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Garden of Thorns

(Garden of Thorns #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,381 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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.

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Published March 6th 2017 by Entangled Teen (first published February 27th 2017)
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Amber Garden of Thorns is a standalone book with series potential. I tied up most of the loose ends in this book but there is definitely room for sequel!

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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I'm hovering between 3.5-4 stars. The beginning (the first 30%) was SO GOOD. Seriously, I had no doubt I was going to rate this 5 stars. It was immediately gripping - I felt for the heroine so much and my heart just ached for her. Unfortunately it lost a bit of momentum for me - mostly because the heroine did WAY too much thinking about the love interest was amidst all the more important things going on. Regardless, the plot was really fun and I still recommend the book!

Basically Rose is the 's
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Something’s happening,” she says. “Something between the Gardener and the emperor, and we can’t let it.”

This was a YA fantasy story about a girl forced to dance in a travelling show.

Rose was quite a caring girl, but she was also a little naïve. I thought that while trying to rescue her sister dancers from the garden was a good thing, thinking she could do it alone was a little silly
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sixteen year old Rose has spent the last seven years of her life in captivity being forced to perform in a burlesque type of show for a man known as the Gardener. Rose has learned to do whatever she is told while in captivity because if she doesn't her best friend, Fern, will be punished in her place so Rose as a performer would not be marred. When it's found that Fern has been involved in the rebellion and is killed Rose finds that now is her chance at escape.

During a performance Rose takes th
Minni Mouse
2.5 stars because that writing was mediocre and I had to skim it pages at a time. This is a terrific read if you're looking for a cleaner, Young Adult version of A Promise of Fire, which is a mediocre book as well that I somehow loved beyond all sense and reason.

This book? Wholly unoriginal. Fun to read, but offers little beyond mindless and redundant entertainment.

Sixteen-year-old Rose has been part of this burlesque troop of slave performers ever since she was kidnapped from her
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, ya
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Entangled Publishing.

“And I realize we’re lying like plucked flowers at our master’s feet, in the perfect position to be stomped back into the earth that we came from.”

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell was fast paced from the beginning, inviting you into a world where the strongest bloom while those who do not follow the rules are smothered. The story revolves around a girl (a Flower) named Rose from a burlesque entertainmen
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, series
Same old story. Exciting adventure that abandons world building to focus on the love interest. It pains me to say that and if I lived on a deserted island and this was the only YA book I had to read, maybe it would have been more memorable.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm totally sucked into the Garden of Thorns!

Two girls a flower and a wilted. Rose is the gardener's prize possession. She is a beautiful, talented dancer who shines brightly on stage. Her companion is Fern. The gardener is a cruel man who takes Girls and bends them to be his puppets. He has two sets of girls; the flowers who dance and the girls who keep them in line. The wilted are the girls that take the punishment if a flower steps out of line. No one wants to see an imperfect dancer, so the
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, net-galley
2 Stars.

Alright, unpopular opinion time. I've checked other reviews of Garden of Thorns and see that I'm way out on this one, but unfortunately this is just the way I feel about it (trust me, this is upsetting as I thought this book was going to blow my mind). When I received this ARC, I couldn't have been happier. The synopsis sound ah-mazing. I started reading immediately and then, around a third of the way through the book I had to stop. I've now skimmed through the rest of the book to the en
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it's uniqueness. It was great getting into a new world and its characters, especially with Rose, Rayce, Oren, Marin and the others. The whole idea of the Garden, Flowers, Wilted, and Trees was interesting as much as the world was. I got the idea that it had a lot of Asian aspects in the book, and the whole kingdoms at war with each other really set the mood for the story.

Overall I really enjoyed the way Rose escaped not only from the Garden but from the cage
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
sher ⚘ (hiatus galore)
Dec 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: asap, ya-fantasy
good god the synopsis!!!!!!!!! I NEEDED THIS IN MY HANDS YESTERDAY
I loved “Garden of Thorns.” It features a heroine who kicks butt and an intense political uprising.

The premise has two characters and stories that come together for mutual benefit. Rose was kidnapped as a young child to serve in a burlesque troop made up of underaged slaves. Rayce is leading an uprising against a tyrant. There is romance, but it is sweet and simmering, and not at all graphic. The main plot is focused on the action. Those with weak stomachs beware, the violence is brutal and grap
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Somewhere between 2'5-3☆

Although the book began as something new and different with the idea of the flowers: one girl dancing and the other girl having to pay for the mistakes of the dancing one; it pronto stopped being so different and evolved into a more "typical" book in which we find one of those flowers called Rose escaping and falling alongside the forces of the rebellion lidered by Rayce, which soons turns out to be the love interest of the heroine.
The Rebellion wants to change the world
L.R.W. Lee
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. The writing style kept me engaged, the plot kept things moving forward at a good pace and the characters...who wouldn't love them? I found myself caring about these characters and rooting for their success despite the villians they face (which says a lot to have great villians LOL). ...more
Chad Lorenz
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 these. ...more
Title: Garden of Thorns
Author: Amber Mitchell
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, 2017 (March 6)
Genre: YA Fantasy

**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

Let me start with the fact that I've been on a streak lately and I've been reading a ton of great books! So I have been extremely fortunate and I think it's because I'm choosing a lot of books that sound like somet
*Source* Amazon
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4


Garden of Thorns is the first installment in author Amber Mitchell's Garden of Thorns trilogy. Rose is from Varsha. When the traitor took the Varshan Throne, she fled with her caretaker only to be captured and enslaved. Since then, Rose has been forced to serve in a burlesque troop made up of under aged slaves called the Garden. She is called Flower, and her job is to dance. Dance until your feet give out, never talk b
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Great story!

