'Beautifully vicious' Chloe Gong
There's always a price for defying destiny.
Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the court as Seer 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 her of her title once he's crowned.
After the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus's love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse about the prince's future bride. Her wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can't protect her against fate - nor the doomed attraction growing between her and the prince . . .
PRAISE FOR VIOLET MADE OF THORNS
'An enchanting dark fantasy' Sabaa Tahir
'Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win' Victoria Lee
'An unforgettable voice' Hannah Whitten
'Entrancing from start to finish' Joan He
'A delightful, sparkling tale' June CL Tan
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This book title and cover drew me in i'm not going to lie. I love it all so much - its right up my street. I loved how witty and sassy the main character Violet was. She took no prisoners and instantly took over the story. I love protagnists who don't scare away/
I enjoyed the romance wholeheartedly. I loved the love to hate relationship and i cant wait to see what happens with them in book two. The plot was exciting and intriguing and i loved the worldbuilding. Id say this was a unique dark fantasy with a protaganist you'll either hate or love.
Received this books as an ARC in exchange for an honest review so here we go 💕
Violet sees the world to clearly - and that’s not only because she has some seer talents. She’s a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased divinations. She’s there to save herself and no one else. Cyrus is our oh-not-so Prince Charming who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned king and holds a few secrets of his own - including his own heart. But when the king asks Violet to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story, Violet awakens a dreaded curse - one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom. After all, there’s always a price for defying destiny.
I absolutely devoured this really well and beautifully written book! It was so captivating and entertaining, that every single free moment I had were quickly devoted to continue reading. This is a great YA fantasy debut for Gina Chen! And I want to say that I love the book cover! It’s absolutely stunning!
Violet is not your typical heroine and Cyrus much less your typical Prince Charming but together they do form a good team - even if they don’t want to! Most of the time it’s full of mischief and lies and it would be very helping if for once they were just honest with each-other…! And of course with lot of forbidden romance in the mix!
What a delightful surprise! Beauty and the beast has always been my favourite fairytale and it was just beautiful the way this magical tale gets it’s own spin and twist in this amazing darkly enchanting story! All the little details between a beast mask with horns, rotten and poisoned thorns full of prophesies and curses, dark red roses that resemble blood and a war that seems inescapable!
I cannot wait to see the rest of Violet and Cyrus’s story unfolded! And the next book cannot come quick enough!
Keep an eye on my bookstagram (@maria_bookshelf) as I’ll be posting this review and a lovely photo to go along, in the middle of April!
Well written with an enchanting storyline and well developed characters who e like marmite and I totally fell in ,love with them. The world building is also excellent with vivid descriptions and rich imagery that made me feel like I could jump into the pages - and if I could have - I would. A really enjoyable read that makes me excited for what is to come.
Actual rating: ★★★★.75
Well shit. Now I have to wait until 2023 for the sequel. This cover! 😌👌 Violet made of thorns is a great and very entertaining debut. As a major fan of morally grey characters, enemies to lovers and dark fantasy this book was perfect for me. People who hate and kiss each other? 😈 Yes please.
Cyrus, a cursed prince who's kingdom's fate relies on him choosing a bride, wants to marry for love. He has been stalling for too long so the king, with the help of his seer, sets him up with a noblewoman. But the seer–Violet– has dreams and visions. The prince's bride is not who she seems to be. Together they work to unravel the secrets to prevent something terrible from happening.
The burning question: Is Violet made of thorns similar to The cruel prince? Not really in my opinion, other than the enchantments and intense love/hate relationship between Cyrus and Violet. I'd say it's a bit more romance focused.
The story is inspired by multiple fairytales. I noticed subtle references to Cinderella, Beauty and the beast and Sleeping Beauty.
I loved Violet for being brutally honest and an unapologetic liar at the same time. Cyrus is a pretentious ass lol. He and Violent were always bickering at the beginning. Later they start to get along better. Sometimes. He wants to have her gone but Violent, well... She's determined to keep her position as the kingdom's seer. Then we have Dante, Cyrus' best friend and confidant,who was also a favorite. He's the neutral middle ground between them. And lastly Camilla, Cyrus' twin sister, a supportive sapphic queen. 😏
The pacing was moderate from the beginning the 2nd half however was packed with twists.
What I was missing were the ✨fantasy names✨ (at least for the main characters) . The names were flowery (and modern?) It felt weird. Then again roses, vines, thorns were significant to the story so maybe it was going for that kind of vibe
A fun romp that cuts through the glittery fairytale tropes with a cynical knife.
