Bloodleaf (E–pub Free) ☆ Crystal Smith
R is where magic can be used a bit freely Aurelia is a princess f Renalt destined to be wed to the sickly prince Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of Achleva as partf some long time truce between the two kingdoms Suffice to say she s not too pleased about it TW threat DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of rape self harm view spoilerfor the usef blood magic hide spoiler ARC received via publisher I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my pinion f the book r the content f my reviewA princess goes undercover in another kingdom after a failed assassination attempt in this young adult fantasy romanceNo way to break this easily princess Aurelia is the dumbest princess I have ever met This novel should be renamed to Aurelia and Her Awful No Good Stupid Choices It seemed to me the author had the plot Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, outlined but she didn t know how to make it move in that direction without sacrificing her main character Over halff Aurelia s problems are her poor choices and lack f awareness It would be ne thing if she started the novel with poor critical thinking skills learning them as she developed her magic However Aurelia continued to make either poor decisions r rash decisions as the novel progressedOn top f a problematic protagonist the novel suffered from too many tropes and a data dump Pontius Pilate of world building It was easy to guess the twists for everything from Aurelia s love interest to the big badf the novel I liked some f the secondary characters particularly Kate and Zan but they are never used beyond propping up Aurelia s story line I will say the ending includes a satisfactory resolution to the plot as well as the characters Perhaps there will be a seuel although I have no interest in reading ittl dr A problematic protagonist too many tropes and unorganized world building left me not really enjoying this novel SourceFaith please don t hate me but I m about to tear this book apart So just look away Thoughts My goodness this book was a roller coaster ride As I told Faith after finishing this Not ne Aeralis of the Universalr Disney Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half ones butf the cheap Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives ones you see at a carnivalr something They re kinda fun but lacking in something that just doesn t cut itThat s basically how I feel about this It has all the elements Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of a book I should love as a Goose Girl retelling but just didn t hit it PlotTo summarize we got Aurelia aka Miss Incompetentn that later who is the princess The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of a kingdom that doesn t like witches Welp too bad It turnsut Aurelia secretly is Limey Gumshoe one So after a failed assassination attempt and Aurelia stupidly showingff her witchcraft to a room full Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of spectators she is whisked away to the cityf Achleva the city f her betrothed while she plots her revenge towards the nes responsible for her misfortuneThe plot Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen overall was fun yet predictable I mean who doesn t love a book with princesses magic and creepy ass ghosts The sensef adventure I got from it as Aurelia is moved from Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade one place to another was fun and 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 actually do anything The first 100 pages just screams basic bitch YA plot with mustache twirling villains the next 100 pages are just Aurelia lounging around not doing jack shit but trying to get herself killed and then the rest is the actual magic witchcraft and adventure that I came for in the first place I saw 999%f the surprising scenes coming and the ending just left me bitter WritingI don t know if this book just confirmed my self deprecating suspensions Harcourt School Publishers Collections or what but it made me feel like a complete fucking idiotHalf the time when Aureliar her and a bunch From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of people areff running around the city I m completely lost On Toby's Terms on what exactly they re doing They could simply be climbingver 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 show action a lot Instead f having description sentences f what a character s doing in between dialogue the writing just has the characters reacting to it I know it doesn t sound like a big deal but abrupt scenes like that are everywhere And Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land once I noticed it I couldn t not notice it It was like reading first draft dialogue where the author was gonna add descriptions to them but just forgot Characters Aurelia The girl with many titles I rarely thoughtf Aurelia as her real name Instead I gave her some cute nicknames I thought suited her character better Some f my personal favsMiss Incompetent Train Wreck Miss Special Ms Damsel Be DamnedMs You had ne jobMs I ruin every great sceneMove Indiscretion over Feyre cuz you ve got some competition for the trending awardf the next YA MC that just has to be absolutely insufferableAurelia is what really ruined this book for me At the start Indiscretion of the book Aurelia just hasne job keep your head down so you re not in the public eye wait to practice your witchcraft until after you get married so the mob doesn t burn you at the stake Sounds pretty simple right Wrong The very first page Aurelia is ut in the city streets watching witch hangings like its free TV Like girl go back inside the castle When she almost gets assassinated she decides to show ff her cool witch powers to a bunch Soul Dust of spe. Her country with nothing but her life Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal desperate to bring down the darkrganization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds f years But there's something deeply amiss in her new home too and soon she
