Review: Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer (Spoiler Free)

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Title:  Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest 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’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, but I’m willing to admit that the genre itself gets a little stale sometimes. We see the same few interpretations of different fairy tales again and again. Christina Bauer has managed to put a totally fresh spin on your average fairy tale retelling. Wolves and Roses manages to feel totally original, while still featuring obvious callbacks to multiple popular fairy tales.

Earlier this year, I reviewed Angelbound by Christina Bauer, so I was already familiar with her writing. She crafts easy to read, fast paced stories with sassy and memorable characters, and Wolves and Roses is the perfect example of this. Though this title is YA, there are quite a few moments that feel pretty steamy. The banter between Bryar and Knox is a perfect blend of sassy and sexy that’ll have you cracking up and swooning when they’re together. Honestly, all of the humor in this book is great and right up my alley.

If you’re after something a bit different than your run of the mill fairy tale retelling, I would highly recommend picking up Wolves and Roses. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I’m excited to see where this series goes in the future.




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