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Book Review: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring by Kirsten Fichter

Welcome to the last day of Kirsten Fichter’s blog tour for The Bear of Rosethorn Ring! I hope you’ve had fun following along this week! Today you get to hear all my thoughts on this delightful tale!

About the Book:

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)

How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?

When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.

Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.

This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

About the Series:

Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a
little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!

Other Books in the Series:

Book One ~ The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the Beast Story

Book Two ~ Spindle Dreams: A Sleeping Beauty Story

Book Three ~ Diamond: A Rapunzel Story

Goodreads | Amazon


My thoughts:

Oh, it’s so difficult writing this review without breaking out into fangirl and all caps! But I shall try to remain a bit professional and comprehensive. XP

Ever since I read Diamond, and well, more like ever since I read The Rose and the Balloon, I’ve been looking forward to each book and then when I learned it would be a Snow White and Rose Red retelling that included a CIRCUS, I was ecstatic! I haven’t read very many stories that include a circus, and BoRR didn’t disappoint. And I don’t know if it was said yet, but I think Diamond is Snow White and Marita is Rose Red, it’s been awhile since I’ve read the actual fairy tale but that’s just how it seemed to me. 😉 (Not that that matters in the review, you’re just getting some extra “Jen thoughts.”)

There was the high-wire, and a horse show, (where Samson really shined. XD) and several others. I only wished we were given more of it. 😉 That’s really my only thing, I wanted moooore! I adored being able to watch the shows as if I were a member of the audience, and also have the backstage scenes with the performers, or “Ringers” as they like to call themselves, behaving like one big family. That’s one of the things I love about circus stories, they’re usually one big, crazy, fantastic found family! (…and now I want to write about a circus. >.>) It was so fun watching Diamond and Marita perform! Especially one certain act. *winks* (If you know, you know.)

The mystery of the assassin was fun and intriguing. I, um, called a certain twist about that, but other than that it was wonderful! D’vard is convinced someone is trying to kill him, and won’t allow something as paltry as “no evidence or clues” to keep Marita, Diamond, and Felix from finding out who. XD

I adored all the nods to the previous books. Shoes, Seth, Samson, the bear, all the things. *grins* And, this is nothing bad about the book, but I missed having the twins, Nicolas and Nicoline from book one and I was sad one of my favorite characters didn’t have any lines in the only scene they were in. But really, that’s just me pouting, this story was so wonderful!

Now, if you’re like my sister and have only read Diamond, or haven’t read any of the previous books you can still jump into the series with this one, except some of the aforementioned nods won’t be fully appreciated without having read the previous three books. Tara wasn’t sure what to make of Felix and his shoe situation… *sigh* she missed out. XD

Characters:

Marita is a bit of a feisty-pants and I love how both Diamond and Felix balance her out in their different roles. I also loved it when she teased Diamond about a certain someone who I also adore. ^_^ I love her journey with her father and how she prays for help in her relationship with him, it was very realistic for someone who has been hurt repeatedly by someone they love. Her reaction to mornings made me giggle, it’s very much like how my other sister wakes up.

Diamond is such a sweet girl. She hardly ever thinks ill of people, and is willing to give them a second chance, even if other’s have given up on them. She’s just a pure cinnamon roll. She and I also have the same opinion on coffee. *grins* Nice and sweet, with plenty of cream. ;p I really loved how determined she was to give her father a second chance, due to circumstance that are spoilers for the previous books they’ve never had a relationship and Diamond wants to try. The few father/daughter moments between Diamond and Lucas are SO sweet and just made me melt. ^_^

I loved getting more of Felix and, of course, Samson in this book! Felix and his shoes! XD It’s a bit of a running joke from book #2 which made me so happy to have continued. And, as always, mischievous Samson is a scream. Especially in the spotlight. *smile smile* His relationship with Marita is THE most precious and sweet thing! And how he treats Diamond is adorable! He’s like the big brother Diamond never had. I love how protective he is of the sisters, and is there for Marita through her struggles with her father.

And I love the little family of Ringers. Armund is like the big brother of the group, and Dove is a high-flying hoot!

And then there’s D’vard, (whom I kept imagining as a dwarf despite him not being one. *snorts* I had assumed he was based off of the original fairy tale, and then the image just stuck. XD) he’s a bit crazy, calls his beard his “beloved”, and has a penchant for bears. He is also quite a hilarious person, I’m either laughing over his antics or wanting to slap him.

Content:

None! This book is squeaky clean, with only a few scenes of mild peril that might be just a bit scary to little ones. And while there is some romance going on with an engaged couple, it’s very clean and not focused on, with only one kiss.

And this series is non-magical fantasy! I think it might actually be Kingdom Adventure? So if you’ve ever wanted to read non-magical retellings of fairy tales, then this series is for you!

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
I recieved an eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required by the author to give a positive review.

About the author:

Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.

