Genre: YA Fantasy/Action/Adventure
Published by Entangled Teen
Published March 6th, 2017
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.
Garden of Thorns is an interesting book. I loved the whole aspect of the girls having garden names, and the gardener I wanted to kick him so hard!
Rose was a likable character, and the best part was how fierce her loyalty was to the other girls in the garden. She was a great friend and sister to them, and it is awesome when a character is selfless.
Rayce was a good character, even though at first he kind of made me mad when he didn’t entirely believe Rose, but then he grew on me. The chemistry with him and Rose was cute.
There were some things that came across as odd, but I liked how different this book was. Overall I would recommend giving this one a try.
When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.
Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.
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