Violet Made of Thorns is the beginning of a duology that follows our titular Violet, a seer working for the Auveny royals and who has had to deal with the demands of a cutthroat court through mastering the art of lying and shielding her heart from others. However, a prophecy delivered by the previous seer's dying breath about Prince Cyrus, his bride, a curse and the kingdom's fate has left the kingdom anxious. As a "solution," she's delivered a fake prophecy by the order of the king about Cyrus's love story, only to be haunted by dreaded dreams and different prophecies. Fate does not seem to be on her side, nor Cyrus's; they defied it once, can they do it again?
The writing voice is very Violet: straightforward with little glamour, reflecting her cynical outlook and pride. There's a chance that Violet might be an "unlikable" protagonist but it doesn't matter: I have enough love for her to balance out the hatred.
From the very beginning, Violet and Cyrus have been drawn to each other except with teeth bared and sharp comebacks. It was quite enjoyable to read their banter and seeing how, slowly, the layers of their hatred were peeled back to reveal their true feelings. Ugh, all the brief but stolen glances and snarls and will-we-burn-each-other-or-save-each-other thing is addicting to read.
- I love how self-aware the book is about a couple of the tropes it's using, to the point that it's purposeful on the characters' end (ahem, for example, "happens to pose the right way, which highlights the beauty of the character's features, which enchants the POV character"). Again, quite fun to read, especially mixed in with deadpan humor!
- The book pulls elements from several fairytales, notably Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, but the way it twists and remixes them feels fresh and intriguing.
I'm excited to see what's next in store!
Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for providing me with the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
What an absolutely fantastic story! Dark, whimsical, and with just the right amount of humor and vitriol, Violet Made Of Thorns is an epic fairy tale that takes all the typical tropes of children's fairy tales and throws them out the window. The book follows Violet, a very morally gray witch who is ambitious and power-hungry, struggling to save her own skin against a prophecy that threats the kingdom with blood and doom. Throw in a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance, and you get an unforgettable tale of fickle hypocritical Prince Charmings, cruel and cunning kings, twisted politics of men and gods, and a powerful witch in the midst of all that frenzy.
There are so many things I loved about this book! Let's start with the world-building, cause that's always a strong factor for me whenever I pick up any fantasy. The world-building in Violet Made Of Thorns was spectacular--everything from the stunning descriptions of The Sun Continent, The Palace, and the slums of The Moon District was so beautifully detailed that I couldn't help but feel like I was being carried away to this fantasy, imaginary world.
The magic system was very intriguing as well. The question of fate and destiny, and the role of "gods" is a constant theme in the novel; throughout the whole book, Violet makes the reader question how much of our future is in our own hands, and how much of it is predestined by a higher power.
The characters were also incredibly well-developed. Our main protagonist Violet was unforgettable; I loved her icy cynicism, her snark, and her realistic worldview. Her true opposite is the love interest, Prince Cyrus, who constantly tries to choose kindness over violence but ultimately ends up making decisions that are also cruel and unjust. The supporting characters were adorable too--I loved Dante and how his story arc further explored and expanded on the themes of colonization and xenophobia that are apparent in the Sun Continent. And though I wish Camilla was given a better story than simply being comic relief, I adored every scene where she was present.
At the end of the day though, it's the plot of Violet Made Of Thorns that will keep you turning the pages. At it's heart, it's a romantic fairy tale, but not the kind you would read to children. I loved the parallels to well-known Children's stories like Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Jack And The Bean Stalk that the author incorporated; they were delightful to read and added whimsical magic to the overall story.
The ending was super cleverl! Not quite a cliff-hanger, the novel has an open-ending that perfectly wraps up the first book while stile leaving room for further sequels too.
Dark and enchanting, Violet Made Of Thorns is a delightfully seductive fantasy that will have you mesmirized from page one. I strongly recommend this to everyone!
Violet Made of Thorns is the fantasy debut I’ve been waiting for this year.
Right from the offset this book is different from what I expected. Violet is brash, cunning and independent. The story unwinds very quickly into tales of deceit, forbidden romance, fate and prophecy.
Between the characters you get a sense of a very strong bond. Violet and Cyrus feel for each other yet wouldn’t hesitate to become each other’s ruin and the others like Camilla and Dante for example aren’t lacking on secrets of their own.
This book is absolutely riveting. It had me glued to my kindle wanting more. Gina Chen has done a remarkable job creating this fantasy world full of secrets and unexpected twists.
I can’t wait for the books release, I have already preordered a physical copy and I can tell you now that I’m beyond excited to see what Gina has to offer in the future. This duology is the start of something great.
