Review: To Bleed a Crystal Bloom

I almost, almost, DNF’d this book. However, I’m so glad I didn’t! While the beginning of To Bleed a Crystal Bloom was slow and really had me questioning what I was reading, about half way through the action picked up and I could not put this book down! (Seriously, I would fall asleep with my glasses on and my Kindle in my hand!)

Orlaith was the soul survivor of a massacre that killed everyone else – being a 2 year old, she was rescued by Rhyodan, kept in a tower in his dark castle.

To Bleed a Crystal Bloom picks up with Orlaith 17 years later.

The first half of this book was spent setting up Orlaith’s back story, the world, and making the reader understand Orlaith’s emotions. However, it was a little slow for me and some parts felt unnecessary or left me with more questions than answers.

However, at about the 55 percent mark on my Kindle, the action picks up. There’s the Tribunal and the ball, and Orlaith learns more about what is happening outside of her Safety Line. 

The time and detail the author spent in the beginning to describe the world for the reader paid off to make the second half of the book move quickly.

While I did anticipate the one final twist, there are still so many unanswered questions that I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Thank you to author Sarah A. Parker and Turn the Page Tours for the copy of To Bleed a Crystal Bloom in exchange for my honest opinion.


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TITLE: To Bleed a Crystal Bloom

AUTHOR: Sarah A. Parker
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
RELEASE DATE: July 24th, 2021

GENRES: ADULT FICTION—Dark Fantasy, Romance, Retellings > Rapunzel


“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.


Sarah A Parker

Sarah is an international bestselling author who also writes under the pen name S.A. Parker.

She lives in Australia with her husband and children, and spends her days with her nose in a book or her mind in a world of her own creation.

Her genre of choice is epic fantasy romance, and she thrives off dreaming up complex characters and immersive worlds to get lost amongst.

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