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The Twisted Sisters are coming home. Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame. Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities s The Twisted Sisters are coming home. Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame. Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities sink into the western sands. After losing Angie, Mia and Pilar journey to the glass kingdom to seek help, though soon their fragile bonds of sisterhood begin to fray. Mia’s sensations are creeping back, and with them, a deep and searing grief. Pilar, terrified of being broken, once again seeks comfort in her fists. But when they hear rumors of a misty island that promises to erase all pain, they suddenly find themselves with an answer—if they are willing to pay the cost. As tensions mount, the sisters are drawn back to the river kingdom for a final reckoning with the boy they each loved. The shattering conclusion to Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns trilogy challenges why we grieve, whom we love—and how to mend a broken heart.


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The Twisted Sisters are coming home. Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame. Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities s The Twisted Sisters are coming home. Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame. Across the four kingdoms, the elements have been tipped askew. Volcanoes erupt, glaciers collapse, and cities sink into the western sands. After losing Angie, Mia and Pilar journey to the glass kingdom to seek help, though soon their fragile bonds of sisterhood begin to fray. Mia’s sensations are creeping back, and with them, a deep and searing grief. Pilar, terrified of being broken, once again seeks comfort in her fists. But when they hear rumors of a misty island that promises to erase all pain, they suddenly find themselves with an answer—if they are willing to pay the cost. As tensions mount, the sisters are drawn back to the river kingdom for a final reckoning with the boy they each loved. The shattering conclusion to Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns trilogy challenges why we grieve, whom we love—and how to mend a broken heart.

30 review for Soul of Cinder

  1. 4 out of 5

    birdie

    there’s a giveaway for all three books in this series (signed by bree barton!!) up on my instagram! check it out by clicking here! when i say this series was wild, i mean it was wild. it messed with my head, feelings and most of all: my sanity. i’ve screamed, i’ve cried and i’ve stared at the pages thinking to myself “how did i get here?”. but i’m fine, i’m fine, i am fine!! we’ve survived (have we?) and that’s all that matters. soul of cinder is an amazing conclusion and in my opinion the best pa there’s a giveaway for all three books in this series (signed by bree barton!!) up on my instagram! check it out by clicking here! when i say this series was wild, i mean it was wild. it messed with my head, feelings and most of all: my sanity. i’ve screamed, i’ve cried and i’ve stared at the pages thinking to myself “how did i get here?”. but i’m fine, i’m fine, i am fine!! we’ve survived (have we?) and that’s all that matters. soul of cinder is an amazing conclusion and in my opinion the best part of this series. it’s a book about healing and how pain and love can change you. after having been through so much with these characters it’s almost weird to think of heart of thorns, the first book, since so much has changed since then. i absolutely adore how flawed the characters are, but also how they’ve grown! soul of cinder and heart of thorns feel so far apart from each other because of how this story evolved from its original idea. i left this book with tears in my eyes, but also with a proud and satisfied feeling. for my full review, click here! blog | bookstagram | more

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. Immediately following the explosive events of Tears of Frost, our cast of characters are recovering in their own ways. For Mia and Pilar, they are getting to grips with being half-sisters, and travelling with Nelladine to Pembuk, the glass kingdom, in order to speak with the Shadowess, and discover if Mia can regain her feelings and sensations, and for Pilar to come to terms with the horrific suffering she h I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. Immediately following the explosive events of Tears of Frost, our cast of characters are recovering in their own ways. For Mia and Pilar, they are getting to grips with being half-sisters, and travelling with Nelladine to Pembuk, the glass kingdom, in order to speak with the Shadowess, and discover if Mia can regain her feelings and sensations, and for Pilar to come to terms with the horrific suffering she has faced. Unbeknown to them, Quin also survived, and after being broken by both love and pain, he's turned into someone wholly different to what you might expect. Blaming the Twisted Sisters for everything, he's discovered he now has magic, and is ready to take back his kingdom, come hell or high water, and he doesn't care who he hurts along the way. While the three main characters are all journeying to their destinations, it seems that the world they know is imploding: volqanoes are erupting, the river kingdom is on fire, the glass cities are sinking, and glaciers are collapsing in Luumia. Even when they discover themselves, will there be a world left for them? I have somewhat mixed feelings for this book, and series. I loved Heart of Thorns, but Tears of Frost had moments that annoyed me, which was the same here too. This time, we have three points of view - Mia, Pilar, and Quin - and while I liked that, they changed too often for me, and the characters had changed so much too, which felt like a complete 180 to where they were in book 1. Mia, I still love. She's rediscovering her feelings, little by little, and wants to care for anyone and help those suffering, though this doesn't always turn out well for her. There were moments she was a little naive, and I wanted to shake my head at her, but all in all, I liked her chapters. For Pilar, yet again, I was annoyed. Yes, I feel so sorry for what she has suffered, but she was too abrupt and abrasive at times. People around her, like Mia, Stone, Shay, etc., wanted to help her, and just be there for her, and she pushed them away - going nearly too far in one case. Quin was a complete 180 - he was twisted and turning into a tyrant just like his father before him, and I couldn't believe how much his characterisation had been ruined. In the end, he does change back to more of the Quin we all know and love, but still, I think this is part of the reason I'm giving Soul of Cinder 4 stars. Obviously with the characters apart from each other for the majority of the book, there's little to no romance, but I did love the ending, all being said. Mia and Quin deserve each other, and have done from the start of their story, and I did appreciate the full circle their story had gone in, to allow them to be in a perfect position at the end. Mia also got some closure from her feelings with her family - especially with Angelyne, and Angelyne's own redemption on the Isle of Forgetting. Without that section of the book, I do think there would've been unanswered questions left on the final page, but thinking back to the series as a whole, I think everything has been tied up together quite well. Maybe I would've wanted something a bit more for Quin and Pilar, but all in all, a good ending to the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zahira⚡️ Azriel’s mate

