Saturday, August 6, 2022

Violet Made of Thorns


TITLE: Violet Made of Thorns

AUTHOR: Gina Chen
PUB. DATE: July 26th, 2022
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
GENRE(S): Young Adult Fiction—Fantasy, Romance
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Child Abuse, Emotional Manipulation, Violence, Death, Body Horror, Self-Harm, Racism


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.


An amazing debut novel! A sort of fairytale retelling with a fresh new twist of rich fantasy,morally gray characters, intriguing magic, epic enemies to lovers, political issues, unforseen turns and twists that keep you guessing to where the plot will go next so you stayed emersed into the story to the very end and still leaves you begging for more. I can't wait to see where the author takes us next in the second installment of this storyline! The story is told from Violet’s POV and eventhough she is unapologetically brash you can't help but relate to her. Cyrus is the charming Prince that seems to have all the women but Violet under his spell. However, none come close to being his equal or the Queen he needs to rule by his side while a curse looms over his head and the nobleman would rather see him fail or just not ever be King. When Violet starts getting visits from the Fates in her dreams and her life and that of Cyrus’s hangs in the balance they must look past their long feuding to find a solution. Now the solution I saw from the beginning or maybe just wishful thinking but there's much that takes place as things become heated between them and within the Kingdom. A foretold prophecy is approaching but it is unclear exactly what was meant by it or if it is even true as the Seer who spoke it was on her deathbed but as a rot in the Kingdom begins,it is clear that the Cyrus must find a wife as she is supposed to be his saving grace.


Gina Chen spent most of her life thinking she hated writing, until she churned out a few hundred thousand words of fanfiction and decided that maybe she was a writer. Her stories lean toward the fantastic, 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. She has particular fondness for fairy tales, demon tales, romantic comedies, and quiz shows. Currently, she resides in Southern California, where the sunshine is as plentiful as its tea shops.


Up for grabs we have ONE (1) finished copy of Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen. This giveaway will be available from July 24th to August 7th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to US residents only. No giveaway accounts allowed. To enter, click the (link/button) below!


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