Ever since I came across this book on netgalley I knew I just HAD to read it. I was lucky enough to be approved to read the arc and let me tell you… best seven hours I’ve ever spent. You won’t regret reading this.
Big thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this arc in exchange for an honest review!
I’m a sucker for a pretty book, so the cover of Gina Chen’s debut novel, Violet Made of Thorns, really drew me in but the synopsis had me HOOKED! The contents didn’t disappoint either!
Enemies to lovers. Morally grey anti-heroine. A dark, modern twist on fairytales with nods to Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast (I especially loved the Cinderella reference).
I really appreciated reading a book about a non-white protagonist. A lot of fantasies tend to be centred around white or ‘ethnically ambiguous’ characters which is fine BUT we love diversity!!
Violet was brilliant. Flawed, but brilliant nonetheless, and I think it’s something that made her feel more relatable. She’s a liar and an opportunist whose decisions are heavily influenced by her own interests.. but she’s not a villain and she doesn’t want to hurt others. She’s not perfect and she doesn’t try to be, which is why I love her!
The enemies to lovers trope is STRONG in this one. Here’s what Chen wrote about her two leads:
“Witchy types and princely types never
seem to get along - something something fairytale archetypical rules - and these two are no exception. Separately, they're pretty good at their roles; together, they're a white-horse carriage galloping off a cliff. But their futures are entwined as Seer and king, as well as in divine machinations, and they deal with this very, very badly.”
There’s a fine line between love and hate, and the characters were dancing on this line until the very end.. to the point where I wasn’t sure WHAT the ending would be.
“Sometimes I want to kiss him and sometimes I want to ruin him, but most of the time, I want those actions to be one and the same”
There are SOOOOO many amazing quotes I’d love to share from this book but I don’t want to spoil anything so all I can say is FIVE STARS!!!!!!
This is the first book in a planned duology but it definitely still stands on its own; the future of the characters is left uncertain but in a way that doesn’t leave you hanging.. which will hopefully make the wait for the 2nd book less painful! 🥲
OH MY GOSH!! This book was incredible, I devoured it, the ending took me by surprise, I'm DYING for book two, I need it now 😭
This was so good! The MC is mostly grey and interested primarily in her own survival, she gave me Katherine from TVD vibes, but she’s also cunning and intelligent. I found the world and all the characters interesting, the plot was a little weak as far as inciting incidents go, but I still enjoyed this a lot. It had fairy tale vibes but it was still gritty and I enjoyed the romance a lot too. I hope there’s a second book in this world/series!
Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review
This book was beautiful from start to end.
The story began calmly, mainly introducing the protagonist and her cynic way of seeing the world, but it gradually changed, becoming more intricate, as the thorny vines of the title, with more parts of the story that conveyed in the main path, transforming this into a tale of magic, mysteries, lies and manipulation.
But despite the story being so well orchestrated and stuctured, and the plot so catching and interesting, the part I loved the most about this novel, since the beginning, stayed the protagonist.
Violet is a mood, she always seems so fed up, almost unsefferable about the constant inchoerence and falsity of the court, she cannot be anything else but cynic and, because of this, terribly relatable. And also incredibly funny.
She may be all beauty and grace and false niceties with the king and those who pay her for her fortune reading, but her inner monologues are a whole other story, and nothing can't stop her from pissing off Princey or calling him an idiot on a regular basis, even in front of the whole court.
She is now the queen of my existence.
Cyrus, on the other hand, even tho he is too made up of falsities to please the public, is secretly more of a dreamer, who believes in true love, that he has already found it and it is just a matter of time since shewill realise and accept it too. And this will cost him highly, for his whole life, yes, but during this specific summer even more. I honestly can't wait to see if and how his perspective of life will change in the next book after all that has happened.
I was asked to specify that one of the best things about him is his sister Camilla (princess Camilla definitely is NOT the one who asked me to)
Also the dynamic of their relationship... the "I hate you"-"I hate you more"-*instant violent make out*-vibes are immaculate.
I honestly can't find anything that I would have preffered to be done in a different way, maybe something more about the backstory of the Witch or Nadyira? But what we had and knew actually seemed already enough, and in any case we could and definitly hear more about th Witch in the next book, so...
I think this is one of the best things of the book, the story is already so interesting on its own, it has you in its grip, and some scenes are so unexpected that there really isn't room for flaws
Gina Chen has crafted the perfect twisted fairytale for those who love morally grey characters, romance and schemes.
Violet Made of Thorns is fast paced with a simplistic writing style that made it a quick and highly entertaining read. Whilst this book is described as a dark fantasy, I found that it was often light hearted, with humour scattered throughout.
