[Review] Wolves and Roses

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Title:  Wolves and Roses

Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: October 31, 2017

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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 keyword.

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.
Wolves and Roses takes fairy tales and warps them into something new, creating a refreshing story that has the potential to ensnare readers in its grasp. I say has the potential because there's really just one major flaw. While I love Christina Bauer because of her Angelbound series, this book had a completely different feel. The writing was more of a narrative type of writing, making me feel like I was reading some sort of fanfiction or listening to someone tell their life story. It gets annoying because I just wanted to read a story and visualize it, I didn't want someone telling me. 

When I say it was like I was listening to someone tell me their story, I literally mean it. The book is written in first-person, with the character narrating the story. That's not a big deal because a lot of books I've read are written in that perspective, but it's narrated like how I'm writing this review. It's hard to explain, holy crap! You ever listen to someone talk and they add sidenotes like "which is totally awesome"? It's kind of like that. The character will go through the story, talking about it, their voice in your head, but then they'll add a sidenote like that, taking away from the story and the visualization that begins to form. I'm describing it horribly, I'm sorry. I just can't word at the moment. 

Regardless of that fault, I did enjoy the book. I loved the spin on fairy tales and the plot itself. The main character is strong, much like Mya in Angelbound. As you all know, I love me some strong female protagonists! The love interest was well done and I didn't feel like it was forced, which is such a good thing. It may not have been a "love at first sight" commodity, but you could tell it was going to be a thing that happened. It's not bad to have that sort of predictability as long as there are other twists thrown at you, which there were.

I'm not going to get into detail, but while it wasn't predictable, it also wasn't an overwhelming reveal for me. Knowing the type of characters I was dealing with, having read Ms. Bauer's works before, I was prepared for a strong female character both personality-wise and power-wise. I'm looking forward to continuing my journey with this new series because I'm extremely intrigued by what's going on with Bryar. 

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