October 09, 2021

#BookReview: Greythorne (Bloodleaf #2) by @crysrensmith






Synopsis: Princess Aurelia’s life is turned upside down when the kingdom she thought she saved turns to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country refuses to respect her brother’s legitimate claim to the throne. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to get swept up in a coup d'├ętat on the night of her brother’s coronation. 

With everyone turned against her and enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia has nothing left to lose in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. But in her darkest moments when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost? 



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Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: I devoured book one and this one I read in just a few hours. I loved this story and can not wait for the third book in the series. I need more! This one was full of twists, turns, and a story that I could not put down. I think this is going to be one of my favorite series of all time!  Now to wait for book three! 







Review

"In this sequel to her debut novel, Bloodleaf (2019), Smith creates a dark and riveting tale....At its heart, this is a story of facing fears and finding the strength to fight for what you want. At times gory, at times heart-wrenching, and always captivating, Smith’s latest is a thrilling and surprising sequel that will leave readers eager for the final installment. Recommend the Bloodleaf trilogy to fans of the Throne of Glass series looking for their next read." —Booklist

"Smith has created a world full of intricate magical properties and rules where nothing is as it seems and the game is constantly changing....[Readers will] be pulled to the edge of their seats....abruptly awesome. A worthy addition to any fantasy collection."—School Library Journal

Praise for BLOODLEAF

"Bloodleaf has a good chance of becoming your next YA obsession.” —Entertainment Weekly 

"The writing is strong and engaging...romance, danger, and magic make for a winning combination that will keep readers glued to the pages long after bedtime. A lovely, dark, and twisted fantasy for those of who have never quite outgrown fairy tales."—School Library Journal

"Half-fantasy and half-murder mystery, this novel is a riveting read; Smith delicately plants seemingly insignificant details that become crucial later, and the plot is rife with surprising twists. The magic system is intricate and unique, and the headstrong main character proves again and again that she can make sacrifices to save her loved ones. In addition to the compelling story, deeper themes of religious corruption and variations on motherly love run through the book; the different interpretations of the religious systems between the two countries are particularly thought-provoking. This novel is a well-developed page-turner that will have fans of both the fantasy and mystery genres rushing to finish." —The 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.” Smith’s rich mythology and affecting love story...and subtly drawn characters illustrate the story’s interest in the difference between piety and goodness." —Publishers Weekly

"A multifaceted scheme, mistaken identity, and a simmering romance will keep readers riveted and dying to know how it all unfolds…. 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

“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty, BLOODLEAF is a phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page.” —Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess
 
“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, New York Times 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

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. @crysrensmith.









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