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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.

Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Crystal Smith Capturing the exhilarating/terrifying/heartbreaking experiences of young love is one of my favorite things about writing (and reading) YA! As it is…moreCapturing the exhilarating/terrifying/heartbreaking experiences of young love is one of my favorite things about writing (and reading) YA! As it is such a common component of growing up and the human experience overall, it is now and will likely remain a prevalent theme in YA. That's not to say there isn't fantastic non-romantic YA out there (there definitely is! See Rosaria's link) but my advice is, if you can't find the book you want to read, go write it! There may be someone else out there waiting for it, too. :)(less)
Crystal Smith I'm not sure exactly where it was more of a concept that evolved over time. I think the original kernel was the idea of sacrifice: what…moreI'm not sure exactly where it was more of a concept that evolved over time. I think the original kernel was the idea of sacrifice: what would you give up to get what you want? And what if the price you'll pay isn't predictable, and could be worse than the problem you're trying to fix? Would you still take the risk? And, if not at first, what circumstances would drive you to the point you would, and wouldn't question it? The plant itself became something of a tangible manifestation of that question. Because no matter how wonderful the cure-all petals can be, the cost to procure them is almost always too steep.

Almost. ;)(less)

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Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, romance, ya
I can already see that I might be in the minority, but I really wasn't impressed by this.

It was certainly original to a degree. There are two kingdoms, Renalt and Achleva; the former is basically run by the Tribunal, which executes witches and hates magic, and the latter is where magic can be used a bit more freely. Aurelia is a princess of Renalt, destined to be wed to the sickly prince of Achleva as part of some long-time truce between the two kingdoms. Suffice to say, she's not too pleased a
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Okay, so the release was in fact pushed back. But on the upside, OMG, I love this cover so much more than the previous ones that were shared/pitched! It's so pretty =D
Huh, the cover has been removed, I wonder if it means this release has been pushed back.
The cover isn't that appealing, but the full synopsis definitely is. I can already tell I am going to want to murder Lisette, back-stabbing bitch.
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I hope they stay true to what happens to her in original tale cause a traitor
Allison C
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-arcs
I really liked the characters in this as well (I loved both Aurelia and Zan) as the usage of magic. The plot was a bit slow towards the beginning, but it definitely picked up for me when Zan and the other characters began being introduced. The idea of this being a retelling of The Goose Girl was pretty interesting, and after reading over a summary of it, I can definitely see the connection.

I honestly thought that this was going to be a standalone rather than a trilogy, because the story ended i
Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.

Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince of Achelva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Rumors of an unwell, cruel prince abound, and the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s ap
Olga Zbranek Biernátová
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-telling
Znáte pohádku o princezně husopasce? Mně teda osobně přijde docela nudná a opravdu jsem nevěřila, že se z ní může vyklubat slušný fantasy retelling. Crystal Smith mě ale vyvedla z omylu. Husy tam teda nejsou, naopak se v tomhle příběhu hodně krvácí. Čtěte celou recenzi:
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 03-2019
Wow! This book was incredible! I loved the character development and all those plot twists. It had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
Thank you to the Raincoast Books team for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

ACTUAL: 4.5/5 stars

Princess Aurelia is a strong character, who strives for justice across the kingdom, despite being hunted for her blood magic abilities. After fleeing to safety, she discovers a happiness she never had in the castle. But she is not safe for long as a terrible plot is unfolding, and she must choose between saving herself, and the kingdom. This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2019, and i
The Nerd Daily
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith is a promising fantasy about a princess who has run away from her homeland after an attempt to assassinate her goes wrong. Aurelia is a princess who sees ghosts and has a magic to her forbidden within her kingdom, one who hates her simply for who she is. Managing to escape death, she hides herself in a new kingdom, making new friendships, and developing the magic that she couldn’t cultivate before, alo
Samantha Hastings
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy fans look no further for your new favorite series! BLOODLEAF delivers on all levels: magic, action, romance, adventure, and a plot pace that will leave you breathless.

What I loved: 🖤🖤🖤
1. The subject matter is dark without being depressing. Bloodleaves grow not only from death, but from love and sacrifice.
2. Aurelia is a strong-willed heroine who makes grievous mistakes, but since her heart is in the right place, she is sympathetic. She is a loyal friend. And she’s not your typical princ
KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what I will offer you.


Great start to a book, I'm all about stories beginning with death. It's dramatic and it locks in my attention.

But to start your plot intrigue with a hiccup in a build-up of something obviously significant? Not really for me.

