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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'ét 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? 


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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'ét 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? 

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  1. 5 out of 5

    ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω

    Woah wait, where’d that flippin gorgeous green cover go that matched Bloodleaf?! 😱 I was counting down the days until I could buy that amazing thing!! 💰Omg this is so disappointing!! 😭😭😭 Woah wait, where’d that flippin gorgeous green cover go that matched Bloodleaf?! 😱 I was counting down the days until I could buy that amazing thing!! 💰Omg this is so disappointing!! 😭😭😭

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith M ✨

    YO THIS NEW COVER THO!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    I finished this the day after it came out and I loved it so much. Blood leaf was in my top 10 favorites of last year with a fantastic ending, and the ending of this one is even better. The plot line and pacing was great throughout. There were a few plot twists that were easy to see coming but were still enjoyable. And the character growth was so good, especially with Aurelia, the main character, and Onal. All of the characters are great in this and I hope we continue to see more from them. Espec I finished this the day after it came out and I loved it so much. Blood leaf was in my top 10 favorites of last year with a fantastic ending, and the ending of this one is even better. The plot line and pacing was great throughout. There were a few plot twists that were easy to see coming but were still enjoyable. And the character growth was so good, especially with Aurelia, the main character, and Onal. All of the characters are great in this and I hope we continue to see more from them. Especially Conrad, Aurelia’s brother, I think he is really interesting and I hope he is seen more and has a bigger role. I also wished there was more romance, because I love Aurelia and a an together, and I want to see Kellan find love. And like I said before, the ending of Bloodleaf was fantastic, but this one was everything! We are left on a huge cliffhanger, and I am anticipating Ebonwilde even more know.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    i'M fiNE i jUsT gOt an ARC cOpY so brb I'm gonna go drown in feels now i'M fiNE i jUsT gOt an ARC cOpY so brb I'm gonna go drown in feels now

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Greythorne, by author Crystal Smith, is the second installment in the author's Bloodleaf Trilogy. The story picks up about 6 weeks after the end of Bloodleaf which saw the fall of Achleva, the disappearance of Zan, and the arrival of a usurper named Dominic Castillion. As the story moves forward, the coronation day for Aurelia's 8-year-old brother Conrad Costin Altenar is on the horizon. Conrad is the ascendant of King Renault *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Greythorne, by author Crystal Smith, is the second installment in the author's Bloodleaf Trilogy. The story picks up about 6 weeks after the end of Bloodleaf which saw the fall of Achleva, the disappearance of Zan, and the arrival of a usurper named Dominic Castillion. As the story moves forward, the coronation day for Aurelia's 8-year-old brother Conrad Costin Altenar is on the horizon. Conrad is the ascendant of King Renault but after what happened to his sister and mother, people are wary of his ascension. What’s worse is that he was tricked into betraying Aurelia who has done nothing but try to help Conrad. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much HMH and Netgalley for letting me read and review GREYTHORNE* It has been a few days since I've finished Greythrone and I am still in complete and utter shock with everything that happened in this novel. Bloodleaf was my favorite novel of 2019 so it was no surprise that I was going to love Greythorne, but honestly I am obsessed and I need to know what is going to happen next. Crystal is a masterful story teller who uses fast The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much HMH and Netgalley for letting me read and review GREYTHORNE* It has been a few days since I've finished Greythrone and I am still in complete and utter shock with everything that happened