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Blossom & the Beast (The Alder Tales) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2016
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About the Author
Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.
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This is one of the best, if not the best, retellings ever. No, you know what it IS the best retelling because it's wholly different from the normal. I've read quite a few like I've said, but RS McCoy makes this HER OWN. Seriously. I love it. I need to erase my memory and re-read it a bajillion more times. I need to buy it in paperback so I have that tactile pleasure of touching the book while reading, falling deeper into the story. (At least that's how it works for me...something about the magic of print on paper.) I need to make sure I never delete it from my kindle so I can access it at any time. It was THAT good. But...
This ending ... oh my god I can't be spoiler-y because I hate spoiler-y people. I'm sulking. I'm waiting for the next in The Alder Tales. And I'm pouting. Blossom's pout has nothing on mine. And I'm vengeful. I'm blood thirsty. I want that so and so to meet a mutilated, drawn out, painful end to match her cruelty.
Thankfully, it's almost fall and according to the end of this book, "Raene and the Three Bears" is coming soon. Thankfully.
In McCoy's magical tale, the world is filled with shifters. These shifters are broken up into several branches, based on the attributes that each of the animals possesses. The Pyro branch is made up of the most lethal animal predators. The Terra branch is made up of woodland animals, large and small. Think bears and squirrels and bunnies. The third branch is Aero, made up of flying creatures.
This novel is also filled with political intrigue and maneuverings. Within each of the branches, there are various levels of leadership. With each branch vying for the most power and control over the other branches.
In Blossom and the Beast, Blossom is essentially bought by the most powerful and lethal member of the Pyro branch, our "Beast", after he encounters her in the woods near her home. He wants her for his, and he always gets exactly what he wants. He sees something in her that calls to the beast within.
Blossom and Kaide are two alphas. All of their interactions are explosive in one way or another. Kaide is always trying to keep the beast inside in check, while Blossom demands her independence at every turn. She has always been free, and is determined to remain so. However, Blossom does not understand the dangers of living in Pyro's capital city, filled with deadly predators who are accustomed to taking anything they want, by any means necessary. Add that to the fact, that she is betrothed to Kaide...let the wild rumpus ensue!
Blossom and the Beast is the first book in the Alder Series, and it was a stellar first installment. The ending was EPIC! Talk about a cliffhanger. What sucks is that the next book is not from the perspective of the same characters! It takes place in the same world, with familiar characters, which is all well and good, but I NEED to know what is going to happen with Blossom and Kaide, because the cliffhanger ending seems insurmountable.