    Soul of Cinder is the third and final installment in the Heart of Thorns trilogy. I have mixed feelings about this trilogy but as a whole, I really enjoyed following this feminist story about magic and woman wanting to stop the abuse that kept happening to them over decades. I really loved the concept and how magic was only something women could have. What I did not expect was how dark this trilogy came to be. It deals with a lot of important issues such as colonialism, sexual assault, rape, and Soul of Cinder is the third and final installment in the Heart of Thorns trilogy. I have mixed feelings about this trilogy but as a whole, I really enjoyed following this feminist story about magic and woman wanting to stop the abuse that kept happening to them over decades. I really loved the concept and how magic was only something women could have. What I did not expect was how dark this trilogy came to be. It deals with a lot of important issues such as colonialism, sexual assault, rape, and abuse. We see our characters go through trauma and loss. We also see them go into this healing journey but it takes time to get there. Since my review is about the third book and I don’t want to spoil you all, I’ll have to be brief. The sister bond was messy, complicated, and heartbreaking but it makes it more realistic that way. It was very intriguing to see Pilar & Mia Rose's relationship evolve throughout the entire trilogy. I loved how dark this trilogy went. Seeing those characters mess up and go in a complete direction than I thought kept me entertained. This trilogy is filled with so many twists and turns you don’t have time to take a breath. I really think that the character's development was really well done. It was not easy to follow them through everything. The world-building was good, it was really nice to visit all 4 kingdoms and learn about their people and traditions. The romance in this book is very tricky, to say the least. When you read book 1, you think you know how this is going to end but end up being surprised with each turn of events. I think Soul of Cinder is a great conclusion to this trilogy. It came full circle with our main characters and I liked seeing them go through this journey of healing and accepting their own broken self. I think my favorite POV’s in this book was definitely Quinn’s. He was introduced to us as this ice-cold prince forced into a marriage with Mia Rose but as the story goes we discover this bi-sexual guy who loves to play piano and never wants to use violence as a means to rule a kingdom. He doesn’t even want to take the throne and prefers to spend his time in the kitchen with the servants and learn how to cook. His character goes through a lot of abuse throughout the trilogy. I really enjoyed seeing his journey in the final book and him finally taking the space he deserves. Rating: 3,5/5✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* "Perhaps, in the end, the greatest love stories are not about our lovers. They are the stories of how we learned to love ourselves." Soul of Cinder, by author Bree Barton, is the third and final installment in the authors' Heart of Thorns trilogy. This story revolves around three key characters: Mia Rose, Pilar d'Aqila, and Quin Killian. The final book brings readers to new worlds—the glass kingdom, the House of Shadows, an islan *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* "Perhaps, in the end, the greatest love stories are not about our lovers. They are the stories of how we learned to love ourselves." Soul of Cinder, by author Bree Barton, is the third and final installment in the authors' Heart of Thorns trilogy. This story revolves around three key characters: Mia Rose, Pilar d'Aqila, and Quin Killian. The final book brings readers to new worlds—the glass kingdom, the House of Shadows, an island called a “final resting place,” but after all the journeying, Mia, Pilar, and Quin, will return to the river kingdom, where it all began in Heart of Thorns, for a final showdown in home territory. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: Soul of Cinder (Heart of Thorns #3) Author: Bree Barton Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance Rating: DNF Review: Tears of Frost infuriated me as a book, it took forever for anything to happen and when it did it was a major middle finger to all the character work and development that was laid down in the first book. The only reason I decided to read the final book was to see if the series could redeem itself and because I have become very attached to Mia and Quin as characters and I wanted to Book Review Title: Soul of Cinder (Heart of Thorns #3) Author: Bree Barton Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance Rating: DNF Review: Tears of Frost infuriated me as a book, it took forever for anything to happen and when it did it was a major middle finger to all the character work and development that was laid down in the first book. The only reason I decided to read the final book was to see if the series could redeem itself and because I have become very attached to Mia and Quin as characters and I wanted to see their arcs play out completely. The opening of Soul of Cinder was interesting as we see that Quin has escaped the avalanche that claimed Ange’s life and presumably the life of Freyja and Wynna as well and he is making his way home to the River Kingdom to reclaim his throne. Quin is determined to be a good and just king although he says himself if the Twisted Siters (referring to Mia, Pilar, and Ange) return then he will kill them but I don’t think he has the stomach for it as he isn’t able to kill Tristan who tried to rape his sister as his magic knowns his true intentions. Quin moves closer to the castle finding strange symbols carved everywhere there is violence and death and a farmer informs him these might belong