in this novel. Bloodleaf was my favorite novel of 2019 so it was no surprise that I was going to love Greythorne, but honestly I am obsessed and I need to know what is going to happen next. Crystal is a masterful story teller who uses fast moving plots and beautiful imagery to keep her readings craving more. Plus, THAT ENDING. At the end of Bloodleaf Aurelia has witness the fall of Achlev and pulled Zan back from the reaches of death. Just when we thought that their story could get a happily ever after, Dominic Castillion has just enrolled his plans to take over what is left of the fallen kingdom of Achlev and Renalt. Greythorne picks up a few months after the end of Bloodleaf. Due to Aurelia's mother dying as part of the blood cloth magic that saves Aurelia from death, it leaves her young brother Conrad as the heir to the throne. But all isn't as it seems as Aurelia returns to Greythrone manor for Conrad's coronation. The tribunal is back and they are set on taking the Renalt kingdom for themselves. With Kellan, Onal and a some new characters Aurelia sets off on a journey into the Ebonwilde to end this all once and for all. The revelations in the first couple of chapters had me gasping and flipping through the pages of this book as fast as I could. Smith managed to further the plot with events that happened after Bloodleaf ends and before Greythorne start, but seamlessly weaves them in. I did not predict half of the revelations of the things that were going to happen. One revelation in particular had me crying at 2a.m. because just how can this be happening!? I loved that we got to see Aurelia begin to explore her magic and its boundaries more in Greythorne. Though magic is frowned up, many know that Aurelia is a "witch" so she doesn't have to hide it as she once did. In Bloodleaf, if you were suspected of being a witch then the Tribunal would have you hung. I think it was interesting too to see Aurelia struggle with knowing what the right thing to do is, but knowing that in certain situations she can't use her magic in the ideal way. Onal has always been one of my favorite characters. Shes blunt, cranky and straight up doesn't put up with anyone's bullshit. In Greythorne we learn a lot more about Onal, her beginnings and her purpose in the castle. I'd loved seeing that bond that Onal and Aurelia continued to build in this novel. THAT ENDING. WHAT. The ending of Greythorne is the biggest cliffhanger that I have read in a long long long time. I'm itching to get Ebonwilde into my hands to know what is going to happen to these characters next. BUT THE PAIN. Overall I loved Greythorne as much as I loved Bloodleaf, possibly even more and I can't wait to see what heartbreak Smith has in store for us next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Okay, so the second book was WAY better than the first. Definitely happy that I stuck with this series and now I can't wait for the third book! Greythorne was so freaking easy to devour. I feel like the audio went by so quickly when I was working that I had to double check that it actually ended on me before my brain caught up to it. Now I thought the first book was just okay and I was a little hesitant to jump into the sequel. Luckily for me, Aurelia was just so much better in this one. I don't r Okay, so the second book was WAY better than the first. Definitely happy that I stuck with this series and now I can't wait for the third book! Greythorne was so freaking easy to devour. I feel like the audio went by so quickly when I was working that I had to double check that it actually ended on me before my brain caught up to it. Now I thought the first book was just okay and I was a little hesitant to jump into the sequel. Luckily for me, Aurelia was just so much better in this one. I don't really know what happened in between these two books but she grew on me. Of course she has a whole set of new problems in this book. With each twist and turn that came my way, I was just stuck to my seat the entire time. I wanted, no - needed, to know what was going to happen in this one and what's the deal with the curses? Oh lord so many things were happening for my more pudding brain to catch up. Yet, I ate it all up. Even though this is book 2, I honestly don't have a favorite character yet. Maybe in the next one I might have a winner but who knows. Now I have to sit and wait for book 3 to become available.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Booklover

