Wednesday, January 18, 2023

#BookReview: Violet Made of Thorns (Violet Made of Thorns #1) by Gina Chen @actualgina

Synopsis: A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: 
This one was really great to start and the middle was amazing as well.  The ending I think could have been trimmed by about 25-50 pages to keep the pacing that the rest of the story had.  As it slowed way down and started to drag.  I liked the extra little snippet at the end of the story as well.  Because we all know that tales are spun in legend to become something they never were.  The characters in this one were great.  I really enjoyed Violet and her snarky banter.  I don't know if I will read book two.  I might if I can get an early copy of it. But I don't think it would be something that I would go out and purchase.  All in all this was probably closer to 3 1/2 stars to 4 full stars.  I enjoyed it but it could have been better. 


“Everything you want from an enemies-to-lovers fantasy starring morally gray characters.”—BuzzFeed

“Gina Chen delivers a biting fantastical twist on fairy tales.”—POPSUGAR
“A rare YA fantasy with a difficult, prickly and nigh-on unlikeable heroine, 
Violet Made of Thorns feels like a breath of fresh air from its first pages.”—Paste Magazine
“Curses, magic, fate, and forbidden romance combine into an unputdownable YA novel that fantasy lovers will obsess over.”—

"Beautifully vicious. Perfect for the fairytale reader who has always wanted the heroine to grow sharp teeth and bite Prince Charming."—Chloe Gong, #1 
New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

"An enchanting dark fantasy."—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ember in the Ashes series

"Fantasy fans—rejoice! 
Violet Made of Thorns introduces us to a lush land where dark curses and magic reign.”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win."—Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in Vengeance and The Fever King

"A sharp, witty story told in an unforgettable voice."—Hannah Whitten, 
New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

"Entrancing from start to finish."—Joan He, 
New York Times bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

"Chen weaves a delightful, sparkling tale of a sharp-tongued antiheroine who will have readers rooting for her from page one."—June CL Tan, author of 
Jade Fire Gold

"Searing... Employing evocative prose, passionately antagonistic romance, and a snarky first-person narration, Chen borrows familiar fairy tale elements and crafts them into a uniquely dark fantasy."—Publishers Weekly

"A refreshing change from typical high-fantasy settings... Diverting and atmospheric."—Kirkus Reviews

“Chen’s world is imbued with classic fairy tale elements... but she brings a fresh modernity to the story, with commentary on celebrity and imperialism that is both thoughtful and entertaining.”—BCCB

About the Author

A self-taught artist with a degree in Computer Science, Gina Chen generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. She has particular fondness for fairy tales, demon tales, romantic comedies, and quiz shows. Currently, she resides in Southern California, where the sun is as plentiful as its tea shops. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut novel.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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