to the group calling themselves the Embers as they are trying to seize the power of the River throne but as he gets closer, he manages to find Dom and Tobin, his former lover. With Pilar, Mia, and Nell we see that they have been making their way to Pembuk, the Glass Kingdom in order to see the Shadowess but things aren’t great here either. Nell is from Pembuk and is planning on leaving the girls once she delivers them to the Shadowess but there is no love lost between Mia and Pilar despite Mia making the effort to get to know her sister, Pilar doesn’t want to be seen and retreats into herself and withdraws from Mia. However, Nell does tell them about a place within Pembuk where they can be freed for all their hurt and pain even if it is only temporary. As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, the trio finally arrive in Pembuk and Mia’s sensations are starting to return slowly which is driving a wedge between her and Pilar. Pilar wants to be sisters with Mia but she can’t undo the life she has led and she doesn’t want Mia to pity her which she obviously does but when Mia proclaims that she is beginning to feel and taste again Pilar isn’t happy as when they fully return, she believes that Mia won’t need her anymore. Pilar is also suspicious of the Shadowess as everyone she has known that has held a position of power has abused it but Mia can’t wait to enter a space filled with logic and debate. In the River Kingdom, Quin has accidently learned that Tobin seems to be leader of the Embers and invites Quin to stay one night with them but instead of taking him to their headquarters, Tobin is taking him home to the castle and I am not sure what is in store for him as this Tobin is very different from the one Quin remembers and the one, he loved. Back with the girls they have arrived at the House of Shadows to meet the Shadowess but we see something different about Pilar and Mia. Pilar is very suspicious of Nell now and the Shadowess and what the House of Shadows while Mia is dazed and in awe of everything around her. They end up meeting Nell’s younger brother, Stone and learning that the current Shadowess is Nell’s mother which really doesn’t sit right with Pilar. Again, we are also a ¼ of the way through the novel and nothing much has really happened and I am really hoping it isn’t going to be a repeat of Tears of Frost. It seems nothing is going right for anyone as Quin isn’t sure where he stands with the Embers despite having some history with Tobin and the girls don’t know what to expect from the House of Shadows, even Mia is beginning to question whether it is better to be numb than to feel again but she is pulling aside by Pilar to talk. As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, Quin meets the majority of the Embers who aren’t happen with the return of the rightful king as they don’t want to be hurt anymore but Quin manages to win most of them over as he sides with them against Kings and tyranny and even demands the return of the Twisted Sisters so they can face punishment for their crimes and despatches the letter we read at the beginning of the novel. We can feel the tension building towards something as it seems like Quin is going to start a war against the Twisted Sisters but honestly right now, I have no real desire to continue on with the novel. I am DNFing this book at 30% mainly because I didn’t like the turn the story took in Tears of Frost and I just wasn’t enjoying this final book which was a shame.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I have mixed feelings about this series, book one I loved book 2 not so much and book 3 Soul of Cinder i actually ended up quite enjoying, although I still had issues with it. As this is book 3 I won't say to much about it as I wouldn't want to spoil anything, but this one again follows Mia, Quin and Pillar on their journey of healing really. Mia is still suffering from loss of feeling after the events of book 1/2 and is desperate to feel something again, pillar is still trying to deal with what I have mixed feelings about this series, book one I loved book 2 not so much and book 3 Soul of Cinder i actually ended up quite enjoying, although I still had issues with it. As this is book 3 I won't say to much about it as I wouldn't want to spoil anything, but this one again follows Mia, Quin and Pillar on their journey of healing really. Mia is still suffering from loss of feeling after the events of book 1/2 and is desperate to feel something again, pillar is still trying to deal with what's happened to her in the past and Quin in this starts out really with wanting revenge on anyone who's ever hurt him. At one point in here I hated all of them they were all being so bloody horrible but as the story slowly unfolds they all begin to change and heal and I really ended up liking Quin the most, no surprise there as he was my favourite in the first book. But his journey in this book was the most satisfying story line for me seeing him become something he wasn't and trying to turn the tide was really good. Probably most surprising was how much I enjoyed Pillars ending as I haven't much liked pillar in these books but I was super happy with her outcome. I did like the ending and was happy about it but I wish there has been more romance through this series as a whole. Book one for me smashed it with the romance and with that completely gone in book 2 it missed the mark for me and in this one while it is slightly there and only slightly at the end I just wanted it more present it would have made the ending all the more satisfying. I also wish they had been together sooner i think they're split in this book way to much I understand why but I wanted more romance. Thank you so much to the publishers and terminal tours for asking me to be part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Snezana

