ARC Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hi, The Beautiful Ones is absolute perfection: it made me feel so many feelings and I love it so much. I don’t read a lot of romance: I picked this book up solely because it’s written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia… and I think I want/need more romance in my life now???

eARC copy of The Beautiful Ones
eARC of The Beautiful Ones

This book ruined me and it took me almost two weeks to feel up to writing this review. The Beautiful Ones is a beautiful story of love and betrayal, of innocence and depravity, of conformity and passion, of youth and adulthood, of privilege and entitlement. Fast paced and instantly engaging, this book is told in the third perspective of three main characters who are inextricably linked and made me feel so many varying emotions while reading it.

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Review: The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh

911? hello? I’d like to report a murder of my heart at the hands of Renée Ahdieh. 😭😭😭 While this book wasn’t as big of a slam dunk for me, I am in desperate need of the third book (also since when is this not a duology?). If you were left wanting for paranormal in The Beautiful, let me tell you that you’ll love the expansion of the worldbuilding and supernatural elements.

While this review is spoiler-free for The Damned, it may contain spoilers for The Beautiful so tread lightly if you haven’t read the first book in the series.

If you’re a fan of mutual pining and star-crossed romance, this series is certainly for you. The Beautiful features one of my favorite slow-burn romances, and The Damned has torn the two lovers apart, breaking my heart in two. Bastien and Celine were put through the ringer and I appreciate that this series installment grapples with those events before moving forward.

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ARC Review: All the Murmuring Bones by A.G Slatter

Welcome to my stop on the Titan Books blog tour for All the Murmuring Bones! You may or may not know this about me, dear reader, but I am addicted to mermaids and I love Gothic fiction. So naturally when Titan contacted me about this book I jumped on it so fast. (Seriously, Titan does a fantastic job curating their recommendations to my interests, thank you Polly!) This debut explores themes central to Gothic horror and ultimately exposes the home as a source of horror for women in society.

physical copy of All the Murmuring Bones held in front of bookshelves
All the Murmuring Bones physical copy

All the Murmuring Bones truly is a “spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.” I adored this intensely feminist tale and watching fairy tales come to life in a way.

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ARC Review: Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Lost in the Never Woods is a dark and twisty fantasy retelling of Peter Pan that’s ultimately about growing up too fast, processing trauma and loss, recapturing a bit of childhood wonder, and moving forward in life. This book is special and the mental health representation means a lot to me.

Photo of my iPad with the eARC open to the cover, over a black background and fairylights
My eARC copy of Lost in the Never Woods

Lost in the Never Woods is a heartbreakingly beautiful retelling of Peter Pan from the New York Times Bestselling author Aiden Thomas! As a fan of Aiden’s debut Cemetery Boys and adorer of retellings, I was ecstatic when offered an early review copy. A lot of times my own hype gets in the way, but my expectations were exceeded – I read this book twice in as many weeks, and if that isn’t an indication of the magic within these pages… I don’t know what will convince you.

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ARC Review: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

Ink in the Blood was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I was so excited to dive back into this vivid world for this duology’s finale. Let me tell you: this is a satisfying expansion of the world and resolution to the world Smejkal crafted… but the pain for our characters has just begun.

Review for Ink in the Blood

This duology has one of the most immersive and developed fantasy worlds into which I’ve immersed myself. I loved diving back into this world and seeing how things progressed for Celia after the end of Ink in the Blood. I found myself on the edge of my seat while reading, the tension of the narrative just crept into my own veins and I needed these characters to be okay.

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