Violet Made of Thorns: Review & Mega Tour Stop

I’m thrilled to join Turn the Page Tours, Gina Chen, and Delacorte Press for the Violet Made of Thorns Mega Tour and GIVEAWAY!

  • Book Title: Violet Made of Thorns 
  • Author Name: Gina Chen 
  • Publication Date: Released July 26, 2022 
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Genre(s), YA Fantasy
  • TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Child Abuse, Emotional Manipulation, Violence, Death, Body Horror, Self-Harm, Racism


A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

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.

Author Gina Chen.


Gina Chen spent most of her life thinking she hated writing, until she churned out a few hundred thousand words of fanfiction and decided that maybe she was a writer. Her stories lean toward the fantastic, featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake.

A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she 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 sunshine is as plentiful as its tea shops.


Up for grabs, we have ONE (1) finished copy of Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen. This giveaway will be available from July 24th to August 7th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to U.S. residents only. No giveaway accounts are allowed. To enter, click the link below!


Review: ✨✨✨✨✨

Check out my 5-star review below!

I’m going to be thinking about this one for a while yet. Violet is a messy, complicated, and extremely morally grey character. And she is compelling and ultimately sympathetic and I could NOT get her out of my head. I was incredibly invested in her story from the opening pages. I loved the world, the politics, the power balances, and the magic system. This was such an engrossing fairytale mash-up with major Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella vibes.

My only real issue with the book was Cyrus. He was such a flat love interest at times, and I can’t quite decide if it’s because Violet is something of an unreliable narrator or if Cyrus was just inconsistently drawn,  but the very ending made it a five-star read for it for me. I adored the ending.

This book was fast-paced and kept my attention throughout. Thank you so much to NetGalley and TurnthePageTours for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. I can’t wait to see what Gina Chen does next. A great read, and I highly recommend it for YA fantasy and fairytale fans. 

Check out the full tour here.

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