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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 always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm. 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 always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm. Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding. When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain. Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known. Content warnings are available via the author's website.


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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 always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm. 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 always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm. Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding. When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain. Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known. Content warnings are available via the author's website.

30 review for A Treason of Thorns

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    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 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 more 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

  2. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Weymouth is SLAYING the cover game. First, The Light Between Worlds, and now this! I can't wait to add this beauty to my shelves. You know, to add it to my collection of unread books...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    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 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz My 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. Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz My 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 Premise A 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 more 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 Experience While 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 more 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 Building A+ 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!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    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 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.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    The full review + more 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 The full review + more 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 more 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 more. 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!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    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!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    ARC received via publisher!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    3.5 Stars I'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 house...I kind of just zoned out. I especially enjoyed the side characters but would have liked them to be a bit more prevalent in the story since 3.5 Stars I'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 house...I kind of just zoned out. I especially enjoyed the side characters but would have liked them to be a bit more prevalent in the story since they really helped set the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    “What if we don’t have to be what we were told to become?” I think this is the central question of A Treason of Thorns, a book about the roles we’re born to play and the ones we choose for ourselves. Just as in her debut The Light Between Worlds, Weymouth beautifully explores our longing for home, especially a home that has been lost or changed. But the novel is also a hopeful rumination on the homes we choose for ourselves and the love we pour into them. In addition to its compelling themes, the “What if we don’t have to be what we were told to become?” I think this is the central question of A Treason of Thorns, a book about the roles we’re born to play and the ones we choose for ourselves. Just as in her debut The Light Between Worlds, Weymouth beautifully explores our longing for home, especially a home that has been lost or changed. But the novel is also a hopeful rumination on the homes we choose for ourselves and the love we pour into them. In addition to its compelling themes, the premise of A Treason of Thorns is totally original, the setting is immersive, the prose is beautiful, and characters are likeable. The ending is deeply satisfying, and I finished it with the best sort of tears. Bonus points for a sentient house, a gothic atmosphere, a brave main character, and a sweet romance.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah F. Whitten