Violet, our morally gray anti-heroine, was everything I expected her to be. She was selfish and cynical and I loved it! Prince Cyrus, her mortal enemy and love interest, was an amusing character and I enjoyed their enemies to lovers dynamic.
There were also some interesting side characters, specifically Dante and Camilla, who I am very excited to see more of in the sequel.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I mean... where do I even begin! I absolutely LOVED this book! I have been so obsessed with the enemies to lovers fantasy genre and haven't found a book that has given me this many goosebumps since The Cruel Prince. I am so happy I got to ARC this book because it has become one of my all time favourites. I can't wait for it to be released so I can add a hardcopy to my bookshelf.
The main protagonist was strong as nails and full of fire. I absolutely adored the way Violet managed to find strength even when she felt so lost in both her duties and her life. She stands by the decisions she makes and doesn't let anyone push her around, not even the spirits.
The enemies to lovers romance is everything I needed and more! Cyrus and Violet's bickering and their ability to get on each other's nerves to a point of desire gave me shivers every time they were together. They are both so equally stubborn it causes rifts between them in almost every meeting, but also drives their want for one another.
Overall I absolutely loved this book. The cover art, the plot, the romance, the EVERYTHING - It was perfect! It gave a great conclusion to the novel while still leaving room to explore more to the story and the romance. This tale is far from over, but I am so grateful the author gave us a proper ending to the book and not just a huge unfinished cliffhanger. Gina is definitely a new up and coming author to keep your eye on! Thank you Gina for the amazing read and I look forward to book 2!
"People exhaust me".
This line itself could single-handedly persuade me to rate this book with 5 stars. XD
On a serious note, I have a lot of thoughts so let's start from the beginning, if that makes sense. I dived into the book without reading the blurb and boy! did that work in my favor. I wasn't a fan of the language and the writing but gradually the icy cold tone of the narration started making sense because that's supposed to be a reflection of the female lead's character. Soon, we are introduced to the main love interest who manages to earn my ire quite early. None of the characters are too impressive or exactly heroic but they are all very interesting and convincing. I loved that the heroine is such a cynic and is insistent on only ever using her head, all the while ignoring her heart-- because that's such a breath of fresh air. Oh, by the way, she is a Seer.
Okay, one of the most interesting things I noticed about this book is that it combines tropes from all of our favorite fairy tales, sometimes twisting them, sometimes subverting them and I have read a lot of retellings but never have I ever encountered such a clever combination of all the tropes into one smooth and delicious enemies-to-lovers romance. And when I say all I really mean all-- from girls trapped in towers, cursed-princes-turned-beasts to midnight balls and spiteful witches.
In the midst of all the revelry, there is also an undercurrent of commentary on colonialism, manipulation of public opinion and the nature versus culture debate. The only blatantly visible flaw in the book is the lack of world-building which leaves much to be speculated about the magic system and I had to fill in a lot of gaps by myself, almost in the manner of a willing suspension of disbelief.
All in all, a great leisure read and may be picked up by anyone looking for a quick and fun read.
P.S. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
Oh man I loved it!! You had me at enemies to lovers .I loved every single thing about this book. Not my usual style so when I come across a gem like this I appreciate it. Would definitely recommend and can't wait for the book 2.
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Violet & Cyrus are probably 2 of my fave characters to read about this year. The story is gripping and very easy to read, I cannot wait for the second one
Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the court as Seer 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 her of her title once he's crowned.
After the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus's love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse about the prince's future bride. Her wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can't protect her against fate - nor the doomed attraction growing between her and the Prince. BRILLIANT… If I could I would give it more than 5 stars. Excellent.
I couldn't stop reading this book! I loved how open they were with the romance and the characters didn't batter an eyelid over being with anyone regardless of sex (was more seer and royalty shouldn't date) and how the main character was so morally grey, she was doing things that she thought was right and wasn't always striving to be a saint. The romance was explosive and fun without being too explicit, the plots and magic were well done and I enjoyed digging deeper into the world. Looking forward to book 2!
Of course, is this only my personal opinion on the book and just because I give this rating to the book doesn’t mean, that everyone will have that opinion. I received this ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own!
This book immediately gave me Cardan and Jude in Wicked King Vibes and I am here for it! But please don’t mistake this comparison for lack of originality. This story is still fantastic on its own.
The writing style is comfortable and easy to read. I would say that you can also read this book if English is not your native language and you want to dip your foot into reading English fantasy. I really enjoyed my reading time.
