Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | Author Interview

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL 

Synopsis:

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 as his 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 take to her grave if she must.

INTERVIEW WITH AMBER 

– Top 5 Things readers need to know about the book.

  1. Rose is a flawed protagonist. She doesn’t necessarily have fighting skills but she is smart.
  2. The land of Delmar is a brutal world and the action in the story illustrates that.
  3. Trust isn’t easily earned but it is easily broken.
  4. Rayce is a genuine good guy and they can most definitely be sexy too!
  5. Even in the most dire situations, you can find true love.

 

– Who/What was your inspiration for becoming a writer? How long have you been writing?

I’m not sure there is really a “who”. I’ve enjoyed writing stories ever since I was young. My first “real” story was a play I wrote for my third grade class. It was about 20-pages long which at the time seemed like a whole novel. I can definitely say that my high school teacher (I had him for 11th and 12th grade) helped me decide that I could get published one day if I put in enough work and he spent so many hours reviewing the first chapter of my first novel which I rewrote maybe ten times. He was definitely instrumental in my growth to start taking my writing seriously.

– Which of your characters would you say you are most like?

I fall somewhere between Rose and Marin. I like to joke around a lot like Marin and though I don’t always show it, I’m actually an optimist. I wish for the best but the realist in me braces for the worst. Unfortunately, I’m plagued with Rose’s anxiety so I relate to her a lot when I write her. Sometimes I let fear hold me captive so it was really therapeutic to write a character who must find a way past her fears.

– If your book was to be turned into a movie who would you cast as your leads?

This one is tough. I kind of just want to cast Chris Pratt as every part so I get to see more Chris Pratt but I don’t think he’d fit a single character!

For Rayce, I have a hard time seeing anyone else besides Godfrey Gao. He’s the perfect choice!

Rose has always been harder. I think it’s because I have a very specific picture in my head and no one quite fits it. Maybe someone like Chloe Grace Moretz? I’m not exactly happy with that choice but I’ve been thinking about this question forever and am never happy with it!

– Did you have to research anything for your book?

I did a lot of research into the ancient dynasties of China since Delmar is very loosely based off of them. Particularly the Song dynasty. I wanted to know about the crops they harvested, what they ate, what their daily lives looked like. For as much research as I did, only a tiny portion ended up making it into the book but it was important for me to understand the Delmar Empire and how it sustained itself.

– In 5 words how would you describe Garden of Thorns?

Exciting. Brutal. Romantic. Epic fantasy.

– What is your favorite book?

This question isn’t fair! I love so many books. A few of my favorite series are Harry Potter by JK Rowling (because, of course!), Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder and the Abhorsen trilogy by Nix Garth.

– What inspired the idea of the Garden?

It was actually a mixture of ideas. Whenever I would watch a movie and there would be a ballroom scene with girls in ball gowns, I would always think they looked like flowers when they twirled. That image stuck with me and I thought it would be really interesting to make a performance group of “dancing flowers”. I had this vision in my mind of a girl who was fierce, seething as she was dancing and desperate to escape that life and I wanted to know why. I didn’t actually start writing this book until a few years later and it must have been marinating in my head because the idea of the Garden sort of flowed onto the page logically from there.

– What’s on your playlist? Does the music go with your book?

I always write to music. Sometimes when a scene has a certain emotion, I can take the feeling of the music and inject it into the story. I switch back and forth between purely instrumental and songs with lyrics.

Though I have a lengthy playlist for Garden of Thorns, the two songs I listened to a lot through the editing process were “Mother Misery” by Letters from the Fire and “Outstretched Hands” by Starfield.

The first song captured Rose’s desperation at the ending of the book perfectly for me. The song describes a hopeless situation and yet, the singer still has so much hope.

The second song really captured all the questions Rose and Rayce have about each other. Their relationship to me has always been a question of whether they can rely on each other or if the world will get the best of them and this song represents that hesitance even though they want to be together.

 

Meet the Author: 

Website: ambermitchellbooks.com
Twitter : @amberinblunderl
Goodreads
Amazon

 

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | ARC Review

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Entangled Teen in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis:
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 as his 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 take to her grave if she must.

