July 31, 2019

#BookReview: Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1) by @crysrensmith

Synopsis: Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. 

Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. 

To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed.

 As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. 

But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat.

 Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?
About the Author:  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 or reading ghost stories with all the lights on. Twitter/Instagram: @crysrensmith 

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This was such an amazing story.  It was dark, full of romance, and hand had plenty of twists and turns I loved how it started and how it ended and I can not wait until book two that comes out next year.  Everything worked in this books favor, the setting and world, the characters, and the magic.  The world building was so beautiful and the character development was spot on.  

This one works great as a stand alone but I am so happy to know that it is a series.  I am excited to know where this one goes.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Darker Story, Romance, No Cliffhanger, Magic

“[R]omance, danger, and magic make for a winning combination that will keep readers glued to the pages long after bedtime.” –School Library Journal

"A multifaceted scheme, mistaken identity, and a simmering romance will keep readers riveted and dying to know how it all unfolds. The exploration of the land’s religion and people’s conflicting understandings of it seems to be a reflection of the real world, lending the story a deeper commentary without sidelining the main plot. An excellent choice for fans of smart, independent female leads, intriguing fantasy worlds, and a race against the clock to defeat evil." –Booklist

"The plot is breathlessly fast, complete with creepy spirits, a satisfying romance, and complex but clear political twists and turns....Political, romantic, magical, timely, yet also traditionally appealing." Kirkus

"[A] riveting read....rife with surprising twists....This novel is a well-developed page-turner that will have fans of both the fantasy and mystery genres rushing to finish." –Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Debut author Smith explores the power of sacrifice in this darkly romantic reimagining of the Brothers Grimm’s 'The Goose Girl.'" –Publishers Weekly

Early praise for Bloodleaf:

“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty, Bloodleaf  is a phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page.”–NYT bestselling author of Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

“Eerie, immersive, and fascinating, Bloodleaf  feels like a classic in the making. Readers will be pulled deep into Aurelia's world, and lose sleep alongside her as the deadly mysteries close in.”–Sarah Holland, NYT  bestselling author of Everless

“Smith weaves together mystery, adventure and a reimagined fairy tale in this bewitching debut. An irresistible, spellbinding story.”–Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising 

“I am all in my feelings about this book.  This book got under my skin and poked at my soul. Bloodleaf is gritty, raw, and dark but it is also beautiful and powerful.  Crystal Smith is like the George R.R. Martin of YA. A roundhouse kick to the heart and readers will ask for more—Crystal has a new fan!”–Kim Brock, Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Bloodleaf provides food for thought on our world even while immersing readers in a fully imagined world of its own. The combination of magic and political intrigue make it a great choice for fans of Victoria Aveyard or Susan Dennard.”–Leslie Hawkins, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Asheville, NC

“I was so absolutely enthralled with what was going on that I wasn't even thinking more than a sentence ahead. Highly Highly recommend!!”–Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH

Bloodleaf is one of those rare stories that truly grabbed me from the very first paragraph and never let me go. So much more than a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale the Goose Girl, Crystal Smith has woven a tale of identity, secrets, adventure, magic, and love that I just adored.  I cannot wait for what comes next!”–Lauren D’Alessio, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

Unusually convincing romantic tension and exceptionally dynamic character development.”–Kenny Brechner, DDG Booksellers, Farmington, ME

Bloodleaf is an intriguing and suspenseful fantasy, sure to be popular with teen and adult readers. I loved it and am already looking forward to book 2!”–Holly Frakes, Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI

“Being strong means making important choices in a moment— Aurelia has to abandon her emotional and physical comforts, and her family to save her kingdom.  Through complicated magic and courage, Aurelia shows us how believing in yourself, while not being selfish, conjures up a power that brings justice to her world.”–Kira Wizner, Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY

A YA fantasy page turnerBloodleaf captures all the excitement of a strong princess fighting for her country and her life while exploring her identity.”–Jen Kraar, City of Asylum Books, Pittsburgh, PA

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