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For some reason my review got deleted. So this one will be shorter because I’m upset lol. The reason I only gave this four stars was because the chronological structure of this story bothered me. I don’t think it will bother everyone, but to me it took away from the characters and their development. After Bloodleaf, we skip about five our six months into the future starting in Greythorne. Auriela is living in a pleasure house gambling and saving money, Zan is just...gone and Auriela won’t talk a For some reason my review got deleted. So this one will be shorter because I’m upset lol. The reason I only gave this four stars was because the chronological structure of this story bothered me. I don’t think it will bother everyone, but to me it took away from the characters and their development. After Bloodleaf, we skip about five our six months into the future starting in Greythorne. Auriela is living in a pleasure house gambling and saving money, Zan is just...gone and Auriela won’t talk about him, Conrad is king and misses his sister, and everything is just so very different from what I expected it to be—which isn’t the actual issue. The issue is that once she starts to reveal all of the events that transpired in the five or six months that have passed, I realized we should have been there for those events. Zan apparently dying, Auriela breaking off from the castle and staying away. Since these characters weren’t very well developed in book 1, I think being present for these moments would have aided their character development, considering there wasn’t a whole lot of it throughout this second installment. The relationship between Auriela and Zan is also weird. They got engaged—which we ALSO weren’t present for. I feel like their relationship as a whole is barley sentient. I actually don’t care about them as a couple because it was poorly developed in the book. Almost non-existent. After we (obviously) see that Zan still lives and breaths, they almost get naughty once before she realized Zan is the reason she’s dying. Zan yelled at her once about how he felt much later, and for the most part he was always captured or they were always separated which was really underwhelming for their relationship growth. The plot was the only thing pushing me along. Auriela learning about walking through the land of the “dead”, learning her body wasn’t he real body, but that half of her was in that world the entire time, which was why she had white hair and looked how she did. That was interesting. When Simon sent her on her quest to break her blood-bond to Kellan so she could die and keep chaos from reining, I thought that would be interesting to see play out. I enjoyed Arcenaux, even though I wanted more from her as an antagonist. She felt a little too background. There was honestly not much threat from her besides in the beginning when she declared Auriela a conspirator with their enemy—Zan’s kingdom. The revelations were okay. They helped me care a bit more than I actually thought I would. Learning Urso was Mathuin Greythorne. Okay. Cool. Learning that Aurelia’s dad was the son of their nursemaid Onal, and that Onal had another daughter—Arcenaux. Okay, I’m here for that. I liked Onal a lot. When Rosetta lies to Auriela about the Bell that would break the blood bond because she wanted it for herself so she could finally die, I was a tiny bit shocked. Shocked enough that I was interested. Overall this installment was okay. I gave it for stars originally, but I think three is more fitting so I changed it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice There’s something about starting a series and liking the first book, but then LOVING the sequel. I’ll admit, when I read Bloodleaf, I liked the story, but wanted to love it. I’m definitely a mood reader, so I made it my goal to pick up Greythorne and see how this one would go. I am happy to say that I was blown away by this story and the way that it has built up to an incredible story that I’m excited to find out what will happe Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice There’s something about starting a series and liking the first book, but then LOVING the sequel. I’ll admit, when I read Bloodleaf, I liked the story, but wanted to love it. I’m definitely a mood reader, so I made it my goal to pick up Greythorne and see how this one would go. I am happy to say that I was blown away by this story and the way that it has built up to an incredible story that I’m excited to find out what will happen next. It builds momentum and anticipation for each of the characters and there’s so much more meaning infused in each of their actions. This was the story that I was waiting for. If you haven’t read Bloodleaf, then you absolutely should because you’re going to want to have Greythorne on your TBR list. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    Sleeping Beauty meets Sleepy Hollow in this stunning sequel that’s darker and deadlier than the first book. Aurelia is mourning the loss of her mother, her fiancé, Zan, and her blood magic. Once a princess, she now lives above a tavern and plays cards for money. She is plagued by dark dreams of blood, burning, and death. Meanwhile, her little brother Conrad is supposed to be crowned king. But their country is in uproar and the tribunal is still hunting witches—witches like Aurelia. The plot line Sleeping Beauty meets Sleepy Hollow in this stunning sequel that’s darker and deadlier than the first book. Aurelia is mourning the loss of her mother, her fiancé, Zan, and her blood magic. Once a princess, she now lives above a tavern and plays cards for money. She is plagued by dark dreams of blood, burning, and death. Meanwhile, her little brother Conrad is supposed to be crowned king. But their country is in uproar and the tribunal is still hunting witches—witches like Aurelia. The plot line is as twisty and tricky as a forest of thorns—you think you know where it’s going but then there’s another curve to the story. Another sharp surprise until you prick your finger.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gretal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, that wasn't as bad as Bloodleaf, but that's not exactly saying a whole lot considering I hated Bloodleaf. The best thing about this book was Onal, but because she's both gay and a woman, obviously she had to die. (Seriously. please fucking stop). Well, that wasn't as bad as Bloodleaf, but that's not exactly saying a whole lot considering I hated Bloodleaf. The best thing about this book was Onal, but because she's both gay and a woman, obviously she had to die. (Seriously. please fucking stop).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelby (Grace with Books)