I enjoyed this one A LOT. I've been in a reading slump and was able to zoom through this one. It has plenty of "ah!" and "omg" moments. It's super entertaining!

My only complaint is the romance between Rose & Rayce. I felt it needed a little more development. The ending bothered me a bit too. I wanted a big finale and some more drama behind Rose's "secret". Aside from that, I cannot wait for the sequel! I recommend this one to all YA fantasy lovers!!
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Spoiler Free Review!

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 T

4 “Roses & Snakes” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen!

Damn, this book was well-written. I really enjoyed it. The language was just beautiful in the way it blended with the theme. I loved how the writer managed to find the perfect analogies involving garden-related stuff, and it felt really original and unique. If nothing else, this book deserves a high rating just because of that.

But don’t worry, it has more than beautiful language. It has plot and romance, too.

And a stunning cove
Erin Arkin
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
4.5 stars as I really enjoyed this!
As soon as I read the summary of Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell I knew I had to read it. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy and Mitchell had my attention from page one of this book.

Rose is the main character and has spent the last seven years as a slave in the Garden, a burlesque dance troupe. When the Garden is set up to perform for the Emperor, Rose sees an opportunity to escape and she is willing to do whatever she needs to in order to make it
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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. The slavery conditions Rose experiences are incomprehensible and create an instant "bad guy". From the very beginning, there was always something happening, and I couldn't put this book dow
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Garden of Thorns is an interesting story about a girl who was captured at the age of nine and has been performing aerial acrobatics for the Garden (a human slave version of the circus) for the last ten years. She’s considered a “Flower” since she’s the performer and every flower has a “Wilted” counterpart, a girl who is behind the scenes and is punished for every mistake or disobedience the flower makes. Basically the story is about Rose who is able to escape the Garden but instead of finding fr ...more
Brian Mitchell
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this by stating that I am the author's husband, so none of my opinions shared within this review are biased in any way.

I have read this story many times over from its shaky first draft to the polished work it has evolved into. I've been present for the moments of writer's block, the creative stumbles, the late night brainstorming sessions, the near-constant rejection letters, several emotional break-downs, and shared in the pure elation the day Amber's offer came in.

That being sai
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Garden of Thorns” begins with a bang, as Rose is trapped in a cage as part of the Garden. The Garden is ruled by the Gardener who trains enslaved young girls to be “Flowers” in his entertainment show. The Flowers are each paired with a Wilted who they sleep with and who helps prepare them for performances. Anytime a Flower makes a mistake, the Wilted takes their punishment. Rose is the star of the Garden and eager to escape and save the rest of the Flowers. At the beginning of the book, she lea ...more
Thank you, Netgalley, for the opportunity to read and review this book. My views are entirely my own.

Amber Mitchell's world in Garden of Thorns is engaging, her story unique, and the characters vibrant. I was drawn in my the strong MC Rose, who - despite a life of servitude - is fierce and forced to "bloom" without the sun. Mitchell's writing is fast-paced and vivid, the book filled with action and poetic subtlety.

I recommend this book to any fan of YA fantasy, and I'm excited to see how Mitche
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Entangled Teen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! review to come!

*Update review added*

Rose is a flower in the garden-she's a dancer. And how the Garden works is that the girls are usually paired up-one Wilted and one Flower. The Flower is the one who dances and the Wilted is the one who is punished if the Flower makes a mistake, and Rose tries hard not to make a mistake so that her best friend and Wilted, Fern, doesn't suffer the consequences. But j
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
In Garden of Thorns, teen burlesque dancer Rose decides to escape the company that is holding her prisoner by taking a hostage at the next show. But it turns out he's the exiled heir and leader of the rebellion, and he takes her hostage in the mistaken belief that she is an assassin, and spirits her away to their secret underground hideaway. But now Rose wants their help to free her captive sisters!

Among all of the cookie cutter YA fantasies currently glutting the market, Garden of Thorns stands
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. I absolutely love the cover and, when I read the blurb, I knew I had to request it from Netgalley! I am so glad that I got accepted because I really enjoyed this!

Immediately we are thrown into this crazy world that Rose lives in. She is a prisoner of the Garden and she is forced to perform. From the very first page, we can see the kind of conditions she is forced to live in a
May 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I....thought the premise was good. I liked the idea and I thought it was going to be a great fantasy story with underlays of abuse and coming out of an abusive relationship.

And while that was certainly a major part of the story, it wasn't well done. I think Mitchell could have done a much better job when it came to those deep topics.

Now, the characters were Like they fit the stereotypical characters and the characters are what make or break the story for me. So...that's what dropp
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Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. 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

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