I had some problems with the world-building at the beginning. The world is not overly complex like a high fantasy book, but I like to know where I am while reading, so: Thanks for the map!
The plot was really good and fast-paced and if I didn’t need sleep that night, I would have devoured it in one sitting.
I like the characters a lot, especially Violet, because she is a strong female protagonist, who isn’t a mindless mess in terms of men.
Yes, there is some spice in this book but nothing overly erotic so I think it still fits into the YA Genre.
I am excited for the next book in this duology and also to see what other book ideas Gina Chen will come up with.
Perfect for Fans of Cruel Prince in need of a nice Enemies to Something Fantasy Story.
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Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen is the start of a new ya fantasy duology.
Violet is a prophet and seer in this world. This gives her a special position that provides her a good life. But she is kind of an anti-heroine who doesn’t always tell the truth. This was so unique and seeing Violet‘s flaws from the beginning made her so much more relatable.
She works for the kingdom and the king really likes her. But the prince is the exact opposite and can’t stand her and Prince Cyrus would rather get rid of her immediately. Cyrus was also such a fascinating character and I loved him as well.
Violet and Cyrus just know how to push each other’s buttons, but at the same time there are sparks between them. However, that is the last thing they need as the land is under a curse and no one can mess with fate. I just loved every page of this book and I already can’t wait to buy a physical copy and reread it while waiting for the next installment. Also one of my favorite stories is the folk of the air series and this book kind of gave me the same vibes and I was all for that.
Overall, Violet Made of Thorns not only has amazing characters, but also an enemies-to-lovers and dark fairytale vibe and that made it my new favorite. 5 stars.
(ARC kindly provided in exchange for a review.)
"To be remembered as someone good, you have to do good.
To be remembered as someone great, you have to get elbow-deep in bullshit and come out looking spotless".
"Violet made of thorns" was a very enjoyable read. The characters felt real and envoked vivid emotions from compassion to irritation to heartfelt sympathy again.
The plot took lots of unexpected turns – and inspiration taken from famous fairytales (Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and definitely some others!) didn't make the story predictable at all! Up to the last page I wasn't sure how the book was going to end.
The main heroine is truly a person with gray morals, which she proves every step of the way. I disagreed with her a lot but it was as if I disagreed with a real person, and it was such an invigorating feeling to get from a book character.
The prince is obviously appealing, and it isn't a bad thing. I felt like the main two make a good couple, and they could form a nice team once they get used to working together more. Especially Violet.
Thus far, as it was wisely noted in the book, "more sparks fly from friction, not cooperation".
I'll be glad to know what the autor has in store for them in the sequel.
Side-characters, Dante and Camille, felt thought-through and stood out with their curious opinions and tastes. I wonder how their destinies unravel in the second installment.
You'll love this book if you enjoyed "The Cruel Prince" and the hate to love dynamics between Jude and Cardan.
Big thanks to Gina Chen, her publishers and NetGalley for letting me read this marvelous romantic fairytale! #VioletMadeOfThorns #NetGalley
Violet & cyrus are literally goals, I loved this books and can't wait to see where the next book takes us.
Thank you to both Hodder & Stoughton publishers and Netgalley for providing this ARC for review.
Thank you so much to the publisher and author for granting me an Arc! I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for an e-copy through NetGalley!🥀
Victoria is a gifted seer and liar, twisting prophecies at her will to survive. The king favours her, but Cyrus, the crown prince, made it clear that she wouldn’t be there when he ascends the throne. When the king makes Victoria lie about a prophecy involving his son’s love life, she accidentally awakens a deadly curse that threatens to destroy or save the kingdom.
This is the second book in a row that I read a character named Victoria who is an anti-heroine and I absolutely loved it. Victoria is an opportunist, with a well-written Arc, and her relationship with Cyrus was just *chef’s kiss*. I enjoyed every interaction between them and found myself wanting to read more of it. It’s been a while since I read a book this good in that trope. The tension and hatred was blended in a way that left me confused about how the characters felt about each other.
This was the perfect enemies-to-lovers, filled with all the angst and banter, in a picturesque world. I look forward to reading more of Gina Chen’s works.
I recommend this for anyone who likes dark fantasies with enemies to lovers trope 🥀
<i> The fate of an era rests on our lips. I speak prophecies that could crown kings, and his kiss could decide empires when bestowed on the right person.</i>
I went into this book blind. Read the blurb, thought it sounded right up my street and my gosh did I absolutely LOVE it.
