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Another thing that drew me was the awesome cover, which was created by the author herself. I was also very happy to discover that there was a wonderful tale behind the beautiful cover!
The magic wielded by Princess Omorose comes with a deadly price -- a curse that takes her life away, little by little. Paradoxically, it's very beautiful magic; Omorose can infuse plants with vitality, making them thrive. She can literally transform a barren landscape into a garden bursting with gorgeous flowers and plants.
Omorose's life as a princess has been transformed when an earthquake hits her world, throwing her and her father into the world of humans who not only have no magic, but also share a profound hatred for it.
It is this magic that she must strive to conceal in her new, futuristic surroundings, and she's feeling more and more out of control every day....so she sets out to find the Beast she's heard so much about, off in the mountains, where no human dare tread. She hopes that he can give her some answers.
The Beast's magic is of another type -- he's a shapeshifter. He can take on several animal forms, but usually prefers to shift into a wolf or bear. His 'beastliness' is more in his character, and there's a very good reason for it.
It's fascinating to see how the author moves the action from the futuristic, dystopian world in which Omorose and her father are forced to live, into the fantasy world of the Beast. The contrast between the two is very well carried out. In fact, the world building is very believable, and draws the reader right into the story.
The romance between Omorose and the Beast, whose real name is Cole, is very sweet, although I did think it was a bit rushed. However, it totally enchanted me! The contrasts between Cole and Omorose made their relationship very interesting, and highlighted the differences between their two worlds, as well.
I loved how Omorose took her future into her own hands, as she left the dreary underground world she shared with her father, and went off to seek answers. She had lived for several years holding back her magic, and she was tired of living this lie.
I also loved Cole, the Beast. He was at bottom a gentle soul, although a fierce defender of his people, as well. And when he fell for the young princess, learning about her curse, he immediately began to try his best to help her find a way to undo it. Once he began to trust her, his tenderness emerged, and it was wonderful to experience it!
The beginning of their relationship is tentative, and full of misunderstandings on both sides. But gradually, they each begin to let down their guard. There's a climactic moment when Omorose thinks she has killed Cole, and she suffers a lot of guilt and pain because of it. But everything turns out all right in the end, and her relationship with this mysterious Beast, who hides so many secrets, continues to blossom.
The writing in this novel is simple and direct, yet beautiful. Davis is very skilled at creating the right atmosphere, and her characters come alive as one reads. This novel certainly adds to the lore of this timeless fairy tale!
Another element of this story I loved was Omorose's devotion to her father, although she must initially defy him. Even as she gets involved with the perplexing Cole, she never forgets her dad, whom she had been forced to leave behind, still living in that stifling underground world.
This concern with a parent is something that's not typical of YA novels, which mostly feature teens and young adults who have little relationship with their parents. I was reminded of another exception to this, though -- a series of novels in which the female protagonist was similarly concerned about her father: The Twilight Saga. Of course, this made me love Withering Rose all the more!
Yet another thing I loved about this novel was the deeper themes explored by the author, such as the quest for inner meaning, the power of family love, a strong concern for the environment, and the strength to be combined in a romantic relationship in which the lovers share idealistic goals. This is not just a fluffy romance. It might appear to be so on the surface, but it's much more profound than that!
In addition to the tender love story and powerful themes, this novel has action, great world building, and a setting that will make all lovers of fantasy and science fiction eager to enter the unique world created by this author. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fairy tales, feisty heroines, tender, vulnerable heroes, great heroic quests, and gorgeous, poignant magic!
I already own the Kindle edition of this novel. Now I'm thinking of buying the paperback, since I much prefer printed books!
The faerie in this book was wrong, and omorose should have been able to keep her magic.
Withering Rose is the second book in the Once Upon A Curse series but can be read as a standalone novel. This particular book in the series is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It does have a bit of a life of it’s own bringing magic into the story and Omorose being the one that is cursed due to her use of magic. This story was an OK read, I liked the way the story brought new things into the mix but felt there was a lot that could have been done a little better to make me truly fall in love with the book though.
The story really could have used a bit better world building in the beginning to explain Omorose’s land and use of magic earlier on. I found it a bit strange that Omorose seemed to be more worried about her not being able to practice magic instead of just being thankful she’s alive or worried about anyone else of her kind being hunted but again I think that goes with the lack of understanding in the beginning.
Overall, an OK Beauty and The Beast retelling. Not without it’s faults but fans of retellings will probably find enjoy this read.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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