Greythorne (Bloodleaf #2) by Crystal Smith
Reading Rate: ****
Publisher: HMH Books
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Recommend if you liked: The Remnant Chronicles
After the ending of Bloodleaf I was ready to dive right into Greythorne to find out what happened next with Aurelia and Zan! I was very surprised to see that Smith took the storyline in a very different direction for this book so I struggled in the beginning with the shock of the character changes.
What I enjoyed:
- New magic systems elements presented
- As the story progressed and we learned more about the new characters I found myself getting sucked in again and enjoying the new twists.
What I struggled with:
- While I enjoyed the overall story line, I struggled with the use of Spectral Travel and Time Travel to explain a large amount of the happenings in the story. I felt the use of these elements really did more to undo to story than to wrap it up.
- The time travel gaps along with the recurring theme of people dying and coming back caused this book to fall short of its predecessor for me.
I also have to admit that I am sad about the cover change, the originals were some of my favorites.
Princess Aurelia’s life is turned upside down when the kingdom she thought she saved turns to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country refuses to respect her brother’s legitimate claim to the throne. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to get swept up in a coup d’état on the night of her brother’s coronation.
With everyone turned against her and enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia has nothing left to lose in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. But in her darkest moments when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost?
Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for the opportunity to read Greythorne in exchange for my honest opinion.