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Crystal Smith ã 2 CharactersBloodleaf by Crystal Smith is the first book of new young A Decadent Way to Die (Savannah Reid Mystery, adult fantasy trilogy by the same name This series isnother that is Free Fall (Sisterhood, actually retelling however with this one it s story I m not familiar with myself the Grimm Fairy tale The Goose Girl so I went into this one reading it s n original story myselfWhile Princess Aurelia is n heir to the crown in her country she s Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery always had uirky personality bout her this comes from Aurelia s bility to see the ghosts round her Not only does she keep this bility hidden One Last Time as muchs she can but lso her bility to use blood magic Huckleberry Harvest as it s forbidden in her landWhen there isn ttempt made upon Aurelia s life those round her do what they can to protect her Grandmothers Against the War: How We Got Off Our Fannies and Stood Up for Peace and keep her from harm However whenll else fails Aurelia finds herself separated from her family nd friends nd on the run way from her kingdom with only the magic she s hid s protectionThis was ctually nice start to this new series Out of His League and while it was somewhat slow to take off while building the world I still found myself enjoying it The world withinlmost to me had First Degree Mudder a historical feel to it with innocent women hanged for the suspicion of witchcraftnd Aurelia being London's Best Kept Secret a princess with servants helping her etc I can t say how it doess retelling but it s certainly gained my interest on it s ownI received n dvance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit 8418Okay so the release was in fact pushed back But on the upside OMG I love this cover so much than the previous ones that were sharedpitched It s so pretty D 42818Huh the cover has been removed I wonder if it means this release has been pushed back The cover isn t that ppealing but the full synopsis definitely is I can lready tell I m going to want to murder Lisette back stabbing bitch I hope they stay true to what happens to her in original tale cause traitor like that deserves it I hope n official release date will be set soon I really liked the characters in this s well I loved both Aurelia nd Zan s the usage of magic The plot was bit slow towards the beginning but it definitely picked up for me when Zan nd the other characters began being introduced The idea of this being retelling of The Goose Girl was pretty interesting nd fter reading over Romeo for Real a summary of it I can definitely see the connection I honestly thought that this was going to be standalone rather than trilogy because the story ended in concluding way Either way I m excited to check out the uthor s second book when it does come out I received this ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for n honest review This does not LogoLounge 2 affect my opinion of this book inny way All uotes Bad Billy Brighton are taken from the uncorrected proofnd re subject to changeAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH This was ctually really good like wow Obligatory Summary Aurelia is witch nd she is hated for it All her life she s been threatened because of her power feared for her bility nd one day just s she s to leave for her rranged marriage with her kingdom s enemy s heir n ssassination A Knife in the Heart attemptlmost kills her Forced to flee her home she is betrayed by her friends nd has to make her way to Achleva where n impostor has taken her place There she meets new friends nd confronts the new threat facing the kingdom wicked mage is destroying the magical wall that protects Achleva one murder t timeThe strongest magic reuires the greatest sacrifice The Writing nd Worldbuilding The first uarter to third of this was not the best nd it is pretty much the sole reason this is 4 stars nd
NOT 5 IT BORED ME WITH5 It bored me with great deal of exposition nd didn t paint good image of what Renalt looked like It seemed like it was going to be predictable nd cliche with tired nd overused tropesAnd then it kinda subverted ll of them Don t go my child to the Ebonwildefor there The Scent of Rosa's Oil a witch residesLittle boys she bakes into pretty cakesLittle girls into handsome piesYou ll know her by her teeth so whiteEyes so rednd heart so blackBut if you see her child in the EbonwildeYou won t be coming back It did many things I never saw coming nd the writing itself even improved There were throwback lines from the beginning t the end that made me scream when I read them because it was just so good I every single character I loved Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, all the themesnd the imagery
