Wolves & Roses
Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?
All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.
But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)

1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)

2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)
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Five Star Review: Bryar Rose is one of the Magicorum, a shifter, fairy or witch who is supposed to follow the template of a fairy tale. In her case, that's Sleeping Beauty, however she doesn't sing or like birds. Wolves and Roses is the story of a failed fairy tale which teaches you that your life doesn't have to go how it's 'supposed' to go, and that you can set your own path. Follow Bryar as she goes on a magical journey, discovering thing about her world she's never even dreamed of...

I love the Beholder series, but Wolves and Roses? Absolutely brilliant, and way better (sorry Elea, but I prefer Bryar). It didn't take long for me to be hooked on the story; after all, I read a few pages less than the whole book today. I'm so glad Knox got a perspective, it certainly added to the story. The story is quite fast paced which I like, perhaps a little too sped up in some parts such as relationship development. The characters are amazing, even the horrid ones have a clear cut purpose in the book.

As for relationships, I didn't expect Bryar's meeting of the man of her dreams (in the literal sense) so early in the book! Not a negative thing, but the book had surprisingly little setup and I think a little more wouldn't have hurt as it's addicting enough to afford a slightly larger information dose at the start. I thought Elle and Alec's relationship seemed rather instant; maybe the reasoning behind this pairing will be revealed in a future book? Bryar and Knox are a beautiful couple, I adore it so much.

If you like fairytale retellings, read this book! It's topped by last favourite fairytale retelling (The Lunar Chronicles) by a mile, I can't wait for Shifters and Glyphs. Bryar's tale is different in that she runs away from her 'destiny' as Sleeping Beauty. There is a wonderful plot and perfectly flawed characters which give more reasons for you to read Wolves and Roses. The villains are super malicious, yet another character development tool. Christina Bauer has done a fantastic job with Wolves and Roses, I'm intrigued to see what she'll come up with next.

Author Bio: Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.