About the Book:
Title: The Rose Gate
Series: Faerie Tale Romances #1
Author: Hanna Sandvig
Release Date: June 20th, 2019
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Once upon a time, a human girl was kidnapped by a fae prince…for her own good.
I was just minding my own business in the woods. At night. As you do when your family is as messed up as mine. When I was rudely abducted to Faerie by a grizzly bear.
Okay, so he’s actually a cursed fae prince named Leith. And yes, he did technically save me from the creepily intelligent wolves that were chasing me down. But now I’m trapped at his castle until they go away, and this prince is far from charming, what with the missing eye, and the curse, and did he cut his own hair with a sword?
I suppose it could be worse. Yes, the castle and it’s inhabitants have been cursed by the Unseelie Queen, but I don’t have a fox handmaiden back home to braid my hair every day. Or dresses that shimmer like starlight. And maybe the prince isn’t so bad, when he’s not growling at me. He might even be handsome under those scars.
But that’s besides the point. I’m going to figure out the curse this castle is under, save my new friends, and get back home before I lose my heart to this beast of a prince.
Until then, I hope there’s at least a decent library somewhere in this castle.
The Rose Gate is the first book in the Faerie Tale Romance series by Hanna Sandvig, and it is amazing! This is actually only Ms. Sandvig’s first book, but it is sooo good. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set mainly in the realm of Faerie and the continent of Tír na nÓg. The Rose Gate is about the prince of the princedom the Rose Court who is cursed by the Unseelie Queen to become a grizzly bear whenever he leaves the palace grounds. And the only one who might be able to save him is a sassy human girl named Isobel.
First of all, the world of Faerie was incredibly fun and interesting to read about. There are a lot of different layers to this world, and I am excited to see more from the rest of the series. Isobel and Leith are basically stuck in Killinaire for most of the series, and he has little interaction with the rest of Faerie. You get to see a bit more of the courts of Faerie from the Lily Gate, which is a super cute and short novella, that you can get from signing up for Ms. Sandvig’s newsletter. And in the Wolf Gate, which is another novella, you see more of the world of Faerie. All of the books are stand-alone, but they are connected, and I would recommend reading the Rose Gate first. I think that all the books do a great job of giving you some background information without being boring though, but I did love the Rose Gate.
Okay, I know I keep seeing I loved it, so here are some of my reasons. It was so funny! Isobel has such sass, and I loved all of her snark and humor in the book even in her head. She was also a fellow bookworm which I loved, and the first scene where she is reading fairytales to kids and adding her own commentary. It was hilarious. My sisters and I have often joked about how impractical the fairytales are especially about strangers you meet in the woods!
Leith, the prince of the Rose Court, and Isobel actually do meet in the woods, but it’s a bit more exciting than the normal story. Isobel is being chased by the Unseelie Queen’s wolves, and Leith rescues her as a grizzly bear. This leads to an adorable nickname because Isobel mainly calls Leith Bear throughout the book, and he calls her Álainn. I won’t spoil what this means, but it’s so sweet! Their romance is really cute, and I liked how it was not just an attraction. It felt more like they had become each other’s best friend, and I feel as if that’s a very accurate depiction of love. It was also a clean romance too which is always nice.
There’s a lot of adventure in this book too. Isobel learns a lot about herself and how to not run from her problems. She will have to fight against the Unseelie Queen if she has any hope of saving everyone she loves. The Rose Gate was just a lovely book with plenty of adventure, romance, and even magic!