    I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. What a ride. I swear this second book had more twists and turns than the first. I found the beginning of the story to be a lot of explaining what happened in the month between the end of bloodleaf and Greythorne, it was a lot of confusion and catching up but after that bumpy beginning, it became really enjoyable. I think watching Aurelia deal with the I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. What a ride. I swear this second book had more twists and turns than the first. I found the beginning of the story to be a lot of explaining what happened in the month between the end of bloodleaf and Greythorne, it was a lot of confusion and catching up but after that bumpy beginning, it became really enjoyable. I think watching Aurelia deal with the fall out of her actions in bloodleaf was very compelling and seeing her struggling with the aftermath made her a much more dynamic character to read about. The ending left me breathless and I cannot wait for the final book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Longmei Ge

    My local Barnes and Noble just got this is stock! Hooray! 💪

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I need a minute. Or ten or a thousnd. I lost hold of my feelings somewhere along the way and they are still running wild. This book, I mean—I thought the first one was intense?! This jumps that to a whole new level. A huge thank you to Raincoast Books and HMH Teen for the ARC copy! From what I gathered in reading this, I believe this second instalment is a Sleeping Beauty slash Sleepy Hollow retelling mash-up. The story picks up about 5 months after the end of Bloodleaf. I was incredibly satisfied I need a minute. Or ten or a thousnd. I lost hold of my feelings somewhere along the way and they are still running wild. This book, I mean—I thought the first one was intense?! This jumps that to a whole new level. A huge thank you to Raincoast Books and HMH Teen for the ARC copy! From what I gathered in reading this, I believe this second instalment is a Sleeping Beauty slash Sleepy Hollow retelling mash-up. The story picks up about 5 months after the end of Bloodleaf. I was incredibly satisfied with the ending of Bloodleaf, and that died pretty soon after once I read the synopsis. It's pretty easy to put together the dots of what happened based on the summary, and it is shortly confirmed in the first few chapters. Aurelia has become a bit of a loner. She is in mourning and still reeling from the events of the past book. Her little brother, Conrad, is about to be crowned king, but the world is still in turmoil from the fall of Achlev. Greythorne estate is surrounded by Achlevian refugees who are without a country and in a place that does not like them. Worse still is the Tribunal, which again, Crystal Smith makes so easy to hate. Aurelia is a much changed character from who we met on the first page of Book 1. She has become hard and tough, both from her experiences and her growing grief. Two of the three lives tied to her remain now that her mother died in her place. Properly outed as a witch, she is not loved by her people. Worse still is that she was the one who brought the wall down in Achlev. She's the one who brought these unwanted, heathen refugees into Renault only for them to steal jobs or not work at all. If that sounds Trump-like, 99% there is a jab at him in the shape of a "rake the forest" line. Despite all that, Aurelia still tries to help however she can from the shadows for both Renault and Achlev. Making matters even worse, something is wrong with her blood magic. She can't see the ghosts she used to, and using her magic makes her horribly ill. The absolute intensity that sucked me into Bloodleaf is still here. Crystal Smith clearly has a gift for writing scenes that make me clutch my pearls and squirm from the sheer craziness of what is going down. I've read few stories that can dig into my feelings like this series seems to do. I am not exaggerating when I say this is literal edge of your seat action. I must admit that the story doesn't seem as ... deep this time. There is a lot more traveling around by the characters and there are a lot of disjointed dream sequences (for good reason, I promise). Despite that, the plot was no less intriguing or riveting. It was near impossible to put down. Not to mention the plot twists! There were so many things I either did not see coming or never would have expected to come up. I finished both Bloodleaf and Greythorne inside of a week, and now you're telling me I have to wait a year for Ebonwilde? After THAT ending?! I mean, I'll do it, but it will not be easy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    anna grace

    I cannot WAIT for this gosh I loved Bloodleaf

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    * I received an arc from my local indie in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes when going into a sequel, I’m anxious as to how it’s going to turn out. I really enjoyed Crystal’s debut, Bloodleaf, and Greythorne, I’m happy to report, exceeded my expectations! I was hooked from the beginning and it was hard to put down. Some time has passed since the end of Bloodleaf. Aurelia finds herself mourning the loss of her blood magic and her recently departed loved ones. She’s not much of a princess an * I received an arc from my local indie in exchange for an honest review* Sometimes when going into a sequel, I’m anxious as to how it’s going to turn out. I really enjoyed Crystal’s debut, Bloodleaf, and Greythorne, I’m happy to report, exceeded my expectations! I was hooked from the beginning and it was hard to put down. Some time has passed since the end of Bloodleaf. Aurelia finds herself mourning the loss of her blood magic and her recently departed loved ones. She’s not much of a princess anymore..she’s living above a tavern and playing cards for money. She keeps having horrible dreams about blood, death, and burning. Her brother Conrad has an upcoming coronation he is preparing for. Their country is in an upheaval and they refuse to accept Conrad’s claim to the throne. Meanwhile, the tribunal is still hunting witches, like Aurelia. Aurelia winds up at her best friend Kellan’s home, Greythorne Manor, as she has no other place to call hers. When she arrives at Greythorne, she finds herself in quite the predicament. We get to go on an amazing adventure with Aurelia and we learn so much more about her. She’s definitely become a favorite of mine! We are also introduced to some intriguing new characters. This book was full of so many twists, turns, and surprises, you will be left speechless and crying for more! Have no fear, the sequel Ebonwilde will be released in 2021.

  17. 4 out of 5

    olivia

    I don't know what to say except that I loved this so much. There's A LOT to take in throughout the whole book and I was just fervently hoping for a happy, or at least better, ending than the inevitable. I'm so excited for the next book - there's so much fallout to deal with and I just want to see them all happy please ;A; I don't know what to say except that I loved this so much. There's A LOT to take in throughout the whole book and I was just fervently hoping for a happy, or at least better, ending than the inevitable. I'm so excited for the next book - there's so much fallout to deal with and I just want to see them all happy please ;A;