<i> Violet Made of Thorns </i> is a dark fairytale with a morally grey main character who is flawed and messy, selfish and cynical. But oh-so incredible in every way. This story is absolutely perfect for fans of fairytale retellings, as Gina Chen expertly sprinkles well known fairytales throughout this story, crafting them into something new and wholly unique. The world set up gave me big Ella Enchanted vibes (the Ann Hathaway movie) with the set up of universities and gossip mags, fan clubs and politics. <i> Everyone has heard of the miller's kind daughter who marries richly, or of the maid who coaxes the man out of the beast, of the faithful girls locked in towers waiting for their knights. </i> It was fun and rich, layers of beautiful world building and politics and a Enemies-to-Lovers storyline I am in awe of.
I adored Violet, her sarcasm and her outlook on life <i>' I'm not kind either. Kind people get eaten alive in this world. </i> Having grown up on the streets, then taken in at the age of 11 to be the Royal Seer, witch Violet knows how to tell people what they want to hear, how to lie and grapple and claw to get herself on top.<i>Better to run with wolves then be devoured by them </i> She is opportunistic, stubborn and proud.
And there is no one she is more stubborn and prideful around then the not-so- charming Prince Cyrus. The chemistry between these two is INTENSE, and it takes enemies-to-lovers to a whole new level - they are absolute enemies whilst they are lovers, and they aim to ruin each other however they can <i> 'I understand now how he wants me as much as he hates me: I'm the splinter in his heart, digging deeper with every attempt to remove me.' </i> Cyrus is noble and stubborn, hating the way his father is trying to expand their kingdom, how there is a curse resting on his shoulders that his (still need to find her) bride will either save or damn their kingdom. He dislikes the frivolity and vanity of the socialites, but most if all he hates what his father has turned the orphan Seer Violet into.
The relationship between them is unpredictable and dangerous. Nothing like a sprinkling of forbidden love and the edge of betrayal to spice up an already precarious situation.
<i> I don't know how to be soft. I barely believe in love. But I am the worse thing in Cyrus's life and nothing has tasted sweeter.</i>
This incredible story has prophecy's and deception, princes and witches, magic and politics, curses and romance. What more could you possibly want?
I wanted to thank Netgalley and HodderBooks infinitely for this ARC sent in exchange for an honest review on this book. Thanks!
Here I am talking once again about an ARC, a book that I read in preview.
This time we talk about Gina Cheng's Violet Made of Thorns which will be released on July 26th!
Before leaving you my impressions, the plot and what this book is about:
- Fantasy YA (duology)
- Prophecies and curses (even a little fairytale)
- Enemies to lovers, angst
- Morally gray seer and a cursed prince
Do you understand why I was immediately carried away by this plot? Everything told me "read me", but above all the fact that she was the one a little more "corrupt". Sweet memories of when I read The Bridge Kingdom last summer, but it was a very different thing.
Plot, development and characterization of the characters all travel together. I must say that it is a book that has a very fast pace, but not pulled away for this, quite the contrary. I usually prefer this type of rhythm due to the fact that you remain attached and interested in the development of the plot.
The whole book revolves around the curse of Cyrus which we understand is very important, not only for him, but for the whole kingdom. Despite this, our protagonist is Violet. I really loved her character. I would be lying saying that she is a new character, because lately I have read more and more about protagonists like her. Simply that they have a goal and are only interested in achieving it, it is not important how and through whom, the important thing is to achieve it. A little corrupt, absolutely shrewd. So, nothing, I really appreciated her. It is also because Violet is a "seer", that is, she sees into the future - an element I LOVE - and I must say that this element is perfectly matched with the character, but above all the personality of our protagonist. "Yes, of course, I see things in the future, but I can always lie for my own gain!" Adored.
As I said the plot of the book focuses a lot on eliminating this prophecy. In fact it will run out once Cyrus, who is the Crown Prince, finds love (I KNOW). Well at this point since apparently the prince is a bit slow, they decide (Violet and the king) to kind of create a kind of combined falling in love, which obviously doesn't work but the whole thing is fun.
Violet and Cyrus obviously can't stand each other - come on you understand there is no need for me to explain it to you - so it's a constant help, but I don't trust you, you betrayed me how can I trust you etc etc - all like this until the end of book, I wanted to throw them something aaaaaa
"Figure out what you want. Figure it out, so I can ruin you properly."
All this is also surrounded by other characters that I adored, like Camilla, the sister of Cyrus, simply iconic.
For me it was a super enjoyable read and I was glad I guessed I would like it! This book had intrigued me since November, from the first time I had read the plot on Goodreads, and it was a totally satisfying read.
I would say it is a book of court plots, magic and fairytales, angst (the boy fall first), scene shots and truly unforgettable protagonists.
