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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Thanks to Entangled Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! review to come!
*Update review added*
“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
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
*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
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
**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
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
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
"everything he says sounds beautiful. like a dream. but i've learned far too many times that the most beautiful things are the most dangerous."
"dreams won't help me now."
reading garden of thorns totally confirmed my love for #epicfantasy. this was such a thrill to read. i was super excited to get... ...more
Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous read. I was so intrigued when I first heard about this book - the blurb sounded dark and interesting and the cover is too pretty to pass up. When I got the opportunity to read it before it was released, I started reading it the moment it downloaded onto my kindle.... ...more
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell! The story begins by showing the setting of captured girls and young women kept in cages. Some women are forced to e... ...more
I absolutely, positively LOVED this book! I am a huge fan of fantasy to begin with, and I love how Ms. Mitchell took some "generic" fantasy elements and put them with her own new insights to create this awesome book. The idea of the Garden was pretty horrendous, and you immediately get on the sid... ...more
Arc provided from Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I REALLY LIKED THIS!
I have really been in a fantasy mood. This is wonderful. It was fairly easy to fall right into pretty much read it in two sittings.
The world was interesting, we find things out in time with o... ...more
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