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Peek Inside Garden of Thorns

After years of captivity in the Garden - a burlesque troupe of slave girls - Rose finally finds a way to escape. She flees one captor only to find herself in the arms of another, this one as charming as he is dangerous

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After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn't one of the emperor's men—not anymore. He's the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose's attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she'll tell him all the Garden's secrets.

Except the one secret she's kept for seven years that she'll to take to her grave if she must.

Praise

5 stars: This is one of the most exciting fantasy books I have ever read! Right from the beginning the story threw me into some of the most disturbing and heinous abuse I’ve ever encountered in YA. It literally made my stomach churn. The Flowers and the Wilteds live in an absolutely unbearable, atrocious situation. To use The Wilteds in the manner they are used is diabolical and heartbreaking. I wanted so badly for them to escape, fight back, be rescued, anything to get them out of The Garden!–Susan, Goodreads Reviewer

 5 stars: I read an earlier version of this, which was AMAZING, so I can't wait to see how it's developed, because I know it's going to be even better. AHHH YAY!” –Katie, Goodreads Reviewer

 4.75 stars: Garden of Thorns is a tense, fast-paced fantasy that incorporates unique ideas like a enslaved burlesque troupe and familiar themes like a lost, forgotten princess and a disgraced prince leading a rebellion to save a kingdom. The book reminded me in ways of the Throne of Glass series, Rebel of the Sands, and in a strange way - Water for Elephants. Rose had a little bit of a "Caelena Sardothian" in her, but definitely a feistiness that was all her own.” –Taylor Fenner, author of The Haunting Love

 5 stars: “Very interesting first outing for this new author. My only complaint is that there isn't another one yet!! I'd liken her books to CJ Redwine, if you like Defiance you will love [this book].” –Chad Lorenz, Goodreads Reviewer

 5 stars: “[T]he book captured my attention from the start and I loved the beginning of the book–the idea of the Garden was fascinating and quite creative. I was excited to see it lead into some bigger picture ideas with government/rebellion. I devoured this book pretty quickly as it was tough to put down. ” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

 4.5 stars: I really enjoyed this!–Erin Arkin, Fiction Fare

5 stars: Set in a beautiful fantasy world, Garden of Thorns is an interesting and creative take on young adult fantasy. I highly recommend this book!” –Ashley, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: I'm pretty sure the reason I wanted to read this book was because of the cover. I mean, LOOK AT IT! I'll be honest with you here. I haven't read much of the mainstream YA Fantasy out there right now, so I can't tell you if ‘it's been done before.’ What I can tell you is this book drew me in and kept me there.” –I Fall in Love Book Blog

 5 stars: Oh my god..... Oh my good..... ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. If you can't already tell this book has me in awe. I loved this book so much! It has been awhile since I have read a really really good book and this was one of them. Amber Mitchell did an amazing job with this book her writing was beautiful.” –Maddy, Corner of the Bookstore Tumblr

 4 stars: “The point of view of Rose made the story easy to follow. Seeing the story through her eyes was very fulfilling. Sometimes with a first person POV you feel like you don't get the whole story. That was not true for this story.” –Jessica Samuelsen, Writing Pearls

 5 stars: The book moves along at a steady pace that will keep you turning the pages as we follow Rose along in her attempt to escape the Gardner and rescue all those she holds deeps in her heart.” –Jan Farnworth, J.R.’s Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758483
Release Date: Mar 6, 2017
Page Count: 412
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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I'm hovering between 3.5-4 stars. The beginning (the first 30%) was SO GOOD. Seriously, I had no doubt I was going to rate this 5 stars. It was immediately gripping - I felt for the heroine so much and my heart just ached for her. Unfortunately it lost a bit of momentum for me - mostly because th... ...more

By Carrie February 25, 2017

Sixteen year old Rose has spent the last seven years of her life in captivity being forced to perform in a burlesque type of show for a man known as the Gardener. Rose has learned to do whatever she is told while in captivity because if she doesn't her best friend, Fern, will be punished in her p... ...more

By Katie April 14, 2017

I read an earlier version of this, which was AMAZING, so I can't wait to see how it's developed, because I know it's going to be even better. AHHH YAY! ...more

By Karla March 06, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it's uniqueness. It was great getting into a new world and its characters, especially with Rose, Rayce, Oren, Marin and the others. The whole idea of the Garden, Flowers, Wilted, and Trees was interesting as much as the world was. I got the idea that it had a l... ...more

By Chad February 15, 2017

Very interesting first outing for this new author. My only complaint is that there isn't another one yet!! I'd liken her books to CJ Redwine, if you like Defiance you will love these. ...more

By ☆Stephanie☆ March 14, 2017

Title: Garden of Thorns
Author: Amber Mitchell
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, 2017 (March 6)
Genre: YA Fantasy

**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

Let me star... ...more

By Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) April 11, 2017

Great story!

I enjoyed this one A LOT. I've been in a reading slump and was able to zoom through this one. It has plenty of "ah!" and "omg" moments. It's super entertaining!

My only complaint is the romance between Rose & Rayce. I felt it needed a little more development. The ending bothered m... ...more

By March 17, 2017

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4 “Roses & Snakes” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen!

