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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.

Rayce has a rebellion to lead, and Rose’s connection to the Gardener, a known government accomplice, is just what he needs for leverage. But her pull on his heart has him questioning whether her freedom is worth more than his political gain

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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.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758483
Release Date: Feb 28, 2017
Page Count: 350
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult, young adult fantasy
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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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 May 18, 2016

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 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 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 February 26, 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 Erin February 25, 2017

4.5 stars as I really enjoyed this! Full review to come. ...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 Lovey Dovey Books February 27, 2017

Review coming soon!!! ...more

By Ashley February 27, 2017

Garden of Thorns is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read.
The story follows Rose, a girl who has been taken from her family and forced to perform in a traveling show for the majority of her life. When she finally escapes she finds herself captured once again by a rebellion group set on overt... ...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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