Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis

Withering Rose

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: Romance, Retellings, Fantasy, YA

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis: What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

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I don’t know how to quite describe Withering Rose. Let me first start off by saying that it’s the second book in the series, but you don’t have to read the first book since the stories are standalone, but interconnected. 

Alright, so when I saw that Withering Rose was available on Netgalley, I wanted to read it so, so badly. The synopsis is what won me over. I’ve read a couple of Beauty and The Beast retellings and I was in the mood to read another one. I was hoping that Withering Rose was going to be the “one”. Oh, I was wrong.

I hated it. I’ve been going through a reading slump, and this book did not help whatsoever. I can’t believe I actually managed to finish reading it, because it felt like I was reading this book for months. So, the story begins with a huge earthquake as Omorose and her father are traveling to another kingdom. They find themselves transported to another world because of the earthquake, in a world without magic. Omorose is forced to keep her powers hidden because the people of her new world exterminate magical beings. Modern earth hates anything magical. In a way, present day earth can be viewed as a dystopian society in the eyes of Omorose and her father.

Her father has to work for the government in order for his and Omorose’s survival. As years go by, Omorose feels caged because she cannot use her powers. Her father forbids her from using her magic because he wants to protect her. He doesn’t want his daughter to be slaughter, but Omorose feels that by hiding her magic, she is hiding herself. Her classmates see her as the weird girl, and she hates living a second life of pretending to be someone she is not. She decides it is best to leave her father and pursue the beast. (It’s not like her father has been protecting her for years from their enemies.) The beast is a magical being that lives deep in the forest. The government has been trying to capture the beast and end magic, but his whereabouts are unknown.

The world building sucked. Completely sucked. There is no explanation on how two worlds ended up merging. It happens in the span of one chapter, the very first chapter may I add. There is no world building for Omorose’s home world. As the reader, you are left wondering what kind of world did she come from. I thought of a medieval setting, but that’s just me. I feel that if her world was based on the past, let’s say the 5th century, and somehow it merged to modern day earth, it would have been a better explanation. Anyways, the kingdoms of Omorose’s home world get transported onto modern day earth, and merge with cities. The government has been fighting off the magical users. There is no reason why there is discrimination. As you reader, you are left to assume that the present day earth is very advanced when it comes to the technology.

As for the characters, I didn’t love them. I had no attachments to the protagonist, love interest, nor secondary characters. Omorose was conflicting for me because she describes herself as strong, but honestly, she was weak for me. Her magical ability is cool. She is able to grow flowers, and every time she uses her magic, it takes a toll on her body. You would think that Omorose would be thankful for being able to survive on earth. Honestly, he father was protecting her life by forbidding her magic, but no. Unnecessary angst. Now moving on to the beast, he’s a shape-shifter and is a prince. He is angry and brooding, and isn’t loveable. Omorose and her relationship with the Beast happened instantly. At first, Omorose is completely terrified of the Beast, and he does nothing to prove her otherwise. And then, they instantly fall in love. I wasn’t a huge fan of their romance. 

After finishing Withering Rose, I won’t pick up the other books in the series. I liked the concept, but the execution wasn’t the best. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this book. A frustrating Beauty and the Beast retelling is not what I needed. I can recommend picking up A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas or Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️

La belle et la bête (2014): Movie Review

*Minor Spoilers*

I love fairy tales so much! I haven’t watched many fairy tale adaptations besides the Disney movies. I loved watching Beauty and the Beast, and when I heard there was going to be a live action adaptation for it, I was beyond excited. Now, I stumbled upon this movie when searching for Beauty and the Beast. I saw the trailer and it looked amazing. Luckily, the movie was available online with subtitles. La belle et la bête was beyond beautiful. I loved the ost, the characters, and the scenery was beyond gorgeous. The ruined castle was absolutely stunning. This film has two timelines which is the present and the Beast’s past. When Belle dreams, she is able to catch glimpses of the Beast’s past life. I really liked the Beast’s backstory, it was very unfortunate what happened to him and his dead wife. The Beast wasn’t portrayed as vain prince, but he was a ruler who was obsessed with hunting. His love of the hunt eventually brought his downfall. I found Belle to be quite sassy and very curious. I felt that there should have been a bit more romantic scenes between the protagonists (minor complaint). Nonetheless, the dresses that Belle wore were gorgeous.

