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“Kings and curses, girls and gods—these are the makings of tales.”

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the court as Seer 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 her of her title once he's crowned.

After the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus's love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse about the prince's future bride. Her wits may protect her in the ruthless court, but they can't protect her against fate—nor the doomed attraction growing between her and the prince . . .

Violet Made of Thorns is the start of a YA fantasy duology, coming 2022 from Delacorte Press.

For readers interested in:
  • a sharp-tongued Asian antiheroine and diverse cast!
  • a bickering love/hate trainwreck of a romance!
  • fairytale balls and side-eyeing the monarchy!
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Author's Note

Violet Made of Thorns is my fairytale love story for cynics. It isn't very pretty sometimes, kind of messy all of the time, but hopeful despite it all—or at least, I think so.

I wrote Violet for those who feel they only relate to the "unrelatable" characters—the ones who are too cold, too proud, too much and not enough at the same time. Violet isn't your role model or your #girlboss (one of my peeves is ambition being uncritical shorthand for "strong" among heroines, when power is complicated and rarely scrupulous); she is her own contrary character: a prickly girl carving a place for herself in a world she doesn't believe in.

That aside—the story is fun! There's banter and dramatics and princely shirts torn asunder! It borrows elements from fairytales, nods to them, and gets kind of meta with them (but it's not a retelling). As for the romance, it's a bit of an...intense love/hate situation. Think childhood it's complicated-to-it's still complicated.

Well, you'll see.

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Meet the Characters

Violet Violet

Violet is Seer of a court she has never completely belonged in. Clever to a fault, she'll chase victory even if it leads her over the cliff's edge.

"I changed the truth and the stars didn't fall."

Cyrus Cyrus

Where Violet is too clever, Prince Cyrus is too honorable—beloved when sitting pretty and less so when clashing with his kingdom's leadership and Seer.

A charming smile can mask so many secrets, and he's had such practice.

More coming soon . . .