Review: Garden of Thorns

Garden of thronesThis story is as beautiful as the cover.


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.

Length: 370 Pages

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: March 6, 2017


Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative author_picWriting. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.

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.

To learn more about Amber, click HERE to read an interview I did with her.


From the very first page I knew this was a beautiful book. It is heart wrenching but beautiful. A young girl named Rose wants nothing more than safety, and to keep those she loves safe. But instead her world is full of pain, anxiety, and tragedy. Girls of all walks of life will be able to relate and sympathize with her. Amber Mitchell’s writing sucked me in and refused to let go until I had finished Rose’s story.

I also fell in love with her male counter-part Rayce. He is strong, yet vulnerable. He only wants to do good, but is still haunted by his past. This book is full of complex, yet amazing characters. They had me hooked right until the very end.

I do have to point out one thing that is keeping me from giving it 5 out of 5 stars, and I will try to do it without spoiling anything. Rose has a secret she is keeping throughout the whole book, and the whole time I was begging her to tell Rayce. I just knew it was going to lead to something big and it was driving me nuts.

But then it didn’t. It was actually very anti-climatic and I felt let down after a whole book of emotional angst.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. 4 out of 5 Stars.

Warning: This book contains a lot of beheadings, and equally horrific deeds. I would recommend this for an older teenager.


GARDEN OF THORNS is available both digitally and in paperback. Click on the link below to read more reviews and/or purchase it. Happy reading!


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