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Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch.

Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country with nothing but her life.

Alone and adrift in an enemy kin
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 12th 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 su…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'd give it a PG-13 rating, but more for bloodshed and loss and some horror elements and some traumatic situations; it's not sexually explicit. …moreI'd give it a PG-13 rating, but more for bloodshed and loss and some horror elements and some traumatic situations; it's not sexually explicit. (less)

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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I decided I had to read this book after my friend Heather gave it five stars because we tend to have the same frustrations about YA fantasy. BLOODLEAF, however, is that one book out of one hundred that manages to turn all the usual tropes on their heads. It has innovative and interesting world-building, a compelling mythology, a strong female protagonist, real emotional stakes, and some really good twists and plotting that left me guessi
My boyfriend found an ARC of this chilling in his university student lounge. Literally in perfect condition, on a table, with a postcard sticking out saying "FREE BOOK." He immediately snatched it up and gave it to me (because he's the best).

And to whoever indirectly gifted me this book, thank you and I will read it soon.
Faith M ✨
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of A Darker Shade of Magic and Throne of Glass
I received this ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH This was actually really good, like wow

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Aurelia is a witch, and she is hated for it. All her life, she's been threatened because of her power, feared for her ability, and one day, just as she's to leave fo
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith is the first book of a new young adult fantasy trilogy by the same name. This series is another that is actually a retelling, however, with this one it’s a story I’m not familiar with myself, the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” so I went into this one reading it more as an original story myself.

While Princess Aurelia is an heir to the crown in her country she’s always had a quirky personality about her, this comes from Aurelia’s ability to see the ghosts around her.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, via NetGalley for an honest review.



A Retelling.

Witches, Magic, Royals, Murder.

Two Kingdoms. One Arranged Marriage.

And a really big wall.



…is that it?


Bloodleaf is a retelling of “The Goose Girl” and tracks Princess Aurelia as she is forced to travel from her kingdom of Renalt to the kingdom of Achleva, after she is accused of being a witch. With an arranged marriag
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
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 trait
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
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.
Nana Spark
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You like the premise and pretty covers
Recommended to Nana by: Faith M ✨


Faith, please don't hate me, but I'm about to tear this book apart. So just look away.

Thoughts 💭

My goodness this book was a roller-coaster ride. As I told Faith after finishing this:

"Not one of the Universal or Disney ones but more of the cheap ones you see at a carnival or something. They're kinda fun but lacking in something that just doesn't cut it."

That's basically how I feel about this. It has all the elements of a book I should love as a Goose Girl retelling but just didn’t hit
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
Lia Carstairs
Ahhhh well that was kind of torturous.😣
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it

Let me get started by saying this was not a good retelling of The Goose Girl, nor was it even a good book. I had so many issues with it, and the decisions the author made in regards to retelling that story. This review has some spoilers because wow there are some things I had Thoughts on. So 1 star.

First, the briefest of explanations for why this isn't a good retelling of The Goose Girl.

- There are no geese. NO GEESE. In a retelling of The
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Zan Stars****

Another complete book without a cliffhanger that I thoroughly enjoyed. The world building was spot on (not too much or too little description) along with characters that were easy to relate to and fall in love with.

Yes, the beginning was a bit slow but once it picked up....the action was non-stop with just the right amount of romance!
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
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as dnf
I’m DNFing this for now. I just have no desire to pick it back up. It had a strong beginning, but I’m 44% into it and just have lost interest in it.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Bloodleaf, but unfortunately I ultimately didn't love it as much as I was hoping to. Despite the fact that this book didn't completely live up to my expectations, I'll definitely be continuing with the series. :)

My Rating / Score: 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads' rating system. 7 out of 10 on my own personal scoring system.
Celia McMahon

I'm not sure what I expected from this book. I saw the pretty cover and the intriguing synopsis and thought, why not? I don't even think I read all of the synopsis. Sometimes, going in blind can be fun. But that was not the case with BLOODLEAF.

This book starts strong. We have the princess witnessing a witch execution all the while, being one herself. Something weird like her family casts away female borns, yet they kept, anyway she has to stay hidden because the kingdom hates her. I
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, magic
Soooooo...this started pretty well but as the book progressed my interest diminished. I found the story pretty predictable and the characters fairly shallow. The premise for the book was more exciting than the story itself.
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EDIT: 2nd Reading

I read this just as quickly as the first time, and was just as engrossed. It’s such a well laid out and plotted story that you just can’t help to admire & enjoy! Also the quibbles at had on my first read through (2yrs ago) didn’t exist this time around so I bumped up to the full 5 🌟 I think at that time it really was just coming off a bad book when I went into this one so was feeling persnickety 😏 Cause it’s all good now!! Now to finally pick up Greythorne like I meant to do whe
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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
This had a very slow meh start for me that I debated reading past the first 50 pages but I'm glad I pushed through it. I love that YA is suddenly using the crap out of blood magic. I wanted just more of the magic itself though I did enjoy all the political maneuvering and the chase. The characters were okay. Would I spend $26.99 CAD on the book? No. I wouldn't have touched this if my Library didn't have the book and Audible had the audiobook as a daily deal. But I'll definitely read the sequel v ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bloodleaf was so good!! Also can we just take a moment and appreciate how GORGEOUS this cover is!! I can't wait to read Greythorne-I got an ARC last week woohoo! ...more

Title: Bloodleaf
Series: Bloodleaf #1
Author: Crystal Smith
Release date: March 12, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:YA fantasy

I was very excited to read Bloodleaf, and I think the concept of the magic system has merit, but it didn't come together as well as I hoped it would. In parts, there are some fresh ideas, notably the poison/healing power infused in the bloodleaf plant and Princess Aurelia's ability to see spirits of the departed. However, the clichés outnumbered the unique aspects for me personal
Heather *champagne & sweatpants but in a goth way*
It's really hard for me to get into fantasy of any kind—the adult books are too dense and lack a human connection, and the YA ones are often too flimsy. Either way, I struggle to care about the world presented for my enjoyment.

I might not have picked up Bloodleaf except that the cover was so pretty, it was only $5, and when I opened it to the first page, I discovered it wasn't written in first person present. PHEW. When I started reading, I struggled a little to make sense of the world (that's o
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was far more afraid of those who hated sinners than I ever was of sin.'


Accurate rating: 3.5 stars

The last few fantasy books I've read have been like this book: more enjoyable than I expected, but ultimately nothing truly great. Sure, there are moments I really liked, plot elements that hit my desires just right, some interesting characters . . . but overall lacking that something I need to really love a book.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This one took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story. Well done!

“I’m just a girl...figuring things out as I go along. I’m just as lost and confused and lonely as anyone else.”

A Book Shrew
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
I appear to be on a roll. What do we have here but yet another book I am FURIOUS I let sit idle for a year. This was exactly the fantasy I needed after reading some real flops, and it delivered.

Full review at A Book Shrew

I must start with the writing, the story it crafted, and how freaking incredible it all was. I think this was a retelling of The Goose Girl with ghosts. I had never heard of The Goose Girl before so I can't say how it translates, but I loved this iteration anyway. The writing st
Jennifer Parr
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, won
This was really good. I teared up a few times. I’m looking forward to the next one
Joshee Kun (조수아)
The ending was info-dumpy, so I need time to process. :3
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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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