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The Resource Bloodleaf, by Crystal Smith

Bloodleaf, by Crystal Smith

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Bloodleaf
Title
Bloodleaf
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by Crystal Smith
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Blood leaf
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eng
Summary
  • Aurelia, the first princess born in Renalt in 200 years, is destined to marry the mysterious prince of Achelva, Valentin, but her treacherous lady-in-waiting, Lisette, plots to take her crown
  • Princess Aurelia is the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits, banned from using her blood-magic, and facing a forced marriage, Aurelia flees her country after an assassination attempt. She disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. Forging new bonds and perfecting her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. -- adapted from jacket
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  • Grades 9-12 Smith delivers an engaging story filled with magic and mystery in her debut YA novel. Princess Aurelia’s people fear and despise her for her blood magic, which is directly forbidden by the land’s religious leaders. Despite this, she’d rather take her chances in her own country, Renalt, than journey to the neighboring kingdom of Achleva to marry her betrothed, the sickly and reclusive Prince Valentin. However, when the danger in Renalt forces Aurelia to flee to Achleva, she soon discovers a plot to steal her crown and country. A multifaceted scheme, mistaken identity, and a simmering romance will keep readers riveted and dying to know how it all unfolds. The exploration of the land’s religion and people’s conflicting understandings of it seems to be a reflection of the real world, lending the story a deeper commentary without sidelining the main plot. An excellent choice for fans of smart, independent female leads, intriguing fantasy worlds, and a race against the clock to defeat evil. -- Rebecca Gonner (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p52)
  • As the first girl born to Renaltan royalty in generations, Princess Aurelia must marry Prince Valentin of Achleva to fulfill the treaty that ended the kingdoms’ centuries-long war. Seventeen-year-old Aurelia, a witch, resents the arrangement; she has feelings for her guard, Kellan, and rumors allege that Valentin is unwell. But when Renalta’s puritanical Tribunal and magic-fearing populace decide to execute her for witchcraft, she makes a run for Achleva and its magically protected borders. There, she faces a Princess Aurelia imposter and an unknown assailant systematically dismantling Achleva’s border wards. Aurelia wants to challenge her pretender, but even more pressing is the possible destruction of the kingdom’s mystical shield. Guided by a spirit dubbed the Harbinger, Aurelia poses as a peasant and partners with a boy named Zan to find and foil Achleva’s mysterious foe. Debut author Smith explores the power of sacrifice in this darkly romantic reimagining of the Brothers Grimm’s “The Goose Girl.” Smith’s rich mythology and affecting love story provides ample distraction from the occasional, overtly telegraphed plot twist, and subtly drawn characters illustrate the story’s interest in the difference between piety and goodness. Ages 14–up. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/25/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 8, p)
  • Magic and royalty interweave with contemporary concerns in this dark fantasy. Renaltan princess Aurelia is a witch. She studies forbidden books and avoids contact with the ghosts she sees while trying to hide her powers from a magic-fearing populace. She'll be safe once she marries the prince of another monarchy, quelling a centuries-old feud, but secretive, scheming powers knock those plans awry. Fleeing to the magically fortified city of Achleva she pretends to be a commoner with uncommon magical skill as deadly machinations swirl around her. Aurelia's and her friends' skin colors range from pale to dark brown, but racial identities don't come into play in the story. The plot is breathlessly fast, complete with creepy spirits, a satisfying romance, and complex but clear political twists and turns. The plot is purely fantasy, involving a cure-all that only comes after bloodshed, a horrifying ghost called the Harbinger, and the violent undoing of protective spells. However, some aspects—a protective but deadly wall, corrupt leaders who manipulate a repressive, pleasure-denying religion for their own ends, and King Domhnall, a hypocritical, whoring, "very stable genius"—will feel immediately relevant to savvy readers. The mythology feels classic yet fresh and interesting, though descriptions of "blood magic" (where practitioners often make themselves bleed) might warrant a trigger warning for self-injury. Political, romantic, magical, timely, yet also traditionally appealing. (Fantasy. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10761024
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Smith, Crystal,
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[Fic]
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maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.S644636
LC item number
Blo 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
Series statement
Bloodleaf series
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princesses
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Princesses
  • Attempted assassination
  • Young adult fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Young adult fiction
  • Magic
  • Attempted assassination
  • Fantasy
  • Princesses
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Bloodleaf, by Crystal Smith
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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Control code
on1035315935
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
377 pages
Isbn
9780358125440
Lccn
2018014687
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1035315935
Label
Bloodleaf, by Crystal Smith
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1035315935
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
377 pages
Isbn
9780358125440
Lccn
2018014687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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map
System control number
(OCoLC)1035315935

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