When Amethyst Faye was six-years-old, she was almost stolen by a monster in the woods on the same night her mother mysteriously disappeared. Ten years, a half dozen psychiatrists, and a slew of diagnoses haven't made things any better; she is still plagued by nightmares, ridiculed at school, and misunderstood by everyone from her teachers to her counselor to her father. And lately she's been sprouting thick green thorns out of her skin.When the paranoia doesn't end, and the treatment options run out, she's faced with a choice between inpatient treatment or spending the summer with a grandmother she hasn't heard from in a decade.
Summer at Gran's in Morgan Springs wins out, just barely, and only because a backwater town sounds marginally more interesting than a mental institution. Amethyst draws the attention of Ben, the boy of her dreams, and Absynth, the creature from her nightmares. Although neither of them is what she expected, Amethyst realizes both Ben and Absynth are exactly what she needs to heal her heart and harness the fairy magic she's inherited.
Unfortunately for Amethyst, trying to walk both paths could get her killed, but having to choose between them is far worse.
GARDEN OF THORNS AND LIGHT is an exiting new fantasy where sometimes, it's OK to be the monster.
Author: Shylah Addante
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.60d
Age Range: 13-17
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2020
Booklist 10/15/2020 pg. 52
About the Author
Shylah Addante has an M.S.E. in Literacy Education and enjoys Netflix, crocheting, and just generally being awesome. She lives in Albany, New York, with her husband, David, her daughter, Hazel, and her dog, Andy.