Audiobook Review: Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
Wolves and Roses
by Christina Bauer
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 31st 2017
Monster Hose Books
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.
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Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer
I really like this story. It's entertaining, exciting, and has an interesting point of view on fairy tales.Anyone who is part of the world of magic has a fairy tale template that their life is supposed to follow. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc. are all templates.Magic is slowly dying out so laws have been passed to protect those than can do magic or are made of magic like fairies. People treat those of the magic world like celebrites, and mob them trying to take pictures.
Then you have those like Briar Rose and her friend Elle. They have trouble following their life template, so have to go to group therapy sessions. Braiar Rose is a sleeping Beauty template, but has been cursed. She uses an inhaler to take medicine so she won't fall asleep, hates her "prince", and wants nothing to do with woodland creatures. I really like Braiar Rose. She tough, stands up for herself, and doesn't wait to be rescued. Her best friend Elle is a Cinderella template, but she's got a lot of secrets.Elle is a thief, who steals jewels that have already been stolen. Yep these two teens are an interesting pair.
Enter Knox and Alec. They are two of three guardians of magic. Knox is a werewolf, and I got a kick out his talks with his wolf. They really cracked me up. Alec is a wizard, and uses gems to cast his spells. These two are tough, and good in a fight.They fight the Denari, and there is some interesting twists with that group.They're a little creepy to say the least.
The story starts a few days before Braiar's 18th birthday. She thinks that after her birthday her curse will be over, and she'll be able to have a normal life, and go to a normal school. She's in for more than a couple of surprises. There's people trying to kill her or worse, her prince is hiding a few dark secrets, her friend has secrets, the boys have secrets, and her three fairy aunties have secrets. With that many secrets this story keeps you guessing till the end. The character development is great, and so is the world building. You really get drawn into the story.I would say this book is good for mature teens. There is no adult content, but there is some nudity as our werewolf changes, and there is some cursing.
That being said, I gave this book four stars because of the narrator. There are parts where the tone or the pacing just kind of made me wince a little. Especially at the beginning. I listened to the book twice, and it has a lot to do with the tone of voice used in certain places. After a few chapters the narrator really gets into the story, and it's great except for a couple of small spots. Also, at the end when I was having a happy moment over the ending of the story, and I really hope there is a sequel, it was kind of jarring to hear her acknowledgement section start off with a long talk of what her formula is for writing tough heroine books.It killed my happy thoughts a little bit.I do reccomend this story, you may want to consider the ebook versus the audio, but it is an excellent story especially for those who like fairy tales with a twist.
About the AuthorChristina 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. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.
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.
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