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Wolves & Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum) Paperback – October 31, 2017
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"In this series starter, Bauer's unique voice blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass in dual narratives from Bryar and Knox. The world and the magic are fresh, the antagonist delightfully creepy, and Bryar's snarky inner monologuing brings welcome humor throughout." - Booklist
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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
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Bryar’s entire life has been regulated by her three fairy aunties and in recent times, her boyfriend Prince Philpot. Philpot is not Bryar Rose’s choice for a boyfriend or a fiancé, in fact she has no interest in his marriage ideas. She only tolerates his presence because she has to. When she turns eighteen she planned to kick him to the curb for good, despite what her aunts want. Thankfully Bryar has her best friend to help keep her sane. Bryar and her BFF Elle get through life by having their own guilty secrets or excursions. It is during one of Bryar’s secret excursions that she meets up with Alec and Knox.
Alec and Knox are two of the three Wardens in charge of their respective magical race. They are familiar with both Elle and Bryar due to having had them under surveillance for some time and wanted to bring them in to help with a two-thousand-year-old problem. Bryar was suspicious of course, but she knew the opportunity Alec was proposing was too good to pass up and agreed to help them. What Bryar never suspected was that someone else already had plans for her and that her life was actually in grave danger.
Bryar would soon realize that she needed to rely on her new acquaintances as well as her best friend in order to figure out why she had been targeted and to what end. As the situation escalates, and Bryar is forced to accept some unpleasant realities, she will have to make some hard choices. If she wanted to make it out of the situation she found herself in alive, she will have to look deep within herself and face the truth that lies there. Otherwise she could lose everything that she holds dear. Including the man who has made his way into her heart.
There is so much detail in this story and I really liked that. The main protagonists are still teens so there is definitely a young adult teenage angst type vibe but at the same time there was much more going on with these characters that give them an older feel. I loved the plot twists especially how they applied to Bryar’s character. Parts of the plot were way out there and a little whimsical but given the fairy tale element of this story it was within the realm of reason and didn’t detract from the overall story.
I can’t say that the characters were given much depth in this installment but there is more to come in the sequel. My favorite character was Knox and his wolf. His wolf does not have much in the way of dialogue but I love his tenacity for knowing what he wants. Knox is a bit of a broken record with his dialogue but it is mainly because he is trying to convince both himself and his wolf of how things are supposed to be. Bryar was a fun character but I much preferred the sisterhood feelings that I got from her and her bestie. They were a great combination. I also appreciated that there was no insta-love in this story. Sure, there is awareness of the opposite sex and great affection but no overtures of deep soul shaking love.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Wolves and Roses. It was the plot twists that endeared me to this story. I want to know more and see where things go with these characters. There were some pretty cool reveals in Wolves and Roses that are exciting and promise a lot of interesting happenings in the future. This story will absolutely appeal to readers who like spunky young adult characters, enjoy a good twist on fairy tales, and like shape shifters who are all Alpha Male. Wolves and Roses is a wonderful series starter!
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
I've never read a story where characters are supposed to live out their lives according to their fairy tale theme. What a fun idea! They're referred to as Magicorum and they belong to one of the three magical races: shifters, witches, or fairies. Bryar Rose is supposed to be following her Sleeping Beauty life template, but she's definitely failing at that. Yeah she has three fairies watching over her, a charming Prince who wants to marry her, and she has to use an inhaler to keep from falling asleep. But the girl could care less about following her path because she's obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. And she dreams about this hot guy, Knox, that is definitely not the Prince she is supposed to marry lol.
Ohhh I loved Bryar Rose! From her brutally honest thoughts to letting others know her opinion, she had me cracking up with her snarky ways! She definitely doesn't take anyone's garbage and I loved how she stood up for herself and those she loved. She's fiercely loyal, especially with her best friend Elle who is also failing at following her life template. Elle's is Cinderella btw. So between Bryar hunting for papyri and Elle being an expert jewel thief and con artist, they quickly find themselves in some situations that has them befriending two guys that I love, Knox and Alex. I loved how the four of them formed a friendship and worked together. The way they interacted made me into a smiling and laughing fool.
Oh my gosh, I heart Knox so hard. He's a powerful werewolf and I couldn't help but love his growly ways. We quickly learn that he is protective, fierce and oh so sexy. Thankfully some of the chapters are in Knox's voice, and I loved seeing the world through his eyes. I loved hearing what he thought of Elle, the extra clues we learned from him and the internal fights he had with his inner wolf had me cracking up. Knox is definitely book boyfriend material! So I desperately wanted Bryar to fall for him as fast and as hard as I did. But here's the thing, Bryar is stubborn and fights her attraction to Knox.
So I'm going to be purposely vague about how the plot unfolds, because it's more fun not knowing what's going to happen! Just know that the ending was perfect! It wrapped up some pressing issues, but there's still a lot that needs to be resolved or figured out. So yes, I can't wait to read the next book! I can't wait to be surrounded by these characters I loved again. Even if I did guess how a few things turned out, I didn't care at all. This book was too much fun and the writing was so easy to devour. So until that next book releases, I'm definitely looking forward to reading other books this author has written!
*ARC kindly provided by Monster House Books LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Wolves and Roses is a well plotted read, and one I enjoyed for the most part.Read more
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