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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her ...more
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…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.

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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.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, romance, ya, arc
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
Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
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

Obligatory Summary

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 for
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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:
Kayla Gallup
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating-5/5 Stars
Usually cover sucker me into making me want to read the synopsis and want to read a book. This is what Bloodleaf did. Plus, it has royalty in it and fantasy in it, so totally what I love.
Aurelia is a Princess and she is supposed to marry a Prince from a different land, but she doesn’t want to. However, people in her country are killed if they are blood mages, which is her biggest secret.
One night her secret comes out and she must flee with her brother and a few trusted people.

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
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
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Holy hell. I didn't expect this book to make me ugly cry/sob so much but here we are. I still have a massive headache from all the crying and my eyes are still burning but at the end of it all, it was completely worth it.
This book follows Aurelia, a princess who must marry in order to bring two kingdoms together, peacefully, and who is keeping her magical abilities a secret. I loved her powers so much that I was sometimes jealous I did
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
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Leslie Baker
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC received via publisher

*clears throat* THIS BOOK IS AMAZING AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!! I seriously could not put this book down! Bloodleaf is Crystal debut novel and it’s full of magic, heartbreak and plot twist. Bloodleaf was unique and creative in so many ways. I absolutely adore Aurelia and Zan!! The characters are well rounded and the development was well done. There were so many heart pounding moments that had me on the edge of my seat!! I think that fans of Furyborn , Witchlands and Sa
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
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!
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I went into Crystal Smith’s Bloodleaf with very little knowledge on what it was about, other than a magical YA fantasy, one of my favorite kinds! Not only that, but it’s also a retelling of the fairy tale The Goose Girl. It’s been years since I’ve read that story from the Brothers Grimm, so I basically went into this one with no clue to what the general story was abo
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
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
Erin Arkin
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith was exactly what I was hoping for! From the first page, I was engaged in the story and found I didn’t want to put it down. There were twists and turns throughout the story and quite a bit happens in this first book. I’ll do my best to not include any spoilers so if something comes across as vague…sorry.

The main character is Princess Aurelia and when we meet her, it’s clear she is struggling with who she is and what she is facing. As the first Renaltan princess born in
Sofiya Pasternack
What I Liked
I definitely did a Twitter GIF reaction thread. Hop on in for like 70% gifs of people screaming.

I joke about Aurelia making bad decisions but she's actually just very realistic. I love her relationship with her brother, even through the strain it undergoes. Kellan *heart eyes* and Zan *annoyed heart eyes* are both great possible love interests to read about, even though there is blissfully no love triangle here (YET???). I saw some twists coming but others not so much. I literally cr
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Not bad! I don’t really see the Red Queen comparison though. The story, direction, and magic system was a lot more complicated than that—both a boon and a bane for this book, and the characters don’t resemble those from Red Queen either.

There were some illogical gaps, and I think the editing could use some work, but other than that, this book was pretty unique and entertaining. If you're tired of all the typical YA fantasy tropes prevalent in this genre, definitely give this a go. It’s pitched
Julith Perry
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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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