Look at these beautiful scenes. I cannot get over how amazing the scenery was.

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I loved how magical this film was. There was a bit of nudity, but I didn’t feel it was explicit at all. It was such an enjoyable film to watch. Lastly, the film is available to watch on YouTube! For anyone who is interested in watching it, I will post the links down below. I highly recommend this film!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cinderella (2015): Movie Review

Have courage and be kind.

Commentary: I was beyond excited when I first found out about the new Cinderella movie. The movie was beautifully done, I loved the casting, and it was fun for everyone to watch. The movie was absolutely fantastic. For a life action, I thought it was done superbly. I loved the animated Disney classic and I love this movie just the same. I like how the story begins with Cinderella’s childhood. Now most Cinderella adaptations mostly start with Cinderella already living with her cruel step-family, but it was refreshing to see into Cinderella’s past. I liked how the movie demonstrated Cinderella’s close relationship to both of her parents before she became an orphan. I did cry when her mother died and then when her father died as well, even though I knew what was going to happen. I thought that Amanda Seyfried would have been the best choice to play Cinderella, but after seeing Lily James’ performance, I take back my words. Lily James was perfect for the role and though she got minimal singing scenes, I loved the way she sang. Cate Blanchett was amazing as Lady Tremaine, and I was not expecting the Duke to be the second antagonist in the movie. Didn’t see that one coming. Helena Bonham Carter was perfect as the Cinderella’s fairy godmother, the scene when she starts transforming the pumpkin into a carriage was hilarious. In addition, I liked how the prince and Cinderella met prior to the ball. As much as I love the animated version, I have to say that they fell in love to quickly, while the live action was trying to build up the romance. I found it cute that the prince did not reveal his true identity until the night of the ball.The ball scene was beautifully done, and by the time the prince and Cinderella had their first dance, I was expecting “So This Is Love” playing as they danced. One of my favorite scenes had to be when Cinderella forgives Lady Tremaine as she goes with her prince to live happily ever after. Lastly, the movie was fun to watch, and I would definitely rewatch it.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This song is one of my favorites from the Cinderella soundtrack ☺️

Movie Review: Rusalochka

I watched Rusalochka (1976) a couple days ago, it’s the Russian adaptation. The Little Mermaid, the story, is one of my favorite tales of a tragic princess. As much as I love the Disney adaptation, I wanted to watch a movie adaptation closer to the book and that’s how I found Rusalochka.

I thought it was a beautiful adaptation. Viktoriya Novikova portrayed the little mermaid perfectly, I really felt that she was spot on. I really love how the director expanded the movie such as the little mermaid receiving help and guidance from her friend Sulpitius while she was on human. I liked how the the witch took the little mermaid’s hair color instead of her voice, I was not expecting that. The little mermaid was given a certain number of days to make the prince fall in love with her. If she failed her task, she would die. If someone gave up his life for her, then she would never die and live eternally. Fate was not in the little mermaid’s favor when she agreed to the witch’s deal. Once she became human, the prince was already falling for the princess who rescued him. In this version, the little mermaid did not have to kill the prince after he marries the princess. She chooses to die and has no regrets of her short life on land. Sulptius, on the other hand, tries to demonstrate to the prince that it was the little mermaid who rescued him instead of the princess. He battles the prince and dies in order to let the little mermaid live eternally like a dream. In the end, the prince realizes how foolish he was of not realizing that the little mermaid rescue him. He tries finding her all over the kingdom and he watches her disappear into the air.

I did cry at the end of the movie because the movie ended tragically. I really appreciated it. It was such a fun movie and I would definitely watch again. By the way, this movie is on YouTube, in case you are interested of watching the film.

My rating for this movie is a 5 out of 5. 🙂