Goodreads| Amazon

*I would like to thank Entangled Teen for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

From the very beginning this book dives right in and takes off with thrilling intensity. The concept of the Garden and all that these captured girls go through in this traveling burlesque troupe was so captivating and made me want to continue from the very start. There are secrets, intrigue and kingdoms at war.

I thought Mitchell did a wonderful job with the opening of the book. I was so drawn in from the first page. She was able to maintain my attention and keep me on the edge of my seat until the end, although I did think it faltered a little in the middle. The character development of the main character Rose was so well executed. She had issues and unlike so many YA novels she actually had to work through her issues and face her own demons which was refreshing. I find that in so many novels the issues are presented and then quickly are dissolved. Rose was a strong female heroine and definitely makes the whole female independence a strong motto.

The other characters were really well developed and so well described that I could picture them perfectly. The thing with such great character development is I feel like Mitchell fell a little short on the world building. There was so much room for great world development being a fantasy novel and even more about the Garden. I was really intrigued by the concept of the Garden and wanted more from it.

I had just a few other issues with this book and without giving too much away, I thought the romance at times was too much. I really liked the way it ended but at the beginning it came on too strong and didn’t follow Roses beliefs but Mitchell managed to straighten it out and actually make me really happy that it was in the story and added a great component. The last problem I found was with how quickly they threw Rose out on missions and how she was trusted with little to no training.

Overall, I found this story to be very unique and nothing I have read before. It did not shy away from the gruesome details and wasn’t afraid to not let a strong female overcome obstacles and shine. Garden of Thorns was a fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen the whole time. It made me experience a wide range of emotions and actually had an ending I cannot complain about. I really recommend YA fantasy readers who enjoy strong female leads and times of war and unrest to pick this book up!

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins | Book Review

22557272THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS

Genre: Adult Mystery

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Goodreads | Amazon

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I am going to start with this first… I thought Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was better. I have heard a lot that this is a book you either love or you hate. I felt meh about it. I sometimes have a hard time reading mystery novels because the part that I love is the end. At the end of mysteries is when all the crazy gets figured out and there is always some sort of big twist and unexpected ending.

I read this book kind of fast, but I think it was due to the fact that I had a lot of free time and the nature of how short the sections were. The narrative jumps between mainly two different characters and adds a third about halfway through. In my opinion that was the best part because you get a different perspective from each character that is so bias and a bit unreliable. Besides this fact the story kind of dragged for me and I had a tough time getting through the dry monotonous that was the beginning of the book. I was driven by the motivation to figure out what had happened.

As with most mystery novels I was trying the whole time to figure out who had done it and what had happened. I have to say this book stumped me. I thought I had everything figured out but was completely wrong. I really enjoyed the ending. It was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. 

Overall I thought the book was okay. The ending of the book saved it for me. I did enjoy the characters, it is great to read imperfect characters that are dealing with inner conflict and real struggles. I thought the nature of the characters being unreliable really added to the overall mystery feel of the story. If you enjoy mystery novels or even Gillian Flynn’s writing I think you should give this a try. I am also excited that this just came out as a movie and I cant wait to watch it and see what they did with it.

RATING-2

The Walrus and the Book Reader | Mini Reviews #1

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I have been really busy this past year and I haven’t had much time for writing reviews. I figured I would do a series or mini reviews. Some of the books I read I am going to do full out reviews, but most of them I did not have much to say or could not remember enough.

23093359The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust  Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles

Genre: Graphic Novel

Synopsis:Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

Goodreads| Amazon

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This was the first graphic novel I have ever read. It was bought for me by a friend who is really into graphic novels and thought this might peak my interest. I have to say I did enjoy it, but it was a little hard for me to get into and follow the storyline. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful and I really enjoyed the graphics. So overall it was okay, but I am not totally sold on the graphic novels.

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18478083 Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:                                                                                            In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Goodreads| Amazon

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I did not know much about this book when I got it. It was on sale for 1.99 and I figured why not. This is one of those books that did not leave much of an impact on me because I do not remember much about it. I know it was a quick and cute read. The road trip and friendship elements were a great component of the story and made the book enjoyable. What I did have an issue with was the romance, or the fact that everything Eva was doing was based on following a boy across the country. I like the realizations that both girls came to and how they developed throughout the story. Overall this was a cute book that works well if you want a fast and fluffy read.

