Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith is a YA Fantasy of magic, a princess, and an assassination attempt.
“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? ”
Published: 12 March 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Hardcover from Library
I really enjoyed this book.
We follow a princess as she struggles with being accused as a witch. She’s been keeping her magic at bay since she could remember, but when she isn’t able to control it anymore, she has to flee the kingdom when people begin to go after her.
It was a slow starter for me, but once I really got into it, I flew through the pages.
It does feel like more of your typical YA Fantasy setting, but the added dose of witches and magic really kept me going.
There is a ton of tragedy mixed in, and we are surprised by a few of the developments later on in the book. The ending took me away, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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