Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for To Bleed a Crystal Bloom by Sarah A. Parker hosted by MTMC Tours. This is the captivating first book in an adult fantasy series full of explosive secrets, breathtaking angst, immersive imagery, and heart wrenching emotions.To Bleed a Crystal Bloom by Sarah A. Parker
Published by Independently published on July 22, 2021
Series: Crystal Bloom #1
Genres: adult, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tale re-telling, Fantasy & Magic, retelling, Romance
Source: Finished Copy from Author
"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.
To Bleed a Crystal Bloom is the first book in the adult fantasy Crystal Bloom series by Sarah A. Parker. The Crystal Bloom series is a dark reimagining of the tale of Rapunzel, and I completely fell head over heels in love with this book! It is amazing and and I totally desperate for more! I was already a big fan of Sarah A. Parker’s reverse harem series, Spawn of Darkness which is written under her S.A. Parker penname, so when I saw she had an adult fantasy romance coming out, I was basically chomping at the bit, waiting to be able to read it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint at all.
In To Bleed a Crystal Bloom we meet our main character, Orlaith, who was the sole survivor of a vicious attack when she was 2. As sole survivor she was taken in by the region’s Lord (Rhordyn) and raised by him. Laith sees herself as an outcast and spectacle, and she is a prisoner of her own making. Rhordyn and the other members of his household would love to see Laith venture out past her tower, but she is too scared to. To Bleed a Crystal Bloom does a fantastic job not only setting up a big, complex fantasy world filled with unique players and secrets galore, but the story kept expanding and expanding as we went on. I loved seeing the complicated relationship with Orlaith and Rhordyn, and while I love him I am also intrigued by late addition character Cain. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book. And I have to say, sometimes Rhordyn is quite the A**, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him suffer a bit in coming installments.
The romance is filled with sexual tension and yearning. I loved it so much, and the amount of secrets that we still have left to uncover is HUGE! I am completely desperate for the next book. Sarah A. Parker is a master storyteller. She grips you into the book at the very first page. By the time I had finished the prologue, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down and I knew that I was going to fall obsessively in love with the story and the characters, which is exactly what happened. To Bleed a Crystal Bloom is one of the best books I have read all year. The world building and the writing are masterful, the characters are complex and so intriguing and the romance is chef’s kiss! There is not a single thing that I didn’t love about this book! This is a must read for fan’s of adult fantasy and dark fantasy!
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Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where two lucky readers will win a signed copy of To Bleed a Crystal Bloom and a $25 Amazon gift card! Ends on August 29th, 2021. Winner will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account.