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Among the Beasts & Briars
5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.
Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.
As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
And then, worst of all, he grinned. And oh, what a dangerous look that was, trouble tucked into the corners of his mouth like sin.
I bought Heart of Iron when the book first came out. Unfortunately, I still have to read it. Why am I bringing this up? Because I am kicking myself for not reading her other works until now. I was completely blown away by this book. I’ve seen her talk about it for a while now and how she is proud of it, and she has every right to be completely proud about this book. The plot, the pace, the characters, the setting – THE EVERYTHING. The amount of this book I have highlighted because of quotes I love are unreal. There is just so much right that she did. First, the story. This story was so unique and engrossing. From the very beginning, I was immediately invested. It didn’t take long for events to happen but Poston put just enough detail in the beginning to become invested in the characters and their outcome. The pacing. I could not put this book down. After every chapter, I was eager to move on to the next. Nothing ever felt slow or drawn out – it just all flowed. The setting. I’m just — wow. The details and descriptions she went into honestly blew me away. I could easily imagine the way the forest reacted or how some of the bone-eaters looked. It was beautiful and deadly all at the same time. I honestly loved this book so much.
Now that I completely gushed about the story as a whole, what else is there? OH JUST EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. We’ll start with Cerys. I. Love. Her. There was just so much about her character that immediately connected me to her. She was funny, kind, smart and scared. Sometimes reading books like these, characters are fearless or jump right in and are immediately successful in everything they do. But the amount of times her and Fox were both scared or ran away, is just so realistic. Even though this is a fantasy novel, it’s nice to see characters behaving in a more realistic scenario. Cerys has so much about her that just instantly makes you want to be by her side. Her magic is phenomenal as well. Then there is Fox. And the amount I could honestly saw about his character is probably a whole other blog post in itself. I just loved his character and the way he was portrayed. Even when he was human but still very Fox like was perfect. And as the book progressed, I just wanted to know more about his past as my suspicions grew about who Fox was. But the banter between Fox and Cerys was *chef kiss*. Their interactions were just amazing. I loved how easily they fell into conversations and how even though Fox was a human it was still how Cerys talked to him when he was a Fox. And then how he responds would seriously be what you would think of if an animal could talk to you. Then please make room for Vala. Because she is the best and that’s all that needs to be said.
“Foxes don’t have burdens,” I replied roughly. “Not a one.” And they certainly didn’t share them with girls who smelled like wildflowers and had blood like honey.
Overall, Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston is a book that you have to pick up. Not need or want but must. Everything about it was just perfect. From the writing style to the story itself. All of it just fell into place to create this amazing, unforgettable book. Even with a strong story, the characters were perfect. Cerys and Fox were just everything. This book was made for them. Friends, please pick up this book. You will not regret it.
“But there is magic . . . and then there are curses.”
“And mine’s a curse, I know.” He squeezed my hands tightly.
“The Wilds touched you, but they didn’t keep you.””
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English, and went on to work at both Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing. But the dazzling bright lights of New York City couldn’t keep her away from old country roads, so she moved back home to pursue a full-time writing career.
Her books have been on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, among others. She has also been a Goodreads Choice Finalist in 2017 for Geekerella, and a semi-finalist for The Princess and the Fangirl in 2019. She also has a critically-acclaimed space opera series, the Heart of Iron duology, which was named on 2019’s Rainbow List.When not writing, she can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their username.
No, she never asked me to come along, but she never had to. Daisy thought I was always running around by myself, but the truth was, I was never alone.
I had always had her.
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