It blew me way little It made cry several times nd even made me root forblew me way little It made cry several times Defending Hearts and even made me root for to come back to life fter dying there was lot of death btw like wow no one was safe which is usually something I despise The way ll the plot threads wove back together t the end was just fantastic If I had read this when I was like 15 it probably would be my favorite bookThe world was especially mazing It has such n stounding lore nd feels so real I really want to know Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, about it The magic system was super cool If it weren tlready based on the Goose Girl I d say it felt like fairytale ll on its own The Characters AureliaEmilie I didn t really like her Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, at first She seemed too cavalierbout the threats on her life Spiky and felt like stagnant character but once some trials nd hardships befell her she really grew into n wesome heroine She s tough nd brutal Dungeon of Death and kinda gave me Nyx from Cruel Beauty vibes I really loved herZan While he wasn t the total heart throb he was obviously intended to be I still did really love himnd wanted only the best for him I really ppreciated his rc Love Rockets and his disabilitiesnd how they weren t really glamorized but weren t demonized eitherNathaniel nd Kate I AM STILL SOBBINGToris This dude What good villain The wolves howl Aurelia A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, and there may come time when I will no longer be ble to hold them backAll the other characters were fantastic in their own way but not really important enough to warrant specific mention Suffice it to say that I loved ll of them Conclusion I need the seuel in my hands pronto Unfortunately s of the time of this review this book hasn t even come out yet I might just dieNihil nunc salvet teNothing can save you now Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group via NetGalley for n honest review Opinion Bloodleaf A Retelling Witches Magic Royals MurderTwo Kingdoms One Arranged Marriage And reall. Aurelia is princess but they call her witch Surrounded by spirits nd burdened with forbidden magic she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch hunting Tribunal nd their bloodthirsty mobs When The Hired Man a devastatingssassination ttempt reveals her magical bilities Aurelia is forced to flee. Y big wall Sois that it Bloodleaf is retelling of The Goose Girl nd tracks Princess Aurelia s she is forced to travel from her kingdom of Renalt to the kingdom of Achleva fter she is ccused of being witch With n rranged marriage set between Aurelia nd the sick prince of Achleva Aurelia moves towards her set future with only duty propelling her forward But when members of her entourage turn on her nd ttempt n ssassination Aurelia finds that girl in her traveling party has taken her place Here by the Bloods and has entered Achleva disguiseds the Princess with her younger brother the Prince in tow Alone nd starving Aurelia must try to make her way into Achleva to make things right nd save her brother But run in with young man named Zan nd the threat of the wall of Achleva being shattered Aurelia must decide if she should cower or use her powers to protect Bloodleaf isn t terribleI ctually found it to be semi enjoyable nd uick read But it s never good sign when reading book that you begin to feel likeyou re just reading Bound (Torn Trilogy, a book Especially when said book is in the fantasy genrend promises magic witches poison nd bloodshed When I see fantasy next to book I know to expect story nd world that I would sell every possession I own to be in I m hopeless dreamer nd romantic so I obviously look for books that will reflect the things that I cannot just physically manifest with Loyalty and Lies a snap of my fingers ie fae magic witches royals rebellion thatctually works With that said Bloodleaf had ton of great ualitiesbut the continuous theme of rushed scenes lax explanations nd Fortunes Flames a romance that feels rather out of nowhere has left me feeling rather disappointed The story started out great pulling me in with the promise of deathnd n ever fascinating yet depressing witch hunt But s the story continues I m left feeling like there were gaping holes begging to be filled nd several opportunities missed to envelop the reader into this magical world Seeing s how this is supposed to be series I m left REALLY confused s to why things were skipped over or so hurriedly explained The uthor could have taken the time to llow me to connect with the characters nd learn bout them rather than just give me Claiming Her a watery reflection of who theyre The plot felt rushed the villain was overly obvious nd it just left bland taste in my mouth This story had SO much potential but it fell incredibly flat for me nd left me nnoyed because it only needed some slight tweaking to be AMAZING I found Aurelia to be decent character but her development was incomplete She grew up in kingdom where witches re hunted nd magic is kept secret especially her own But when she is in Achleva nd beginning to use her magic nd control it it seems like one moment she has no handle on it Murder Go Round and then the next she just knows what she s doing I kept feeling like she was just materializing into this character theuthor wanted her to blossom into without there being How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis any represented moments or time of her doing so SHOW ME DON T TELL ME She camecross Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential as character who could have developed nd been given bit substance because she just ended up one dimensional Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and simplistic In regards to Zan he was slightly better off in the creative department but still didn t meet the potential of what he could have been He was witty charming sarcasticnd slightly The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) arrogant which I loved but therelso wasn t enough put into molding his character ESPECIALLY when it came to the romance between Aurelia Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 and Zan The relationship made me feel so confusednd flustered because of how forced it was At one point they re just regular ol chums nd
