Release Date: August 13th 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.
When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.
It’s been a loong time since I’ve had a fairy tale fantasy book capture my attention like this one did. There’s also an urban fantasy vibe to it as well. I enjoyed that because it made for a fun read! The author has built this magical world with such creativity that you feel transported to another realm. THAT is a good sign of a good book. There’s tons of fairy tale references and it was fun to see how the author would put their twist on them. Briar was a fave. She isn’t perfect but tries to do the right thing when she can. A totally relatable character. This author is new to me and I enjoyed his style of writing and storytelling. I do hope there’s another book! I give this 5 stars.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*