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Wolves and Roses

(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

Should being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. No
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Monster House Books, LLC
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Wolves and Roses, the first book in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, is a fantasy and young adult fiction written by Christina Bauer. The storyline is based from the fictional characters such as werewolves, fairies, witches and other fairy tale characters.

I stopped reading this novel around pages 90-95 because I felt that the story is going nowhere. The pacing of the story is quite slow and what irked me is how horny the character of Knox is; I was annoyed of the repetitive, "Mate! Mate!" whene
Oct 03, 2017 marked it as dnf
ARC from Netgalley for a fair review

DNF @16% I started this rule to not waste time on books anymore. So far, I am hating this book. Maybe it gets better as it reads on, but the writing just isn't for me.

So this book is set in an alternate modern day that somehow has known magical people in it (werewolves, fairies, & witches). Our main character happens to be a human, but has magical ties because she was adopted by fairies. Her life is also scheduled to follow that of Sleeping Beauty, except it'
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seems like Bryar Rose should have been living a fairy tale life, but the “template” for her life was nothing like what she wants for herself. Face it, Bryar Rose was NOT princess material, she has no interest in the “prince” her three aunts had chosen for her to marry. What she wants is to live like the normal humans, go to a normal high school and leave all this magical stuff behind. Her true passion lay in studying the mysteries of certain ancient papyrus papers, and it was taking that interes ...more
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***4.5/5 Stars***

Wolves and Roses captivated my attention with unique ideas, characters that I quickly loved and a story-line that was tons of fun! I was hoping to pick up a book that was entertaining and enjoyable, and by that first page I knew I had found the exact book I was looking for. So if you adore paranormal romance that has a strong and snarky heroine, a fabulous best friend, a swoon worthy guy and a mystery that pulls you in, then definitely check out this book.
Now is not the
Amy Leigh
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is so amazing! I finished it in one day because I couldn't put it down! Now I am really excited for the next book in this series. Christina Bauer skillfully wrote this young adult fantasy with well rounded characters and settings adding intrigue and mystery. The premise for this book is fantastic and with the way it ends there is so much she can do with this story.

Magic is leaving the world. Humans live side by side with Magicoriums (shifters, witches, and fae). Magical or non magical
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

So it happened, my first Netgalley book that I didn't actually like -wince- it was bound to happen eventually, but it was a shame it was this one. It sounds like something I would like, but I just didn't click with this book, and from the very beginning. I'll try and sort out the mess that is my feelings about this book.

Basically we get a complicated magic world where faeries, werewolves and wizards coexist with humans th
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Wolves and Roses, I found the idea of the characters being descended from either a shifter, a fairy, or a witch, and having to follow a fairy tale life template to be quite entertaining. Bryar Rose had been slated for a Sleeping Beauty template but since she had yet to fall into those expectations she had to attend a Magicorum Teen Therapy Group until she reached the age of eighteen. If she reached eighteen and had not fulfilled her “destiny” then she would be classified as non-magical and be ...more
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

Wolves and Roses is a great beginning to a wonderful series! I had so much fun. Prepare for werewolves, fairies, and wizards.

Bryar Rose is a special girl. Her life follows a sleeping beauty template. To stay awake, she has to use a special inhaler provided by her fairy godmothers. She is also betrothed to marry an arrogant man on her 18th birthday.

Of course she wants to break her sleepy curse, but she doesn't want to marry Prince Philpot. As her birthday approaches, strange
Tiffany Heywood
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
First things first is that i really enjoyed this book, i liked the concept of every member of the magicorum follows a fairytale template. Our Main character bryar follows a sleeping beauty template. I like her as a character as she is very focused on what she wants and doesnt worry about what others want, she will fight them if she has too. I also liked the other characters in the book, Elle who is Bryar best friend who if you cant guess follows the cinderella template and Knox and Alec who are ...more
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on Behalf of Book Addict live,
This is Book one in a wonderful new series by Christina Bauer, and as usual she has drawn me into another series that has kept me hooked.
This is set in a world where magic appears to dying, in this first trip into the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum.
Our kick ass heroine Bryer Rose who is living the Sleeping Beauty Template. Her best friend is Elle a failing Cinderella template. They both attend Magicorum teen Therapy Group for failing to live up to their templ
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 Good story but so many questions unresolved
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s always a risk when reading a book that made you curious even without taking into consideration those enough times when you didn’t enjoy an author highly praised by many others. The mix of shifters, fairies, witches (plus others) and the main character who wants to be just human… is all there is need it to walk the thin line that separates the good from the bad stories. But let’s be fair, “follow a fairy tale life template” (not a retelling, mind you) and one with a deadline! is a good start ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.

Wolves and Roses is something else. The moment I found out that this book involves paranormal creatures living in a fairytale template I know that I'm definitely in. The whole concept was very intriguing, although I did have a little bit of hard time understanding the time when the story was set and how it fits with our real time (as in whether it's set in the past, present, future or entirely different universe). But all that initia
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for WOLVES AND ROSES, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

I actually really enjoyed the concept of WOLVES AND ROSES. For most of the book, things were great. The writing was smooth and the characters developed nicely. Unfortunately at some point things got a little ridiculous.

One of my biggest issues started when characters started going off on tirades or started going out of their way to make a snarky comment that really didn't fit the moment. During situations of conflic
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this fun imaginative off the wall book.

Bryar for me took a bit to warm up to. Loved her sarcastic side. And her trying to go against the grain especially when it came to Philpot was great. Her aunties were very overprotective but also freaky and not what I expected. Their duplicitousness was not nice. Not nice at all. Her and Knox were wow...He really was what Bryar needed.

