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Violet Made of Thorns

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark, so-so fairytale mashup has a strong-girl antihero.

Book Gina Chen Fantasy 2022
Golden roses bloom against a violet background.

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This dark fantasy blends elements of several fairy tales into an intense story that fans of the genre will likely enjoy. The strongest influences in Violet Made of Thorns draw from "Beauty and the Beast," with "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," and others peeking through, too. Many readers will admire Violet as a headstrong, confident, powerful young woman who doesn't back down. But others may find such a cynical antihero hard to like.

The world of the story is richly imagined, if mostly familiar. Elements of deadly prophecy, mysterious beasts, palace intrigue, and an intense love-hate relationship add tension and suspense. But some events are predictable, and there are some gaps in details and storytelling. This may put some readers off, but should be easy for fans to forgive.

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