the next they re madly in love Overall the story started off strong but it just wasn t tied togethernext they re madly in love Overall the story started off strong but it just wasn t tied together much The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 as I would have liked It isn t horrible book Of Mice and Men and I think most of you will enjoy it but it isn t up there with ACOTAR or The Folk of the Air books by way of how the story buildsnd unfolds or the characters I would say that this is probably one of those stories you just have to try for yourself because I think there will be lot of mixed opinions on it I just know that for me Bloodleaf twas dud Wow This book was incredible I loved the character development nd ll those plot twists It had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end I
can lready see that I might be in the minority but I really wasn t impressed by this There realready see that I might be in the minority but I really wasn t impressed by this There re kingdoms Renalt nd Achleva the former is basically run by the Tribunal which executes witches I Was Anastasia and hates magicnd the latter is where magic can be used Choice of the Cat a bit freely Aurelia is princess of Renalt destined to be wed to the sickly prince of Achleva Three Cups of Deceit as part of some long time truce between the two kingdoms Suffice to say she s not too pleasedbout it TW threat of rape self harm view spoilerfor the use of blood magic hide spoiler ARC received via publisher I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for Sparrow Road an honest review This does notffect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewA princess goes undercover in A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston another kingdomfter failed ssassination ttempt in this young dult fantasy romanceNo way to break this easily princess Aurelia is the dumbest princess I have ever met This novel should be renamed to Aurelia Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and Her Awful No Good Stupid Choices It seemed to me theuthor had the plot outlined but she didn t know how to make it move in that direction without *SACRIFICING HER MAIN CHARACTER OVER HALF *her main character Over half Aurelia s problems The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors are her poor choicesnd lack of Yoga: The Art of Adjusting awareness It would be one thing if she started the novel with poor critical thinking skills learning thems she developed her magic However Aurelia continued to make either poor decisions or rash decisions s the novel progressedOn top of problematic protagonist the novel suffered from too many tropes The Neural Basis of Free Will and data dump of world building It was easy to guess the twists for everything from Aurelia s love interest to the big bad of the novel I liked some of the secondary characters particularly Kate nd Zan but they re never used beyond propping up Aurelia s story line I will say the ending includes satisfactory resolution to the plot s well s the characters Perhaps there will be seuel Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, although I have no interest in reading ittl dr A problematic protagonist too many tropesnd unorganized. Her country with nothing but her life Alone Past Destinies anddrift in Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 an enemy kingdom Aurelia plans her revengegainst the Tribunal desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years But there's something deeply If Wishes Were Horses amiss in her new home toond soon she World building left me not really enjoying this novel SourceFaith please don t hate me but I m bout to tear this book part So just look way Thoughts My goodness this book was roller coaster ride As I told Faith fter finishing this Not one of the Universal or Disney ones but of the cheap ones you see t carnival or something They re kinda fun but lacking in something that just doesn t cut itThat s basically how I feel bout this It has ll the elements of book I should love s Goose Girl retelling but just didn t hit it PlotTo summarize we got Aurelia Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day aka Miss Incompetent on that later who is the princess of kingdom that doesn t like witches Welp too bad It turns out Aurelia secretly is one So A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 after failed ssassination ttempt nd Aurelia stupidly showing off her witchcraft to room full of spectators she is whisked way to the city of Achleva the city of her betrothed while she plots her revenge towards the ones responsible for her misfortuneThe plot overall was fun yet predictable I mean who doesn t love book with princesses magic The Unspeakable Mind and creepyss ghosts The sense of dventure I got from it s Aurelia is moved from one place to Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought another was funnd the character interaction made sure I was never truly bored However what I found lacking in the plot was that it takes until the 75% mark for the book to Murder at Beechwood actually donything The first 100 pages just screams basic bitch YA plot with mustache twirling villains the next 100 pages re just Aurelia lounging round not doing jack shit but trying to get herself killed nd then the rest is the ctual magic witchcraft nd dventure that I came for in the first place I saw 999% of the surprising scenes coming Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space and the ending just left me bitter WritingI don t know if this book just confirmed my self deprecating suspensions or what but it made me feel like complete fucking idiotHalf