Author(s): Crystal Smith
Publisher: HMH Teen
Rating: 4.5 stars
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
A roar of a dark and luscious epic fantasy that’s layered with heady romance, bloodthirsty magic, and ghostly intrigue–an absolutely wicked delight.
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?
A copy of this book was given to me by HMH Teen in exchange for an honest review.
You guys should know that one of my favourite things in the world is a book about witches. Especially when it deals with witch hunting, dangerous magic and good political drama. That is exactly what this book is about and I was lucky enough to get a review copy!
Now, listen. This book is not simply a witchy book. Its twists and turns will have you at the edge of your seat, and I have a feeling this might be one of my favourite trilogies if the second book lives up to this one. The possibilities for a great sequel are high. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.
Even though they are absolutely different stories, this reminds of the Half Lost Trilogy (I wrote a booktalk on the second book) where the writing style and pace of the book have something that is completely addicting and immersing.
The complexity of the family and political drama amused me to no end. I was captivated by the bloodline and family history, which relates to how the world Aurelia tries to save was created. The world building is another plus in this novel!
The only reason it’s missing half a star is that I noticed some minor plot inconsistencies, nothing major. If you’ve read it please let me know because I need to talk about it!
The characters Smith has created have a life on its own. I loved our main character, Aurelia. Her growth during her time in the city is incredible. She starts out being this princess who is used to being protected; by the end of the book, she will do anything to protect herself and her loved ones building up a strong personality and a cunning few know about.
The romance is one of the things that surprised me the most. When I first started the book I thought the love interest was going to be a completely different person than it was in the end. Smith does not overdo it and lets the romance flow with the rhythm of the story, not forcing a single moment.
I loved how slow-burning and immersive the love story is. Also, he is a very different kind of male love interest. For once, he is not this super masculine type of man we usually get. He is sweet, loyal, and he needs to be protected! Wow, who would have thought that men need protection, right?!
Bloodleaf is a thrilling tale of love, revenge, and dangerous magic that will crawl inside your mind and never leave!