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Sigh... I...don't know... What do I say about a sentinel House that is alive, lives and breathes, has a heart with memories, and is magical ? What do I say about a House whose caretaker was to be Violet, but where her father altered everything so she could be spared? What do I say about the author Laura E. Waymouth whose imagination brought out a fantastical plot of a House working its magic via a caretaker who had the key? Just BRILLIANT!! House and mortar made their foray... Violet was supposed Sigh... I...don't know... What do I say about a sentinel House that is alive, lives and breathes, has a heart with memories, and is magical ? What do I say about a House whose caretaker was to be Violet, but where her father altered everything so she could be spared? What do I say about the author Laura E. Waymouth whose imagination brought out a fantastical plot of a House working its magic via a caretaker who had the key? Just BRILLIANT!! House and mortar made their foray... Violet was supposed to be the caretaker of Burleigh House after her father's death, but the King, in his love for games, prevented just that. Father was accused to treason, and Violet was exiled for 7 years. When she returned, she had the whole summer to renew the House without being the caretaker, as ordered by the King or the house would be ash. Stones and mortar would crumble away... Laura's writing had a rocky edge to it where the crevices formed the pathways of this book. Everything was decided by the House which was the central character. Lives revolved around it trying to save it from itself and its destructive magic. Complexities of the magic was the way of life in Burleigh House where memories hid the truth. Magic and mortar held the sway... The author took a different route while etching Violet's character. She was beautiful and kindhearted, but her first love was always the House. She had the power to sift through the House's memories to find the clues. Warm, loving characters surrounded her, and help was given to her from unexpected corners. Wyn was central to all that and more. His life source filled the crevices of the House, and his love filled the heart. Blood and mortar laid the way... Soon that led to my niggles too. The magical system, though alluring initially, grew repetitive when told oft times. The magic was made to sound more complex than it actually was. Ideas and mortar were the delay... Overall, the atmosphere of the book was haunting as if the House was waiting for me to enter. There was a sense of welcome on reading the first few pages. The story and writing bound me to the House, the characters, my heart. Words and mortar filled my day...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    So when people say "I'd read this author's grocery list," Laura is that author for me. The writing in this (and The Light Between Worlds) is just so luxurious. It just pulls me in so I feel all of the world and connect with the characters with each step of their development. Her writing is PERFECT for Gothic fantasies and histories. Her and Lyndsay Faye have such iconic writing with that tone and I just cannot get enough of their stuff (literally. I've read basically all of their publications I So when people say "I'd read this author's grocery list," Laura is that author for me. The writing in this (and The Light Between Worlds) is just so luxurious. It just pulls me in so I feel all of the world and connect with the characters with each step of their development. Her writing is PERFECT for Gothic fantasies and histories. Her and Lyndsay Faye have such iconic writing with that tone and I just cannot get enough of their stuff (literally. I've read basically all of their publications I can get my hands on). Now that I've read this the day after it came out, I'm in this horrible position (same one I'm in with Moïra Fowley-Doyle). Please join me: 1. find an author early in their career 2. read all their books. 3. complain there are no more books 4. then complain when you find an author that you're 10 books behind on and decide to not event try and catch up on those. We need to discuss what witchcraft (Laura called it "soup magic" on Twitter), Laura Weymouth has been doing to get 2 of the most gorgeous book covers known to man. They're both stunning on my bookshelves but they also are wonderful representations of the content itself. As I expected from this, Violet's whole story just continuously crushed me. She has a wonderful heart but has been put in a terrible position. I felt everything she did and wanted to fight most of the other characters in her honor. The weird situations of Burleigh and it's unbinding throughout the whole book was a bit confusing to me at times but it all wrapped together beautifully at the end. All that confusion was like -0.5 stars but then she threw in multiple timelines and earned like 500 stars back. That's how I rate, okay? Deal with it! I was expecting the ending to be as devastating to me as The Light Between Worlds (for real, read that book if you haven't. It's amazing.). Now the ending was by NO means happy but it didn't leave me scream crying for answers the way The Light Between Worlds did. I don't know that she can ever write something as amazing as that book for me (especially since it was also a surprise as hell amazing debut). I would LOVE for this world to be expanded on in companion novels. There's other houses in England, there's the origin story of the houses being bound in England AND there's houses bound all over the world in different manners (discussed in the book). I would throw so much money at the publisher for that content! Come for the dark Gothic fantasy magic in England. Stay cause Burleigh grew ivy and locked you in.