Wolves and Roses
Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
by Christina Bauer
Monster House Books, LLC
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
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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.
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. Across the lifetime of her series, Christina has driven more than 500,000 ebook orders 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.
Quick Reasons: quirky, unique twists on some old fairytale tropes; complex, vibrantly imagined characters; entertaining, surprising plot; listening to this audiobook was exactly like being told a story, and I loved that
Huge thanks to Christina Bauer, Monster House Books, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending a free audiobook of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
AND I JUST SO ADORED THIS BOOK! So let’s start with the obvious things first. Obviously, this is a fairy tale retelling–and it’s such a unique, fresh take on some of the oldest fairy tale tropes! I cannot explain to you how much I absolutely adored that there are “remedial fairy tale” classes of sorts, that each character has a template for their fairy tale personality that they’re meant to follow–and that sometimes, characters find they don’t or can’t follow those guidelines as easily. This was such a fascinating moral statement on human nature–and how things, no matter how well planned, don’t always work out the way they’re expected to. I just absolutely adored that Christina Bauer took this route–and did it in such a refreshing, entertaining way!
Listening to the audiobook was like settling in for a story. The personalities of the characters–particularly those whose POV we’re treated to–really seeped through my headphones, drawing me in further. This story fell like curtains from each page, enlightening and reshaping me along with the characters. I feel like Christina Bauer really hit all the high notes with this one, pulling the smallest, most intricate details of story telling from her pockets and lining them with her words. This felt exactly like being told a story, which I feel is a huge plus for an audiobook–to be so completely captured and enthralled, you never want the journey to end.
This was just so fantastically done, Penguins. The characters are vibrantly written and BEG readers to get to know every side of them. The story telling is entertaining and unique, putting some new twists on old fairy tale tropes. I just so adored everything about this read, and I think you will, too! I definitely recommend you pick this book up, if it sounds like something you’d enjoy! Are you ready to follow your template, Penguins…or are you going to forge your own path through the world?