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... GREYTHORNE is an enthralling sequel to BLOODLEAF, a YA fantasy series with intricate world-building and memorable characters. Aurelia is a princess and a blood witch in a country that persecutes blood magic. After the events of the first book, she has returned to her country and is trying to survive while also helping out the refugees arriving there. She believes that the best way she can help her brother, the prince, is by staying See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... GREYTHORNE is an enthralling sequel to BLOODLEAF, a YA fantasy series with intricate world-building and memorable characters. Aurelia is a princess and a blood witch in a country that persecutes blood magic. After the events of the first book, she has returned to her country and is trying to survive while also helping out the refugees arriving there. She believes that the best way she can help her brother, the prince, is by staying away, but this request becomes more complicated than she could have imagined. As she learns that her life has thrown the dimensions out of balance and the consequences of her future choices have ramifications on more levels than she could imagine. The path that she sets out on to correct them is challenging and full of unexpected characters and complexities. What I loved: My absolute favorite part of this book was the wild twists at the end that completely surprised me and were absolutely so fantastically woven in. It really blew my mind and was masterfully done. Although the beginning third of the book took a while to really find its stride, the rest of the book is fantastically plotted, full of twists, and really builds this already engaging world. We learn more of the mythology of this world and the roles that people play. I also really appreciated some background of the villain of the story that really create a more three-dimensional character plus add some new and unexpected links. Like the first, this sequel really drew me in with the intricate world-building and shocking twists. The characters are well-composed and it is easy for the reader to become invested in their destinies, particularly Aurelia. She is flawed and makes mistakes but also passionate and courageous. Her story is one that is eagerly followed. There are some new characters here that I found really compelling and I really enjoyed the journey. Final verdict: With lush world-building, lots of action/adventure, and compelling characters, GREYTHORNE is an excellent continuation of Aurelia's story that will blow readers away. Please note that I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    Greythorne is everything a sequel should be. It has everything I loved about Bloodleaf, but it takes the plot and the stakes to the next level. Aurelia reels from the destruction of Achlev and the events that cost her the life of someone she loves, but she has little time to grieve. A coup by enemy mages puts her brother's acscent to the throne at risk, and Aurelia soon finds herself on the run and hunted like a fugitive on all sides. With the return of someone from her past and a darkness comin Greythorne is everything a sequel should be. It has everything I loved about Bloodleaf, but it takes the plot and the stakes to the next level. Aurelia reels from the destruction of Achlev and the events that cost her the life of someone she loves, but she has little time to grieve. A coup by enemy mages puts her brother's acscent to the throne at risk, and Aurelia soon finds herself on the run and hunted like a fugitive on all sides. With the return of someone from her past and a darkness coming to claim her as its own, Aurelia along with Kellan and Onal must seek out the warden of the Ebonwilde if they have any hope of survival. Will Aurelia finally bring peace to Renalt and see her brother safely on the throne, or will the secrets of the past swallow her whole? I enjoyed Bloodleaf, but I LOVED Greythorne. The ante is upped from the first page. Aurelia comes off in this book was such a sympathetic character who is simultaneously trying to keep the people she loves safe and attempting to grieve the loss of Zan. The twist Smith employs regarding Aurelia and Zan in this novel pretty much knocked me off my feet, and was one of my favorite parts of this novel. I couldn't get enough of the star-crossed, forbidden lost romance between them. Aurelia's resilience was truly admirable. I also loved the lore of the warden of the Ebonwilde and the truth behind it was also an enjoyable thing to watch unfold. Smith has outdone herself with this exciting next installment of her Bloodleaf trilogy, one with complex but heartfelt characters, expansive world-building and dangerous magic. A story about a girl embracing the one thing that makes others abhor in her to save the people she loves, all the while trying to keep the darkness from consuming her.

  20. 4 out of 5

    iriamxx

    "She was fresh-turned earth and autumn leaves and caustic wind." Bloodleaf was a dark, romantic, fairytale retelling, which I loved. In all honesty, I was worried Greythorne would not live up to it's predecessor, however, it was better!!! The story starts months after Bloodleaf ended, but so much has happened. Aurelia is living alone at a tavern, where she tries to help the refugees that fled to Renalt after the fall of Achleva. Her fiancé, Zan, was killed by a usurper and the Tribunal are gai "She was fresh-turned earth and autumn leaves and caustic wind." Bloodleaf was a dark, romantic, fairytale retelling, which I loved. In all honesty, I was worried Greythorne would not live up to it's predecessor, however, it was better!!! The story starts months after Bloodleaf ended, but so much has happened. Aurelia is living alone at a tavern, where she tries to help the refugees that fled to Renalt after the fall of Achleva. Her fiancé, Zan, was killed by a usurper and the Tribunal are gaining support. Aurelia can no longer use blood magic without greatly weakening herself and after the king's coronation is stormed by the Tribunal, she is on the run. I loved the plot of this story. There were times where I was slightly confused, however the author reveals small snippets of information gradually and I found myself eagerly awaiting each new twist. Where Bloodleaf was predictable, Greythorne took so many unexpected turns. The romance which was so prevalent in the first book takes a back seat, and the plot focuses more on magic, witches and history. I loved this, as it allowed Aurelia's character to develop independent of Zan's. I adored Rosetta and Onal, and their sarcasm and bickering brought light to an otherwise dark tale. I also grew to love Kellan even more. The writing was lyrical and the world building continued to be amazing. Now I'm just annoyed I have to wait for the third book!! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Houde