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*ratings are done on the oyster scale*

11 Question Tag

I was tagged on tumblr by the lovely Kayla’s Reads

Rules: Answer the random 11 questions posted for you. Create 11 new ones and tag 11 people.My 11 questions are as follows:

1.) If you could pick one place that means the most to you, what would that place be?

The dock on the lake that I grew up on

2.) What is your favorite time of day and why?

Nap time- self explanatory

3.) A true classic– physical book or e-reader and why?

physical book all the way. I like holding the book and flipping to see how many pages are left in the chapter or seeing how much I have left to read in the book.

4.) What is your favorite genre of book and why?

Fantasy! I like the creativity and magic. I like how anything can happen. I love the worlds and all that is described out by the author.

5.) What is your favorite bookish (or TV show if you prefer) ship and why?

This one is too hard to answer. I think right now the one I can think of because I am watching it is Jess and Rory from Gilmore Girls

6.) What fictional world would you most like to visit?

Middle Earth !!!

7.) I’m stealing this one from @bookish-dork but it was such a good question: what’s your favorite quote and why?

One thing I love about books is the quotes and I have so many favorites. I decided to pick this one, it is just so beautifully written.

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

  • Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi

8.) Would you prefer to shop for books online or would you rather visit the bookstore?

I would rather visit the bookstore I could spend hours there, but books online are cheaper

9.) Why is reading so special to you?

Because it is something I do for myself

10.) If you’re reading a book and it’s not holding your interest, do you quit reading it or do you always push through to the end?

It depends if it is a stand alone I will put it down

11.) What is your favorite season and what do you like most about it?

Fall. The clothes, the atmosphere, the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, the pumpkin spice and the leaves changing

Questions to be answered by those who want to do the tag!

  1. What Hogwarts house are you?
  2. If you were a plant which would it be and why?
  3. What is your favorite TV show to binge on Netflix?
  4. What is your favorite kind of coffee?
  5. If you had a pumpkin what would you name it?
  6. Where is your vacation destination?
  7. If you were a color which one would you be?
  8. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which would it be?
  9. Physical or e-books?
  10. Describe your perfect fall day
  11. What are your thoughts on 2016?

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria | Author Interview

In anticipation of Iron Cast being released October 11th 2016 ! Here is my interview with Destiny Soria!

Iron CastIRON CAST BY DESTINY SORIA

Synopsis:

 

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

 INTERVIEW WITH DESTINY

-Top 5 Things readers need to know about the book

  1. It’s set in Boston, just before the ratification of Prohibition in 1919.
  2. Corinne and Ada, the main characters, are BFFs whose hobbies include poetry, music, kicking ass, and taking names.
  3. The girls are up against a creepy asylum, a corrupt councilman, and a sinister government agency.
  4. The book is chock full of magic, mobsters, betrayal, and intrigue.
  5. Also socialists.

 

– Who/What was your inspiration for becoming a writer? How long have you been writing?

Stories have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad used to tell me bedtime stories every night when I was a kid. When I was seven or eight, I decided to try my hand at it and wrote a book called “Horses of All Kinds” (complete with illustrations and staple binding). I’ve been writing ever since.

 

– Which of your characters would you say you are most like?

I guess I probably have the most in common with Corinne, in that I also love poetry, am quite short, and am a perpetual smartass.

 

– If your book was to be turned into a movie who would you cast as your leads?

I think Jasmin Savoy Brown would make a lovely Ada. And Zoey Deutch has the perfect amount of sass to be Corinne.

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– Did you have to research anything for your book?

So. Much. Research. I am also not the best at keeping myself focused, so a lot of the research time was spent falling into rabbit holes of Youtube videos of old Model T’s and looking at pretty flapper dresses.

 

– In 5 words how would you describe Iron Cast?

An excess of witty banter.

 

– If your characters were in the hunger games who’d win? Which Hogwarts house would your main character be in?

Is it cheating to say that Corinne and Ada would probably pull a Katniss/Peeta at the very end with the berries? Also Corinne is a Slytherin and Ada is a Gryffindor. Hurray for unlikely friendships!

 

– What’s on your playlist? Does the music go with your book?