the time when Aurelia or her Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) and bunch of people Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, are off runninground the city I m completely lost on what exactly they re doing They could simply be climbing over Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a wall but the way it s written is so jumbled I can t even imagine what they re doing But it s probably just me being dumb Also the writing likes to use dialogue to showction lot Instead of having description sentences of what character s doing in between dialogue the writing just has the characters reacting to it I know it doesn t sound like big deal but brupt scenes like that Alien: Sea of Sorrows are everywhere And once I noticed it I couldn t not notice it It was like reading first draft dialogue where theuthor was gonna Journey Of Fate add descriptions to them but just forgot Characters Aurelia The girl with many titles I rarely thought of Aurelias her real name Instead I gave her some cute nicknames I thought suited her character better Some of my personal favsMiss Incompetent Train Wreck Miss Special Ms Damsel Be DamnedMs You had one jobMs I ruin every great sceneMove over Feyre cuz you ve got some competition for the trending Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation award of the next YA MC that just has to bebsolutely insufferableAurelia is what really ruined this book for me At the start of the book Aurelia just has one job keep your head down so you re not in the public eye wait to practice your witchcraft until Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. 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Live On Purpose. after you get married so the mob doesn t burn yout the stake Sounds pretty simple right Wrong The very first page Aurelia is out in the city streets watching witch hangings like its free TV Like girl go back inside the castle When she lmost gets ssassinated she decides to show off her cool witch powers to Holding Up the Universe a bunch of spectatorsnd has to be rushed out of the city s mob tries to kill her You would think this would give her Satellite a reality checks many people s lives Blank Darkness are on the line herend re counting *On Her Survival But *her survival but Every couple pages Aurelia is out here lmost getting herself killed Makers and needs to be saved bynother character usually The Heart Has Its Reasons a dude of course cuz why not It drove me nutsEachnd every important task she s given Aurelia Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism always without fail fucks it up somehow She never decides to just sit herss down somewhere nd just think for one second She s lways haphazardly walking into danger like it s new waterpark I know the book cknowledges that she s reckless but it s one thing to be reckless Kneller's Happy Campers and have it sometimes go in your favor versus it never working outt Haunted Houses For the Millions all I kid you not every bad thing until the very last page of this book is because Aurelia fucked up somethingnd someone else has to clean up fter her Zan Best BoyWhy isn t Zan the main character He s smart handsome nd the banter between him Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World and every other characters is gold Butlas we have Miss Train Wreck Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul as our eyesnd ears Kellan Mr Protector TropeHe s the childhood best friend love interest YA trope that s only there to be The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records a trope That s it Nathaniel Mr FillerZan s bodyguard Idk he s there I guess Kate Mrs FillerNathaniel s wife She s there I guess Conrad The sweet boyAurelia s little brother Deserved none of the bull shit Aurelia ultimately causednd put him through If he doesn t get salty bout it in the next book I m suing Toris The mustache twirlerThe obvious first chapter mustache twirling villain So exciting Lisette The loyal servant character placement In the original Goose Girl tale the princess is betrayed by one of her servants I wonder who that will be Onal Healer of nothing The royal healer of Aurelia s royal fam Simon Plot convenient exposition botThe brother in law to the King of Achleva nd uncle to the prince ueen what s her nutz ueen FillerAurelia nd Conrad s mom Pretty irrelevant for most of the story Prince Valentin The betrothedThe sickly prince of Achleva Pretty mysterious yet interesting character throughout the book King what s his nutzThe ll mighty shitty king of Achleva The Dawn of Christmas and Valentin s dad Pretty irrelevant for 75% of the book Recommendation I honestly can t say I would recommend this tonyone But if you like the premise nd the sparkly cover like I did
KNOCK YOURSELF OUT MY DUDE 5yourself out my dude 5 to get copy Book Depository Free Shipping Barnes Noble Disclosure This review contains Bark affiliate links If you use these links to buy something I may earn commission Help Eden's Gate a college girl out will ya Thanks Before reading thoughts This was 100% hyped cover buy Faith loved it Her Bear Twins and theuthor Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood and herre low key friends so I m really excited to read it. Inds herself swept into deadly new mystery with secretive prince the ghost of My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, anncient ueen nd poison vine called Bloodleaf Aurelia is entangled in centuries long game of love power nd war nd if she can't break free before the Tribunal makes its last move she may lose far than her crow.