I was expecting a fairytale retelling or at least something along those lines, but Wolves and Roses is not your typical fairy tale retelling.
This book follows the story of Bryar Rose who is told that her life is the Sleeping Beauty template and that she mush marry her prince charming on her eighteenth birthday after which her curse will be broken etc. etc. But my goodness! What ensued is definitely not your typical fairytale. Bauer took multiple fairytales and worked a complex plot around them. It was creative and exciting!
While Bryar Rose was a good protagonist, the characters as a whole were rather bland. They were a little too perfect and although they seemed to have the lives of adults they acted and were said to be in their teens. It was kind of weird. Once, Bryar and Elle comment on having stolen from a company for years. But that doesn’t totally make sense because if Bryar is 17, years would have made her around 13 (15 at the oldest). The inner wolves of Knox and Bryar were rather annoying. Especially Knox’s wolf would not stop commenting on how Bryar was a good mate. Strong mate. Smart mate We find best mate. etc. etc. Also, the romance was rather cringy…
“Knox stretches, and since he’s still wearing his rock star pants and fitted T-shirt, I’m really enjoying the view. Knox is ripped…”
Enough said. Moving on.
While I was engaged most of the time, I can’t say I was a huge fan of the writing. To me, it felt rather unprofessional.
“I click through pic after pic.”
“This is me, going for the door.”
While I don’t mind that in dialogue, I don’t care too much for it in the storytelling.
Lastly, this was not a clean read. While there is no sex, at times the characters use strong language – especially Knox.
Altogether, this was an interesting read, but I don’t think I will be reading the sequel.