Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)
by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: May 17th 2016
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.
Withering Rose is one of the finest retellings I have ever read and kudos to Davis for taking one of my favorite fairy tales, putting a new spin on it and making it even better.
It’s post-apocalyptic times and America despises all things magic. There’s military outposts who use the latest technology to seek out magic and destroy all those who use it. Now, imagine you’re a frightened young woman who’s had to keep her magic a secret ever since the age of seven. The only one who knows is your father and he tells you to never use it… ever! Your lives depend on it. But magic has a mind of its own and it’s getting harder to resist for Omorose (love that name).
Omorose comes up with a plan to escape the military camp and seek refuge in the next realm. The Beast, who lives on top of the mountain, can use his magic freely and it seems like the only choice for her. She leaves her father behind and climbs the mountain. She almost dies but someone rescues her. Could it be the Beast?
But the Beast, otherwise known as Colin, is far from the scary creature she’s led to believe. It might just be that these two people can be free from their curses, if only they open their hearts and let go of the past.
Like I said earlier, this is the best retelling I’ve read but also the best book I’ve read this year. I instantly connected with Omorose. She’s got substance and demons to slay, which I loved. Her angst over whether to use magic was heart-breaking and I wanted to give her a great big hug.
Colin (or the Beast) is one of those tormented characters I adore. He’s mysterious, sarcastic and keeps everyone at a distance. Yet, somehow, Omorose breaks through those walls of ice around his heart. Try as he might, love seeps in and he has to make a choice: give her his heart or die alone.
There’s a scene where they fight and Omorose lets her anger get the better of her. She finds Colin and what happens next made me weep.
“My anger vanishes the moment his broken eyes land on mine and he howls once more into the night. I don’t understand what he is saying, but I understand the shattered silver shards his irises have become, and I understand the utter loneliness in his call. I step closer.”
Such beautiful prose and sucks the reader in. Brilliant!
If you love Beauty and the Beast, I highly recommend this book. If you love reading stories about embracing who you are, falling in love and epic adventures, pick up this book! I loved it as much as I loved Gathering Frost and I can’t wait until book three comes out in 2017!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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“My favorite thing about this book is the action. Jade isn’t a sleeping princess. She’s the best fighter and so fierce in her “empty” state. I felt like this was an urban fantasy with all the steam of a romance, and it was almost perfect for me.” – Jessie Potts, USA TODAY Happy Ever After Blog
“Davis writes with confidence and poise, and the story’s many twists and turns stave off predictability and allow readers to become immersed in a starkly magical world filled with last hopes.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Gathering Frost is just awesome in every way. Beautiful prose, lots of heart-wrenching emotion, action and romance, a great, unstoppable villain, and a smart, tough heroine who will fight for what she wants.” – Geeks in High School
“The writing is flawless as always and I must say, way to take a classic and make such a creative and wonderful twist to it…It’s well thought out and it unbelievably magnificent. I seriously couldn’t put it down. Wait I never actually put it down. I started and finished in one sitting because it’s just that good. This one is a MUST READ.” – Happy Tails and Tales Blog
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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