Damn, this book was well-written. I really enjoyed it. The language was just beautiful in the way it blended with the theme. I loved how the writer managed to find the perfect analogies involving garden-related stuff, and it... ...more

By Susan February 27, 2017

Spoiler Free Review!

This is one of the most exciting fantasy books I have ever read! Right from the beginning the story threw me into some of the most disturbing and heinous abuse I’ve ever encountered in YA. It literally made my stomach churn. The Flowers and the Wilteds live in an absolutely u... ...more

By Erin March 06, 2017

4.5 stars as I really enjoyed this!
As soon as I read the summary of Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell I knew I had to read it. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy and Mitchell had my attention from page one of this book.

Rose is the main character and has spent the last seven years as a... ...more

By Stephanie March 18, 2017

4.5 Stars

'Garden of Thorns' is a fantastic debut young adult fantasy novel that readers are definitely going to want to read. I was surprised - and impressed - when I found out this was the author's first book. I wouldn't have had any idea from just reading the story. Every aspect of the book sho... ...more

By i fall in love book blog March 03, 2017

I'm pretty sure the reason I wanted to read this book was because of the cover. I mean, LOOK AT IT!

I'll be honest with you here. I haven't read much of the mainstream YA Fantasy out there right now, so I can't tell you if "it's been done before". What I can tell you is this book drew me in and k... ...more

By Kristin February 25, 2017

Garden of Thorns is an interesting story about a girl who was captured at the age of nine and has been performing aerial acrobatics for the Garden (a human slave version of the circus) for the last ten years. She’s considered a “Flower” since she’s the performer and every flower has a “Wilted” co... ...more

By Brian March 16, 2017

Let me preface this by stating that I am the author's husband, so none of my opinions shared within this review are biased in any way.

I have read this story many times over from its shaky first draft to the polished work it has evolved into. I've been present for the moments of writer's block, th... ...more

By kariny March 05, 2017

rating:3.5
Thanks to Entangled Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! review to come!

*Update review added*





Rose is a flower in the garden-she's a dancer. And how the Garden works is that the girls are usually paired up-one Wilted and one Flower. The Flower is the one who dances and...
...more

By Olivia March 03, 2017

“Garden of Thorns” begins with a bang, as Rose is trapped in a cage as part of the Garden. The Garden is ruled by the Gardener who trains enslaved young girls to be “Flowers” in his entertainment show. The Flowers are each paired with a Wilted who they sleep with and who helps prepare them for pe... ...more

By Lauren March 14, 2017

Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. I absolutely love the cover and, when I read the blurb, I knew I had to request it from Netgalley! I am so glad that I got accepted because I really enjoyed this!

Immediately w... ...more

By Lovey Dovey Books March 06, 2017

Originally published on Lovey Dovey Books

Amber Mitchell's debut, Garden of Thorns, takes originality to a new level! In this marvelous epic fantasy novel, readers will be taken in by fearless characters and their action-packed adventure. She has crafted a well-balanced story that gives attention... ...more

By Arys March 07, 2017

*4.5 out of 5 Stars*

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell is an amazing debut YA fantasy novel that pulls you in from the first page through the last with its wonderful imagery and strong relatable characters. Filled with action, it kept the story moving forward.

Sixteen-year-old Rose has spent seven... ...more

By Taylor March 05, 2017

4.75/5 Stars

For the past ten years, "Rose", now sixteen, has spent her life enslaved in a burlesque troupe called The Garden, forced to perform and known only by a name that is not hers. Only the cruel leader of The Garden, the Gardener, knows who she really is and holds it over her to keep her i... ...more

By Megan May 20, 2017

Well. That was shitty. Not the book! Just the sad stuff that happened in it. Like her terrible life, the nasty men around her, and the people she seemed to constantly see die.

Rose was a "Flower"
She danced.
Fern was her "Wilted"
She got beat, cut and worse if Rose did anything to offend the "Garden... ...more

By Rivalie March 05, 2017

Copy provided by Entangled Publishing. All opinions are 100% my own.

Garden of Thorns intrigued from the beginning with its stunning yet simple cover and alluring synopsis. When I was granted an ARC for review, the publicist said that so many people requested it that they had a hard time narrowing... ...more

By Jordan March 07, 2017

From the very first page I knew I’d love this book. It’s dark and twisted and made of intrigue and the darkest forms of humanity. What happens when humans are reduced to numbers? When they become dispensable and money/greed reign supreme? You have the sparks of a rebellion and the vilest and most... ...more

By Maddy March 03, 2017

**I received this book as an arc from entangled teen in exchange for an honest review**

Oh my god..... Oh my good..... ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. If you can't already tell this book has me in awe. I loved this book so much! It has been awhile since I have read a really really good book and this was... ...more

By Jessica March 07, 2017

Rose has been in the garden for a long time. Taken from her home performing for the garden is more of what she knows. Being blackmailed to keep her identity a secret she stays where she is at. Until her companion tells her to run and is quickly killed after. Though she couldn't save her companion... ...more

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Amber Mitchell

About the author

Amber Mitchell

Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature

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