Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell (Review)

      In an asian cultured universe that mixes the ancient world and futuristic and magical technology, Rose is a slave arial dancer in a twisted horror show called The Garden. She is there under fear and force, where she hides her big secret and tries to keep herself and her adopted sisters alive. When the opportunity presents itself, she makes a break for it, right into the arms of the head of the imperial rebellion. Desperately trying to save her sisters, Rose will do absolutely anything to get back to them.
      I found Garden of Thorns to be interesting in a weird way. It took what felt like asian culture and meshed it with just a sprinkle of sci-fi using things like blasters. It was disgustingly violent, and to a degree it was not beneficial to the story. The novel starts off with gruesome violence and sprinkles more throughout the novel, almost as if it was trying to simulate intensity by throwing in gruesome content, but it felt artificial and forced. Not all of the violence and death was even truly addressed in the plot or by the characters. It would be mentioned then quickly glossed over, never to be brought up again. All in all, "meh" is the best way I can describe Garden of Thorns, and I give it the rating of THREE AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

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