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... One of the main reasons that I requested this book was because I thought that the cover was absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis had me intrigued. I really loved the idea behind this book, a magical house was very cool to read about. While I think that this was a good idea and I enjoyed the writing, I felt like A Treason of Thorns kind of dragged and I was a bit disappointed in it. I didn't really connect very well with the You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... One of the main reasons that I requested this book was because I thought that the cover was absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis had me intrigued. I really loved the idea behind this book, a magical house was very cool to read about. While I think that this was a good idea and I enjoyed the writing, I felt like A Treason of Thorns kind of dragged and I was a bit disappointed in it. I didn't really connect very well with the characters. I felt like Violet didn't have much personality to her and she kind of fell flat to me. I actually wound up enjoying the side characters more than Violet herself. I liked their personalities better and wish that the book was about one of them instead. I did really love that Burleigh, the house, seemed to have her own personality and was truly alive. But for a book that was all about a magical house I think that there weren't enough descriptions of the house itself. I have no idea what the house actually looked like and since the house was at the center of the story that kind of bothered me. The writing was pretty atmospheric, even though it could have been more descriptive. I feel like the pacing of the book was really slow and I felt as if the book went on forever. It's not that A Treason of Thorns is really long, but very little actually happened in the whole novel. A lot of the book was filler material and the plot could have used a lot more meat to it. The plot was pretty predictable and even the climax wasn't too exciting. Overall I feel like A Treason of Thorns was okay, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. I found it very easy to set down and it took me a while to actually finish the book. I think the writing itself was good, but I found myself very bored with the plot and I didn't love the main character. I loved the idea of a magical living house and felt like that aspect was original, but that was one of the few things that I think this novel had going for it. While I did want to read The Light Between Worlds, which is also by Laura E. Weymouth, I think that I might skip it after reading this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cindee

    I really loved this book I liked how unique it was and I really loved the characters I have no idea why anyone would call Violet a Mary-Sue she is one of the best characters I have read about lately. I really love the characters especially Violet and Wyn I loved how their relationship developed from friends to more. These two characters have been through so much they are so self sacrificing for each other they would do anything so the other could survive. They have suffered so much but came out I really loved this book I liked how unique it was and I really loved the characters I have no idea why anyone would call Violet a Mary-Sue she is one of the best characters I have read about lately. I really love the characters especially Violet and Wyn I loved how their relationship developed from friends to more. These two characters have been through so much they are so self sacrificing for each other they would do anything so the other could survive. They have suffered so much but came out of it better than they were before after it was all over. I really loved the plot it was unique about a sentient house that our main character Violet is trying to save she ends up having to save more than just the house. So overall I really loved this book I would read more by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    DNF at something something percent. Not digging the narrator's voice. Since this is an ARC and still seems interesting, I might pick this one up at a later time. Maybe.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Dering

