Young Adult Book Review: Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Posted August 29, 2022 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

Young Adult Book Review:  Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

by Gina Chen
Young Adult Book Review:  Violet Made of Thorns by Gina ChenViolet Made of Thorns Published by Random House Children's Books on July 26, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / General
Pages: 368
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A darkly enchanting fantasy about a lying witch, a cursed prince, and a sinister prophecy that ignites their doomed destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince.

“Everything you want from an enemies-to-lovers fantasy starring morally gray characters.”—BuzzFeed

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.



Violet Made of Thorns is a story of schemes, curses, and enemies to lovers, and it is all showcased inside a dark fantasy fairytale. The author relied heavily on the fairy tale trope to move along with her story. The two main characters are Violet, the seerer, and Cyrus, the prince plagued by a prophecy (curse). They constantly fight to the point where you want to scream oh, make out already. The romance is intense in places, and the dark parts are borderline mayhem of what is going on.
I continued with the story cause the world-building made the world so enjoyable. The beasts, the fairies, and the fairy wood combined to create a world I liked to explore more as I continued reading the story. I felt that the story was solid tell we got to the end, and then it felt like the author wasn’t quite sure how she wanted things to go, so she threw a whole bunch of stuff in and left us waiting for the next book to see how it all gets solved.
Overall this was not a bad debut, but it could have been better

About Gina Chen

Gina Chen tells stories about fantastic worlds 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 sun is as plentiful as its tea shops.