Violet made of Thorns

“If I must be the villain, I will be one of my own making.”

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Violet made of Thorns


Gina Chen

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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.

My review

The book started out okay, some things would turn out to be predictable, but I don’t care if the story itself is good. The middle part of this book made me want to put it away and start another book. The ending made me wish I did. Don’t take me wrong, the book itself is still a 3 star read to me. I did like the writing, I did like the overall storyline and I did like the pace of the book. I just didn’t like Violet, and I didn’t like Cyrus and when you don’t like the main character, the rest of the book has to be that good to get anything above a 3 star rating. The romance was just not on point, the actions of the characters were not on point and I did miss some world building. Overall an enjoyable read.

My favorite quotes

“They don’t tell you this part in the storybooks. They go on and on about true love, even though no one can explain what it is. They don’t tell you where your hands go when Prince Charming wants to fool around. They don’t tell you that his red, wet, wanting mouth is the ruby fruit, not whether it’s poison or bliss – or both. You have to nibble to find out.”


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