(Once Upon a Curse #2)
Release dare: 17th May 2016
Genre : YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
About the Book
**A USA Today Recommended Series!**
What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast. This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.
“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name—a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”
Omorose Bouchene has a secret—magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.
But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time—every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm ruled by a man known only as the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.
The Review ★★★★☆
The story kicks off with a 7year old princess Omorose who is traveling with her father to visit her betrothed. But their journey is cut short by an earthquake which rips her world and everything she knows away. She awakes to inherit her mother’s gift and curse and by this it could only mean one thing, it was going to be her and her father from now on. For years, Omorose has hidden her powers and kept her head down until she can no longer contain it and so she decides to go in search of the king of beasts where she may belong as it seems magic is not forbidden in the mountains where he lives. But the king of beasts is not quite who she thinks he is. But the biggest question of all is if he can help her before she is consumed by her curse.
What did I think? Well.. I honestly liked that the author spun this fairy tale on its head and did something fun with it. The plot was really brilliant, a bit predictable but the again I don’t have any issues with predictability. The characters in this story were well written and I liked how Jade and Asher from book 1 were somehow part of this story.
I liked the main characters, Omorose was awesome although it seemed she had to give herself a pep talk every time she was faced with a dilemma or danger. I didn’t understand the big deal with sharing what her curse was with Cole , that annoyed me a bit but hey ho! it is what it is. I liked Cole a lot but one question I have for the author is that, as he is a shifter, whenever he shifts from animal back to man “what happens to his clothes?” random I know but I kept waiting for that awkward moment but it was never addressed and I have read a lot of fo books about wolves and shifters. I like the continuity that the author puts into this series that I am really keen to read book 3 to find out where the story leads.
If you love a really good fairy tale retelling with a really good spin then this is definitely for you.
You can also check out Gathering Frost (Book #1)
Read my review here
About the Author
Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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