Friday, March 17, 2017

{Blog Tour} GARDEN OF THORNS by Amber Mitchell—Book Playlist + Giveaway

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Garden of Thorns
by Amber Mitchell


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 to take to her grave if she must.



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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
 Publisher: Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo • iBooksIndieBound

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by Amber Mitchell

GARDEN OF THORNS PLAYLIST

The idea of art inspiring art has always been a cool concept to me so I love peeking behind the curtains at other authors and seeing what music inspired them when they were writing their books. I like having music on while I write because it helps me evoke emotion. I can sit back, close my eyes and let the story of the song take me somewhere or I can block out the words and just hear the music when I’m really into what I’m writing.

With that said, here’s a music list I created for GARDEN OF THORNS.


·         If Not Now, When? by Incubus- This song represents Rose at the beginning of the book. She has been treading water, waiting for her chance to escape her horrible surroundings. Through the circumstances that happen in the book, she might finally have her chance to be free. All she must do is take it. If she doesn’t do it now, when she will ever have a shot again?
·         Futures by Jimmy Eat World- Hello, Rayce! This is such a hopeful song about wanting to change the world and it is exactly how Rayce views what the rebellion can do. There are stumbles, there are setbacks, but he will still “take the streets” at the end of the day. I feel like this is the bustling energy and excitement of the rebellion.
·         Fix You by Coldplay- Another anthem for Rayce. He has this need to fix everyone he meets. It’s something he gets teased for in the book. When he meets Rose and watches her struggle, she is no exception to this need. There is this scene where she is hurt and without giving away too much, I think this song fits it perfectly!
·         Noticed by Mutemath- Rose and Rayce have struggled through a few things together and have started to notice each other. Rose hasn’t had much time to be in tune with her feelings, with what she might want in the future, but the way Rayce treats her has made her heart begin to hammer faster than when she performs. This is a song about noticing the effects another person has on you and it works so well for them!
·         The Grey by Icon for Hire- Throughout the book, Rose is constantly battling with what she wants versus what other people want her to do. She has a goal and a lot of the time her circumstances force her to make decisions that won’t directly help her in her own journey. She is constantly “caught in the grey” with what she wants to do because so many others have asked her to do the opposite.
·         Outstretched Hands by Starfield- As the book wears on, some characters are forced to make decisions that other characters don’t agree with. It leaves Rose and Rayce in a strange place. They aren’t sure how close they can be with each other even though they want to be near each other. Things are shaky and this song captures the questions they have about each other.
·         A World Outside by The Material- This is another song for the rebellion during the last half of the book. Not only can I see Rayce feeling this way for Rose but I can also hear some of the other characters like Arlo, Marin and Oren also feeling this way after the events of the middle half of the book!
·         Mother Misery by Letters from the Fire- This is Rose’s anthem at her darkest hour. Desperation oozes out of every note. I listened to this song nonstop writing the end of the book because it captured the hopeless of the situation Rose finds herself in.
·         Fire (Aim Your Arrows High) by VersaEmerge- This is it! The final push for the rebellion. Everything is on the line and they have nothing left to lose. They better “aim their arrows high” and shoot before time runs out. “Take down all the doubt, cast it out…” everything about this song fits so pairs so perfectly with war.
·         Mystery by Phil Wickham- This song has been with the book since the very beginning. Rose and Rayce are two broken souls in need of fixing and they are also perfectly matched to be able to that. Can they break through all of the things getting in their way to find each other? Their relationship is built on quiet moments, tiny seconds they can snatch like glittering stars in the sky.

Selecting songs that pair well with GARDEN OF THORNS was a lot of fun. Each of them have multiple meanings and several were put on repeat while I was writing certain scenes. Hopefully you’ll find a new band or song you like and it can inspire you too!

                          Do you write or read with music or do you find it too distracting?

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Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.

When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.

Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

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Thank you so much to Amber Mitchell for composing and sharing this wonderful playlist with us!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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5 comments:

Dianne Casey said...

"Garden of Thorns" sounds like an intriguing read. I wonder what Rose is keeping secret.

Dianne Casey said...

"Garden of Thorns" sounds like an intriguing read. I wonder what Rose is keeping secret.

Jan Lee said...

I don't know that I have a YA fantasy favorite. This might be my first lol :)

Margaret Appel said...

Garden of Thorns sounds intriguing, between Rose (named for a flower with thorns), and what secret she will never tell. Then there's Rayce, the former heir to the throne (wonder how he ended up on the outs). This is definitely going to be a great read!

Edye Nicole said...

I love the Lunar Chronicals series!

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