You can connect with her at Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog | Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 5th

April 6th

April 7th

April 8th

April 9th

Whew! What a week, huh? So many fun posts! (That I’m still catching up on but we don’t discuss that XD) Did you have a favourite post? Don’t forget to snatch up the first two books while they’re free! And I also have a small announcement, due to some personal goings on in my life at the moment, plus doing Camp this month, I’ve decided I need to take a hiatus. I won’t be gone completely, I still have two more posts for sure this month and I do want to share about my progress on my writing, but other than that I’m not doing, or signing up for, anything else for a while. I don’t exactly have a time frame for how long this hiatus will last. But I promise I’m not leaving the blogosphere! I love this place and y’all too much to completely leave, but I over extended myself the past few months and just need a break from any more deadlines. Love you guys! ❤

Let’s Chat!

24 thoughts on “Book Review: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring by Kirsten Fichter”

  1. Marita and my sister are quite similar in their reactions to mornings. It’s like they’re allergic to removing themselves from their warm beds or something. XD

    Antagonists aren’t usually my favorite characters, but I did like D’vard ever so much. I had a mixed image in my mind when I read about his antics: half plump dwarf with a long, carefully-groomed white beard, and half Gollum, holding up the end of his beard (instead of the ring), and treating it like his prized possession and lifeblood. I think D’vard is one of those characters that fall into the “Irritatingly Amusing” category. He’s irritating (in a good way) because he’s a brat, but quite amusing due to his antics.

    And “no evidence or clues”? Pft. Such things don’t matter when one’s beloved is threatened! That made me laugh so hard. I don’t know if D’vard was more worried about the “attempts” on his life or that his beloved might get a bit frazzled or snipped in the process. Such excellent character building. Definitely one of the best antagonists I’ve read in a long while.

    Hope all’s going well! Yes, do keep us updated on your writing! I want to know more about your Sleeping Beauty retelling!

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    1. LOL! Oh, that’s funny! My sister actually has a shirt that says she’s allergic to mornings. XD There are times I definitely have trouble getting out of bed, especially with my new exercise routine. XD

      I generally love to hate antagonists. *grins* Like Scar. Oh! And Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender. *grins* But, yes, D’vard is definitely an antagonist I liked. I love your image of him! XDDD Gollum is soooo apt for his love of his beard! XD Oooh, yes, 100% agree with him being “Irritatingly Amusing” XD

      Pft. I know, right? His beloved is threatened and he will make them do whatever it takes to keep it safe. XD Haha! I think he was more worried about his beloved getting damaged. *snorts* Yes! Kirsten does SUCH a wonderful job with her characters! I really enjoyed the antagonist from Diamond and Spindle Dreams.

      Awww, thank you so much! I’m doing good, just needed a break from deadlines especially since life is looking to be extra busy soon. I’ve been going from one deadline to the next ever since January and it just got to be too much for me. I will! I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be able to post it, but I am definitely planning it soon! You are so sweet! I can’t wait to share more about it! ^_^

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  2. Aaaaahhhhhh I loved this review!!!!!! Everything you said just YES. You summed it all up so, so well! I, too, ADORED all the circus acts and seeing Marita and Diamond’s relationship grow and the nods to previous books and just ALL THE THINGS. I definitely miss Nicolas and Nicoline myself though, but I suspect we’ll get them again one day!
    This was such a great review! You highlighted like ALL the things I loved about story. *happy sigh* It was such a fun little tale!
    I’m sorry you’ve been over extended lately. I LOVE your posts but I absolutely understand needing to step back and take a breath, and I’m proud of you for making that decision. I do hope you have the most amazing, refreshing break! And that Camp NaNo is going well! ❤

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    1. Awk, thank you!!!! Yes yes yes! All the things! 😀 Hehe, I hope so! I miss those two rascals! XD
      I’m so happy you liked it! There was just soooo many good things to talk about but also so many under spoiler territory… it was hard not to go complete fangirl and disregard spoilers. ;p
      *hugs* Thank you! Your support means so much to me and knowing that makes it a bit easier to step back. ❤ D'awww, thank you, girl! Same for you! <333

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  3. OH MY! ❤ ❤ This review! I loved it so much! I'm so honored that all those sweet words were about *my* book. ❤ So glad you enjoyed it! 😀

    Yup. Marita is Rose Red and Diamond is Snow White. I may have clarified that in a blog post a while back, but I never actually touch on that in the book. I figured it people knew the original fairytale well enough, they'd figure it out. *winks*

    "[O]ne of my favorite characters didn’t have any lines in the only scene they were in…" I know who this is. XD And I think you'll be VERY happy to know just what book five is about. I haven't released a big announcement yet, but I've been slipping the title, featured character, and fairytale retelling around a little bit. *grins incorrigibly* I'm really excited about diving into this book! I always get too excited to jump into the next book.

    I really could just keep gushing over this review, but I don't want to leave a novel here in your comment box. XD Thank you so much for being a part of my blog tour, and for all your lovely thoughts about the book!! ❤

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    1. Awww, I am so, so delighted you love my review! ❤ I could honestly fangirl about all of your books for pages and pages. *heart-eyes*

      Haha, you know, I think I remember that blog post now. XD But also, Marita seems "red" to me and Diamond "white", like that's the color I assigned them before reading BoRR.

