GARDEN OF THORNS by Amber Mitchell
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.
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Publisher” Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 6, 2017
5 stars: “This is one of the most exciting fantasy books I have ever read! Right from the beginning the story threw me into some of the most disturbing and heinous abuse I’ve ever encountered in YA. It literally made my stomach churn. The Flowers and the Wilteds live in an absolutely unbearable, atrocious situation. To use The Wilteds in the manner they are used is diabolical and heartbreaking. I wanted so badly for them to escape, fight back, be rescued, anything to get them out of The Garden!” –Susan, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: “I read an earlier version of this, which was AMAZING, so I can’t wait to see how it’s developed, because I know it’s going to be even better. AHHH YAY!” –Katie, Goodreads Reviewer
4.75 stars: “Garden of Thorns is a tense, fast-paced fantasy that incorporates unique ideas like a enslaved burlesque troupe and familiar themes like a lost, forgotten princess and a disgraced prince leading a rebellion to save a kingdom. The book reminded me in ways of the Throne of Glass series, Rebel of the Sands, and in a strange way – Water for Elephants. Rose had a little bit of a “Caelena Sardothian” in her, but definitely a feistiness that was all her own.” –Taylor Fenner, author of The Haunting Love
5 stars: “Very interesting first outing for this new author. My only complaint is that there isn’t another one yet!! I’d liken her books to CJ Redwine, if you like Defiance you will love [this book].” –Chad Lorenz, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: “[T]he book captured my attention from the start and I loved the beginning of the book–the idea of the Garden was fascinating and quite creative. I was excited to see it lead into some bigger picture ideas with government/rebellion. I devoured this book pretty quickly as it was tough to put down. ” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer
4.5 stars: “I really enjoyed this!” –Erin Arkin, Fiction Fare
5 stars: “Set in a beautiful fantasy world, Garden of Thorns is an interesting and creative take on young adult fantasy. I highly recommend this book!” –Ashley, Goodreads Reviewer
4 stars: “I’m pretty sure the reason I wanted to read this book was because of the cover. I mean, LOOK AT IT! I’ll be honest with you here. I haven’t read much of the mainstream YA Fantasy out there right now, so I can’t tell you if ‘it’s been done before.’ What I can tell you is this book drew me in and kept me there.” –I Fall in Love Book Blog
5 stars: “Oh my god….. Oh my good….. ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. If you can’t already tell this book has me in awe. I loved this book so much! It has been awhile since I have read a really really good book and this was one of them. Amber Mitchell did an amazing job with this book her writing was beautiful.” –Maddy, Corner of the Bookstore Tumblr
4 stars: “The point of view of Rose made the story easy to follow. Seeing the story through her eyes was very fulfilling. Sometimes with a first person POV you feel like you don’t get the whole story. That was not true for this story.” –Jessica Samuelsen, Writing Pearls
5 stars: “The book moves along at a steady pace that will keep you turning the pages as we follow Rose along in her attempt to escape the Gardner and rescue all those she holds deeps in her heart.” –Jan Farnworth, J.R.’s Book Reviews
WAR OF THE WILTED (Entangled Teen Fall 2018) by Amber Mitchell
“Amber Mitchell’s second book in the Garden of Thorns fantasy series, WAR OF THE WILTED, in which a girl must ally with her sworn enemy to lead the rebellion’s fight against the tyrannical emperor, again to Lydia Sharp at Entangled Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018.”