About the book:
Title: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Published: May 17th 2016
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.
“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 of 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.
*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.
Beauty And The Beast is by far my favorite story of them all. While most girls want a ball gown and a prince, I would feel safer with a kind hearted beast and its library J So what do you think? Did I like this book? No, of course not! I adored it!
Our Bella is called Omrose and her magic is beautiful. She can give life to nature, she can bloom flowers and make grass grow. She is a life giver. But with every enchantment she makes, her curse spares no moment. Her life will run out, same as her magic. While these stories can be read as standalones, I would not advise it, since the universe just gets bigger and bigger.
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.
Omrose has lived under her father’s protection, with little contact with the outside world. But once she realizes she cannot escape her fate, she dares venture out of his protection, to a land they know is under the rule of a beast. Omrose wants to learn about her magic, to see how she can escape her curse, while the beast only wants to be safe, to stay away from humans and their weapons.
This is again another intelligent story. We have two characters that may appear as being from the same world, since both come from the same universe. Yet their magic is so different. One has lived under the guidance of family, the other has had to learn to rule his kind. We have shape shifters, we have magic, we have the characters from book 1 and a love that builds slowly, but surely.
“Jade!” Asher rolls his eyes and throws a sidelong glance at the girl, whi is suddenly looking up at the ceiling as though it’s the most interesting thing she’s ever seen. “I thought we talked about this.” he teases. “Speak first, shoot second. Or, you know, shoot never.”
Another thing that makes me appreciate Kaitlyn Davis as a writer is the way she keeps consistency with her characters. We get to see Asher and Jade again and their way of communicating, their personalities are same as in book 1. Again, the reinterpretation of a classic story is done incredibly well!
So, The moral of the story is, don’t give up. Not yet. Because there’s an answer somewhere – we just need to find it.
So I was charmed again. 5 stars over and over again and you have no idea what Book 3 has in store. It blew my mind! Come back tomorrow for more of this series, more of this amazing universe and more Kaitlyn Davis. Until then, Happy Reading!
About the Author
Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”
To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.
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 playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.
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