I received this ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my pinion 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of this book in any way All uotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to changeAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH This was actually really good like wow Obligatory Summary Aurelia is a witch and she is hated for it All her life she s been threatened becausef her power feared for her ability and Blackbird one day just as she s to leave for her arranged marriage with her kingdom s enemy s he Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion Bloodleaf A Retelling Witches Magic Royals MurderTwo Kingdoms One Arranged Marriage And a really big wall Sois that it Bloodleaf is a retellingf The Goose Girl and tracks Princess Aurelia as she is forced to travel from her kingdom f Renalt to the kingdom f Achleva after she is accused Surly Bonds of being a witch With an arranged marriage set between Aurelia and the sick princef Achleva Aurelia moves towards her set future with Sex, Lies, and Videotape only duty propelling her forward But when membersf her entourage turn The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 on her and attempt an assassination Aurelia finds that a girl in her traveling party has taken her place and has entered Achleva disguised as the Princess with her younger brother the Prince in tow Alone and starving Aurelia must try to make her way into Achleva to make things right and save her brother But a run in with a young man named Zan and the threatf the wall Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays of Achleva being shattered Aurelia must decide if she should cowerr use her powers to protect Bloodleaf isn t terribleI actually found it to be a semi enjoyable and uick read But it s never a good sign when reading a book that you begin to feel likeyou re just reading a book Especially when said book is in the fantasy genre and promises magic witches poison and bloodshed When I see fantasy next to a book I know to expect a story and world that I would sell every possession I wn to be in I m a hopeless dreamer and romantic so I bviously look for books that will reflect the things that I cannot just physically manifest with a snap Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession of my fingers ie fae magic witches royals rebellion that actually works With that said Bloodleaf had a tonf great ualitiesbut the continuous theme The Paper Wife of rushed scenes lax explanations and a romance that feels ratherut f nowhere has left me feeling rather disappointed The story started ut great pulling me in with the promise We, the People: Of Earth Elders of death and an ever fascinating yet depressing witch hunt But as the story continues I am left feeling like there were gaping holes begging to be filled and severalpportunities missed to envelop the reader into this magical world Seeing as how this is supposed to be a series I am left REALLY confused as to why things were skipped Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition overr so hurriedly explained The author could have taken the time to allow me to connect with the characters and learn about them rather than just give me a watery reflection مترو of who they are The plot felt rushed the villain wasverly bvious and it just left a bland taste in my mouth This story had SO much potential but it fell incredibly flat for me and left me annoyed because it nly needed some slight tweaking to be AMAZING I found Aurelia to be a decent character but her development was incomplete She grew up in a kingdom where witches are hunted and magic is kept secret especially her The Windy Season own But when she is in Achleva and beginning to use her magic and control it it seems likene moment she has no handle Oldies but Goodies on it and then the next she just knows what she s doing I kept feeling like she was just materializing into this character the author wanted her to blossom into without there being any represented momentsr time A Month of Sundays of her doing so SHOW ME DON T TELL ME She came across as a character who could have developed and been given a bit substance because she just ended upne dimensional and simplistic In regards to Zan he was slightly better Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel off in the creative department but still didn t meet the potentialf what he could have been He was witty charming sarcastic and slightly arrogant which I loved but there also wasn t enough put into molding his character ESPECIALLY when it came to the romance between Aurelia and Zan The relationship made me feel so confused and flustered because Beneath the Jolly Roger of how forced it was Atne point they are just regular Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise ol chums and the next they are madly in love Overall the story startedff strong but it just wasn t tied together as much as I would have liked It isn t a horrible book and I think most f you will enjoy it but it isn t up there with ACOTAR r The Folk Pig of the Air books by wayf how the story builds and unfolds Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus or the characters I would say that this is probablyne f those stories you just have to try for yourself because I think there will be a lot f mixed Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, opinionsn it I just know that for me Bloodleaf twas a dud Wow This book was incredible I loved the character development and all those plot twists It had me They Also Serve on the edgef my seat from beginning to end I can already see that I might be in the minority but I really wasn t impressed by this There are two kingdoms Renalt and Achleva the former is basically run by the Tribunal which executes witches and hates magic and the latte. Aurelia is a princess but they call her a witch Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic she lives in constant fear f discovery by the witch hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities Aurelia is forced to flee.
