Book Review : Among The Beast And Briars by Ashley Ponston

It has beern quite some time to spot book cover that immediately attract my attention.

And oh my god- how much I love fairy tales! This cover and the blurb has quite a fairy tale vibe to it. I just couldn’t help myself and went through reading!


Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
Page : 352 pages
Published : 20th October 2020


Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive. 


“Briars, brambles, bones, and blossom, I smell a girl who can’t be forgotten.”

Ain’t the cover pretty? Most especially, I love the fox the most!


Among The Beasts & Briars — A royal gardener ventured the dark woods for a legendary land to save her kind.


Fairy tale and fantasy.

One of my favourite combination! Even though the story seems ordinary, I love how things are taken to another level. 

Not a princess, not a maid but a royal gardener? Wow. Count me in!

The story has been magical from the very first page and I like it a lot, even though I personally think the wrtiting is too um, transparant? Like how we know the character is thirsty and we definitely know she is going to drink, but it’s being written as truthforward and transparant as possible. Like, ” I am so thirsty. I need a drink. I grab a bottle to my left and drink all of it. I feel relived now.” Kind of like that.

But it still didn’t stop me from reading because I’m curious with the premises and what kind of adventure it will hold. I enjoy the book a lot and I love how it contains as it called in title, ‘beasts’ and I must admit it’s quite a monster for this light fantasy. 

Dark, evil and horrible.

But as I gone through half of the story, I think I am losing my interest with the book. Not because it’s bad but because I think there’s nothing really happened in the book and most especially, in the woods. Before, I could stand with how this book is being so transparant and how obvious the plot twitst is (that include, the ending) but I continue reading wishing for satisfying adventure and because I personally love fairy tale a lot.

However, reaching half the book, I found myself speed reading and skipping parts I don’t think are necessary, to reach the end. I promise you, this book is not a bad read.

Personally, I do think it has a lot of potential of being readers’ favourite. It has a nice story, a unique set up and characters combined with fairy tales and fantasy. Now. the more I think about it, the more I think this book do not work well with me due to the way the story was being delivered. 

But do not take my review as your rating to the book you haven’t read. Remember, each person has different taste in books. I would be so happy if you decided to read this book because it has such a unique premises! And I would definitely love to know your thoughts about this book once you’ve read it!

“I always thought that gardeners’ daughters couldn’t thrive where our roots didn’t grow. But maybe we were like dandelion tuffs.”

Author: Celine

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