    This is the book that I really enjoyed the most! The pacing was fantastic, and the whole book had this atmosphere of everything finally unravelling and coming to an end. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. You know how sometimes you imagine how a book might end? I didn't imagine it would be like this, and it was definitely better than what my imagination conjured up. As you progress through the story, you feel the characters are finally resolving their deeply-rooted issues and getting som This is the book that I really enjoyed the most! The pacing was fantastic, and the whole book had this atmosphere of everything finally unravelling and coming to an end. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. You know how sometimes you imagine how a book might end? I didn't imagine it would be like this, and it was definitely better than what my imagination conjured up. As you progress through the story, you feel the characters are finally resolving their deeply-rooted issues and getting some closure. The author managed to beautifully craft a conclusion. I felt like each of the characters went through the necessary growth to finally be what I thought they would or could be. This just felt right.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madhu MaBookYard -

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Soul of Cinder is the last installment in the Heart of Thorns Trilogy and it follows Quin first as he makes his way to River Kingdom and reclaim his throne. It's a story about hurt, healing and finding the best among very little. It's a bit of a rant, so it has some spoilers in it. Please don't read it if you don't want spoilers. . First, I was really intruigued by Quin's return and his thoughts towards the Twisted sisters. He is determined to be better and I think he will be because of his new fo Soul of Cinder is the last installment in the Heart of Thorns Trilogy and it follows Quin first as he makes his way to River Kingdom and reclaim his throne. It's a story about hurt, healing and finding the best among very little. It's a bit of a rant, so it has some spoilers in it. Please don't read it if you don't want spoilers. . First, I was really intruigued by Quin's return and his thoughts towards the Twisted sisters. He is determined to be better and I think he will be because of his new found magic and how it behaves wrt his true intentions. I really loved his Character arc in this book. The relationship between Mia and Pilar was really good and complicated and messy and I really liked that. Although the concept with Shadowess was a bit much at times, I think it was a good inclusion. Second, I think I liked the conflicting enotions Quin had when it came to his kingdom. Embers and River kingdom gave him something to concentrate on other than revenge and his thought process was really good to read about. The Characters were broken in their own way, and their Journey towards accepting themselves and finding their balance after so much loss was really good to read about. . Coming to the Character arc and story development, I think Quin and Mia had good arc separately as Characters. I say that because I wasn't a fan of their relationship from the start. I know it started off really awkward and it progressed into something stable as they cane to know about each other, but it still lacked the chemistry and the bond between them was okay at best. So I wasn't excited for them to meet in this book. But Mia gaining her senses back and her conversations with Pilar were one of my favorites in this book. The riot in the River Kingdom wrt Embers were the action packed part and I loved it. Okay, now that it's out of the way, I was really looking forward to reading the budding romnace between certain Characters and they just stopped appearing suddenly in the book. And then when that is nding came, all was alright and they get their ending?? I was already skeptical with the starting of this book, and this just made me mad. There were no development per se and it was a disappointment. I didn't think Quin will just kill the sisters for their betrayal when he couldn't kill Tristian, but I wanted him to do something. . Well, since I binged the whole series together for this book review, I haven't thought about separate ratings for all the book, but this Series as a whole gets a 3 star. It had some good moments and scenes I really liked and scenes I wanted nothing to do with. It was a solid series, but it could have been so much better. . Thank you so much FavouritePagesClub for the review copy. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. . Kindle/ Arc/ January 2021