    The story begins with a girl who is devoted to a magical house in England. After the father was accused of treason and sentenced to house arrest, Violet was sent away. She returns years later. When she arrives, she finds the house in disrepair. After being told she's to "cure" the house in a specific timeframe, Violet realizes the depth of her devotion to the sentient building and to those she loves. Violet begins to discover that her fate is not sealed and that she can be whatever she wants to The story begins with a girl who is devoted to a magical house in England. After the father was accused of treason and sentenced to house arrest, Violet was sent away. She returns years later. When she arrives, she finds the house in disrepair. After being told she's to "cure" the house in a specific timeframe, Violet realizes the depth of her devotion to the sentient building and to those she loves. Violet begins to discover that her fate is not sealed and that she can be whatever she wants to be, despite the promises she made. Violet's strong characterization anchors the book, and her development, as she struggles with reconciling her past and present, and with slowly figuring out who she is and what she wants, was what kept me turning the page. If you are looking for a book that has magic, fantasy, and a unique built world, then this book is highly recommended to you. I received an ARC copy of A Treason of Thorns by Edelweiss for an honest review of the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Such a beautiful cover...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "A good Caretaker puts her House first. Before king. Before country. Before her own life." This is an eerie story filled with beautiful prose and rich in emotional turmoil. *eARC provided from HarperTeen and edelweiss* SUMMARY Violet's family have been the caretakers of Burleigh House for generations. However, when her father commits high treason and is sentenced to death, Violet must flee her House and those she loves. After seven years she is finally able to return, but when she does she sees "A good Caretaker puts her House first. Before king. Before country. Before her own life." This is an eerie story filled with beautiful prose and rich in emotional turmoil. *eARC provided from HarperTeen and edelweiss* SUMMARY Violet's family have been the caretakers of Burleigh House for generations. However, when her father commits high treason and is sentenced to death, Violet must flee her House and those she loves. After seven years she is finally able to return, but when she does she sees that her House is in ruin and the magic surrounding it has become corrupt. Violet must find a way to "cure" her House before the King burns it to the ground. However, Violet's devotion to her House begins to cloud her mind and she begins to lose sight of reality. Violet must navigate her heart and save her House before the magic consumes and corrupts her entirely. REVIEW My favourite part of this novel is the rich imagery and the vivid world Weymouth created. Weymouth managed to create an eerie and magical atmosphere that lasted throughout the entirety of the novel. I could envision Burleigh House in my mind and see the creeping vines and decaying walls. I truly felt like Burleigh was alive and that the House was a palpable living thing. I am truly amazed at the way that Weymouth managed to give life to something society views as inanimate. Through her writing you could feel the pain of the House and Weymouth did a fantastic job at showing you how all the characters and Burleigh were feeling without outright telling you as a reader. I was constantly intrigued by Wynn and pitied him. He was pushed into a life and served a fate he never wanted, but his steadfast loyalty to Vi had my heartstrings pulling. Both Wynn and Violet are torn between their duty to the House and their hearts - it makes for a compelling story that leaves you constantly wondering what decision they will make. Violet's love for her House teeters on the line of obsession and she begins to lose sight of reality and life. It was so amazing to watch the progression of this story and the pull of Burleigh House. I am in awe of how Weymouth crafted this sentient house. I think the biggest issue that I had, and the reason this book is just a "solid 3 star", is the fact that there were many times the story felt juvenile. While I was intrigued by the story, I never really cared too much about our main character. You understood Vi and the turmoil she was going through, but I just could not connect with her and that hampered my experience. I wish the characters were more fleshed out because there was a lot of potential for this book to be a 5 star. Also, it didn't bother me too much but I do want to inform that the writing can get a little repetitive in regards to the magic system and the caretakers. However, I believe that this book will be a favourite of a lot of people, it just wasn't for me. I also received a finished copy, curtsy of the publishers HarperTeen, and BOY is it beautiful. This is easily the most gorgeous cover of 2019.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth 4.5 / 5 avocados Read full review and more here! Thank you to the FFBC Team for allowing me to take part in this blog tour! . Hiya bookish people! . Okay, so, the concept of this novel? Amazing. The plot of this novel? Astounding. The execution of this novel? Excellent. Laura E. Weymouth has somehow created a plot I didn’t even know I wanted, and left me wishing more authors wrote about Great Houses and their connections to characters. With writing that is A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth 4.5 / 5 avocados Read full review and more here! Thank you to the FFBC Team for allowing me to take part in this blog tour! . Hiya bookish people! . Okay, so, the concept of this novel? Amazing. The plot of this novel? Astounding. The execution of this novel? Excellent. Laura E. Weymouth has somehow created a plot I didn’t even know I wanted, and left me wishing more authors wrote about Great Houses and their connections to characters. With writing that is super easy to get into, and a world that has me lost in nearly every way, I am in love. But, as there always is with love, I have had to make some slight sacrifices. . Violet, Vi, our main heroine and honestly a girl who deserves so much. I felt so in touch with Vi, but I couldn’t place her in the story. Perhaps it was the lack of vanity, and perhaps it was just me needing to be able to visualise her more, but I felt that Vi easily could have been anyone. She was raised to be a certain girl with certain beliefs and morals, and then she became that. And while I love her, she did lack a little bit of depth outside of Burleigh. . Apart from this, I must say that all authors need to take note of how Laura ended her novel. Now don’t get me wrong - I love a dramatic and tear-flowing ending as much as I love chocolate and Disney movies, but I honestly needed a nice, relatively happy ending for once, and Treason of Thorns provided. . - Emma :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. This book absolutely enchants you. I honestly haven't read anything like it before. I think that the premise for this book is completely original. A story about what home can mean to someone, loyalty, and sacrifice. I really loved the tone of the story and the author's voice. The writing is lovely and I really appreciated the elaborate world-building. The entire world is Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. This book absolutely enchants you. I honestly haven't read anything like it before. I think that the premise for this book is completely original. A story about what home can mean to someone, loyalty, and sacrifice. I really loved the tone of the story and the author's voice. The writing is lovely and I really appreciated the elaborate world-building. The entire world is atmospheric the way that the author tells the story. The magic system in this book is impressive. I loved the plot. This is definitely one of those stories that you can't pull yourself away from because you have to figure everything out. I liked that the House was a character in this story. It was very neat the way that the author gave a personality to an inanimate object. It was clever and executed nicely. I liked Violet's character very much. She was determined and dedicated. It is interesting watching Violet's dedication to the House turn into something obsessive. At times, some of her thought processes became a little repetitive. The romance in the book was sweet and slow-burning. I didn't find the romance completely convincing though. And the romance seemed to play a minor role in the story. It didn't dominate the story. Overall, this book is a breath of fresh air. We see the same old tropes and the same old ideas executed in different ways with young adult fantasy these days, but this book really stands apart and stands on its own as a unique voice in young adult fantasy. I haven't had the chance to read the author's other book, The Light Between Worlds, but I have heard wonderful things about it and now I am itching to read it! I will definitely be keeping this author on my look-out list! More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Meyer

