Violet Made Thorns – ARC Book Review

Title:- Violet Made of Thorns

Author:- Gina Chen

Date published:- July 26th 2022

Publisher:- Hodder and Stoughton

Genre:- Fantasy/YA


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

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 . . .

Honestly, I am not really a fan of YA or fantasy genre. But I heard many raving reviews about this book and I requested the ARC and I must say…I am NOT disappointed. I actually did enjoy reading the book. The cover itself is appealing and the front cover itself worth five stars.

Violet is a prophet…and a liar. She is a leading Seer at the courts and the not so charming Prince Cyrus vows to remove her. But then Prince Cyrus’s father wanted Violet to falsify the prophecy about Prince Cyrus’s marriage, Violet then faces a curse about the bride and then a romance is slowly developing between Prince Cyrus and Violet.

The story is told mainly from Violet’s perspective and reading this book made me imagine myself as a reader to be in the fantasy world through Violet’s perspective. The author’s writing was compelling and she did a good job of making the reader feel like they are part of the story. The slow development of romance between Violet and Cyrus was interesting to read. The ending was what actually drew me to the story and wowed me completely. Thus I actually enjoyed reading this fantasy novel. If this is a series, I couldn’t wait to read the next book again!

Worth four stars.

Mnay thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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.

For more info, visit and follow @actualgina on Twitter and Instagram.

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