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    A Must-Read!!!

    Withering Rose is one of the finest retellings I have ever read and kudos to Davis for taking one of my favorite fairy tales, putting a new spin on it and making it even better. It’s post-apocalyptic times and America despises all things magic. There’s military outposts who use the latest technology to seek out magic and destroy all those who use it. Now, imagine you’re a frightened young woman who’s had to keep her magic a secret ever since the age of seven. The only one who knows is your father and he tells you to never use it… ever! Your lives depend on it. But magic has a mind of its own and it’s getting harder to resist for Omorose (love that name). Omorose comes up with a plan to escape the military camp and seek refuge in the next realm. The Beast, who lives on top of the mountain, can use his magic freely and it seems like the only choice for her. She leaves her father behind and climbs the mountain. She almost dies but someone rescues her. Could it be the Beast? But the Beast, otherwise known as Colin, is far from the scary creature she’s led to believe. It might just be that these two people can be free from their curses, if only they open their hearts and let go of the past. Like I said earlier, this is the best retelling I’ve read but also the best book I’ve read this year. I instantly connected with Omorose. She’s got substance and demons to slay, which I loved. Her angst over whether to use magic was heart-breaking and I wanted to give her a great big hug. Colin (or the Beast) is one of those tormented characters I adore. He’s mysterious, sarcastic and keeps everyone at a distance. Yet, somehow, Omorose breaks through those walls of ice around his heart. Try as he might, love seeps in and he has to make a choice: give her his heart or die alone. There’s a scene where they fight and Omorose lets her anger get the better of her. She finds Colin and what happens next made me weep. “My anger vanishes the moment his broken eyes land on mine and he howls once more into the night. I don’t understand what he is saying, but I understand the shattered silver shards his irises have become, and I understand the utter loneliness in his call. I step closer.” Such beautiful prose and sucks the reader in. Brilliant! If you love Beauty and the Beast, I highly recommend this book. If you love reading stories about embracing who you are, falling in love and epic adventures, pick up this book! I loved it as much as I loved Gathering Frost and I can’t wait until book three comes out in 2017! My Rating: 5+ stars
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