Elle was awesome. She was like a Robin hood of woman. She was sarcastic, loyal, funny and just all
Alex Can Read
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review first appeared on my blog at

I love fairy tales. I love fresh, fun retellings of fairy tales – especially when they’re all mashed together. Wolves and Roses is just that kind of story.

Bryar Rose is a Sleeping Beauty life template, her bestie Elle is a Cinderella life template, and wizards, witches, fairies, and shapeshifters are just part of her world.

Bryar wants nothing more
Oct 06, 2017 marked it as wishlist
And the blurb says ... "If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.." --Blue Ink Review ... SOLD!! ...more
Angela Cuéllar
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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This was definitely a different take on fairy tales than anything else I’ve ever read. The story takes classic well-known fairy tales and combines them with our modern world to create an interesting paranormal fusion.

I feel that there are aspects that could be improved and polished, but I do think that the author is onto a really cool idea and obviously it had me captivated enough to read the whole book. I think it was mostly something in the writing style that kept me at
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Wolves and Roses is the telling of a sleeping beauty who in, in fact, no sleep beauty. If you're looking for a twist on fairy tales with some dashing dudes and a romance-driven book yet has all the ferocity girl power has to offer, look no farther.

In the world of Magicorum, special individuals follow a fairytale template. For Briar Rose, she is a Sleeping Beauty Template. This means her life is settled. There s
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A young adult story that uses fairytales as life templates for the various characters and Bryar Rose, tha main heroine who does not fit into hers.

Bryar Rose, who is supposed to be a sleeping beauty template, refuses to agree to marry Philpot, her supposed prince, and envisions a different future for herself after her 18th birthday, when her curse will end and she'll finally get to be normal.

In the meantime, she spends her time trying to piece together the lost book of magic, by (view spoiler)
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, my-library-print
I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Bryar Rose is supposed to live the life of Sleeping Beauty - you know? Cursed to sleep until Prince Charming shows up and saves the day? Instead, Bry is a failed fairy tale. She takes medicine to fight off the sleep curse that she has, and her three godmothers already have her prince lined up: Philpot.

Except Bryar doesn't want to be Sleeping Beauty. She definitely does not want to be with Philpot either. What Bryar
Cas ❦
~I received an e-ARC from the author and willingly reviewed it~

Bryar Rose is one of the Magicorum, a shifter, fairy or witch who is supposed to follow the template of a fairy tale. In her case, that's Sleeping Beauty, however she doesn't sing or like birds. Wolves and Roses is the story of a failed fairy tale which teaches you that your life doesn't have to go how it's 'supposed' to go, and that you can set your own path. Follow Bryar as she goes on a magical journey, discovering thing about her
Cassie C
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Update 10/12/17:

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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I was excited to begin reading this story from Christina Bauer after reading the synopsis. I'm a big fan of paranormal romance, plus this seemed like it offered a unique twist on fairytales. While I did like it for the most part, there were a couple things that fell a little flat for me, which meant I couldn't give the book a higher rating. Regardless of these problems, I still greatly enjoyed
Nerdy Housewifey
So I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. None of the books I’ve picked up have scratched my itch. I just wanted something well written with some humor, was that too much to ask???
Finally Wolves and Roses has done it!

Can we just talk about how cute this was. I’ve read Bauer’s Angelbound series and loved it. Great world and again awesome, funny writing.

Briar Rose was strong and witty, but she didn’t fall into the trap I feel a lot of authors make where her wittiness became bitchyness. She was a g
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had high hopes for WOLVES AND ROSES, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

I actually really enjoyed the concept of WOLVES AND ROSES. For most of the book, things were great. The writing was smooth and the characters developed nicely. Unfortunately at some point things got a little ridiculous.

One of my biggest issues started when characters started going off on tirades or started going out of their way to make a snarky comment that really didn't fit the moment. During situations of conflic
Jane Kelsey
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2-stars
I recently picked up Wolves and roses as I found it as an audiobook and thought to give it a go. The story was interesting and started really well (as well a tropey YA can be), but unfortunately, the narrator, the author herself, was too flippant in her rendition and it grated on me a lot. I have issues when characters are sassy all the time and nothing is really being taken seriously. I got really annoyed when one of the characters revealed something to the reader, but when he was supposed to s ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I really enjoyed this book.

However, I didn't FULLY enjoy the writing. It seemed a little amateurish and some of it repeated itself over and over again. You are told repeatedly that Knox can't be with Bryar because blah blah blah and Bryar is a sleeping beauty template la de da da. You were constantly reminded of these things and it got a little annoying because they repeated themselves a lot, like repetition almost every chapter. But its okay because you need to know that because of blah blah b
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Christina Bauer's Wolves and Roses is the first installment in the Fairy Tales of Malecorum series. Protagonist Bryar Rose wants to attend a regular high school with normal humans. But, she's anything but normal. Her world is filled with three main magical races; shifters, fairies, witches/warlocks. Raised by three fairy aunts, placed under a curse by Colonel Mallory the Magnificent, all she has to do is keep her head down unt
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read. It had interesting characters, especially Bryar Rose and her best friend. The plot was always surprising. But it didn't captivate me. I never felt like I had to finish it and now having done so, I don't feel like I NEED to read the sequel. It was entertainment on a surface level, which is totally okay if you're looking for that, but I was missing depth, character intrigue, character turmoil, something to elevate this from entertainment to compelling. And it just never ...more
Katherine Paschal
Bryar Rose would like nothing more than to be a regular girl, not stuck in this magical-world limbo she exists in where she is suppose to be a Sleeping Beauty template but she seems to even fail at that. Instead of being a good "Sleeping Beauty", she researches ancient Egyptian papyri, gets into mischief with her best friend Elle and has strange dreams featuring a boy she has never met. When a routine break and enter goes awry, Bryar finds herself in over head and getting unexpected truths in th ...more
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Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes young adult romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. Christina lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, ...more

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