For example, if your characters gather around a fire and start chanting to call on the power of the Gods for protection and say that it will save someone's life in the cir
Had no idea this was a Goose Girl inspired story until Rachel told me, but knowing things about the story didn’t deter me from enjoying it! Thought it was a fun spin on things, and I liked the elements added to it a lot. Looking forward to the next one!
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
This debut author's retelling of the Grimm's Brother's The Goose Girl looks right up my alley! You can check out the first chapter HERE and get hooked, too!
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I went into this not knowing anything about Goose Girl, so I am not sure if it's a great retelling of that or not.  I do know that I read this book in less than 24 hours.  That is impressive for me with fantasy.  It was hard to put down.

Aurelia is a witch and also a princess in a place were witches are criminals.  They still hang them in front of an audience.  She uses blood magic and has to hide it from everyone.  She was promised as a baby to marry Valentin, the prince in another kingdom.  Whe
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Probably more of a 3.5 or 3.75
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.

A princess goes undercover in another kingdom after a failed assassination attempt in this young adult fantasy romance.

No way to break this easily – princess Aurelia is the dumbest princess I have ever met. This novel should be renamed to Aurelia and Her Awful, No Good, Stupid Choices. It seemed to me the author had the plot outlined, but she didn
Carolanne Strong
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goosegirl has long been a favorite fairytale of mine, and Crystal has reimagined it with visceral, crunchy details that make me think the Brother's Grimm were amatuers. I am one of Bloodleaf's earliest alpha readers (Crystal is my sister) and I've read it many, many times in various forms and even though I know what is coming, everytime, her prose still manages to sweep me up in the moment, make me forget the inevetable, reminds me with heartbreaking clarity why I came, and then invites me to co ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
More like 3.75.

I blew through this book in one night. While the plot and some of the characters are not as fleshed out as they could be, this is still an interesting read.
"What do you think? Do I look murderable?"

Ehhhhhh this book was kind of plain. If you enjoyed Heart of Mist or Snow Like Ashes then you'll probably love Bloodleaf. Those two books have similar pacing and writing styles and depth of world-building. But....I didn't like either very much, so I didn't love Bloodleaf either.

Bloodleaf didn't really have anything I haven't seen in fantasy before:
• 17-year-old MC falling for 20-22-year-old guys. (can we please stop having grown ass men be interested
Nikole Clow
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! BLOODLEAF does not disappoint; one of my favorite reads of 2018! Review coming soon!
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Review to come March 4th
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
****ARC received from publisher****

4.5 stars? Final rating to come.
4.5 is probably as high as I will go, but I might lower it? I’m not sure yet. I’ll write a full review soon!
Mar 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, 2018
this book publishes this year (anyone know a date? all i can find is "fall 2018") and was bought in a major deal ($500,000+) and yet i've heard absolutely nothing about it...
Cristian (The Bookish God)
4.5 stars! You guys should know that one of my favourite things in the world is a book about witches. Especially when it deals with witch hunting, dangerous magic and good political drama. That is exactly what this book is about and I was lucky enough to get a review copy!

Now, listen. This book is not simply a witchy book. Its twists and turns will have you at the edge of your seat, and I have a feeling this might be one of my favourite trilogies if the second book lives up to this one. The poss
Sydney (booksofkings)
There once were two brothers and a sister, the most promising mages of their orders, who gathered one day to cast a spell..

Bloodleaf is an ARC I received for free at Y'allfest and this review and following opinions are my own.

Crystal Smith's debut book, Bloodleaf is an exhilirating first book into her new Bloodleaf trilogy that really delves into the sacrifice that magic can request.

"Blood and sacrifice," I said. "As it is with all power."

Bloodleaf introduces three areas of magic that in the k
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to give a huge thank you to HMH Teen for giving out copies of this ARC at YallFest. I am forever grateful. This review is so hard to write because I am still recovering from the wild ride that this book took me on.

Bloodleaf exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. I went into this book expecting a decent story with some magic and world-building. I did not expect to connect with every character in some way. Every. Single. One.

There were so many emotions. I'm going to avoid spoilers i
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, the writing is lovely the magic is intriguing and the characters are very likable.
Princess Aurelia is born a blood mage in a courty that persecutes anyone suspected of being a witch. Burning them at the stake or hanging them in public. Feared and hated by her own people Aurelia hides her magic to keep from being caught and exicuted. She’s the first princess born in centuries and is destined to fulfill a treaty to marry the prince of a neighboring kingdom.
In a failed
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feb, arc
Ehh there was nothing wrong with this, but it just wasn’t anything special to me. Of course, that’s my own opinion and I’m sure many people will enjoy this! I liked the magic system, but I found myself accurately predicting everything that would happen so I was never surprised by “twists” or anything. And I didn’t feel particularly connected to any characters. And there were some events that had me questioning the believability of the story. But, once again, those are my own opinions and by no m ...more
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Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl's Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.
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