Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2)

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 al...

Details Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2)

TitleWithering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2)
Release DateMay 17th, 2016
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Magic

Reviews Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2)

  • Carrie
    When Omorose Bouchene was seven an earthquake hit and sent her out of her own world and off to Earth where she's had to hide the fact that she can do magic. Those that can do magic have been hunted in order to eradicate all trace of it. After ten years of hiding who she is Omorose decides to run away to the realm of the Beast where she'd be able to be herself and practice magic. Withering Rose is the second book in the Once Upon A Curse series bu...
  • Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
    Thanks to Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.Withering Rose is the very enjoyable sequel to Gathering Frost, which is a unique twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. This story is fast paced, has good world building and an easy read. Also there is romance and a nice fairy-tale story. Omorose is quiet and timid which makes her an unusual YA heroine, but she is also caring and kind. To begin with Cole is se...
  • Genni Eccles
    This was so much fun! I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. I haven't read a fairytale retelling in a really long time and this didn't disappoint. The novel had the perfect mix of originality and old legend. I'm definitely going to be continuing with the series. Full review to come!*Thank you to Netgalley, Kaitlyn Davis, and Xpresso Book Tours for the ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*
  • Shelby
    5 Amazing Stars! Amazing I love this book! The series is great! I love everything about this series. I have to say I like this book a little bit better than the first book. I thought it went in more detail then the first book did. I am happy to ready this series, but I am really sad it is over.
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Whew am I glad that is over! Withering Rose and I did not get along. Book 1, Gathering Frost, was sooo much better than this one. I think the issue with Withering Rose is that it stuck too close to its Beauty and the Beast roots at times (and at other times when I wanted it to stick to the original story it didn't). For example, when you have the opportunity to describe one of the most famous fictional libraries ever don't you exploit it?! Appare...
  • Erin O'Roark
    No. Just no. Holy hell I want two days of my life back.I don't know if there was one thing I enjoyed about that.That was literally one of the worst books I've ever read. Any time a heroin goes from hating someone to falling in love with themin literally five minutes I'm not kidding, it's over. This book had thicker cheese than a Wisconsin pizza.
  • Paula Phillips
    For those who have read the first book in this series, you will recall that an Earthquake struck and combined the world of Magic and Fairy tales with Earth and those who fell through the cracks into earth had to live with a world that hated and hunted Magic . Omorose was one of those Magical beings, before the Earthquake struck she was on her way to a neighbouring kingdom to marry the Prince even though they were both only seven years old. The Ea...
  • Hadya
    4.25 Stars OHMYGOD A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK.This is the second book of the series- but isn't specifically closely related to the first. I'm really glad I read this book, it tied up some of my questions from the first book quite well and the world-development was more prioritized in this. (thank goodness)This particular book is about Omorose- the world's change from the point of view of a person of the other world. In the first...
  • Book Gannet
    I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Omorose is an unusual YA Fantasy heroine because she’s not feisty and gutsy or kickass in anyway. Instead she’s quiet and withdrawn and has learned to hide herself so well she’s almost afraid to live. Because she has magic, the kind of magic that is beautiful and life giving, but that kills her a little more each time she uses it – and if any of the people surrounding her in the bas...
  • ☆Stephanie☆
    **I received a copy of this book free from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** I love fairy tale retellings. I'm a big fan. Most of the time, they are so-so. The Lunar Chronicles are an example of fairy tale retellings/revamps that are done right. So are the Once Upon A Curse Novels by Kaitlyn Davis. I do recommend now that I've finished book two that you read book one, Gathering Frost, first. I didn't, and though it di...
  • Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
    A great addition to the series. This book is a retelling of beauty and the beast. I enjoyed the story but was a little disappointed in the ending. I loved a action packed on the edge of your seat books. The first one did pretty good at that this one was a little slower for me. I'm definitely interested in what happens next and can't wait to read the next book.
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'm pretty sure I just read my wish fulfilment Beauty and the Beast fantasy. I am still giddy with all the fuzzies I felt while reading Withering Rose.Ok, let's take a step back. Withering Rose is the follow-up to Gathering Frost, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. While the blurb suggests that the stories...
  • Angela Auten
    Withering Rose ReviewBook Rating: 5 stars out 5Story Line: 5 stars out 5. Beauty has a curse. Every time she uses her magic she loses a little bit of life. Her curse is very dangerous. When she goes on the mountain to escape the people that don't have magic there she meets Cole. Cole is the King of Beasts! At first Omorose and Cole didn't get along. As the story went on their love starts to blossom. There were really some heart melting scenes. I ...
  • Baria Imtiaz
    http://bariasreadingcorner.blogspot.c...OMG THIS BOOK IS DONE. I can't believe this beautiful journey is over. I loved Omorose and Cole since the beginning. It's a re-telling of beauty and the beast. And while reading this, belle and the beast kept coming to my mind. The best thing about this book is that it doesn't ruin the original beauty and the beast at all. I would highly recommend this book.P.S. I didn't read the first book first but I read...