    I was licky to trade for this book and let me say I’m so happy because I loved the first soo much.. also this is about to get super SPOILERY so stop reading if you don’t want to know.. Wow just wow! Let me finish drying my eyes because this book hit so many emotions and tears. We leave off a few months or maybe a year from what happened in the first book and Conrad waiting to be announced King, while Aurelia lives a life and hiding mourning Zan, who has supposedly died in a ship wreck. Turns ou I was licky to trade for this book and let me say I’m so happy because I loved the first soo much.. also this is about to get super SPOILERY so stop reading if you don’t want to know.. Wow just wow! Let me finish drying my eyes because this book hit so many emotions and tears. We leave off a few months or maybe a year from what happened in the first book and Conrad waiting to be announced King, while Aurelia lives a life and hiding mourning Zan, who has supposedly died in a ship wreck. Turns out he didn’t and comes back in time to help her fight some of the Tribunal still wanting to rule all. Dark forces are out to stop and control the very world they live in. So many secrets and hurt is exposed that it makes for one epic story. This story is like a fairytale reimagining in a way. So many mixed tales make a story and adventure that I really really enjoyed. There’s a sort of poem/song that is legend and told down the line and it reminded me of the Headless Horseman I’m Sleepy Hollow. Then you have a princess in a not eternal sleep within a glass coffin, that eh hem is like Sleeping beauty. And once again it ends with so many questions and an Aaaaahhhhhhh moment that has me needing the third book now!! Right NOW! Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine and Dandelion Wine by The Dear Tongues was on repeat while reading but when I got to the third half and a major event happens to a certain loved old lady.. ugh my heart.. I had Hozier’s Work Song on repeat and it so effing fittng!! So many feels HMH seriously I need book 3!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristyne

    This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it and I still can't get over this book, it is only the day after I finished but I don't see myself being able to get over the journey & shock this book took me on! This is my favorite read of the year alongside Bloodleaf. We pick up weeks after Bloodleaf left off and so much has happened since then. Conrad is going to be crowned king, Aurelia is dealing with the aftermath of everything that happened at the end of Bloodleaf, she doesn't bring up Zan. Ther This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it and I still can't get over this book, it is only the day after I finished but I don't see myself being able to get over the journey & shock this book took me on! This is my favorite read of the year alongside Bloodleaf. We pick up weeks after Bloodleaf left off and so much has happened since then. Conrad is going to be crowned king, Aurelia is dealing with the aftermath of everything that happened at the end of Bloodleaf, she doesn't bring up Zan. There were some huge revelations at the beginning of this book that shocked and broke me, and don't worry, this isn't the only part of the book that will leave you that way. I do not want to mention the revelations because spoilers and it would take away from the journey. The tribunal is back and worse than ever with a new leader. So much stuff happens within that you will just want to rush through the book. The end of the book was probably the wildest part with so many twists and turns. I am so sad that this book is over and the wait for Ebonwilde is going to be rough.

  23. 4 out of 5

    jade

    i just want you guys to know that i read the synopsis of this book last night after i finished the first book....and ALMOST CRIED AND HAD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN. if you're interested in knowing why... (view spoiler)[ZAN WAS REVIVED IN THE LAST BOOK AT THE COST OF AURELIA'S MOTHER BUT IT WAS ALL HAPPY AND GOOD! BUT HE'S DEAD AGAIN?! WHYYY... (hide spoiler)] crystal smith said that "Everything WILL be okay...sort of?". and i have no idea wtf that means, but i'm SCARED now :'( i just want you guys to know that i read the synopsis of this book last night after i finished the first book....and ALMOST CRIED AND HAD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN. if you're interested in knowing why... (view spoiler)[ZAN WAS REVIVED IN THE LAST BOOK AT THE COST OF AURELIA'S MOTHER BUT IT WAS ALL HAPPY AND GOOD! BUT HE'S DEAD AGAIN?! WHYYY... (hide spoiler)] crystal smith said that "Everything WILL be okay...sort of?". and i have no idea wtf that means, but i'm SCARED now :'(

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Lee

    It always makes me nervous when I sit down to read a second installment of a series when I absolutely adored the first one. Will it stand up? Will I enjoy this as much as the first? Will I be treated to a full story while still seeing ends tied up and new threads woven for what’s to come? I shouldn’t have worried. The answer to all those questions was a resounding yes! Greythorne was a perfect follow up to Bloodleaf. And it’s ending paved the way for what’s sure to be a stellar finish in Ebonwil It always makes me nervous when I sit down to read a second installment of a series when I absolutely adored the first one. Will it stand up? Will I enjoy this as much as the first? Will I be treated to a full story while still seeing ends tied up and new threads woven for what’s to come? I shouldn’t have worried. The answer to all those questions was a resounding yes! Greythorne was a perfect follow up to Bloodleaf. And it’s ending paved the way for what’s sure to be a stellar finish in Ebonwilde. Well worth the wait!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I wanted to like this, as I enjoyed the first in the series, but I couldn’t get past a few plot holes - like that she could see ghosts in the first book, but now there is no mention of that problem.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kay C

