Friday, November 17, 2017

"Wolves and Roses" Audiobook Review!

 Audiobook Tour

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Wolves & Roses 

Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1

 Wolves and Roses
~Author: Christina Bauer

~PublisherMonster House Books

~Released: October 31st 2017

~Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

"If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses." –Blue Ink 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.

1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)

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 About the Author

 Christina BauerChristina 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. 

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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An incredible twist to an old tale.

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, either from the Disney classic, or from the original Grimm's Fairy Tales collection. With most of these fairy tales, retellings can either be really really good, or really really bad. Luckily, this book is fantastic, and is definitely a new favorite of mine.

I can't fit everything I enjoyed about this story, into one review. Instead, I'll settle for the top few aspects, and leave the rest to you - I'm sure you'll want to read it!

Bryar Rose is everything we've come to love from the classics, and then some. In addition to the curse she's under, she's friends with another fairy tale darling, making them hilarious together. She's got enough sass to boot, which is helpful, considering she wants to try and fit into "normal" society with the rest of us regular, non-magical humans. The spin of our beloved story time characters being partially or fully magic was amazing, and with the addition of werewolves, for one, this mashup story is simply perfect.

The main werewolf, Knox, is A lot of the guys in this type of paranormal fantasy romance tend to get a bit overdone. Knox, however, is one of the few I truly enjoyed. He wasn't written as a stereotypical werewolf, and his own character growth was fantastic. Bringing a unique element to the story, his entire existence helped shape this book into the beginning of a wonderful series.

The writing is, as I've come to find with Christina Bauer's work, wonderful. She has a natural flow with every book I've seen from her, and this one is no different. With a balanced mix of humor, excitement, danger, and surprises, she leaves you craving more, eager to see what happens next.

She also did a fantastic job narrating, giving this story a realistic breath of life. Her different character voices were stupendous, and her voice completely drew me in and made me feel a part of the story. I could clearly see what was happening, partially due to the writing, but also because of her narrating. I haven't encountered a book narrated by the author before, but this one was done so well, it's definitely one of my favorite audiobooks so far.

If it wasn't obvious, I would definitely recommend this. If you enjoy fairytale retellings, this is one you won't want to miss. I'm definitely going to be diving into the rest of the series as soon as I can.

*I was given a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.



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