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I am a huge fan of Christina Bauer. I read or listen to everything of hers I can get my hands on. i love her imagination and the worlds she introduces me to. I also love listening to her, she narrates her own audiobooks. She brings life to each and everyone of her characters. I love how she always makes her female characters strong and leaders. I'm not a damsel in distress kind of girl. I love reading about strong women, real or made up. I cannot wait for book 2 in this series.
Wolves and Roses is book one in Christina's new series Fairy Tales of the Magicorum. The book is a whole new twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Bryar Rose was adopted by 3 Fairies who she calls Auntis when she was an infant. Bryar just wants to be a normal girl and go to a normal high school and do things normal girls do since she is told she is a mortal and has no magical powers. And sh has no desire to marry the Prince, unlike Sleeping Beauty from the childhood story.
She has a sleeping curse that was placed on her when she was very young. She just has to get to her 18th birthday and then the curse will disappear. The curse puts Bryar Rose to sleep every time she gets excited or stressed. Her Aunties have given her a inhaler that if she breaths in the medicine she will not fall asleep.
Then Bryar meets Knox. Knox is a badboy Werewolf who falls straight out of Bryars dreams. It doesn't take him long to figure out the lies that have been told to Bryar her whole life. Now it's up to both of them to figure out how and what life altering changes need to be made in Bryar's life and quickly.
I was gifted this copy by Christina Bauer and YA Bound Book Tours for review purposes. The thoughts and feelings are my own.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Wolves and Roses is a well plotted read, and one I enjoyed for the most part. I really liked the set up with Bryar Rose being unhappy with her fairy tale template as Sleeping Beauty and the close friendship she has with Ella, whose template is Cinderella. The rebel in Bryar is fitting since who would want to be told how to live her life? I understood where she was coming from.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I thought this take on fairy tales was brilliant and enjoyed Bryar's snark. It was interesting to see how Bryar Rose could have a different perspective than she does in the traditional Sleeping Beauty stories. It was also interesting that these three particular magical races - fairies, shifters and witches - were included. I haven't read too many books with just these three supernatural races; many books include other races like vampires and zombies.
The situations and narrow escapes Bryar and Ella get themselves into were entertaining. It's also great to see a strong friendship between two teenage girls. They had a great back and forth between their characters that often had me laughing.
I wasn't a huge fan of Knox. The biggest reason I didn't like him was his constant and repeated references to "his inner wolf." It was distracting and unnecessary.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator is also the author of this book, and unfortunately it didn't work for me in this case. I think I would have been able to give the story at least another star if I had read the eBook version. There were difficulties with knowing which character was speaking at times because the voices weren't different enough. There were also moments that the reading felt bland.
Was Wolves & Roses worth the listening time?
That being said, the story is good, and I'd read the next installment although in the eBook format rather than the audiobook format.
Any additional comments?
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, narrated by the author. In the world which she has created, there are three magical races - shifters, fairies and witches, known as the Magicorum and members of these races always follow a fairy tale life story. In the case of seventeen year old Bryar Rose her fairy tale template should be Sleeping Beauty but, even though she does fall to sleep at inconvenient times unless she uses her magical inhaler to stop it happening, she's nothing like Sleeping Beauty in her likes, attitudes and behaviour. She's definitely rebellious and doesn't even like Prince Philpot, the man her aunts want her to marry.
She's only got to stay out of bother till she's eighteen but with a teacher who obviously enjoys naming and shaming her, weird dreams about an attractive, hot, young man and her fascination with Ancient Egyptian papyri things aren't going to be easy for her. They're about to get even worse, however, as Knox, that young man she keeps dreaming of, turns up and turns out to be a powerful werewolf . . . . Who knew magic could be so mysterious?
The story is engaging, with plenty of teenage angst, rebellion and turmoil. The relationships between Bryar and others is explored, especially that between her and (Cinder)Ella - best buddies and side kicks who regularly get into mischief together. Bryar is a feisty, stubborn and determined young lady who always stands up for herself. Knox turns out to be powerful and highly protective - especially of his mate. There are dilemmas, decisions and so much more to be revealed as the story progresses. Many of these are resolved by the end of the book but there are others still to be concluded in future books in the series - I can't wait to discover what happens in them!
I admit to being wary when I learnt that the narrator of the book is also the author - sometimes this just doesn't work, but it certainly does in this instance. She has a lovely, expressive voice which is used to great effect, especially during dialogue. She has made each character have their own 'voice', bringing the story to life in the listeners imagination. Her telling of the story is lively and highly engaging, making it great to listen to.
This is an intriguing start to a new series, with well developed characters, plenty of mystery, magic, secrets and discoveries to keep you entertained whether you choose to read it yourself or listen to the audiobook version - either way, if you enjoy adventurous teens in magical adventures, you're in for a treat with this story!