There’s a pretty bizarre mix of 1920s tunes, Metric, Bastille, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, and even some TSwift. When it comes to creating a writing playlist, I usually pick songs that remind me of characters or capture the “feel” of the story. One of these days I’ll probably make it public, so stay tuned! (See what I did there?)

 


Meet the Author: 

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Website: destinysoria.com
Twitter & Instagram: @thedestinysoria
Facebook: facebook.com/dlsoria
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28169297-iron-cast
Preorder: https://amzn.com/1419721925

 

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THE CRUELTY BY S. BERGSTROM 

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When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

If you are at all interested in reviewing this book, live in the U.S and are a book blogger please email me – fallingdownthebookhole@gmail.com!

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Knight’s Apprentice by Catrina Taylor | Blog Tour

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knight's apprenticeKnight’s Apprentice: Knights of the Immortals (book 1) by Catrina Taylor

Genre: YA Scifi, Alternate Reality, Space Colonies

Published May 24th, 2015

61 Pages

Published by Midnight Rose

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This book is currently free on Amazon!

Life altering reality, hidden in plain sight.
Ralph has a problem. The Grand Council of Atlantis, the council who rules the twelve hominid tribes, has chosen his apprentice for him. This unusual move has one obstacle. She doesn’t know what it means to be Atlantean.

Cerita Guzman is the oldest child in a struggling, single parent home. She doesn’t have time for world shattering reality to interfere with life. She has work, school, siblings, her mom, the house and now, of all things, Atlantis wants her time too. How is that even possible?

James has lived among the homo-sapiens, on the surface, for most of his life. He’s training though, to serve his people in Atlantis. His heart is torn when his master knight requests him to bring in the young woman selected by the Grand Council to train with him. She’s in a lot of his classes. She’s beautiful. She’s human.

 

When Atlantis calls, he listens.

As Cerita resists the call to serve Atlantis, James must find a way to help her accept the truth about the world around her, about herself. He does. He forces her to activate her internal nanites. She’s forced to accept whole new hominid species exist. If that’s not enough, she’s also forced to accept she’s one of them, when her nanites come to life, and she opens a wormhole into space.

Join Cerita, James, and Ralph on the first adventure into the world of Atlantis. Knight’s of the Immortals is a Young Adult Scifi – Adventure that’s loved by readers of all ages. Knight’s Apprentice is free. Download it so you can start reading it today.

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About the Author:

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A unique author with a passion for her family, Catrina Taylor is in love with the written word. As an avid reader she finds her mind enjoys the worlds created uniquely in Fantasy, Science Fiction and various crossover genre. As an author, she most often plays in a universe of her own creation.

Introducing us to the imaginary worlds of Xarrok and Atlantis, she has hooked readers, waiting to see where her imagination takes us next.

When she is not playing in the universe of her mind, she is playing with her children who she encourages to follow her passion for words, and excel in every area they show interest. In fact, this talented word smith finds that life through their eyes is a constant lesson in self discovery, happiness, and curiosity.

Inspired by her everyday world of family, infused with an unquenched curiosity, and gifted with the ability to take us to places we could never have imagined, Catrina Taylor is an author who promises to keep you fully immersed in a world of wonder and intrigue, waiting for more.

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July 15th

Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! – Guest Post

Lisa Loves Literature – Author Interview

July 16th

The Book Beacon – Review

July 17th

Bookishjessp – Author Interview

July 18th

YaReads – Top Ten Post

July 19th

The Red Pen of Doom – Promo Post

July 20th

Sleeps on Tables – Guest Post

Adventures in Writing – Promo Post

July 21st

Let Me Tell You a Story – Promo Post

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The Cozy Little Book Nook – Top Ten Post

July 23rd

Just One More Chapter – Promo Post

July 24th

Roxy’s Book Reviews – Promo Post

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Crossroad Reviews – Promo Post

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Rockin’ Book Reviews – Promo Post

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Mindjacked – Review

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YA Book Divas – Review

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Rambling Down The Book Hole Book Club Recommendations | New Adult

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This month Samantha @The Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading Built by Jay Crownover for our book club pick of the month! In honor of this month being themed Bad Boy Romance we thought it would be fitting to recommend other new adult novels! I am new to this genre, but absolutely love it and the books I have read from it so far!



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What are some good new adult books you would recommend?

Also check out Samantha’s New Adult Recommendations

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