    This book is lovely and fierce and brimming with heart, and I love it with all of mine. This book is lovely and fierce and brimming with heart, and I love it with all of mine. 💗💗💗

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Laura E. Weymouth was one of the first authors who really gave me the feeling she understood depression and what it feels like. I was therefore very excited to read her second novel to see if once more she would surprise me with overwhelming emotions and a beautifully written character arc for the main character(s). And although I didn't end up crying, like I did with her previous book, I would say that this book totally lived up to the expectations. Once again Weymouth manages to create a unique Laura E. Weymouth was one of the first authors who really gave me the feeling she understood depression and what it feels like. I was therefore very excited to read her second novel to see if once more she would surprise me with overwhelming emotions and a beautifully written character arc for the main character(s). And although I didn't end up crying, like I did with her previous book, I would say that this book totally lived up to the expectations. Once again Weymouth manages to create a unique atmosphere and to describe emotions, and how they can change from one end to the other within an instant, perfectly. I think that somewhen while reading this book I fell in love with a house. Yes, you read that right. But not just with the house. Also with Vi, her passion, her fire, her love, her determination, her willpower. Her complicated feelings towards the house, that loves her and that she loves, that hates her and that she hates. and her complicated feelings towards Wyn, are written down so beautifully that it's easy to connect with her, to understand her and to feel for her. And even though not much happens action-wise in this book, the emotional development of Vi and her house kept me on the edge of my seat. The love triangle, let's just call it that, because I totally think that's what it was and to make it even better: It was one where they all loved each other, actually, was so painful to watch and I just kept on hoping and hoping that somehow they'd find a way out of the impossible choice Vi had to make! It's a really wonderful atmospheric book about what it truly means to love and how heartbreaking loving something or someone can be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss who continue to trust me with their books. Last summer I had the chance to read THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS while on vacation in the UK. I was so enthralled by it that I rushed through touring the sights in London and Scotland just so I could go back to the Airbnb to read it. I couldn't wait to get back home to review it. After, I became a lifelong fan of Laura Weymouth. If you have a chance, add her on Twitter. She is the sweetest author I have ever had the Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss who continue to trust me with their books. Last summer I had the chance to read THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS while on vacation in the UK. I was so enthralled by it that I rushed through touring the sights in London and Scotland just so I could go back to the Airbnb to read it. I couldn't wait to get back home to review it. After, I became a lifelong fan of Laura Weymouth. If you have a chance, add her on Twitter. She is the sweetest author I have ever had the opportunity to converse with on social media! I don't know how she does it, by Laura takes us into a world where a girl is devoted to a magical house in England. After the father was accused of treason and sentenced to house arrest, Violet was sent away only to return some years later after the caretaker's death. When she arrives, she finds the house in disrepair. After being told she's to "cure" the house in a specific timeframe, Violet realizes the depth of her devotion to the sentient building and to those she loves. With sweeping emotional turmoil, Violet navigates the world of secrets her father had built up and first love to discover that her fate is not sealed and that she can be whatever she wants to be, despite the promises she made. This premise is unique in that it brings us to a world built entirely around this house, that seemingly has emotions of its own. Violet's devotion borders on obsession. She almost loses sight of what is truly important, and I think, at least to me, that s the lesson I took from it. This may not be what Laura intended, but we all see stories differently and relate to them in a way that coincides with our own emotions in real life. It is also a testament to finding our place in the world, and just like in THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, Violet pours her heart and soul into what she loves and what she believes will ultimately make her happy. Upon asking Laura what her inspiration for the story was, she told me that it was partly based on The Crawley family and their devotion to their home in DOWNTON ABBEY. She sprinkled in some magic and TREASON OF THORNS came to be. Part of me can see that, and another part was reminded of THE HAUNTING OF HILLHOUSE (the show on Netflix) and how these people were drawn to this house that would or would not ultimately decide their fate. Though not as horrific as the show, TREASON OF THORNS gave me a gothic feel. It was beautifully written (as always) and drew me in from page one. I cannot express how much I adore Laura's writing, but I know she will always be one of my favorites. Plus, LOOK AT THAT COVER.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Sentient house? Sentient house!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    There's a thing that happens to me sometimes, with the very best books--my eyes don't want to fully focus on the page. It's like I can't quite take it all in. This was one of those books. Weymouth's first book was amazing for me as well. I will buy her books going forward.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth is a fantasy YA standalone novel. Protagonist Violet Sterling once lived in Burleigh House, one of the 6 great houses in England. Due to the actions of William the Deedwinner, these houses have been bound to the throne and are tended to by hereditary Caretakers. 7 years ago, Violet was banished from her house due to her father's treasonous actions. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth is a fantasy YA standalone novel. Protagonist Violet Sterling once lived in Burleigh House, one of the 6 great houses in England. Due to the actions of William the Deedwinner, these houses have been bound to the throne and are tended to by hereditary Caretakers. 7 years ago, Violet was banished from her house due to her father's treasonous actions. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keely

    I don't want to give away any spoilers - so this is kind of vague, but I don't think I've read such a truly original book for a long time! Set in Cornwall in an alternative past - the events that revolve around the Great Houses and the power plays are so inventive! The writing is beautiful and the pace brisk - like a YA descendant from The Secret Garden, The Great House and Tom's Midnight Garden with all The Gothic intensity entwined! Laura Weymouth has done something remarkable, and produced a I don't want to give away any spoilers - so this is kind of vague, but I don't think I've read such a truly original book for a long time! Set in Cornwall in an alternative past - the events that revolve around the Great Houses and the power plays are so inventive! The writing is beautiful and the pace brisk - like a YA descendant from The Secret Garden, The Great House and Tom's Midnight Garden with all The Gothic intensity entwined! Laura Weymouth has done something remarkable, and produced a follow up to her brilliant debut novel that is just as rich complex and totally unique!

  29. 4 out of 5

    rachelwrites007

    Beautifully written and exquisite world building this one is perfect for fans of Jane Eyre and CS Lewis and The Hazel Wood. (Also Jewish secondary characters celebrating Shabbat in England yayy!!)

  30. 5 out of 5

    London Shah

    I cannot waitttttt. The Light Between Worlds, the author's debut, is one of my favourite fantasy reads––so utterly beautiful, moving, and skilfully done––so I'm *really* looking forward to this!!!

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