Thursday, April 6, 2017

Garden of Thorns By Amber Mitchell|Review

Garden of Thorns
Published by Entangled Teen on March 6th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 370
Format: eARC

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 an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One word. Predictable.

I cannot count how many times I found myself foretelling the outcome of every situation within this book. 

After reading the synopsis and gazing at the cover for an unhealthy amount of time, I believed this book was going to exceed my expectations. Unfortunately, Garden of Thorns did not even meet my expectations. I was left utterly disappointed with the lack of world building and character development. 

I did; however, admire the writing style. Though it was sloppy and confusing at times, I thought it united the story in places where the world building or plot failed to. 

Overall, there was little to no world building. There are two countries and they are at war with one another. Besides that, we don’t really get any more information about how their society works. There are a few pieces sprinkled here and there, but they aren’t entirely useful to the plot. 

The characters did not impress me. For the most part, they are your average oppressed group that desires a change in society. My biggest issue with the character was their abnormal healing speed. It is possible that I may have missed the explanation or they just have a high tolerance for pain. However, continuing to fight with a deep gash in your shoulder would surely be felt immediately. 

I was not impressed with this book; however, it did have its moments. I would not completely rule this readout but I would also not place it as an urgent read.

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