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To Bleed a Crystal Bloom

Written by: Sarah A. Parker
Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens,Troy Duran
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"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.

©2022 Sarah A. Parker (P)2022 Podium Audio

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This was a miss for me

Narration was good but the story and plot line fell super flat. There was little to no character development, the chemistry between the FMC and MMC wasn’t there, and the world building wasn’t fleshed out enough. So much so that it was confusing at times.

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Immature Protagonist

The protagonist is spiteful, overemotional, really hard to empathize with. Her melodramatics make it hard to know when something is supposed to be a truly impactful moment. The world building is only shared through her, and as she is sheltered, there is little knowledge to understand why something is happening. I kept feeling like I was missing lore that I needed to know to follow the plot. In the end it felt exhausting and overwritten.

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Amazing story telling

I love this book, I instantly went and bought the others. The story telling is amazing, and the performance of the narrators is stunning. This is definitely in my top ten of reads!

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over-written

Good story idea but too wordy. Unlikely I will be able to finish. Try using less descriptors next time.

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fantastic

Holy flying fudge waffles this was GREAT. I can't wait until book two comes out. Hopefully it won't be ages between the book and the audio. I also hope to have more Riordan (sp, since I was only listening) in the next book. <3

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