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.Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
Also by this author: Cherished, Thrax
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Monster House Books LLC
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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.
FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)
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In Wolves and Roses, I found the idea of the characters being descended from either a shifter, a fairy, or a witch, and having to follow a fairy tale life template to be quite entertaining. Bryar Rose had been slated for a Sleeping Beauty template but since she had yet to fall into those expectations she had to attend a Magicorum Teen Therapy Group until she reached the age of eighteen. If she reached eighteen and had not fulfilled her “destiny” then she would be classified as non-magical and become an everyday boring human. Which was all that she wanted and longed for.
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!
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & Author Christina Bauer for this eARC of Wolves and Roses*
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