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Bloodleaf (The Bloodleaf Trilogy) af Crystal…
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Bloodleaf (The Bloodleaf Trilogy) (udgave 2019)

af Crystal Smith (Forfatter)

Serier: Bloodleaf Trilogy (1)

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"Enchanting, visceral, and twisty"-- New York Timesbestselling author ofAsh Princess, Laura Sebastian "BLOODLEAF feels like a classic in the making." - Sara Holland,New York Timesbestselling author ofEverless A roar of a dark and luscious epic fantasy that's layered with heady romance, bloodthirsty magic, and ghostly intrigue--an absolutely wicked delight. Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch.   Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country with nothing but her life.   Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there's something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf.   Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can't break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown.  … (mere)
Medlem:rebl
Titel:Bloodleaf (The Bloodleaf Trilogy)
Forfattere:Crystal Smith (Forfatter)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2019), 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Viser 1-5 af 10 (næste | vis alle)
I loved the magic system - I wish we had seen more of the other two branches of magic. This book didn’t really end like it needed a sequel, much less a trilogy, and the synopsis of the next book has me in an extreme case of “?!?” for reasons I can’t really talk about without spoiling too much of the book.

Aurelia is tough and grieving and somehow powers through bad news after bad news. Zan is a sweet, broken man. Nathaniel and Kate are perfect. And Kellen - oh man do I love a protective bodyguard story. ( )
  zombiibean | Nov 20, 2020 |
I did like the concept for this book. However, I found myself struggling with it. There was no strong connection towards any of the characters. In addition, I found new ones introduced very quickly before I had a real chance of trying to get to know the others first.

The world was cool but could have been fleshed out a bit more. Like I would have liked to gotten to know more details about it. Which would have helped some but I can tell you that it would not have helped a lot as I still needed that character connection.

After having read another book that was similar like this in the ya genre, I realized that this book was more geared towards the younger reading audience. Whereas the other book could span both younger and adult readers. While, I may not have liked this book as much as I had hoped, I would read another one by this author. ( )
  Cherylk | Mar 4, 2020 |
I received this ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH This was actually really good, like wow

Obligatory Summary

Aurelia is a witch, and she is hated for it. All her life, she's been threatened because of her power, feared for her ability, and one day, just as she's to leave for her arranged marriage with her kingdom's enemy's heir, an assassination attempt almost kills her. Forced to flee her home, she is betrayed by her friends and has to make her way to Achleva, where an impostor has taken her place. There she meets new friends and confronts the new threat facing the kingdom: a wicked mage is destroying the magical wall that protects Achleva, one murder at a time.

The strongest magic requires the greatest sacrifice.
The Writing and Worldbuilding

The first quarter to third of this was not the best, and it is pretty much the sole reason this is 4 stars and not 5. It bored me with the great deal of exposition and didn't paint a good image of what Renalt looked like. It seemed like it was going to be predictable and cliche, with tired and overused tropes.

And then it kinda subverted all of them??

Don't go, my child, to the Ebonwilde,
for there a witch resides.
Little boys she bakes into pretty cakes,
Little girls into handsome pies.
You'll know her by her teeth so white,
Eyes so red and heart so black,
But if you see her, child, in the Ebonwilde,
You won't be coming back.

It did many things I never saw coming, and the writing itself even improved. There were throwback lines from the beginning at the end that made me scream when I read them because it was just so good. I loved every single character. I loved all the themes and the imagery. It blew me a way a little. It made me cry several times, and even made me root for a character to come back to life after dying (there was a lot of death btw like wow; no one was safe), which is usually something I despise. The way all the plot threads wove back together at the end was just fantastic. If I had read this when I was like 15, it probably would be my favorite book.

The world was especially amazing. It has such an astounding lore and feels so real. I really want to know more about it. The magic system was super cool. If it weren't already based on the Goose Girl, I'd say it felt like a fairytale all on its own.

The Characters

Aurelia/Emilie: I didn't really like her at first. She seemed too cavalier about the threats on her life, and felt like a stagnant character, but once some trials and hardships befell her, she really grew into an awesome heroine. She's tough and brutal and kinda gave me Nyx from [b:Cruel Beauty|15839984|Cruel Beauty|Rosamund Hodge|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1371652590s/15839984.jpg|21580669] vibes. I really loved her.

Zan: While he wasn't the total heart throb he was obviously intended to be, I still did really love him, and wanted only the best for him. I really appreciated his arc and his disabilities (and how they weren't really glamorized but weren't demonized either)

Nathaniel and Kate: I AM STILL SOBBING

Toris: This dude. What a good villain. "The wolves howl, Aurelia, and there may come a time when I will no longer be able to hold them back."
All the other characters were fantastic in their own way, but not really important enough to warrant a specific mention. Suffice it to say that I loved all of them.

Conclusion

I need the sequel in my hands pronto. Unfortunately, as of the time of this review, this book hasn't even come out yet. I might just die.

Nihil nunc salvet te.

Nothing can save you now. ( )
  Faith_Murri | Dec 9, 2019 |
This is a good witchcraft/fantasy. I especially liked the surprise about the villain in the end. It reminded me of something that happened in Harry Potter so I should have seen it coming but didn't. In the story, the kingdom of Renalt is against witchcraft. So, of course, our main character has powers and is constantly being accused of being a witch, but her status as princess keeps her safe. She must leave to marry and the adventure begins. The book is fast-paced and always entertaining. I finished it in a day. There were moments in the story when I thought the author might be making Trump digs. Either she did that and it was funny or I am watching and reading way too much news/politics. The King of Achleva is sarcastically called a stable genius on page 130. There are more digs or imagined digs on pages 152-155 if readers care to see. ( )
  AmandaSanders | Sep 3, 2019 |
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Good
Recommended: Yes
Level: High school

This was a really good book. I liked the way it drew you in from the beginning. It started out with someone watching as two witches were brought to the gallows. This person, Aurelia, is the main character, is also a witch and has used blod magic. She is also the princess. She was seen doing magic, so the tribune is trying to take her to the gallows. Aurielia is able to escape with her brother in an attempt to save the blood line. But her brother is fearful of her because he has been taught to not trust magic. The story continues with her attempt to stop the tribune from taking over, earn her brothers trust and save the people she loves.

The characters were really well developed and relateable. I enjoyed the writing style and looked forward to finding out how it ended. ( )
  SWONroyal | Aug 28, 2019 |
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"Enchanting, visceral, and twisty"-- New York Timesbestselling author ofAsh Princess, Laura Sebastian "BLOODLEAF feels like a classic in the making." - Sara Holland,New York Timesbestselling author ofEverless A roar of a dark and luscious epic fantasy that's layered with heady romance, bloodthirsty magic, and ghostly intrigue--an absolutely wicked delight. Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch.   Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country with nothing but her life.   Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there's something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf.   Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can't break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown.  

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