Violet I think she will stay with me for quite some time!
Violet Made of Thorns is a book which I never knew I needed.
Violet is an anti-heroine - depending on how you perceive her narration, she could also be considered a heroine. Violet is a Seer who twists truths and tells lots of untruths. She has Chinese-based heritage and a sharp tongue which makes the story even more refreshing. She’s headstrong and does things her way.
The plot was filled with all the traditional fairytale tropes with wicked twists and turns. The characters were diverse and I loved the mysterious and magical aspects in this book.
VMOT will leave you breathless, wanting more and I can’t wait to see what the sequel brings .
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this eARC!
Violet Made of Thorns was one of my most anticipated releases for 2022 and it did not disappoint! I loved it!
Dark Fantasy with enemies to lovers, strong female MC, intriguing world building and political intrigues. This book was not at all as I imagined but I fell in love it really quick and couldn’t put it down!
Violet became one of my favourite MC! All the characters were really well written and the representation was amazing.
The magic system was definitely my favourite! Beautiful dark fairy tale with interesting take on Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.
I recommend it for all YA readers especially for those who enjoyed Cruel Prince!
Violet Made of Thorns is a beautifully written novel with a cunning main character, a magical world, an enchanting tale, political scheming, and enemies to lovers. It truly is perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and The Shadows Between Us.
"The best part about being Seer isn't the tower or the amenities or the access to the king. It's how easily everyone believes what you say."
As soon as I saw the phrase “a prophet and a liar” used to describe Violet I knew I had to read this book. Violet was an orphan living on the streets until she had a vision of the prince and decided to use it to claw her way to a home. However, the work didn’t end there as now she has to ensure she can keep that home. Gina Chen cleverly weaves Violet’s backstory through the main plot in a way that allows us to understand and empathise with how Violet came to be morally grey.
I love the cleverness of Violet. She learned early the power of words and under the guidance of the king, she uses her words to shape politics. But I also found her frustrating as she is very much a lone wolf that refuses to seek the aid of others.
"You once asked what I'm afraid of when it comes to you. It would be the same reason you should be afraid of me. We could ruin each other, and we would not hesitate to do so."
Oh, the romance really gave me Cardan and Jude vibes! Except where Violet is a cut-throat character determined to get and stay ahead, Cyrus is her antithesis. They are total opposites, yet they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. “I can fix her” x “I can make him worse” may be my new favourite trope. However, similar to The Cruel Prince, I found myself wishing for more romance.
“Kings and curses, girls and gods – these are the making of tales.”
The question of the story is can you escape destiny? Prophecies are a key part of the plot and oh boy, they are beautifully written. The lyrical nature of the writing made me very happy, and the story had a fairytale quality overall. I personally liked the worldbuilding, I feel it was just enough to show us the nature of the world, the magical forest, and the creatures within. I'm looking forward to the second book!
𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐈 𝐀𝐑𝐂 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖
𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Violet Made of Thorns
𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: Gina Chen
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: Young Adult, Fantasy
𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dark and whimsical, Violet Made of Thorns is an enchanting story. In this tale we follow Violet, a Seer who sees what cannot be seen and speaks in truth and also in lies (often influenced by the King). Cryus, the Prince, however, wishes to strip her title when he takes the throne.
I loved Violet! She may be considered an unlikeable protagonist, but I found her realistic, relatable, and can't help but root for her! She's flawed and cynical but she also a fighter and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. Cyrus, the cursed prince, is an interesting character. He's more of the dreamer who wishes to marry for love and yet is unaware of his privilege. I enjoyed Violet and Cyrus's interactions and their CHEMISTRY. The tension, their banter, the angst... It's so delicious 🤌
Not only did I love the characters, I was also invested in the story and plot. I wanted, no, NEEDED to know everything! I'm already in agony waiting for the next book.
• I loved the characters, their interactions, the lore, and the development of the plot. I couldn't put the book down because I was so invested in this book!
• Violet, the protagonist, is such a compelling character. She doesn't always make the "best" choice, but she makes the best of what she has. I
• Character relationships. Not only the romantic ones but also the platonic relationships. I enjoyed them all. (But yes did I love the chemistry between Violet and Cyrus I won't deny this)
𝐈𝐧 𝐚 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥, 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞:
✔ enemies to lovers
✔ dark and modern twist on fairytales
✔ flawed messy protagonist
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬: fate and destiny, touches on colonisation, xenophobia, manipulation
𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫: fans of fairytale retellings, flawed protagonist,
𝐂𝐖: death, violence
Thank you to @NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 𝐌𝐲 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠: 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐣𝐨𝐲.𝐜𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠 𝐮𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞
<i>I received this ARC thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.</i>
<b>"The best part about being Seer isn't the tower or the amenities or the access to the king. It's how easily everyone believes what you say."</b>
Even thou for the whole book I've felt like it's just the beginning and I didn't even noticed when it all passed, I have to admit, it was quite an adventurous ride! And I couldn't pinpoint a twisted relationship more true to statement that there's little difference between love and hate. Digging for some antiheroine and a whole truck of fairy dust? Here we go!
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<b>"Better to be pleasantly surprised than vulnerable. I've clawed my way up to the very pinnacle of this kingdom, and it's a long fall down."</b>
Violet wasn't born to be a disney princess. She's got there all on her own. Saving a prince in their childhood, lead by a vision she had she's been brought to the castle to work as a new Seer for the king. Great timing, as soon after that they've lost their current one, that left with a terrible prophecy on her deathbed. Having cursed prince isn't an easy nut to crack, so the King starts to spin his own tales using the new Seer at his service.
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<b>One fairy, all right, you're cute. <i>Five</i> fairies? Five fairies, you're trouble!</b>
You might've thought that as Violet is prince's savior, they become friends and happily grow up together in castle. You couldn't get it more wrong, actually there's noone Violet hates more than Cyrus. And vice versa. Or at least that's what they keep telling each other. In the kingdom of Auveny they live, surrounded by magical woods and other realms, magic is sold of between people and fairies, which help them to get glamoured into their dream looks, or just have people look after you with loving eyes. That's the strategy of royal twins too, when they run arroound their kingdom and making everyone adore them in preparation of succesful ascension to the throne. Violet watches all of this from her own place, making a statement with everything she acts. If you've loved boldness of Celaena Sardothien, or self-assertion of Jude Duarte you'll fall in love with Violet's attitude!
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<b><i>They will never love you as you wish them to.</i>
Maybe cruel is the best thing I can be.</b>
Reading this book I could literally feel characters having conversations that've felt quite modern in their meaning, thou the book is set in more medieval style fantasy type, but oh boi I loved all the 'Yasss slay queen' moments they had, it was really refreshing to feel relatable in thoughts and conclusions characters make. It also contains quite a chunk of making out, that indeed felt intense at times, but I was actually enjoying it, especially when the love-hate part was involved. It might've even feel disturbing few times, but that's all that makes it even more involving, if only I had time I'd devour this book in one sitting!
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<b>"You've already figured out a plan, haven't you? Tell me how, Violet. Spin me gold."</b>
I don't want to mumble too much about the plot itself, as you'd loose all the anticipation you're building up reading the book, trying to figure out where the hell all the troubles are going to lead our characters, so please just trust me on this -- if you've loved Cruel Prince, A Curse so Dark and Lonely or Defy the Night, you're going to adore the story of Violet and Cyrus, when they're trying to bring each other to ruin, solid 5 stars for me!
Violet Made of Thorns follows Violet, Auveny's Seer, who influences her court and kingdom with well phrased, and not entirely true, divinations and sights of the future. When Violet is asked to falsely predict that Prince Cyrus will fall in love at the upcoming ball, Violet learns that she has awoken a dreaded curse, one that will only end in either salvation or damnation for her kingdom. Will Violet seize control of her own destiny, or give in to the increasing attraction and tension growing between her and Cyrus?
I LOVED this book and I loved Violet even more! She's unapologetically confident, can be a little ruthless and selfish, but she's so funny and a breath of fresh air. I was expecting more of a 'morally-grey' persona but she's not quite that, she moreso has the constant dilemma of choosing between good and evil. And whilst I really liked her as the lead, I unfortunately felt slightly indifferent about her love interest, Prince Cyrus. It was certainly a great enemies to lovers dynamic - full of betrayal, hatred, and lust - but there was something about Cyrus' character that fell flat for me. Which in truth is incredibly annoying as the tension between these two felt palpable, and it is definitely up there as one of the best enemies to lovers books I've read. The romance in this book was still probably the highlight for me though!
I adored the blend between fantasy and fairy tale; it doesn't necessarily follow a specific tale but instead borrows elements from them, which I absolutely loved. I do think this book lacked world building and providing details regarding the neighbouring cities and kingdom's, I think if this aspect was dwelled upon a little more thoughout the book it would have been perfect. This also goes for the curse that is frequently mentioned, I feel like it could have been expanded on and utilised more.
Dubbed by the author as a "𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴" and if that doesn't do it for you then idk what will!