Withering Rose

Withering Rose

by Kaitlyn Davis


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**A USA Today Recommended Series!**What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533020635
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2016
Series: Once Upon A Curse , #2
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 967,878
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Withering Rose (Once Upon A Curse Book 2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the spin on this classic tale. Love the characters and it kept me engaged. Hoping to see more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great spin on classic tales.
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
The story starts out with Omorose traveling with her father when a earthquake hits and merges her magic world with our magicless world. Our world hunts the people from their world that have magic. Omorose having magic must hide it for years before running away to the Beast's kingdom to freely use her magic even through her magic drains her life. While learning how to use her magic, she falls in love with Cole the "beast" of the book. During Omoroses time in the castle she discovers a sleeping luminous lady, why she's cursed, and Cole's secrets. Going into the Withering Rose, I wasn't sure if I'd actually would like the book because the reviews were only lukewarm and I can be fussy about my books ;). But I figured it's a fairytale retelling and I have a hard time finding retellings I don't like or love. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading Withering Rose and I really liked it. I mean I really liked it - like a lot. It was creative and well thought out how the magic and fairytale characters came to our world. The book is similar to a traditional Beauty & Beast story but with some differences. Such as the "Beast" is a shapeshifter not actually cursed (though his subjects are kind of cursed) and it is Omorose (Beauty) who is cursed. Another difference (and for me one of the negatives of the book) is that Cole (Beast) doesn't have any character growth. He's not brutish, cruel, or lacking manners like the traditional Beast. Although if anyone in the book were to have character it'd be Omorose but even she really doesn't have any character growth. For me, Withering Rose is a now in my top 5 fairytale retellings books. I'd recommend for anyone who likes Beauty & the Beast, fairytales retellings, or Once Upon a Time. I'm now going to buy the first book in the series because I loved and enjoyed Withering Rose so much. I read Withering Rose without reading Gathering Frost the first book in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone but will spoil some stuff from the first book.
LegendOfLostBooks More than 1 year ago
“I’ll never forget the exact moment I started to die.” Plot This book had me from the very first line (above). It’s a beauty and the beast retelling which isn’t something I’ve read before. I didn’t really understand what was happening in the beginning but as the story picked up, I found it to be really intriguing. Omorose, who is our main character, has gained magic powers that allow her to control nature. However, with that power comes with a curse that takes a little bit of her life every time she uses it. She is forced into hiding when her world and earth collide due to an earthquake but after ten years she wants a change. She sets out to find the only person who can help her get rid of it and that person is Cole who everyone calls the Beast. The Beast happens to be a hot tempered teen around her age who has been through a lot. Because of that, he finds it hard to trust not only her but people in general. I feel like that makes the story a lot better because he is guarded and little by little he starts to come out of his shell. Their friendship becomes one of the best parts about the book. Characters Omorose is a princess on her world but when the two worlds collide, she becomes a typical teenager forced to contain her magic. I like that she isn’t portrayed as fearless. She runs when things scare her and sometimes she has to give herself a pep talk to be brave. It gave her room to grow as a character. Cole helped her gain confidence and courage. She helped Cole as well. When they first met, he had a hard time trusting her. She managed to get him to do that and more. I found him to be very funny and enjoyed them both as a couple. Because I’m not that into romance novels, I liked that their relationship wasn’t the priority. It was there but the story focused more on the plot. As a side note, I DID NOT expect the faerie to be so rude and disrespectful! She was ungrateful and probably had a hidden agenda that will be revealed in the next book. World Building I think because I didn’t read the 1st book, I found the world building to be a little confusing. It works well as a standalone but I wanted to know more about how the earthquake contributed to the worlds colliding. I feel like there was never an explanation for that. I did like the back story for her magic though. It was very creative and different. The kingdom was described very well and I liked everything about it. Final Thoughts Would I recommend this book? Yes! I loved everything about it! It was funny and romantic and action packed! It wasn’t what I expected at all. https://legendoflostbooks.wordpress.com/
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
This retelling of Beauty and the Beast was just as good as the first book in this series. The world building was well done and so I was quickly pulled in and I loved every single moment. The characters are absolutely beautiful. The romance progresses smoothly along with the story line and I laughed and cried throughout this read. I simply cannot get enough of this author and I eagerly await the next read. {I received an eARC when I signed up to host the tour.I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own} Review can be seen at http://www.yabookdivas.com
UndertheBookCover More than 1 year ago
Review also posted at: http://underthebookcover.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-review-withering-rose-by-kaitlyn.html 4.5/5 Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! Let me start this review off by saying that while this is the second book in the 'Once Upon A Curse' series, these books can be read as stand-alone's! Withering Rose is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and is the second in a fairy tale retelling series that imagines the world of magic colliding with our world that consists of no magic. In this, Omorose and her father are thrown into the non-magical world due to an earthquake and are basically taken into custody by the government. In exchange for safety in this new world, Omorose's father agrees to tell the leader of their new home everything he knows about magic in order to help humanity fight the world of magic that came with the earthquake. But Omorose has a secret- she has magic within her, and it's dying to get out. If you read the book you know that that was a really clever pun. I am a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast, so I knew instantly that I would enjoy this book. The writing was absolutely beautiful and really fun to read and honestly, I flew through this book in just a few hours. The similarities between this and Beauty and the Beast were very prominent and anytime I read something related to it, I got the biggest smile on my face. Kaitlyn Davis did an amazing job with this book and really captured the feeling of a fairy tale. Not only that, but she was able to merge the world of fantasy with the "real" world in a way that wasn't cheesy, but magical, for lack of a better phrase. Omorose, while being the "Belle" of the story, was anything but. She was shy, quiet, reserved, afraid, and nothing like the headstrong, independent "Belle" that I expected. But I understood why she was like that after being thrown into the non-magical world. She had to keep her head down and not draw attention to herself due to her having magic. As the story went on, however, Omorose definitely developed into a much stronger character, and was able to absolutely win me over. She grew into a girl who was willing to sacrifice everything in order to save those she loved, and who doesn't love a good character development? I am crossing my fingers that Omorose shows up in the third book! Reading Withering Rose has definitely gotten me hooked on Kaitlyn Davis' writing and I am itching for the third book (Chasing Midnight coming in 2017!) which I just know is going to be amazing. I am also going to be picking up Gathering Frost, the first book in the series, because there is likely some backstory included and there are also two characters from it who show up in Withering Rose! If you enjoy fantasy with a hint of dystopia thrown in there, definitely check out Withering Rose and the Once Upon A Curse series. This book has action, romance, magic, animals, and a happy ending- it's a "modern" fairy tale that you're sure to love from page one!
NNLight More than 1 year ago
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