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Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She is 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 the case of Bryar, that template should be Sleeping Beauty. Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the Sleeping Beauty life template. Not even close. She does not like birds or woodland creatures. She cannot sing a note. And she certainly cannot stand Prince Philpot, the so-called His Highness of Hedge Funds that her aunties want her to marry.

Even worse, Bryar finds herself attracted to a hottie werewolf named Knox and is under attack by evil mummy-zombies. If Bryar cannot 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.

©2017 Christina Bauer (P)2017 Christina Bauer

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Now that is a fairy tale with a twist!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Christina Bauer. Her books bring a story unlike any others to life in ways Jay have you glued to the book, and then you’re stuck with a book hangover for a while. They’re full of laughs, “holy crap” moments and a lot of “oh no she didn’t” moments. Seriously.

Bringing a fairy tale to life, reanimating it and making it something so totally different than what we remember from childhood, is hard. Let’s face it. We all know them... but Christina was able to mold and strip hers into something so different from the norm it should be on Mars. Minus the little green men, she’s have wolves. She’s awesome like that.

I think Bri is one of my new favorite characters. She’s shy, yet snarky, and a little bit of a badarse all wrapped up in spy gear. She’s like a bad Harriet the Spy just better.

If you’re looking for a read that will have you laughing or slamming things down (as always, at the amusement to others around you) then this is the book for you. It’s a winner!

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An incredible twist to an old tale.

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We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, either from the Disney classic, or from the original Grimm's Fairy Tales collection. With most of these fairy tales, retellings can either be really really good, or really really bad. Luckily, this book is fantastic, and is definitely a new favorite of mine.

I can't fit everything I enjoyed about this story, into one review. Instead, I'll settle for the top few aspects, and leave the rest to you - I'm sure you'll want to read it!

Bryar Rose is everything we've come to love from the classics, and then some. In addition to the curse she's under, she's friends with another fairy tale darling, making them hilarious together. She's got enough sass to boot, which is helpful, considering she wants to try and fit into "normal" society with the rest of us regular, non-magical humans. The spin of our beloved story time characters being partially or fully magic was amazing, and with the addition of werewolves, for one, this mashup story is simply perfect.

The main werewolf, Knox, is well...wow. A lot of the guys in this type of paranormal fantasy romance tend to get a bit overdone. Knox, however, is one of the few I truly enjoyed. He wasn't written as a stereotypical werewolf, and his own character growth was fantastic. Bringing a unique element to the story, his entire existence helped shape this book into the beginning of a wonderful series.

The writing is, as I've come to find with Christina Bauer's work, wonderful. She has a natural flow with every book I've seen from her, and this one is no different. With a balanced mix of humor, excitement, danger, and surprises, she leaves you craving more, eager to see what happens next.

She also did a fantastic job narrating, giving this story a realistic breath of life. Her different character voices were stupendous, and her voice completely drew me in and made me feel a part of the story. I could clearly see what was happening, partially due to the writing, but also because of her narrating. I haven't encountered a book narrated by the author before, but this one was done so well, it's definitely one of my favorite audiobooks so far.

If it wasn't obvious, I would definitely recommend this. If you enjoy fairytale retellings, this is one you won't want to miss. I'm definitely going to be diving into the rest of the series as soon as I can.

*I was given a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose
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creative and addictive

a little slow to start with details which turns into a addictive story especially since the author is also the narrator and gives each character the personality intended.

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good plot twists

this is an interesting look at fairy tales and magic. it has good plot twists and the characters really pop. briar Rose is no princess waiting to be saved and has no interest in her "prince". however she's in for more than one surprise when her 18th birthday comes up. narrative is by the author and there is a couple of places where she has some timing/tone issues. also she has an almost rant at the end that I wasn't really impressed with. otherwise it's a really good story and I enjoyed it.

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Great teen pnr/fantasy/fairytale adventure!

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, narrated by the author. In the world which she has created, there are three magical races - shifters, fairies and witches, known as the Magicorum and members of these races always follow a fairy tale life story. In the case of seventeen year old Bryar Rose her fairy tale template should be Sleeping Beauty but, even though she does fall to sleep at inconvenient times unless she uses her magical inhaler to stop it happening, she's nothing like Sleeping Beauty in her likes, attitudes and behaviour. She's definitely rebellious and doesn't even like Prince Philpot, the man her aunts want her to marry.

She's only got to stay out of bother till she's eighteen but with a teacher who obviously enjoys naming and shaming her, weird dreams about an attractive, hot, young man and her fascination with Ancient Egyptian papyri things aren't going to be easy for her. They're about to get even worse, however, as Knox, that young man she keeps dreaming of, turns up and turns out to be a powerful werewolf . . . . Who knew magic could be so mysterious?

The story is engaging, with plenty of teenage angst, rebellion and turmoil. The relationships between Bryar and others is explored, especially that between her and (Cinder)Ella - best buddies and side kicks who regularly get into mischief together. Bryar is a feisty, stubborn and determined young lady who always stands up for herself. Knox turns out to be powerful and highly protective - especially of his mate. There are dilemmas, decisions and so much more to be revealed as the story progresses. Many of these are resolved by the end of the book but there are others still to be concluded in future books in the series - I can't wait to discover what happens in them!

I admit to being wary when I learnt that the narrator of the book is also the author - sometimes this just doesn't work, but it certainly does in this instance. She has a lovely, expressive voice which is used to great effect, especially during dialogue. She has made each character have their own 'voice', bringing the story to life in the listeners imagination. Her telling of the story is lively and highly engaging, making it great to listen to.

This is an intriguing start to a new series, with well developed characters, plenty of mystery, magic, secrets and discoveries to keep you entertained whether you choose to read it yourself or listen to the audiobook version - either way, if you enjoy adventurous teens in magical adventures, you're in for a treat with this story!