"Garden of Thorns" is about Rose, a girl who spent seven years in the Garden, which is a burlesque group made up of slave girls. When she finally escapes, she brings along a hostage. A hostage that is the former heir to the throne, and now leading a rebellion against the current heir, which makes him a wanted man.
I have to say that I had a lot of fun reading this. It was amazing! It's hard to find a fantasy that has unique elements nowadays, but this did! The whole “Garden” aspect was something I've never come across before in a YA book.
Rose was an excellent main character. She was relatable and likable. And her personality was very intriguing. I found myself easily liking the secondary characters as well.
The story itself was very fast-paced and engaging. It's filled with lots of exciting action and well-crafted scenes. The only bad thing I could think of was that I felt like Rose became sort of whiny toward the end.
Overall, this was a great, solid fantasy. The characters were delightful and compelling. The world building had many unique elements that I loved, and I liked that everything was so action-packed. This book truly took me on an emotional, thrilling ride. I would recommend this to anyone who loves YA Fantasy.
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.
Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose's attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her ashis hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she'll tell him all the Garden's secrets.
Except the one secret she's kept for seven years that she'll to take to her grave if she must.