folklore but make it fantasy: Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston Blog Tour review + giveaway

The blog tour banner for Among the Beasts & Briars. The banner is off-white with the book's cover on the left side. On the right side is the text Tour Banner in big red letters. Below says Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston in a medium-sized purple font. Below is October 20-24 in smaller red letters.

 Hi, friends! I know it's been a little while, but *gestures to world* there's a lot going on out there, and sometimes it's hard to find the mental space to write and blog. I have struggled this year. But that's why I'm especially excited to participate in the blog tour for Among the Beasts & Briars. I preordered this book back in March because I knew I'd need it during this frustrating and difficult year, and this book DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Scroll down to read my 5 star review and some of my favorite quotes from the book. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a finished copy!

The book cover for Among the Beasts & Briars. The cover is off white with textured pictures surround the font in gold. There are three purple ravens made of purple flower petals, a pinkish red crown made of roses and lilies, and twisting branches with green leaves. At the very top is the tagline "The forest took everything from her. Now it's her only hope." Below the title is a stump with twisting roots and a red and white fox.
Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: young adult fantasy
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
Status: standalone?
Links: Geekerella review (also 5 stars)

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book before voluntarily joining the blog tour, which does not affect the content of my review. The tour was organized & hosted by The Book Terminal, and the full tour schedule can be found HERE. Please go give my fellow tour hosts some love!

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.