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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!
Let me start this review off by saying that while this is the second book in the 'Once Upon A Curse' series, these books can be read as stand-alone's!
Withering Rose is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and is the second in a fairy tale retelling series that imagines the world of magic colliding with our world that consists of no magic. In this, Omorose and her father are thrown into the non-magical world due to an earthquake and are basically taken into custody by the government. In exchange for safety in this new world, Omorose's father agrees to tell the leader of their new home everything he knows about magic in order to help humanity fight the world of magic that came with the earthquake. But Omorose has a secret- she has magic within her, and it's dying to get out.
If you read the book you know that that was a really clever pun.
I am a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast, so I knew instantly that I would enjoy this book. The writing was absolutely beautiful and really fun to read and honestly, I flew through this book in just a few hours. The similarities between this and Beauty and the Beast were very prominent and anytime I read something related to it, I got the biggest smile on my face. Kaitlyn Davis did an amazing job with this book and really captured the feeling of a fairy tale. Not only that, but she was able to merge the world of fantasy with the "real" world in a way that wasn't cheesy, but magical, for lack of a better phrase.
Omorose, while being the "Belle" of the story, was anything but. She was shy, quiet, reserved, afraid, and nothing like the headstrong, independent "Belle" that I expected. But I understood why she was like that after being thrown into the non-magical world. She had to keep her head down and not draw attention to herself due to her having magic. As the story went on, however, Omorose definitely developed into a much stronger character, and was able to absolutely win me over. She grew into a girl who was willing to sacrifice everything in order to save those she loved, and who doesn't love a good character development? I am crossing my fingers that Omorose shows up in the third book!
Reading Withering Rose has definitely gotten me hooked on Kaitlyn Davis' writing and I am itching for the third book (Chasing Midnight coming in 2017!) which I just know is going to be amazing. I am also going to be picking up Gathering Frost, the first book in the series, because there is likely some backstory included and there are also two characters from it who show up in Withering Rose!
If you enjoy fantasy with a hint of dystopia thrown in there, definitely check out Withering Rose and the Once Upon A Curse series. This book has action, romance, magic, animals, and a happy ending- it's a "modern" fairy tale that you're sure to love from page one!
I love fairy tale retellings. I'm a big fan. Most of the time, they are so-so. The Lunar Chronicles are an example of fairy tale retellings/revamps that are done right. So are the Once Upon A Curse Novels by Kaitlyn Davis.
I do recommend now that I've finished book two that you read book one, Gathering Frost, first. I didn't, and though it didn't confuse me or ruin the experience of book two, once I read the description of the first book I realized that it would've been better to go in order. But, NetGalley had this as a selection, and I loved the description, so I bought the first book once I finished Withering Rose to get the whole experience. I will read it next. Book three (2017 unfortunately) will continue with a different story, but they are all connected, just like the Chronicles. They are all related, though this CAN be a stand alone if need be.
I enjoyed the story of Omorose and the idea that Earth and the magic realm have collided into one planet: it's like a dystopian fantasy fairy tale (once again, reminding me of Marissa Meyer's collection), but very true to the original Beauty and the Beast. I think Davis has a knack for story-telling, and she can describe a scene without going overboard on details. The book was never boring. A nice, easy read with just enough mystery and magic. I enjoyed it immensely, though I am a soft touch when it comes to romantic fantasy fairy tales. I think Davis has real potential to be a common household name like Meyer.
A fresh take on an old tale, Davis made me smile. I give it ★★★★★ easily.
I am eagerly awaiting book three, and will start reading book one to get the whole picture of this interlocking fairy tale adventure.
I'd read another book by Davis anytime. I'm grateful to places like NetGalley, who introduce new authors to readers and give them a chance against big publishing houses. They allow people like me to read amazing literature...I might never have come across Davis's books without their help. Now I have a new favorite book and author.
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