Book Reviews

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

I read this book so fast it didn’t even end up on my currently-reading bookshelf! That says a lot, but allow me to elaborate.

“As a Flower, it’s my job to dance. As a Wilted, hers is to keep me in line by paying for my mistakes with her skin. In the Garden, Flowers are low, but Wilteds are the dirt beneath our petals, silently keeping our roots alive.”

The first little bit had me wondering if the entire book was going to be so dark. I thought, “There is a good chance I won’t finish this book.” Then Rose escaped the Garden and met Rayce. That’s when I fell in love with the story and a certain character.

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I don’t usually moon over guys from books, but Rayce… He was amazing. So sweet and kind and self-sacrificing and not perfect. He had flaws and he made mistakes, but he had such a good heart. Plus, to me, he didn’t feel like your typical YA male hero and this was so refreshing. Anyways… ehm. Rose was lovely as well. She was so scarred and yet, she loved her sisters from the Garden with her entire being. It didn’t matter who she was or whether or not it would put her life in danger, she was going to save them. Throughout the book, she learned to trust others, especially men, and I enjoyed that this growth was evident – it gave the story more depth. The other characters were amazing too. The gardener and his lackeys were chilling and totally unlikable. Then the rebels were charming, especially Oren, Marin, and Arlo.

The plot was engaging and had me completely captivated. I mean yeah, it didn’t even make it to my Goodreads shelf. The writing was quite nice. It wasn’t elaborate, but it wasn’t boring either. Finally, this was a relatively clean read. There wasn’t any vulgar language or sex. The romance was actually quite sweet and despite Rose obsessing over Rayce sometimes, I enjoyed it.Image result for war of the wilted

“We were two little girls clinging to a splash of stars between wooden planks, whispering the only words that could ever truly mean anything to us: no matter how dark the night, we will always be there for each other.”  

So would I read book #2? I’m almost afraid to because I kind of liked where this one left off and I’m afraid bad things will happen in the sequel. What do you think? Is it worth the risk? Altogether, I recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy!


50 Things I Love

Woot woot!!!! I have 50 followers! 😀 😀 😀

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I know, it’s not a lot, but I’m not super active on WordPress so I find it pretty exciting. To celebrate, I thought I would share 50 things that I love. The order might not be 100% accurate, but it’s relatively close. Kind of…

Anyways, here goes!

  1. My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
  2. My Family
  3. Music
  4. Books (Reading and Writing)
  5. Composing
  6. Singing
  7. Playing violin
  8. Playing piano
  9. Coffee
  10. Tea
  11. Gardening
  12. Baking
  13. Photography
  14. Movie soundtracks
  15. Drawing
  16. Singing Psalms and Hymns
  17. Playing guitar
  18. Vintage books
  19. Indoor plants
  20. Trying new recipes
  21. Baking without a recipe (hehe)
  22. Fruit
  23. Cats
  24. Horses
  25. Trail riding
  26. Receiving a paperback copy of my novel
  27. Telling myself stories
  28. CANADA
  29. Farming
  30. Rainstorms at night
  31. Roses
  32. Live music
  33. Taking nature walks
  34. Reading in the sun
  35. Getting reviews of my novel
  36. Blueberry muffins
  37. Essential oils
  38. Watching movies with my younger brother
  39. Tortilla chips and Salsa  
  40. Quiet mornings
  41. Dogs
  42. Soft blankets
  43. Herbal healing
  44. Butterflies
  45. Pizza
  46. Popcorn
  47. The after-rain smell
  48. Interacting with other authors
  49. Snowflakes
  50. The color purple 

Phew! That was actually harder than I thought it would be. Are any of these on your top 50?


Thanks for reading!

E. J. Hill