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    4.5💫 This was a great conclusion. Maybe cause we never got to see an ending (in a sense - cause it was done off paper) - it felt a tad neat. But, it was still a great conclusion, and so happy they are together to make it better for everyone

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dreximgirl

    Official review to come on my blog 12th Jan 2020.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lara (larainsidebooks)

    3.5 "Once upon a time, a girl chose to live." 3.5 "Once upon a time, a girl chose to live."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    SOUL OF CINDER is an intriguing conclusion to a dark YA fantasy trilogy. While in the first book we witnessed Mia's point-of-view and that was augmented with Pilar's point-of-view in the second, in this final book, we bear witness to Mia, Pilar, and Quin. Mia and Pilar have left behind the snow kingdom in ruins and have traveled to a place in the glass kingdom that promises healing as wanderers are often on their way to the island of forgetting. Mia and Pilar feel broken by life, the tough decisi SOUL OF CINDER is an intriguing conclusion to a dark YA fantasy trilogy. While in the first book we witnessed Mia's point-of-view and that was augmented with Pilar's point-of-view in the second, in this final book, we bear witness to Mia, Pilar, and Quin. Mia and Pilar have left behind the snow kingdom in ruins and have traveled to a place in the glass kingdom that promises healing as wanderers are often on their way to the island of forgetting. Mia and Pilar feel broken by life, the tough decisions they've made, and the loved ones they have lost along the way. Quin is equally as broken, the powerlessness he has felt exploding out of him. In a world where the imbalance of power and pain creates magic, their abilities are manifestations of their suffering. Each is on a course to destruction or healing without really knowing where they will land. What I loved: This finale is highly readable, and I loved the new characters and situations that provide more thought-provoking questions about morality. Each of the main characters is on the precipice of discovering who they will be and what they want to be - sometimes filled with the lies they have told themselves. I found these journeys to self-discovery to be quite meaningful, particularly the lessons learned along the way. It gets pretty dark at times, but so are the events that have led them to this point. There are a lot of scenes that would make this an excellent book for a group to discuss - there are a lot of layers and intriguing themes toward these powerful self-actualizations. What left me wanting more: There are some characters from earlier books that just disappear, and it seemed odd to completely forget them here (maybe they likely met their end at the conclusion of the second book). There has been fluctuating romances throughout the books in a way that made them seem surface-level, but then they suddenly reappear at the end of this book, and I found it confusing. I would have wanted more of the continued connections to buy into the way it came together - it felt sudden and a bit like placing a conclusion bow on the end that didn't need to be there. Final verdict: SOUL OF CINDER is a solid conclusion to a thought-provoking, dark YA fantasy. Recommend for fans of THE GRACE YEAR, ASH PRINCESS, and/or GRACE AND FURY. Please note that I received an eARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I had an interesting week finishing up several book series altogether. Soul of Cinder is one of these books which concludes a series that I've started a while ago. Soul of Cinder is story about healing and finding self-compassion after experiencing trauma. Narrated from three characters: Mia, Pilar, and Quin - this is an emotionally touching tale of reclaiming your sense of self and opening up your hearts again, after someone had wrong you to many levels. I think Mia's narrative and character de I had an interesting week finishing up several book series altogether. Soul of Cinder is one of these books which concludes a series that I've started a while ago. Soul of Cinder is story about healing and finding self-compassion after experiencing trauma. Narrated from three characters: Mia, Pilar, and Quin - this is an emotionally touching tale of reclaiming your sense of self and opening up your hearts again, after someone had wrong you to many levels. I think Mia's narrative and character development is the strongest out of the three narratives in the book. Through the chapters from her perspectives, she became more emotionally resilient, compassionate, and better at setting boundaries against energy vampires. I think her growth would resonate with many people who had been in toxic relationships. That it's not our responsibility to fix other people. On the flipside, I also have some concerns with the alternating perspectives. While Mia's chapters emotionally gripped me, I felt less sold with Quin's narrative. I feel like out of the three perspectives in the books, Quin's story of healing isn't as well fleshed out and it also felt quite redundant. I think if several Quin chapters are trimmed, that would also speed up the sluggish pacing. So if there are a few places that I think didn't stick really well in Soul of Cinder, I think it's due to the overstretched effort to include Quin's narrative in the book when I think Soul of Cinder already worked really well with Mia's and Pilar's personal narratives. Despite my concerns with the pacing, I think Soul of Cinder excelled at the messaging on healing and is an emotionally touching conclusion to the Heart of Thorns series. N.B. This book contains following content triggers: abuse, trauma, loss of loved ones, accidents, and abandonment (3.5 stars out of 5)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Mai

