|Love fairy tales and mythology?|
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
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by Kaitlyn Davis
by Kaitlyn Davis
Last year, I discovered author Kaitlyn Davis through the first book in her stand-alone Once Upon a Curse series, GATHERING FROST, a fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty like nothing I'd read before. I loved it and listed Davis as one of my Top 10 New-To-Me Authors of 2015. I've since been coveting the release of the second book in the series, WITHERING ROSE, centered around one of my all-time favorite tales, Beauty and the Beast. I've also since read and enjoyed her A Dance of Dragons series (Which I keep meaning to review, but haven't yet...I'm horrible, sorry!). I was really excited to get a spot on the WITHERING ROSE Blog Tour, and if you're a fan of Beauty and the Beast or completely new twists on tales, you're going to love this book!
Beauty and the Beast retellings tend to be some of the best retellings out there. I don't know if it's because I love the story so much, or because we ALL do, and something in the tale inspires writers. The best versions, to me, are the ones that are different. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas. HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. I could go on. WITHERING ROSE is definitely up there on my list.
I really like the way Davis flips the tale so completely. It works within the hybrid world she builds upon from GATHERING FROST, where two realities merge and create a new one at odds. I love how she twists the tale and the rose with the falling petals is living INSIDE Omorose. Every time she uses her magic to heal or to grow, a little piece of her dies and the petals of her heart fall. It's such a cool image. And dangerous, too!
One of my favorite aspects of the B&B tale is, of course, the romance. There just seems to be more of it in this tale, and done more naturally. Especially in situations like this one, where there's no finger pointing at Stockholm Syndrome because it's not present. The chemistry between Omorose and Cole (Our shape-shifting Beast, who is more often human than not) sizzles and has you wanting these characters to be together. They're never flat or boring or forced together, and I loved the way their romance unfolded.
WITHERING ROSE can definitely be read on its own as a stand-alone, but characters from GATHERING FROST do appear and their presence is more awesome if you have read it first. Plus, each book adds a taste of the next book to come in a way that makes you want it RIGHT NOW, even though it will stand on its own! I really like this new world Davis has created and continues to explore and evolve, and I'm so excited to read a new version of Cinderella next year when she releases CHASING MIDNIGHT!
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