August 15, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
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I found the premise to this book so interesting, which is why I picked it up while in ALA New Orleans, but as you can see from my rating, it didn’t meet my expectations. A little sad, but still glad that I read it.
As with many YA books these days, I enjoy and love retold fairy tales. I like seeing how someone can take something that we all know and give it knew life. This started to in the beginning. We have Bryar Rose, a 17-year-old girl who is descended from one of the three magical races in this book – shifters, fairies, or witches – and so should is a member of the Magicorum. Members of this group follow certain fairy tale templates. For Bryar, this means the Sleeping Beauty template, which for her means if she pricks her finger she’ll fall to sleep and on her 18 birthday, her curse is supposed to lift, either by growing out of it or by marrying someone. Her “aunties” the three fairies Bryar was given to to be raised have urged her to marry, preferably Prince Philpot, a wet napkin of a guy. She wants to follow her own path and she doesn’t seem to be following the Sleeping Beauty template anyway. No beautiful singing voice, no hordes of little animals to help her with her chores, nothing. She does have dreams of animals (wolves) and trying to figure out Egyptian papyri.
As Bryar struggles through the final three days before her 18th birthday, she stumbles into something that throws a wrench into her plans and involves her with more people she hoped to avoid. The more she learns about what’s going on around her, the more Bryar questions all that she was told her whole life. If she can’t figure out what is going on with her and her “template,” it’s very possible she could lose her life.
Like I said, the premise for this book is what drew me in. I love the idea of fairy tale templates, and those having to live in the templates or be considered nonmagical. It…the last about half of the book wasn’t my jam. I do recognize that this book is marketed to the young adult market, and I am no longer in this market agewise. So, that is a very good reason as to why I didn’t like the later half of the book.
What books have you read that you enjoyed one part but not the second part? Comment below and let me know!