    I feel like this book is sorely needed in the YA community. Why can’t we have a book about healing? Why can’t we see characters survive and grow after trauma? I’ve read reviews stating that this is what ruined the book for them. Fair. Your opinion is your opinion. But not every story needs a big boss battle; some stories (in books and real life) needs their characters to not physically fight their way out, but to heal. So, I’m proud to be a fan of these novels. I think Bree has done a fabulous job a I feel like this book is sorely needed in the YA community. Why can’t we have a book about healing? Why can’t we see characters survive and grow after trauma? I’ve read reviews stating that this is what ruined the book for them. Fair. Your opinion is your opinion. But not every story needs a big boss battle; some stories (in books and real life) needs their characters to not physically fight their way out, but to heal. So, I’m proud to be a fan of these novels. I think Bree has done a fabulous job at making so many people, who prefer to fight and heal quietly, feel seen. I think these books are needed. EDIT: It seems my review has triggered some people to criticise my opinion and then delete their view. But not to worry, I saw it. I wasn’t aware that there was a strict definition of what fantasy could include - I’ve read plenty of fantasy that talks about “how to heal from rape” as it was so nicely put in aforementioned deleted comment. Funnily enough, discussing trauma isn’t confined to self help or contemporary fiction novels - fantasy can do that too. Fantasy is a fictional world based around myth and folklore. Why can’t these fictional worlds teach and encourage healing? There doesn’t always need to be a big glorious physical battle - because healing from trauma already is one! Like I said, fair enough if you didn’t like the story, but fantasy is fluid. Let people take what they want from these books. Last I checked, storytelling isn’t confined by rules.

  15. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: suicidal ideation, mentions of rape and victim blaming Soul of Cinder is a series finale that discusses the nature of healing and forgiveness. How fitting that a series about trauma and survival would end by discussing how we process, heal, and forgive (others and ourselves). The scars of hurt, betrayal, and trauma live in our hearts, but how do we let others in and define our (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: suicidal ideation, mentions of rape and victim blaming Soul of Cinder is a series finale that discusses the nature of healing and forgiveness. How fitting that a series about trauma and survival would end by discussing how we process, heal, and forgive (others and ourselves). The scars of hurt, betrayal, and trauma live in our hearts, but how do we let others in and define ourselves. Are we victims? Survivors? I adored how my favorite characters grappled with figuring out whether our betrayals mean that we never love again. That we never can grasp what love, change, and healing might feel like. Because, at the core of Soul of Cinder, is this exploration. When we've been hurt before, it's terrifying to attempt new relationships which we know, too well, could hurt us again. Love can be used to bind us, to hurt us, and to trick us. But at the same time, living life isolated and afraid is no life at all. Soul of Cinder is a book dedicated to healing, to realizing that we have something to live for and ways to live.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    A deeply emotional, personal, and beautiful finale to a series that focused on character growth and the complexities of being human. The story is grim and heavy but also important and offers a satisfying conclusion. All of the characters go through a tremendous amount of growth and self-discovery to reach the end of their arc. The journey is hard and painful, but also rewarding for Mia, Pilar, and Quin. Pilar's journey struck me the hardest. I rooted for her the whole time and was so pleased wit A deeply emotional, personal, and beautiful finale to a series that focused on character growth and the complexities of being human. The story is grim and heavy but also important and offers a satisfying conclusion. All of the characters go through a tremendous amount of growth and self-discovery to reach the end of their arc. The journey is hard and painful, but also rewarding for Mia, Pilar, and Quin. Pilar's journey struck me the hardest. I rooted for her the whole time and was so pleased with how her story turned out. Mia and Quin also had amazing journeys, and I have to give some love to Stone, one of my new favourite characters. There is little by way of plot or action, but again, this is a story clearly dear to the author's heart and I do think it will be tremendously important to readers who struggle with mental health and past traumas. It's beautifully written and tragic and one story I am so glad to have finished. The subject matter is heavy, but I definitely recommend it to all readers who want to learn and watch three young people grow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Rating: 2.5/5 stars Let's just start off with some non-spoiler-y stuff. This last installment of the Heart of Thorns trilogy is very character-driven, so if you want that character development and relationships--you got it. If you care about Quin, Mia, and Pilar, you should definitely finish this book. I also enjoyed this new part of the world that Bree Barton explored more in this book (aka Nell's community). There were new characters (and more backstory/chapter time from older characters) that Rating: 2.5/5 stars Let's just start off with some non-spoiler-y stuff. This last installment of the Heart of Thorns trilogy is very character-driven, so if you want that character development and relationships--you got it. If you care about Quin, Mia, and Pilar, you should definitely finish this book. I also enjoyed this new part of the world that Bree Barton explored more in this book (aka Nell's community). There were new characters (and more backstory/chapter time from older characters) that I didn't hate. Overall, I think the series is a solid 3-star. I really liked the first book; not so much the second. This one was a solid in the middle book. Now for the fun part. Probably some spoilers down below, so I'm just going to hide these things... (view spoiler)[ The first thing I want to start off with is... I wish there was more action. It didn't feel like much was going in plot-wise. "Soul of Cinder" is truly a character-drive book. I can basically sum the whole plot in a few sentences. Quin is hell-bound on destroying the Twisted Sisters and on being a new king. The sisters (except Angie) are brought to Nell's homeland where they recoup for a bit until Quin decides to send evil letter to them to tell them to come back to the kingdom. Mia and Pilar get into many arguments. Eventually they return and all is good because Quin is no longer evil. Nothing really important happens outside of that. I also felt like Quin switched from "MuSt KiLl SiStErS!1!!1" to "Haha. Jk, actually..." real quick. I must have missed the transition... If you read my review on the previous book, I note how I didn't like Quin as the villain. Still don't. Wish Angie was still the villain (and alive). Also, referring back to my review on the previous book, where was Mommy, Daddy, Zaga, other side characters from the other books, etc.? Mommy shows up for like two seconds. Everyone else is non-existent. I wanted more Mommy/Daddy moments. But alas, we did not get it. (hide spoiler)] Would I recommend this book? Probably not. The story started off well and then I don't know what happened...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevwe Okumakube

