Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen | ARC Review

“Sometimes you hate someone so much, you fall in love.”

by Gina Chen
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Release Date: July 26, 2022
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 4 of 5*

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley to read and review. Quoted excerpt/s may change in the final print.

I love it when the first thought I have after finishing a book is to read it again. I have immense love for this dark fantasy debut and I need everyone to read it asap!

Violet Made of Thorns is a magical, enchanting tale that will, from now on, live in my head rent-free. I love the romance (HOLY WOW, THE ROMANCE). I love, love, love Violet and her ambitious, unapologetically prickly, blunt self. She’s a breath of fresh air. She feels so beautifully real. I never knew what to expect from her and I just love that. She’s exactly the kind of heroine I would root for. I can’t help but adore her! Cyrus in all his Prince Charming glory reminds me a bit of Cardan so it’s no surprise that he stole my heart from the start. Dante and his good, mysterious heart… Camilla and her flair for the dramatic… I love them! And I am absolutely in love with the author’s brilliant storytelling that I never wanted to reach the end.

On vibe alone, Violet Made of Thorns is The Cruel Prince meets Little Thieves meets Gilded meets For the Wolf. (And all of those are some of my favorite reads!)

I don’t know what else to tell you. I’m blown away by Violet Made of Thorns! I love it SO MUCH. I don’t know how many more times I need to say the word ‘love’ to convince you to read this?!

Book two, I need you. Please.

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“Every future is earned and no destiny is without blood.”

“I don’t believe the world is just. I believe in wolves— in con men and crowned men who wear wickedness as if it were a talent. Who don’t ask for judgment before devouring what’s theirs. They know the future is no better than a roll of rigged dice, so they may as well do the rigging.”

“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.”

“We don’t fit together without a fight. But body against body, we’re like matches finally struck.”