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Monday, October 30, 2017

A Review of Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer

Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published:  October 31, 2017
Publisher: Monster House Books

"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)

Wolves and Roses is the first book in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series by Christina Bauer. This was a hard book to put down. Something was always happening. Bryar Rose is supposed to be living a life parallel to Sleeping Beauty, but she's not, nor does she want to. She's a misfit in her world, but she also doesn't fit in with normal humans which is what she wants more than anything. Knox is a werewolf. He does a great job of luring the interest of the reader in too... complete with some belly flips. The guy is pretty droolworthy. Fictionally speaking. He doesn't have to necessarily follow a fairy tale template. I'm not sure yet how the characters get distinguished from one another in that regard. Why do some have to follow a fairy tale template while others don't? Is it just the supernaturals and not humans? I'm not exactly sure. Then some have a job or purpose of their own that may or may not be related to fairy tale templates. So, like I said... there is a lot going on, but I didn't feel bombarded with info overload. This story gives you a lot to think about, and it kept me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.

The ARC of Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer was kindly provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

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.

To learn more about Christina Bauer and her books, visit her website blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. This sounds like an action packed, exciting book! Great review, Gabby! :)


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