    Ngl still technically haven’t finished. I started by reading the ending bc I got too excited (I know, I have an impatient issue). Anyways from the bit I read at the beginning and the ending I loved it! I love that the journey the characters went through got them to such a healthy space of healing. I know according to the disclaimer that it would be heavy on healing from trauma so I’ll probably read the whole book when I’m in a better space to handle that. Will update when I have! But I am most d Ngl still technically haven’t finished. I started by reading the ending bc I got too excited (I know, I have an impatient issue). Anyways from the bit I read at the beginning and the ending I loved it! I love that the journey the characters went through got them to such a healthy space of healing. I know according to the disclaimer that it would be heavy on healing from trauma so I’ll probably read the whole book when I’m in a better space to handle that. Will update when I have! But I am most definitely looking forward to it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Friederike

    After loving Heart of Thorns I had high hopes for this series but Tears of Frost disappointed me and Soul of Cinder turned out to be even worse. The book deals with the characters' trauma and focuses on their individual healing stories which was interesting for a few chapters. But aside from that nothing happens. NOTHING. The story turned from thrilling (in book 1) to absolutely boring and the magical worldbuilding I loved to explore in Heart of Thorns now seemed dull and uninspired. Even Quins After loving Heart of Thorns I had high hopes for this series but Tears of Frost disappointed me and Soul of Cinder turned out to be even worse. The book deals with the characters' trauma and focuses on their individual healing stories which was interesting for a few chapters. But aside from that nothing happens. NOTHING. The story turned from thrilling (in book 1) to absolutely boring and the magical worldbuilding I loved to explore in Heart of Thorns now seemed dull and uninspired. Even Quins attempt at being a villain was over before it really began. This book was a boring 400+ pages epilogue I didn't need.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karman

    It pains me to give this such a low rating. I absolutely LOVED Heart of Thorns. It was so addictive and I remember finishing it in a short span of time. The second book, Tears of Frost wasn't as good but I still enjoyed it and couldn't wait for this one. Ohh... *sigh* I did not like this book. It started off super slow, but I still had hope. Thinking it would get better, only it didn't. Almost nothing happens and this book doesn't even hold any of the same consistencies as the other two. It pains me to give this such a low rating. I absolutely LOVED Heart of Thorns. It was so addictive and I remember finishing it in a short span of time. The second book, Tears of Frost wasn't as good but I still enjoyed it and couldn't wait for this one. Ohh... *sigh* I did not like this book. It started off super slow, but I still had hope. Thinking it would get better, only it didn't. Almost nothing happens and this book doesn't even hold any of the same consistencies as the other two.