Ctators and has to be rushed ut No Time for Sergeants of the city as a mob tries to kill her You would think this would give her a reality check as many people s lives aren the line here and are counting n her survival but no Every couple pages Aurelia is ut here almost getting herself killed and needs to be saved by another character usually a dude f course cuz why not It drove me nutsEach and every important task she s given Aurelia always without fail fucks it up somehow She never decides to just sit her ass down somewhere and just think for ne second She s always haphazardly walking into danger like it s a new waterpark I know the book acknowledges that she s reckless but it s ne thing to be reckless and have it sometimes go in your favor versus it never working ut at all I kid you not every bad thing until the very last page Large Catechism of Martin Luther of this book is because Aurelia fucked up something and someone else has to clean up after her Zan Best BoyWhy isn t Zan the main character He s smart handsome and the banter between him and everyther characters is gold But alas we have Miss Train Wreck as Junior Jolt our eyes and ears Kellan Mr Protector TropeHe s the childhood best friend love interest YA trope that snly there to be 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 f the bull shit Aurelia ultimately caused and put him through If he doesn t get salty about it in the next book I m suing Toris The mustache twirlerThe bvious first chapter mustache twirling villain So exciting Lisette The loyal servant character placement In the riginal Goose Girl tale the princess is betrayed by ne f her servants I wonder who that will be Onal Healer f nothing The royal healer Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of Aurelia s royal fam Simon Plot convenient exposition botThe brother in law to the Kingf Achleva and uncle to the prince ueen what s her nutz ueen FillerAurelia and Conrad s mom Pretty irrelevant for most tireless: of the story Prince Valentin The betrothedThe sickly princef Achleva Pretty mysterious yet interesting character throughout the book King what s his nutzThe all mighty shitty king Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of Achleva and Valentin s dad Pretty irrelevant for 75%f the book Recommendation I honestly can t say I would recommend this to anyone But if you like the premise and the sparkly cover like I did knock yourself Toque de Veludo out my dude 5 Where to get a copy Book Depository Free Shipping Barnes Noble Disclosure This review contains affiliate links If you use these links to buy something I may earn a commission Help a college girlut will ya Thanks Before reading thoughts This was 100% a hyped cover buy Faith loved it and the author and her are low key friends so I m really excited to read it Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith is the first book f a new young adult fantasy trilogy by the same name This series is another that is actually a retelling however with this ne it s a story I m not familiar with myself the Grimm Fairy tale The Goose Girl so I went into this Kaleidoscope one reading it as anriginal story myselfWhile Princess Aurelia is an heir to the crown in her country she s always had a uirky personality about her this comes from Aurelia s ability to see the ghosts around her Not The Four Racketeers only does she keep this ability hidden as much as she can but also her ability to use blood magic as it s forbidden in her landWhen there is an attempt made upon Aurelia s life those around her do what they can to protect her and keep her from harm However when all else fails Aurelia finds herself separated from her family and friends andn the run away from her kingdom with nly the magic she s hid as protectionThis was actually a nice start to this new series and while it was somewhat slow to take ff while building the world I still found myself enjoying it The world within almost to me had a historical feel to it with innocent women hanged for the suspicion Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of witchcraft and Aurelia being a princess with servants helping her etc I can t say how it does as a retelling but it s certainly gained my interestn it s Smithereens ownI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit 8418Okay so the release was in fact pushed back Butn the upside OMG I love this cover so much than the previous The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness 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 appealing but the full synopsis definitely is I can already tell I am going to want to murder Lisette back stabbing bitch I hope they stay true to what happens to her inriginal tale cause a traitor like that deserves it I hope an Dark Diversions official release date will be set soon I really liked the characters in this as well I loved both Aurelia and Zan as the usagef magic The plot was a bit slow towards the beginning but it definitely picked up for me when Zan and the Lili a un chagrin d'amour other characters began being introduced The ideaf this being a retelling Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of The Goose Girl was pretty interesting and after readingver a summary Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds of it I can definitely see the connection I honestly thought that this was going to be a standalone rather than a trilogy because the story ended in a concluding way Either way I m excited to checkut the author s second book when it does come u. Inds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince the ghost f an ancient ueen and a poison vine called Bloodleaf Aurelia is entangled in a centuries long game f love power and war and if she can't break free before the Tribunal makes its last move she may lose far than her crow.
Bloodleaf (E–pub Free) ☆ Crystal Smith
Crystal Smith is a writer photographer and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons When she isn’t writing or creating she can be found re watching Jane Eyre and Howl's Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights onPlease note due to 's review poli