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Book Review: War of the Wilted (Garden of Thorns, #2) by Amber Mitchell

Entangled Teen Published Oct. 1, 2018 360 Pages

Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy.

Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.– Goodreads

I absolutely loved the first book. Something about Rose made me like her despite her lack of personality. In book two, things were different.

The author adds more to Rose. Although the fighting is still a huge part of her, revenge is what keeps her going. She isn’t short of drive but she is short of confidence, smarts and a voice. What I mean by voice is , Rose whines a lot. And purposely goes behind Rayce’s back, just to act surprise that he is hurt and upset at her when he finds out. She feels that she can have her cake and eat too and when it doesn’t work in her favor she’s a lost puppy. Unfortunately, Rose got annoying face.

But here is what I enjoyed about this book. There isn’t fluff when you start. You jump right back into the thick of things as if we didn’t wait months for book two. The beginning was strong and it held a lot of promise. This is not to say that the book was not enjoyable because it was. I loved that the author choose to focus on a battle within more than the outside battle. It made Rose and Rayce stronger. Their back and forth made a lot of sense throughout the book; It had to be one of the most realistic relationships in this type of setting I have seen a while.  Rose expected something from Rayce that she didn’t earn and I respected the fact that he was very honest not only with his feelings for her but his duty as leader of the rebellion.

However, I wanted more fightings and sneaking. I wanted Rose to be way more bad ass than she was along with those that pledge their loyalty to her. I wanted a bit more romance other than Rose talking in her head because Rayce was made at her most of the time. Also it would have been fantastic if there was more secrets. I wanted a thrill from the book and didn’t quite get.


Not better than book one but not a bad second book.

3 Pickles 

Book Review: Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Entangled Teen
Published March 6th 2017
370 Pages

The Garden-burlesque troupe of slave girls, has been Rose’s life for the past 7 years. At 16 years old, she has an opportunity to escape but things do not go as plan when she randomly chooses the former heir to the throne, the leader of the rebellion against the Empire, Rayce.

Rayce isn’t sure about Rose and her “randomness.” And takes Rose hostage as he figures out if she was sent to kill him. Rose must prove her loyalty and convince Rayce to save her sisters in the Garden and finally come to terms with a secret, she has held since she was captured. 

This book took longer to read and that is because I am an adult and had adult crap to do. But if I was able to put my time into this read like I wanted to, it would have been finished the day I started it.

From the beginning you are drawn in by the Garden not necessarily Rose. For a while, there was something about her that didn’t capture me. The fight within and outside the Garden defined her and I understand it was her life but there was nothing else to her. This is not to say that she ruined the book because she didn’t. The author was able to develop a story around the character that things moved along without Rose having a personality.

The plot was moving; even when things slowed down, there was something about the words that kept you at the edge of the seat. It really wasn’t the secret that Rose was holding. Oddly enough the secret was clear but it wasn’t what kept the book going. And it doesn’t take long for Rose to “meet” with Rayce. My issue with Rayce is that he is perfect. I don’t know if his perfect personality and stance on justice will be questioned in book two but he was too good at playing the hero roll.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and I am looking forward to book two.

4 Pickles