3.5 stars · Viki's review

Review ‘Garden of thornes’

Title: Garden of Thornes
Author: Amber Mitchell
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Magic, Romance,
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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 take to her grave if she must.

My Thoughts

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

This book started out with a flare, excellently sucking me in by the first page. Unfortunately the momentum dipped quite a bit after we reached the 30% mark in the story. I still really enjoyed the plot and liked the heroine quite a bit, with her flaws and all. The whole thing has such a great idea behind it, the whole burlesque performers made out of kidnapped girls storyline is very genius and I found it really creative.

The writing style is solid, paints a horrible and graphic picture with crystal clarity and creates an emotional atmosphere to go on. Definitely has a heartbreaking flow to it. The plot is intense and fast paced but after Rose starts to think too much about possible love interests it loses the focus and that my problem with it. However I think the world building is quite unique and brilliant with Asian elements to it (which I love). Also has an interesting magical system.

Rose is a likeable character if not a bit too juvenile. She is strong but thinks too much. She overanalyzes everything in the most inappropriate moments which breaks up the flow of the storyline numerous times. But she is also bold and not afraid to act on her ideas but she has to be careful because the dangerous secrets she keeps.
Rayce is a long man who has a lot of responsibilities and quite a few people counting on him. This shadows his every days and it hard for him to give into his feelings because he has to consider the consequences of everything. I liked how he thought maturely. However his relationship with Rose is slow burn but predictable. They have perfect chemistry.

The book has a lot of potential in it and quite a few phenomenal ideas but its also predictable and has a lot of places to improve in. Although it has action, magic, love and war a perfect combination a great fantasy romance needs.


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