    This book deserves all the stars! The beautiful cover, the wonderfully written book! Wow! Crystal Smith did an outstanding job with Greythorne and I love how fierce and brave Aurelia is.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC while attending YALLFest last year. My review is completely honest and voluntary, I was in no way compensated for this review. Crystal Smith returns to the world of Bloodleaf with Greythorne as Aurelia and Zan’s story continues, for their story didn't end happily ever after like we had hoped. In fact, things ended before they could start and Aurelia’s life has only gotten harder. Well, it seems the fairy tale elements of this story are over if the cover change is anything to go I received this ARC while attending YALLFest last year. My review is completely honest and voluntary, I was in no way compensated for this review. Crystal Smith returns to the world of Bloodleaf with Greythorne as Aurelia and Zan’s story continues, for their story didn't end happily ever after like we had hoped. In fact, things ended before they could start and Aurelia’s life has only gotten harder. Well, it seems the fairy tale elements of this story are over if the cover change is anything to go by. Though this new cover screams typical YA Fantasy, don’t let that deceive you. It’s actually far from typical; this story is rich in magic and enchantment. The characters in this story are, without a doubt, one of my favorite things about this story! And I will say, that despite things taking a very un-fairy tale like turn there is a bit of comeback at the end, and that’s all I will say on that matter! Lol. Aurelia is doing what she can to take care of the people of Achleva in Zan’s absence, though being that they are more of the magically inclined, not many people are willing to help, including Aurelia’s own kingdom. With her little brother, Conrad, about to take the throne, Aurelia watches from afar and tries to take care of him at a distance. But when she manages to secrete herself at his coronation, a new enemy rises to the stand. Arceneaux is a woman set against anyone and anything magical and with the Tribunal at her back, she can basically rule through Conrad due to his young age. Aurelia manages to escape Arceneaux but at a cost to herself. Using her powers continues to weaken her. I suppose it surprises no one that Zan is in fact alive and mostly well. He and Aurelia find each other again and just as Aurelia tries to get past his pretending to be “dead and gone,” they discover that being together will be the death of them for when Aurelia healed Zan it took a piece of her to do it. And if she dies, then yet another person involved in the blood spell will die and after losing her mother, Aurelia is not willing to lose anyone else, including her guard and friend, Kellan. So it would seem that once again, Aurelia and Zan must separate as Aurelia works to to find a magical object that could be the key to ending the blood spell magic. In turn, she’s fighting to keep the Malefica, aka untold evil, from reigning supreme over the kingdoms. Should be easy, right? I think one of the hardest parts of this book was when Aurelia went into “the Grey” which was a sort of magical land of unknown. And then towards the end we added time travel into things and while it was very enlightening in some aspects, it was a tad confusing as well. Not overly confusing, but like those movies that show you a hidden moment or two that happened “off-screen” that ended up changing the course of everything that happened...or you know set it on the course that we saw where if things were otherwise the outcomes would have been disastrous! So that sort of time traveling twistedness. I will also admit that I disliked Aurelia and Zan being apart so much. I loved watching their relationship grow and develop in the first book, the falling in love and all. They should’ve had some happier moments together despite the chaos reigning over their lives, but alas, that was not the way. Here’s to hoping that third book will allow more togetherness for them. I am still not quite certain how things will stand between these two, but I have the hope born of fairy tale happy endings, so let’s hope that the thin thread of fairy tale vibes that still occur in this series holds onto that! While I did enjoy Greythorne very much, I couldn’t help but want more from it. I guess I was still clinging to the idea that this was something of a fairy tale, like The Goose Girl held for the first book in a loose sense. This book really had no fairy tale driving it. It sort of becomes like those standard fantasy reads we already have. The magic here is very different and the characters are what kept me riveted throughout. Aurelia isn’t perfect, she’s flawed. And from a reader’s point of view that’s a good thing! I like when characters are bit more flawed and make you scream with the choices they make. Things ended in a very strange way with this one. I feel like there was a tiny wink to a fairy tale or two in these last moments. I’m very, very curious as to what the third book will hold. It seems like we might have reached a turning point for the HEA ending, but since there is that last book to get through, you just know there’s going to be more chaos before we reach those three final words (hopefully!) and I for one, cannot wait to read that next perilous journey! Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars Greythorne releases on June 2, 2020