  21. 4 out of 5

    cleo

    As the author writes, this book is a book about healing. And I think that is quite powerfully and imaginatively done - fists, forgetting, rising from the ashes and rediscovering oneself; realizing that love and kindness and gentleness and vulnerability - therein lies true strength rather than weakness. An exploration of power - both magical and physical - and power systems, and about familial bonds, about finding oneself, and about love.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alison♊⚜️✨

    2 stars This trilogy became really tedious by the end... Any character I liked grew boring and (I didn't even think was possible) Mia was even more of a coward than she was in book 2. Also, the whole thing about Quin turn into a villain was not done very well and was much too short as what was to be believed from the summary... kind of disappointing. 2 stars This trilogy became really tedious by the end... Any character I liked grew boring and (I didn't even think was possible) Mia was even more of a coward than she was in book 2. Also, the whole thing about Quin turn into a villain was not done very well and was much too short as what was to be believed from the summary... kind of disappointing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    At the heart, this is a series of broken people healing, and generally going about it the wrong way. Everyone is prickly, defensive, self-destructive, and make heaps of bad decisions. As such, it is not really an 'enjoyable' book to read, but I did still enjoy the journey the sisters and Quinn went through. At the heart, this is a series of broken people healing, and generally going about it the wrong way. Everyone is prickly, defensive, self-destructive, and make heaps of bad decisions. As such, it is not really an 'enjoyable' book to read, but I did still enjoy the journey the sisters and Quinn went through.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Farmer

    Book 84 towards my goal of 285! 5/5 stars for this trilogy ender. Since it is the last book, I don't want to give too much away. I will say it's a fantastic fantasy series that delves into some tough topics, and its female main characters have to figure out how to navigate their ways through life. Cannot recommend these books enough! Book 84 towards my goal of 285! 5/5 stars for this trilogy ender. Since it is the last book, I don't want to give too much away. I will say it's a fantastic fantasy series that delves into some tough topics, and its female main characters have to figure out how to navigate their ways through life. Cannot recommend these books enough!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Olinde

    Lots of talking, little action.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    Fitting end to the trilogy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shania Fillmore

    I did enjoy reading this book, but it felt as if nothing big happened throughout in comparison to the first 2 of this trilogy. I still enjoyed the characters and their relationships.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Radojits

    3.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    TW: sexual assault, suicidal ideation, trauma Once again, I have to thank Bree for the inclusion of trigger warnings at the beginning. Following on from the harshness of Tears of Frost, this read begins as more of a slow burn but oh wow do we get so much character development and a great conclusion to the story. It’s so painfully obvious how broken with bad faults the characters are, but they begin to acknowledge and understand these flaws. “I always wanted to get married and have children. You tho TW: sexual assault, suicidal ideation, trauma Once again, I have to thank Bree for the inclusion of trigger warnings at the beginning. Following on from the harshness of Tears of Frost, this read begins as more of a slow burn but oh wow do we get so much character development and a great conclusion to the story. It’s so painfully obvious how broken with bad faults the characters are, but they begin to acknowledge and understand these flaws. “I always wanted to get married and have children. You thought those things made me a failure as a woman. But that was your failing, deciding for all women what we were allowed to want.” Again, the feminist themes are heavily interwoven through the story but this time we see how the men suffer too. For a time I scoffed at Quin’s woe is me feelings, sure he has suffered but he acts like the only one who has been hurt by the world. However, not only did we experience the character development and see relationships grow, but I felt like some of my own faults mirrored in the characters were pushed forward and I paused to take reflect of myself. That’s how emotional and impactful the words. “And she kissed him, and kissed him, and kissed him, until the sea poured into the stars.” An absolutely fantastic end, nothing felt rushed nor wasted, only whole and complete. This was an emotionally exhausting read, but I’m emotionally invested in the story. I’ll go forth knowing I’ve been allowed to settle myself in a rich and fulfilling world. Read for review as part of Terminal Tours book tour for the release of Soul of Cinder.

  30. 4 out of 5

    your friendly neighborhood bibliophile (Gabi)

    well, here we go. This will be the book that determines whether or not Bree Barton’s books are for me. I was not a huge fan of the first two books; mainly because of the very forced and unnatural-feeling feminism shoved in. I have a terrible feeling this one will have even more of that.

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