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Title: Violet Made of Thorns
Author: Gina Chen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing date: July 26th, 2022
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.
Wow! This was such a great mashup of fairy tales. I really enjoyed the setting and I totally got Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and even some Sleeping Beauty vibes. It’s definitely a dark fantasy with an unlikeable main character.
Violet is not the most likeable and often times very cold throughout the book. I felt her circumstances definitely played into her coldness and that in order for her to survive at court she can’t let anyone into her heart. This way of thinking gets messy when it comes to her and Cyrus’s relationship.
Cyrus was a bit pushy in the romance department for me. I did struggle with their connection and I feel like they’re definitely better allies if they can get away from whatever romantic feelings they have for each other.
This was a fast-paced YA fantasy and I am very interested to see how the next book in the series goes! That ending was definitely not what I was very unexpected and I’m totally here for it!
Gina Chen tells stories about fantastic worlds featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake. A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut fantasy novel. For more info, visit actualgina.com and follow @actualgina on Twitter and Instagram.
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