Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Garden of Thorns

byAmber Mitchell

Kobo ebook | March 6, 2017

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“A tense, fast-paced fantasy.” —Taylor Fenner, author of The Haunting Love

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 ashis 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.

The Garden of Thorns series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Garden of Thorns
Book #2 War of the Wilted

Title:Garden of ThornsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 6, 2017Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633758486

ISBN - 13:9781633758483


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Gripping Read! It's amazing how much you can enjoy a book going into it blind. This was my case with Garden of Thorns. I'd only read the synopsis once even though I have a habit of dissecting book summaries before reading the actual book. Garden of Thorns turned out be such a fantastic and gripping read. Ms. Mitchell does a great job detailing the harsh condition and abuse the girls suffer in the hands of the Gardener. Their treatment is hard to swallow but the unity born from it is priceless. The strong sense of family values really shines through in the book whether it was between the girls in the Garden or with the people involved in the rebellion. No one gets left behind. Rose's struggles were authentic. After her long period in captivity and all that she's endured in the Garden it's understandable she would have some trust issues. However, at times I did find it to be too repetitive. The back and forth she does frustrated me. A significant loss resulted from her lack of confidence and it caused her and the rebellion a great deal. She does learn from it and I was glad to see her break out of the fears holding her back. I enjoyed the romance between Rayce and Rose. It was a slow burn full of hesitation and uncertainty. The two both had to put their duties before their personal wants but it didn't stop them from bonding. I loved the kitchen scene between them. (Rayce's love for cooking was the best!) It was sweet but also bitter considering they had their obligations to think of. I thought the slight twist was really well-incorporated into the plot. There's more to Rose and Rayce than Flower and rebel leader. Garden of Thorns appears to be a standalone but I could see a sequel happening. I'd definitely like to revisit the rebellion and see how the characters are faring. Fingers crossed for more and count me in if/when the next book comes out.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the most exciting fantasy books I have ever read! Spoiler Free Review! 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! This novel involves a familiar trope in Rose's secret which I won't give away although it's easy to guess pretty early on. What truly makes this heroine special isn’t some undefined power or anything to do with her secret but rather it is the strength and aerial skills she developed due to the abuse she suffered for years at the hands of the Gardener. It allowed her to be able to ignore pain and taught her to be quick and agile. This certainly comes in handy when captured or fighting a battle! While the abuse made her distrustful and took away her self-confidence it didn’t make her weak. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger indeed! I didn’t always like Rose’s decisions and I often had to remind myself that she wasn’t making her choices from a place of normality and confidence but rather from what she had learned from her past in the Garden which was full of fear, mistrust, pain, and misery. There was no chance of such a broken girl making good decisions! The romance bordered on insta-love but due to the constant danger and Rose’s background it is understandable that she would fall for the first kind and goodhearted (and good looking) man she spent any time with. The action was pretty well constant with epic battles, chases and rescues leading one into the next with hardly enough time to take a breath in between. There are a few quiet, tender scenes but for the most part it is all action all the time. The plot is constantly pushed forward with nary a lull and there is no chance of boredom. Due to this the world building is minimal and mostly functional. There is some background history but only as it ties directly into the plot. It was enough information to be satisfying and certainly not overwhelming but I’m hoping future volumes in the series tell us a bit more about the world this story is set in. I'm also really hoping that the final version includes a map! Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2017-02-28