Published by Entangled Teen on March 6th 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Source: Entangled Teen
I received this book for free from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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.
Rose has been in the garden for a long time. Taken from her home performing for the garden is more of what she knows. Being blackmailed to keep her identity a secret she stays where she is at. Until her companion tells her to run and is quickly killed after. Though she couldn’t save her companion she determines to not let her death be in vain and finds a way to escape. She just happens to get entangled with the leader of the Rebellion and things get complicated. Wanting to save the other flowers from the garden she must learn to work with the rebellion.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a captivating fantasy read that was a little on the violent side but was a really good story.
The Pearls – The concept was unique. To have a show called the garden with girls that lose their identity to flower names was really interesting. Add a rebellion and a controlling emperor that needs to be overthrown. It made for a page-turning read.
The point of view of Rose made the story easy to follow. Seeing the story through her eyes was very fulfilling. Sometimes with a first person POV you feel like you don’t get the whole story. That was not true for this story.
The characters were beautifully crafted. Rose was a most excellent heroine I loved following her story. There were some great supporting characters. That really helped move the story along. The villains of the story were really gruesome as good villains should be.
The romance was slow burning but was beautiful amidst the chaos. It was really nice that the romance was a nice thread that was woven throughout the narrative. It was a compliment to the story.
The Sand – The story was incredibly violent at times.