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 but can be read as a standalone novel. This particular book in the series is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It does have a bit of a life of it’s own bringing magic into the story and Omorose being the one that is cursed due to her use of magic. This story was an OK read, I liked the way the story brought new things into the mix but felt there was a lot that could have been done a little better to make me truly fall in love with the book though.
The story really could have used a bit better world building in the beginning to explain Omorose’s land and use of magic earlier on. I found it a bit strange that Omorose seemed to be more worried about her not being able to practice magic instead of just being thankful she’s alive or worried about anyone else of her kind being hunted but again I think that goes with the lack of understanding in the beginning.
Overall, an OK Beauty and The Beast retelling. Not without it’s faults but fans of retellings will probably find enjoy this read.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.