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Violet Made of Thorns de Gina Chen
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Violet Made of Thorns (edició 2022)

de Gina Chen (Autor)

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'Beautifully vicious' Chloe Gong 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 . . . PRAISE FOR VIOLET MADE OF THORNS 'An enchanting dark fantasy' Sabaa Tahir 'Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win' Victoria Lee 'An unforgettable voice' Hannah Whitten 'Entrancing from start to finish' Joan He 'A delightful, sparkling tale' June CL Tan… (més)
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Títol:Violet Made of Thorns
Autors:Gina Chen (Autor)
Informació:Delacorte Press (2022), 364 pages
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TW/CW: Sex, body horror, fantasy violence

RATING: 4/5

REVIEW: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Violet Made of Thorns is the story of a young seer called Violet who tries to navigate the terrible prophecies that plague her kingdom, as well as the feelings she has for the Crown Prince Cyrus.

I have mixed feelings about this book, so I’ll give the good first and then what bothered me. First, the story. I loved the story. I loved the idea of a seer with prophecies she can’t understand and can’t make right. It was well written and definitely kept me awake until 2am to finish this book! I also really loved Camilla. She was a great character and I would have liked to see more of her. Also, more about the fairies and just the mythology of the world – because all of that was fascinating to me.

I guess the main thing I didn’t like was the relationship between Cyrus and Violet. I just…never felt it. It never clicked for me. I’ve never been a fan of the enemies to lovers trope, but this one just took it way too far – I won’t say exactly how because I don’t want to give spoilers, but they definitely didn’t feel like lovers to me at the end.

Apart from that, though, I though this was a really good book and I’ll definitely give the sequel a chance too. 🙂 ( )
  Anniik | Aug 17, 2022 |
Violet made of Thorns is full of suspense, dark prophecy, and court intrigue with a serving of enemies-to-lovers on the side. There is also plenty of magic in this story and prophesies that spell doom. If you like your fairy tales on the darker side, this is the book for you.
Violet is a young Seer working for the King. She is one of only a few in the world and her talents are highly sought after. However, she didn’t receive proper instruction on the use of her gifts and though the visions and dreams are easy enough, there are other things her magic is capable of that she has yet to discover. Of course, there are people who wish to exploit her youth and lack of knowledge.
The King being one of those that will use her for his own ends. He frequently asks Violet to lie about what she sees or does not see. The latest lie is about Prince Cyrus’s upcoming engagement, even though he has yet to secure a bride.
Also, there is a dark prophecy surrounding Prince Cyrus. The prophecy Violet has, or says she has, could have dire consequences for both herself and the realm. Ultimately, the choices she and Cyrus make will determine the fate of everyone.
There was a lot of tension between Violet and Cyrus. I get the resentment that the Prince felt toward Violet. He cared about her but didn’t like her being a tool for his father to use as he desired. I felt that resentment was a little misplaced. However, it did allow for the tension between them and this enhanced the plot.
What I didn’t get was the hot to cold thing that was going on between the two. One minute they were making out and the next the claws were out. This part of the story felt like it needed further polish. In addition, I would have loved just a little more character development for Cyrus. His character was not as rounded as Violet.
The plot was interesting and it moved nicely along. Though, I was not a fan of the ending. It was a bit rushed and left too much unanswered for me. Yeah, I get that it is the first book in a series. Even taking this into account, the ending was not as organic as it could have been. In short, I wanted a bit more of an ending. One more chapter would have been nice.
Despite the few minor complains I had, I liked this story a lot. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what will happen next. If you enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale, this book should be on your TBR list.
I received a free copy, via Net Galley, in exchange for my honest review. For more of my reviews, and author interviews, please see my blog at www.thespineview.com. ( )
  purpledog | Aug 16, 2022 |
I wish I had read instead of listened to this novel. The narrator did a good job, but the tone made me see Violet from this tone. I wonder if reading it in my head would have resulted in a different tone for her.

Violet, a seer, claws at everyone to maintain her position. She refuses to return to the streets, so to speak. Because she saved Cyrus, she moved to the palace as a child and was raised with him and his sister. Supposed to die at a young age, Cyrus now inherits the kingdom, becoming king, soon. The fates may or may not approve of his continued life. Cyrus and Violet quarrel constantly--fated/determined/choosing to destroy each other. Violet refuses to tame her pride, allowing emotion and fear to guide her decisions. She sees blood and beasts at Cyrus's wedding; she sees Cyrus covered in blood. She refuses to reveal these visions. She, instead, continues to repeat the king's lies in order for the king to guide his country in the direction he chooses. Cyrus disagrees with his father's beliefs, not trusting him or Violet. With great passionate dislike, often great passionate love-or lust--follow. Cyrus reveals his desire to Violet. She finds it one way to destroy him--with this power. She, however, finds herself feeling the same way. It's a political nightmare.

The country seems destined for war unless Violet can interpret her visions correctly and get the new voice out of her head. Who talks to her? Is it a god? A fate? None of the visions show a positive future.

Overall, the novel reveals a perfectly fine plot. I wasn't enraptured. I wasn't bored. It was fine. If you liked The Red Queen, I think you'll enjoy this novel as well. ( )
  acargile | Aug 14, 2022 |
So, at the beginning I liked the book a-lot. However, the main character was just very tiring. I understand the thought process of wanting to have a strong female character but this one was just 100% unlikable and I found myself hoping she’d be killed off next, lol. The rest of the characters are far more interesting, Camilla, Dante, Cyrus; even “Raya”!

The over all world building in text wasn’t that great but I did enjoy the map at the beginning of the book and that helped a little.
I understand that the MC is ruthless but there’s not a lot of back story as to why she’s the way she is so it just makes her seem shallow and very pretentious.
I would recommend this book to a younger base (YA). It was interesting and would have been much better with a different MC but all and all I’d give it 3 and a half. ( )
  ArielFord | Aug 13, 2022 |
This is one of those books you open and don't close until the end. It's that good and seductive. No more need be said. ( )
  sennebec | Aug 3, 2022 |
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'Beautifully vicious' Chloe Gong 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 . . . PRAISE FOR VIOLET MADE OF THORNS 'An enchanting dark fantasy' Sabaa Tahir 'Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win' Victoria Lee 'An unforgettable voice' Hannah Whitten 'Entrancing from start to finish' Joan He 'A delightful, sparkling tale' June CL Tan

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