      *squeals* I jumped out of my chair and squealed when I got to the very end of BoRR and saw the sneak-peak to what the next book would be! *dies of happiness* *revives to squeal in fangirl* I am SUPER excited for the next book! Cheering you on as you dive into it! *throws confetti and happy dances*

      You're too sweet!!! I'm the one who could keep gushing over YOUR books! ^_^ It was my pleasure! Thank you for another wonderful book in the Once Upon a Twist Tales series! ❤

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  4. Color me extremely intrigued!

    I think I have the Rose and the Balloon on my kindle… I shall bump them up my TBR list. This sounds delightful.

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    1. Yay! I love all of the books, and Rose and the Balloon has two of my favourite characters in it. *grins* So… yes, bump them up on your TBR lits. *grins impishly*

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    1. And, oh, I hope you can be refreshed from your hiatus! I would also love to hear your writing updates some time! No rush on that though. Burnout is no fun and it is always important to take care of yourself as after all you are the one creating worlds, characters, plots, making blog posts, social media posts, etc. Plus living your life. Yikes, that is a lot of things right there. So, yes, take a break, a rest or take off things on your plate. It is essential for filling the creative cup. Nothing in the cup and you can’t create well or at all. I know that full well.

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      1. Awww, girl, thank you! It truly means so much to me to have such support. <333 Thankfully, I'm not burnt-out, but I knew I needed to slow down or I would be. XP Haha, yeah, I'm hoping to take this time to evaluate all I'm doing and create a schedule that doesn't try to destroy my mental health… eheh. And yes, that is SO true. ❤ I can't wait to come back and share more about my writing! ^_^

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  5. Ahhhhh, this review was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😃😃 I made myself a note to get all the books (I forget things most of the time if I don’t write them down)! This story sounds so EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!! And I love fairy tales!!!!!! I hope everything is going GREAT at the camp!!!!!!😀💗 I was able to do it this year. 😦 But I hope I can next year! It sounds like it’s a lot of fun!!! Ooh, I’d love to hear your progress on your writing!!!!! I hope it is going great!!!!!<3 Have fun on your hiatus!!! Love you, girl!!❤️

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    1. Eeeee! I’m so glad you liked my review! Thank you! Haha, making notes is always good, especially if it helps you remember to read this awesome series. *grins* Awww, thanks! It’s going wonderfully, all the girls and ladies there are SO sweet. ❤ Oh! If you still want to join, you can sign up anytime. There's no time limit on sign-ups, it's open all month long! And if not, don't worry! Another camp might take place in June or July? And then there's the November camp. It is indeed a lot of fun, and so uplifting being around so many Godly women. D'aww, thank you! I can't wait to share about my progress! I don't think I've shared much of anything about it since… January? December? It's going pretty good, thanks! Not as great as I was hoping, but now that some of my stress is gone, I'm hoping to devote more mental energy to it. 😀 Thank you! Love you too! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Hehe, yes, remembering to read this book is HIGHLY important!!!!😀😉
        Thank you so much for letting me know!!!!!😀 Really?!?! I didn’t know they had multiple camps a year. That’s SO COOL!!!!!!!!! The camp sounds SO awesome!!!!!! ^_^

        You’re welcome!<3 I can't wait for you to share about your progress either!!!!!🙂 Don't worry, I'm sure your doing FANTABULOUS with your writing!!!!!<3<3 You can do it!!!!! *cheers* GOOO JEN!!!!!! *waving pom poms* 😀 That's awesome!!!! I wish you the best of luck with your writing!!!🍀 You're welcome!😀❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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        1. Lol, yes it is!! 😉
          You’re welcome! Oh yes! I’m still not for sure on the summer one, but definitely the November one. I think you, Issabelle, and Alana would love it. ❤

          D'awww, girl! You are so sweet! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you so much! ^_^

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  6. LOOOOVED THE REVIEW, girl!!!!! Man, I have just GOT to read this whole series. *side glances to my TBR* Man, you know how to fill my list of books to read soo high, Jen. XD Anyway, when I read the part about the hiatus, gonna admit I was like, NOOOOO!!!!! I shall miss you’re AMAZING posts!! They are truly a highlight of my day when I get to reading them!!!! BUT I TOTALLY understand, so just take you’re time and we’ll all be awaiting the next post!!!! And I hope everything is going FANTASTIC with your writing so far!!!! Much love to you, girl!!! <33333

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    1. I’m thrilled you loved it, Issabelle!!!! Thank you! And YES!!! you NEEEEED to read this whole series!!! *throws blanket over your TBR and shoves Kirsten’s books at you* XP Mwahaha! But seriously, these books are so wonderful (and they’re novellas, so it only takes a day to read them, or you could read all of them in one day… ;p) Awww, girl, you’re too sweet! *hugs* Thank you, it really means a lot to me. ❤ Well, things are "going" but I hope they'll be back to fantastic soon. 😉 Awww, same to you! Love you, girl! <333

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