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    Aurelia is brilliant in this installment. She’s strong, manipulative, selfless, and above all absolutely cunning. I adored her journey and how everything did not just fall into place but she made sure it did. Another character that really intrigued me was Castillion. I wish we got to see more of him and his story. Maybe in future a book? I did think this series might be a love triangle, but I believe the author made it very clear in this installment that is most certainly one-sided. So if you’re Aurelia is brilliant in this installment. She’s strong, manipulative, selfless, and above all absolutely cunning. I adored her journey and how everything did not just fall into place but she made sure it did. Another character that really intrigued me was Castillion. I wish we got to see more of him and his story. Maybe in future a book? I did think this series might be a love triangle, but I believe the author made it very clear in this installment that is most certainly one-sided. So if you’re a love-triangle hater… don’t worry! Ha! Another thing about Greythorne is how dark parts of it got. Parts of this book are downright devastating. It definitely was no where near a light-hearted YA story and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do have to admit on the other side, it took me a while to get through this book though. For some reason I just could not connect to the first half of the book. However, once it got going… it really got going. Definitely a fabulous continuation of a turbulent series. Find this review at Jotted by Jena

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    I was lucky enough to to get an early copy of Greythorne and I loved it. I loved being back in the world. I love that Aurelia finally started practicing her magic. I loved that we got to know Onal better. That ending?! I can’t believe I have to wait until JUNE to find out what happens in Ebonwilde

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nikole Clow

    Sometimes you read a book that’s beautiful and wildly creative and full of life. And sometimes you read the sequel to said book and have your whole heart swept away and breath knocked right out of you…but in a good way. That’s exactly how I felt with Greythorne. Smith provides a sequel with heartache and hardships, with love and insurmountable loss, and with beautiful imagery and a unique storyline. Greythorne has easily become my favorite in this trilogy, though I have a feeling Ebonwilde will Sometimes you read a book that’s beautiful and wildly creative and full of life. And sometimes you read the sequel to said book and have your whole heart swept away and breath knocked right out of you…but in a good way. That’s exactly how I felt with Greythorne. Smith provides a sequel with heartache and hardships, with love and insurmountable loss, and with beautiful imagery and a unique storyline. Greythorne has easily become my favorite in this trilogy, though I have a feeling Ebonwilde will top both books but destroy me (hopefully in a good way) in the process. The ending to Bloodleaf had me wondering about what Smith had in mind for the characters. Bloodleaf almost wraps up like a great standalone, so I found myself wondering: what does Crystal Smith have planned for these intricate characters and should I be worried? The answer is YES, and let me tell you, Greythorne is a beast out for revenge and it is wonderful. I read the synopsis of Greythorne, and I saw the direction Smith was heading in and crumbled, legitimately freaked out, as I will protect Zan and Aurelia to the ends of the Earth. I know I needed to read Greythorne before I finished Bloodleaf, but the synopsis reveal of Greythorne increased my impatient need for the sequel. And I continuously thank the amazing publishers at HMH and Crystal for the opportunity to read this beauty early. I remember reading the prologue of Greythorne. I remember being wonderfully excited to finally read more of Aurelia’s story. And when I finished reading the prologue, I remember looking at a family member and telling them that I was in for a wild ride. And I was one hundred percent correct. Y’all. You have no idea what’s in store for you in Greythorne. The plot continuously thickens and when you think you know the answer, you don’t. At least, not until the end. Smith’s writing is so captivating and poetic; I was hooked from the very first line until the last, and even after I finished Greythorne. It’s a superb sequel filled with everything a sequel needs and more. Aurelia shines in Greythorne. Her character development is phenomenal. She was brave in Bloodleaf, but in the sequel, she’s also strong and fierce and more determined. She’s set on figuring out how to end the blood oath made between her and three people she loves; she doesn’t want to see anyone else she loves die at her expense. And her companions (especially one newly introduced character I absolutely love) will do everything to protect her and make sure justice is served to those trying to end magic. I also loved the romantic relationship with Aurelia and Zan. It’s not too much that it takes away from the overall story, but adds a delicate touch to a world filled with darkness. And I can’t wait to see what happens to them in Ebonwilde, especially with how Greythorne ends. Of course, the world building is just as lush and vibrant as Bloodleaf. But the world in Greythorne takes a darker turn, which I found to be an exciting fit for the story. It’s a world filled with power and darkness and ghosts, and it’s a new world Aurelia has to learn to navigate and conquer. And she knows there’s only one outcome that will change the tides for good. Probably one of my favorite parts of Greythorne was putting the pieces together and answering the questions I had from Bloodleaf. That rush of excitement from fitting the puzzle pieces together stays with me to this day. I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed how everything started to connect and how Greythorne ended with me needing to know the answers to the questions left unanswered. Greythorne is, all in all, a sequel worth the wait. In the end, Greythorne outshines its predecessor in many ways. Crystal Smith does a brilliant job of connecting the story and building off the original plot. I was, overall, pleased with the sequel and I am impatiently waiting for Ebonwilde. If you are a fan of unique fantasy worlds with dangerous magic, chilling ghosts, and imaginative world building, I recommend reading this wonderful series.

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