I received the audio book of Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer for reviewing purposes
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 hemakes 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 don’t listen to audio books usually so this was a new experience for me. It is very different to reading for myself. I felt like the story ended rather abruptly but that may be due to the fact I couldn’t see it reaching the end the way I can when I’m holding a physical book. The pros to audio books are my eyes don’t get tied and I can get on with other things at the same time. Also it was just nice to be read to.
Now to the actual story. The book contains two strong and feisty females. Bryar and Elle. They are best friends and both really smart and ambitious. Neither waits around for someone else to save them and are constantly actively trying to solve their own problems. At first I wasn’t keen on Knox. When he was first introduced I rolled my eyes at the guy of her dreams literally turning up but he ended up growing on me and his wolf is fun.
The basic story was good but I felt the writing style lacked something. It wasn’t terrible but it could have been better. There was too much explaining and a few times when the author told us things rather than showed them. She also recapped things a bit too much for my liking it was as if she didn’t trust the readers to be able to remember important detail (which I could and it got annoying).
Overall I liked the story. It was good but I feel like it has the potential to be even better.
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. 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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