3 Books That Hit My Radar #28

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these posts. In my month off, I’ve accumulated a decent list – so a bunch of these posts are about to come your way. But for today, I’ve got three new (to me) recommendations for you.

To Bleed a Crystal Bloom (Crystal Bloom #1) – Sarah A. Parker – Ummm, dark Rapunzel retelling? Full of angst? Do I actually need to say more? I honestly had no idea what this was about, I saw the cover and said “ooo pretty” but dark Rapunzel? Be still my heart.

The Wraith and the Rose – C.J. Brightley – Victorian – inspired setting, Fair Folk and a hero saving the day? Yes, please! This sounds amazing but like To Bleed a Crystal Bloom – I initially saw the cover and wanted it because of that alone.

Veil of Truth and Trickery – Analeigh Ford – Reverse Harem with Fae? Y’all I need to start looking up the synopses for books – because I would have picked this up sooner LOL


To Bleed a Crystal Bloom (Crystal Bloom #1) – Sarah A. Parker

What a pretty flower to keep locked in a big, rocky tower.

Nineteen years ago, I was plucked from the heart of a bloody massacre that spared nobody else.

Small. Fragile.
An enigma.

Now ward to a powerful High Master who knows too much and says too little, I lead a simple life, never straying from the confines of an imaginary line I’ve drawn around the castle grounds.
Stay within. Never leave.
Out there, the monsters lurk. Inside, I’m safe … though at a cost far greater than the blood I drip into a goblet daily.
Toxic, unreciprocated love for a man who’s utterly unavailable.

My savior. My protector.
My almost executioner.

I can’t help but be enamored with the arcane man who holds the power to pull my roots from the ground.

When voracious beasts spill across the land and threaten to fray the fabric of my tailored existence, the petals of reality will peel back to reveal an ugly truth. But in a castle puddled with secrets, none are greater than the one I’ve kept from myself.

No tower is tall enough to protect me from the horror that tore my life to shreds.


To Bleed a Crystal Bloom is a dark Rapunzel reimagining full of immersive imagery and breathtaking angst. A unique new fantasy series perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout, guaranteed to grip you from the very first page.


The Wraith and the Rose – C.J. Brightley

The Fair Folk are stealing children.

One man is stealing them back.

When Miss Lilybeth Rose Hathaway and her family arrive in Ardmond for the season, Lily can’t help but be charmed by wealthy, popular Theo Overton’s lovely manners and genuine affection. The Hathaways are soon elevated far beyond what they might have imagined, and like everyone else, they are captivated by rumors of the national hero known as the Wraith, who is saving human children from the terrors of the Fair Court.

The arrival of the Special Envoy of the Fair Court tasked with capturing the Wraith frightens everyone. But the Wraith is far too clever to be captured… until the stakes become personal.

The Wraith and the Rose is a delightful reimagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel in a Victorian-inspired setting with dangerous Fair Folk and a love worth dying for.


Veil of Truth and Trickery – Analeigh Ford

Delphine has been fae-marked from birth, treated as a curse despite the fact the once treacherous fae haven’t been sighted in decades—in fact, no one in Delph’s village has so much as laid eyes on one of the folk in nearly a century.

Right up until a fae turns up on her doorstep, demanding Delph as down payment.

No sooner has she set foot in the fae realm, however, then she learns she’s no mere collateral in a deal made with the lord that owns her family lands. She was selected for a reason, hunted down for a single purpose.

The fae courts are fading. The folk disappearing.

Only four courts remain. Four princes determined to save their crumbling kingdoms.

And Delph … Delph may just hold the key to save them all.

But even as Delph learns to see past the feared glamour of the fae realm, she quickly learns the impossible position she’s found herself in. The fae may not be the monsters she was led to believe, but in order to save them … she may have to become a monster herself.


A Veil of Truth and Trickery is the first of a New Adult reverse harem fantasy series that may contain content sensitive to some readers. 

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