Violet Made of Thorns (Hardcover)

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I was very intrigued by this book before reading it, and now having read it, I am so glad I trusted that feeling! This book follows Violet, a very antagonistic heroine, as she grapples with court intrigues and terrifying prophecies while trying to save herself from the obstinate and infuriating ‘soon-to-be’ King. He plans to strip her of her title as Court Seer as soon as he ascends the throne.  Violet has no problem lying and manipulating to achieve her own means, and that makes for a very complicated and enjoyable “protagonist”. Also wrapped into this political fantasy is a classic enemies-to-lovers storyline, which I thought was written well, and I loved following the characters' arcs as the stakes continue to climb! Fair warning, this book does have some slightly graphic sexual scenes, so it is best for teens who are able to handle that content– it’s also a great read for adults!

This is definitely a book for fans of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. 


Check out the audiobook!

— From Saucy September Staff Picks


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A darkly enchanting fantasy about a lying witch, a cursed prince, and a sinister prophecy that ignites their doomed destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince.

“Everything you want from an enemies-to-lovers fantasy starring morally gray characters.”—BuzzFeed

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.

About the Author

A self-taught artist with a degree in Computer Science, Gina Chen 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. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut novel.

Praise For…

“Everything you want from an enemies-to-lovers fantasy starring morally gray characters.”—BuzzFeed

“Gina Chen delivers a biting fantastical twist on fairy tales.”—POPSUGAR
“A rare YA fantasy with a difficult, prickly and nigh-on unlikeable heroine, Violet Made of Thorns feels like a breath of fresh air from its first pages.”—Paste Magazine
“Curses, magic, fate, and forbidden romance combine into an unputdownable YA novel that fantasy lovers will obsess over.”—Brightly

"Beautifully vicious. Perfect for the fairytale reader who has always wanted the heroine to grow sharp teeth and bite Prince Charming."—Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

"An enchanting dark fantasy."—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ember in the Ashes series

"Fantasy fans—rejoice! Violet Made of Thorns introduces us to a lush land where dark curses and magic reign.”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"Violet has everything: court intrigue, cruel witches, aloof but hot princes, ambitious girls who will do anything to win."—Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in Vengeance and The Fever King

"A sharp, witty story told in an unforgettable voice."—Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

"Entrancing from start to finish."—Joan He, New York Times bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

"Chen weaves a delightful, sparkling tale of a sharp-tongued antiheroine who will have readers rooting for her from page one."—June CL Tan, author of Jade Fire Gold

"Searing... Employing evocative prose, passionately antagonistic romance, and a snarky first-person narration, Chen borrows familiar fairy tale elements and crafts them into a uniquely dark fantasy."—Publishers Weekly

"A refreshing change from typical high-fantasy settings... Diverting and atmospheric."—Kirkus Reviews

“Chen’s world is imbued with classic fairy tale elements... but she brings a fresh modernity to the story, with commentary on celebrity and imperialism that is both thoughtful and entertaining.”—BCCB
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593427538
ISBN-10: 059342753X
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English