vi s decision in the end my worst fear was averted after learning about her father s choices A Treason of Thorns is poignant nevertheless I like that about Weymouth its never a straight up gooey happy ending but true to those who have to make hard choices and live in the real world.My ExperienceWhile I enjoyed A Treason of Thorns it didn t blow me away I recommend it, okay TBH I thought Laura Weymouth would kill this premise and it is super creative But its not my top book of the year like I hoped it would be I just wasn t as wowed by the execution of A Treason of Thorns as I was The Light Between Worlds Part of my struggle was that I wasn t buying the king He s made out to be this straight up evil dude and it didn t make sense to me It didn t mesh with the end and his motivations were a mess It would have been better if he were morally grey like the house Small shifts and he d have added a lot to A Treason of Thorns Laura is a hidden master at morally grey characters and I would have welcomed a masterful opponent to Burleigh However if you like your villains evil through and through then you won t be bothered by this.The romance left a lot to be desired this time In The Light Between Worlds the girls being in love didn t really have anything to do with the plot It was a great secondary benefit of the story and thus didn t need to stand up to heavy scrutiny in other words it could be portrayed in light strokes For A Treason of Thorns that doesn t work How Vi feels about Wyn is VITAL to her struggle and motivations And you don t keep loving the boy you knew at 8 after 7 years have past Your old feelings could jumpstart new feelings but we needed many and varied moments to believe And those moments weren t strong enough to bear the weight of the romance s role.I loved the idea that at the heart of A Treason of Thorns is Vi s relationship with her father It was made very clear that to Vi her mother was a traitor So it made her father that much important to her I liked the idea of seeing the human side to her father, but I didn t buy how it was executed We needed to see him with Wyn before, during and after and we only saw after We learned about during but I felt rather distant from it though it was horrifying There wasn t the foreshadowing I needed to believe he was as Vi learned he was at the end.It sounds like I m trashing A Treason of Thorns I m not honest I do recommend it However it was hard not to compare it to The Light Between Worlds that blew me away And Laura Weymouth is such an excellent story teller and writer that it makes it easier for me to spot small things that would have made the book perfect to me.If you love the title and cover for A Treason of Thorns then you ll love the book What you see is what you get creepy, gorgeous, dangerous and prone to draw blood You ll never regret picking up a Laura Weymouth book And I can t wait to read what she has for us next Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingA Cover Title grade Thanks to the author and HarperTeen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton Magical, mystical, enchanting, and with a setting that will sweep you back to old England, A Treason of Thorns will keep you engaged from the beginning clear to the action packed ending Legends and lore, magical bindings, endearing stories of home, both those we are born to and those we create, and becoming who we want to be rather than what is expected of us, A Treason of Thorns was beautifully done with effortless writing that was every bit as wonderful and emotional and it is magical ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The full review can be found at The Book Bratz Laura always has the best book covers, hands down This one is absolutely stunning, the colors, detailing, it draws your eyes and leaves you starstruck A Treason of Thorns is hands down one of the most unique books that I have read in a long time, dark, mysterious and utterly unique A Treason of Thorns will have you entranced until the very last page When Violet was a child her father, the caretaker of Burleigh house was accused of high treason and sentenced to spend the rest of his days in Burleigh house, without his key that helps him channel the house magic forcing himself to channel house magic through himself Burleigh is one of the six Great Houses in the country and it s magic keeps the land healthy and prosperous Violet and the house servants are exiled, but Wyn, Violet s childhood friend is forced the face the sentence with her father Ripped from everything she has ever known Violet must learn a new way of life In the years leading up to this Violet s father taught her the ways of the house, so when he passed on she would become Burleigh s caretaker Only Burleigh house is failing and Violet only has the summer to prove that she can save her beloved house before it is destroyed by her Godfather, the King Full of mystery, a determined girl and a bitter sweet romance A Treason of Thorns is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it The magic system and the Houses in this book is amazing.The complexity of it, but described in ways that doesn t make it confusing at all, Weymouth did an amazing job in keeping me intrigued and wanting to know about Burleigh House and the magic surrounding it Burleigh s personality is one that is quite unique The House does respond to its surroundings and does what it can to help Violet and keep her safe It s temperamental and its moods change in the flash of an eye I think Weymouth did a great job giving something as inanimate as a house its only personality and characterization, especially when it is the main focus of this book I really enjoyed Violet s character From page one she shows her dedication to her Burleigh Nothing comes before the House, not even family Upon returning to her beloved home it is in shambles and Violet is determined to save it before it is too late As she works on repairing her relationship with Wyn, she teams up with the most unlikeliness of partners to do what needs to be done The only way to save Burleigh house is to find it s deed, the very crime that her father was punished for Overall I really enjoyed A Treason of Thorns This book lived up to every expectation I had and Weymouth s prose is beautiful and will suck her readers in I can t recommend this book enough So please, pick it up and read it By the way, you can check out the cover reveal for A TREASON OF THORNS on my blog Plus there s an excerpt, giveaway, and interview with Laura on the book Go go go Sentient houses and sinister magic and ALL the aesthetic feels your way Find the link here or click on the teaser below ARC received via publisher 3.5 StarsI m a bit torn when it came time to rate this book Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters but I did find that I started to get a bit bored and just wanted some action to happen I also found myself confused at times with the magical elements of the house and between the binding and unbinding and what happened to this house or that houseI kind of just zoned out.I especially enjoyed the side characters but would have liked them to be a bit prevalent in the story since they really helped set the story. This book was perfect from the swoons romance to the palpable atmosphere to the amazing characterization of a HOUSE, which is quite a feat The heroine is plucky and prickly and I love her.
- 352 pages
- A Treason of Thorns
- Laura E. Weymouth
- 12 November 2018 Laura E. Weymouth