  • Aila
    I thought this was a nice sequel to the series that features fairy tale retellings, all interconnected in a way. This time, we’re looking at a Beauty and the Beast retelling (which is my favorite kind, to be honest). I didn’t like it quite as much as the first book, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Withering Rose is a quick read that combines the fantastical and real world in the same dimension after an earthquake that brought them together. Main ...
  • Danielle
    Actual rating 2.5While predictable, fluffy, silly and demanding many eye rolls, I did enjoy Withering Rose. It certainly wasn't anything special and I wouldn't go out of my way to get a copy, but if you happen to find a free version and have nothing else to read, it's a decent time waster!
  • Colleen's Conclusions
    This was not my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling. It isn't as bad as A Court of Thorns and Roses was to me, but it had certain elements that were similar to that book. Cole also reminded me of Tamlin. The first book was definitely better in this series for me. This one was kind of a "rebound book" since I am trying to get back into a relationship with books again. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't surpass my expectations on it from the fir...
  • Gina Johnson
    Another fun fairy tale retelling! This one was about Beauty and the Beast. The author does a good job of intertwining the stories and I'm looking forward to reading the next one (about Cinderella) when it comes out.
  • dessie
    Review also posted on Samodivas 1.5 starI received a free eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What first drew me in about this book was the cover, I’m not going to lie. While it’s not the best book cover I’ve seen, it still captivated me enough to pique my interest. Then I read the synopsis and was even further intrigued. What is more, the fact that this book is part of a series but it can be understood without having read t...
  • Pamela
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.If you've stuck around with me for a while, you might have noticed that I have a thing for retellings. I even recently binge read the Lunar Chronicles, and I really enjoyed that series. As for Beauty and the Beast retellings, one of my favorites is Stacey Jay's Of Beast and Beauty.Now, let me intro...
  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    On the day the earthquake stuck Omorose Bouchene only seven years old loses almost everything that she holds dear to her. Her home and life as she knows it is ripped from her and she ends up in a place that she has never been before; a place with fast cars and cell phones among other things. Omorose and her father were on their way to visit a prince whom she is engaged to and has visited a couple of other times in her life.Before she reaches the ...
  • Jessica
    3.5 starsAptly named, ‘Withering Rose,’ is a tale about a girl named Omorose whose magic sometimes forces its way out of her, costing her a bit of time off her life expectancy with each outburst. Set in the same universe as Kaitlyn Davis’ ‘Gathering Frost’ retelling of Sleeping Beauty, ‘Withering Rose’ tells the re-imagined tale of Beauty and the Beast. Omorose and her father are left stranded in the ‘real world’ as a result of ...
  • Meghan Lloyd
    Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, so I was very excited to read this story! It did not disappoint. I thought the world building was done very well, and I could visualize everything clearly. The romance was also nice, developing at a good pace with the story.Omorose has magic that allows her to bring life to the earth. She can grow flowers, trees, vines, etc. But when she was 7 years old, her world and the human world collided, and s...
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Once Upon a Curse is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of all time – and it's not just the fact that it's a retelling (although that is definitely a bonus). Back in book one, Gathering Frost, Davis first introduces us to her world of fairy tales with a dystopian twist – and I enjoyed eve...
  • Maggie Boyd
    A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this is the story of what happens when the enchanted realm of happily ever after meets our world.There is an earthquake and quite suddenly Omorose Bouchene finds herself in a world of steel and guns. A world that blames magic for all that has gone wrong there. With the help of her father, she hides her power but the magic longs to be free. When she heads into the enchanted land controlled by the Beast, she is ...
  • Stephanie
    I love fairytale re-telling's with Beauty and the Beast being one my favorites. I loved this version and the twist to the story the author created. It was a fun world to be in and I adored Cole and Omorose. I read book two first but I'm going to go back and read book one since that couple appeared in this book and their story seems like it would be fun. I'll be anxiously waiting for book three release. 4 Stars!
  • Serenity
    I love re-tellings. I love Beauty and the Best, however, I felt this one fell short of amazing.Omorose is a Princess on her way to meet her fiance. That meeting never happens when the Earth begins to shake. That's when Omorose's fate was changed. Everything she has was taken from her. Her family is all gone except her dad the King. But right now there is no King, Princess, or Kingdom. It's all gone and now Omorose is cursed with magic which only ...
  • Lene Blackthorn
    Sweet and magical retelling of my favorite classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. Omorose inherited her magic on the day of the earthquake that merged the worlds. Hunted by humans she is forced to hide her magic in the underground dwelling, always the outcast, always the freak. But as the curse of the beautiful magic starts to be unbearable while kept caged within, she decides to run into the one place where no one would question the surges of ...
  •  ♥♥Mari♥♥
    Many female readers love the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale, and I count myself among them! So I never get tired of reading retellings of this famous story. This particular one is a very imaginative retelling, too. Davis seamlessly combines four genres in this novel, something which is quite fascinating! In addition to the story itself, it was this combination that drew me to the novel. (Of course, the romance was a very strong convincing fact...