Title: Wolves and Roses
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Release Date: October 31, 2017
“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races–shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?
All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.
But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who–or what–she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.
I enjoyed this story. It has so many of the fairytale elements that I love, mixed in with the modern world.
There were many twists that kept me guessing. Not everything (or everyone) was what it seemed. I was constantly being surprised by this story.
I wish the setting played a bigger role in the story. It was set in New York, so it could have been more present in the story. Sometimes they went out to the Adirondacks, which was a nice detail. But I would have liked to see the setting described more.
At times, the narration was cheesy and sarcastic. Both Bryar and Knox were alternating narrators, so it was told through their voices. Even so, the writing could have been improved without some of the sarcasm.
This is a good book for fans of fairytale adaptations!
About the Author:
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.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer
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