Author: Crystal Smith
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 373 pages
Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.
Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince of Achelva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Rumors of an unwell, cruel prince abound, and the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s apprehension of her impending marriage is her fear of those who’d kill her to prevent it.
When an assassination attempt forces Aurelia to use forbidden magic to save a stranger, she is driven from Renalt by the witch-hunting Tribunal and a mob out for blood. But before she can claim asylum in the court of her betrothed, her travel party turns on her, forcing her to trade places with her treacherous lady-in-waiting, Lisette.
Now penniless in Achleva and bereft of her identity, Aurelia must decide if she wants to surrender to her new life or fight for her old one, all while navigating the complicated ties binding her to the enigmatic prince, the unquiet ghost of an ancient queen, and a poisonous plant called bloodleaf.
Aurelia is a pawn in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war— and if she can’t extricate herself from it before Lisette marries Valentin in her stead, she may face losses far more devastating than her crown.
Thank you so much to HMH teen for granting my request and sending me an ARC in exchange of a review. This doesn’t influence my review or opinion about the book.
Are you looking for a new fantasy read that will let you swoon and be mesmerized by the plot line? Then look no more as Bloodleaf is the one you are actually looking for your next great read.
Bloodleaf is the debut novel of Crystal Smith. And oh boy oh boy, all I can is that it is such a magnificent and fantastic read for those whore are fantasy lover.
Just like in the movie Final Destination, the main character Princess Aurelia also foresee events where a person dies. Every time the Harbinger show herself to her she already knows that someone will die. Aurelia can also see the reason why a certain person dies.
Reaching the first 70 pages I’m already hooked with the story. Funny how there’s this scene where the Harbinger where introduces and I got scared because its night-time that I want to stop reading. But with how great the story is despite being scared with the Harbinger I’m more motivated to continue reading the story rather than to sleep.
With these scenario and experience, I already told myself that this books will be a 5 star read. And in the end, I wasn’t disappointed because I really end up rating it a 5 star.
The plot and characters are so incredibly written that when reading the book all you wanted to do is continue reading it and do knowing but to finish it. I love how Crystal Smith wrote the story line. I like how it really penetrate the souls of the reader upon reading and discovering the beauty of the book.
The theme of the story is also lovely as it talks about how beautiful sacrifices, love for family and friendship is. The turns and twist of the story is also one of the factors that will surely love by the reader.
There’s this part where I cried a lot with a certain scene that I’ve been force to stop reading and cry and continue reading it again for me to cry again. This experience is one of the main reasons why I enjoy and love the book. And I know that this kind of thing will be loved and cherish by the reader upon reading.
In general, Bloodleaf is one of the book that I’ve read that I’m surely will have a great impact for readers out there. It is a kind of story where readers will talk about it and recommend it non-stop to other people.
Kudos to Crystal Smith for writing this beautiful and tight griiping book that will surely loved by all who got the chance to read it.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS