Blog Tour: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Synopsis by Goodreads

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

Mini-Review

You have no idea how much I wanted to be back to the City of Sin since reading Ace of Shades last year! The fact that I’m once again part of the blog tour, it’s kind of exciting!

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is the sequel to Ace of Shades and the second instalment of The Shadow Game Series. The story is starts pretty much almost after the events that unfolded at the end of Ace of Shades.

It’s not common for many readers to prefer the second book to the first, but in this case I pretty much was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end! Oh My Dumbledore! That ending! What a way to leave us hanging! I need that 3rd book like right about now.

In this second instalment of The Shadow Game Series things get much darker, magical and legendary! I felt that in King of Fools, Amanda has finally found the right pace for the story. The action and suspense go hand in hand, and at no point I felt that things were slow/boring, which was something of a problem at the beginning of Ace of Shades for me.

The world building once again is fantastic, and it really gives you a sense of where you are. Foody really has a talent for making us feel immersed in the world of the City of Sin. I feel by the time the 3rd book comes around, I will know my way around New Reynes.

Once again, if you love a Las Vegas inspired fantasy world, with mystery, gangs and magic – that gets darker as it goes along – then The Shadow Game series should definitely be your next read.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of King of Fools in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Rosmersholm at The Duke of York’s Theatre – Review

Review

A few weeks back, I did an impulse last minute buy and decided to go see Rosmersholm at The Duke of York’s Theatre.

I must confess that mostly I wanted to see the play because Hayley Atwell is in it, and everyone knows how much I love her!

I’m so glad I did go. Rosmersholm is eerily brilliant and heartbreaking.

Atwell’s performance was outstanding, but to be fair I think everything she does is magnificent so not sure how unbiased I am being. But I was transfixed the whole time she was on stage, as her portrayal of Rebecca West ‘a woman ahead of her time’ was stellar.

However, a play can’t be brilliant with only one actor. There is no weak performers in Rosmersholm, on the contrary the whole cast is quite fantastic in their performances.

Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell really bring John Rosmer and Rebecca West to live on stage. Alongside Giles Terera who plays Andreas Kroll who’s character opposite political views creates a struggle for the ever so torn John Rosmer.

For those who don’t know much about the play, I don’t want go into much story detail as to not spoil it. Rosmersholm it’s a play that even though it has been written 130 years ago, it still feels current. Especially due to the current political situation in this country (perhaps even around the world).

One thing that definitely is worth mentioning, it’s the incredible work of Rae Smith (Set Designer) and Neil Austin’s (Lighting). Why am I mentioning this? Because from the very first moment the curtain goes up you feel that you are there in Rosmersholm!

Every time someone opened a window I thought I could feel a breeze or the sun coming into the room. It’s literally an outstanding work form both Rae and Neil.

To summarise: PLEASE GO WATCH IT BECAUSE IT’S MAGNIFICENT and even though you will never say the name quite right you will be glad you have watched it! Ahah

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Rosmersholm it’s playing at The Duke of York’s Theatre until the 20th of July 2019.

Stage Door

As I went a bit last minute, I was so not prepared for the stage door. Thankfully, there was 2 lovely french girls who were next to me that let me borrow their sharpie to get my programme signed.

Tom was the first to come out and he was so nice. A total pleasure to meet him after his brilliant performance as John Rosmer.

I think when I saw Hayley coming out for the first time my heart skipped a beat. She is genuinely so lovely and one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in my life.

I have been a fan for like 11 years now, so was an absolute dream to finally meet her. Especially, because she is such a sweetheart and we got to talk for a few minutes.

Well, when I say we, I mean me! I got to talk about ‘OMG I watch everything you are in’ for like 5 minutes and she took it like a trouper. However, I still think I wasn’t a complete bumbling buffoon so not bad…not bad Ana.

Anyway, better stop gushing about Hayley…which is hard because she is brilliant.

*Fangirl Since 1988 xxx

 

 

Blog Tour: Mera Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Illustrated by Stephen Bryne

Synopsis from Goodreads

From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

Review

I probably haven’t read a graphic novel for about 15 years…maybe more. Not for any specific reason at all, they just haven’t been in my radar and I let it stay that way.

But not anymore…

When asked if anyone was interested in reviewing graphic novels for DC Comics new YA imprint DC Ink and I saw Mera: Tidebreaker on the list, I knew I had to give it a go!

The cover was so beautiful and the fact that was related to the sea was reason enough for me to show my interested. Thank Dumbledore I did it, because I absolutely loved it.

The art in this book is stunning! Just look at it!

I had to stop reading every now and then so I could really take in just how much beautiful this graphic novel is! The detail and hard work that was put into creating Mera, Xebel and everything else is just wonderful!

I’m in no way a big connoisseur of DC Comics, but I do believe that Danielle Paige did an excellent work bringing Mera alive. Danielle and Stephen are for sure a great combination and I do hope that they keep working together, perhaps for more Mera graphic novels. Perhaps something completely different but for sure a brilliant team has been forged here.

I didn’t know much about Mera before reading Mera: Tidebreaker, so was quite wonderful to read her origin story. Especially, now with the new Aquaman film being out. It’s good to know how things came to be, and I’m also a sucker for a good love story! Especially when coupled with self-discovery and empowering equality.

All I know is that I want more Mera in my life! She is such a great character for any young girls out there to read about.

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Page, illustrated by Stephen Bryne it’s part of a new YA DC Comics imprint, DC Ink. So if you like superhero origins stories and YA, Mera: Tidebreaker is a must have!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, illustrated by Stephen Bryne it’s out now and you can get it on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Nina Douglas and DC Inl for sending me a finished copy of Mera: Tidebreaker in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Beauty of the Wolf by Wray Delaney

Goodreads Synopsis

In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…

A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Mini-Review

The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney, is not only a darker retelling of the Beauty and The Beast fairytale but also is quite more mature than the classic. (Way more mature if you get what I mean!)

But there is so much more in this retelling by Wray Delaney, than a gorgeous cover and it’s darkness. There is also a gender swap, which makes the boy the beautiful one in this story, leaving the girl to be the beast.

Beauty and The Beast is one of my favourite fairtytales, so when I saw this book with it’s gorgeous cover, I knew I had to give it a go. Being set in the Elizabethan era was one of the things I loved about the book, alongside it’s fantastic world building.

However, I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy the style in which the story was written. At times made it harder to follow along and with the different points of views of the different characters, you really don’t want something that makes it harder to quickly place yourself in the story.

Nonetheless, this wasn’t a strong enough reason to put me off the book and shouldn’t be for you either. On the contrary, I still felt that was a nice quick read, with a beautiful magical setting and interesting story.

If you love fairytales retelling with a darker, sinister and mature style The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney should definitely be on your TBR list.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍.5

The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney hardcover and kindle versions are out now and you can get it on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories  for sending me a hardback copy of The Beauty of The Wolf in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan – Review

Synopsis from Goodreads

Charlie hopes that the school ski trip will be the escape from his unhappy home life he so desperately needs. But there is something wrong with the remote ski village of Kaldgellan.

Something is out there, something ancient and evil, among the pines and the deep untracked drifts, watching and waiting. And when the storms blow in, Charlie and his schoolmates wake to find the resort deserted.

Cut off from the rest of the world far below, as night falls the few left alive on the snowbound mountain will wish they were somewhere, anywhere else.

Only ski guide Hanna seems to know of Kaldgellan’s long-buried secrets, but whether Charlie can trust her is another question…

Review

Gosh I don’t even know where to start…VAMPIRES ARE BACK! YAAAAAS!

Apologies for my excitement, but I absolutely love vampires and Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is exactly what I have been waiting for. As soon as I got my hands on this book I devoured it in an instant, that’s how good it was.

As much as I love sparkly vampires and journal writer vampires who fall in love with humans, nothing beats blood lust vampires who only see red!

Initially, I was worried that the different points of view from different characters will put me off a bit, but the more I read the more I realised that with all that goes on is a perfect way to tell the story.

Especially because it still gives you a clear idea of who the main characters. Charlie and Hannah, which I really loved and Tara who you would love to hate. Or would love to have died like 3 seconds into the book #NotEvenSorry

This is my second book from Stripes Red Eye series and once again I’m not disappointed. It’s quite nice to be able to read a terrifying gory YA book and Whiteout delivers it from the moment people go missing and all the way to the end.

But there is much more than gory and blood going on. There is a bit of romance and, as most YA books, there is also teens dealing with a terrifying situation probably better than most adults! Not all of them, but there is always some good smart eggs and Whiteout has Charlie and Hannah.

Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is a brilliant bloodsucking gory debut and if you love vampires as much as me, then this book is what you need in your life right now!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan is out today and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks Stripes for sending me a paperback copy of Whiteout in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson – Author Post

7 NOVELS FOR EVERY FATHER AND DAUGHTER

Ever since the birth of my daughter, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the father/daughter relationship in literature. Having my own girl is one of the main reasons why I included a strong father/daughter dynamic in my novel, The Wolves of Winter. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for stories surrounding fathers and daughters. Here’s a list of seven great novels with prevalent (not necessarily heart-warming) father/daughter relationships:

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

As a single father, Samuel Hawley has done his best to raise his daughter, Loo. But as his own violent past threatens to resurface, it’s more than his life on the line this time. Loo and Samuel are not characters I will soon forget. They’re tough, troubled, and their relationship is both strained and tender. A page-turning thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a fascinating look at violence, crime, and the things we’d do to protect the ones we love.

My Absolute Darling

If you’re looking for a cozy father/daughter story, you can look away now. This father/daughter relationship is rife with abuse, neglect, and violence. But it’s completely riveting. The protagonist, a young girl named Turtle, is excellently drawn, and the story is as tense as they come. Beautifully written, this novel is at once hard to read and impossible to put down

Under a Pole Star

Normally, I’d refuse to say something like this, but, Under a Pole Star really is a beautiful love story. However, beneath the romance, this is a novel about a girl who idolizes her father. A girl who began exploring the polar region because her sense of adventure was handed down to her by her dad, who raised her on a whaling ship. This novel is filled with violence, gorgeous settings, a believable love story, and a daughter whose relationship with her father changed the trajectory of her life.

Good Morning Midnight

Two stories intertwine as an aging astronomer survives in an apocalyptic Arctic and an astronaut seeks a way home after airwaves have gone silent. The astronomer, Augustine, finds a young girl out in the tundra and takes her in. Haunted by the memories of his past, Augustine and the young girl form a strong father/daughter bond. Good Morning Midnight is a fascinating story both for its unique landscapes and its introspective look at love and loss.

News of the world

An aging Civil War veteran named Captain Kidd travels across northern Texas, reading the newspaper for paying audiences. On his travels, he encounters a young girl named Johanna, who was captured and raised by a tribe of Kiowa raiders. After agreeing to escort the girl back to her original family, Kidd and Johanna develop a close father/daughter relationship that complicates his decision to leave her with a family she doesn’t love, in a life she doesn’t want. A simple, yet excellently told novel with characters to root for and remember.

The Wolf Road

Here’s another father/daughter relationship you wouldn’t exactly want in your family. After apocalyptic events, Elka is found and raised in the wilderness by a hunter named Trapper. When Elka learns that Trapper is a cold-hearted murderer, she escapes, hoping to find her real parents—but Trapper is soon on her tail. With an adopted father/daughter relationship of the worst kind, this novel is enthralling. The Wolf Road asks questions about who we are and who we become when the ones we thought we loved turn out to be the villains.

All the Light we Cannot See

Finally, All the Light we Cannot See is the story of a young blind girl and a German boy whose lives are both drastically altered by the travesties of war. In this novel, the father/daughter relationship between the blind girl, Marie-Laure, and her father, Daniel, is something to be utterly savored. Daniel takes painstaking care of his daughter, building her a wooden model of their neighborhood in Paris so that she can learn to navigate the streets through touch. Among others, it is this wonderful relationship that drives the narrative forward, showing how the bonds of love are strengthened in times of great sorrow.


There is some great suggestions here form Tyrell Johnson. I myself have an amazing relationship with my father so I always love to read about father/daughter relationships because of it.

One of the things I loved in Tyrell’s The Wolves of Winter was the love Lynn had for her father, and vice versa.

You can check my review of The Wolves of Winter here.

Make sure you check out this awesome suggestions, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Happy Readings,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson – Review

Synopsis from Goodreads

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.

But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.

Review

I think most people know how much I love dystopian books by now. To the point that if you want me to review your book all you have to do is say is dystopian and I’m on it!

However, I wasn’t expecting to love and at the same time be so scared of how amazingly realistic The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson was. Realistic to the point that once I read the book, there was a news report about something that is mentioned in the story and I was ready to move to Alaska before the flu came knocking on my door.

I initially thought that this was an YA Dystopian, that’s what I get for saying YES!YES!YES! before checking the blurb. Technically, I will consider it being a blend of YA with New Adult, due to Lynn’s age in her flashbacks.

It’s a bit of a slow-burner but in a way that absolutely works. There is enough time for you to set the story in this snowy wasteland that is all kinds of atmospheric and haunting. There is enough time for you to care for the outcome of these characters, some more than others. Basically as you take in the scenery you enjoy the story that unfolds.

I think what I found the most scary is how this future can turn into a reality. The events the snowballed the whole apocalypse are events that have already happened. You can see how things can suddenly turn into this post-apocalyptic world. You just got to hope that it doesn’t.

It’s just a brilliant debut by Tyrell Johnson  with a smart and tough young woman as the protagonist. I do hope there is a sequel to it because I will definitely be reading it!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is out today in Paperback and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of The Wolves of Winter in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis from Goodreads

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Review 

I need the sequel like ASAP! Please someone give it to me now!

I really enjoyed reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. The first time I heard of Kitsunes and Onis was while watching the TV Show Teen Wolf, and I loved discovering something new.

However, in this own voices YA Fantasy world that Julie Kagawa creates in Shadow of the Fox it goes beyond Kitsunes and Onis it opens as door to creatures, demons and magic from Japanese mythology. A brilliantly intriguing and at times scaring world.

The story is told by the perspective of three very different characters. Suki, Yumeko and Kage Tatsumi, the later two taking most of the chapters than Suki whom shows ever so often. Although I kind of believe that Suki is going to play a big part in the next instalment of the story.

Of all the characters my favourite one is Yumeko. I just want to protect her from the big, bad and scary world. She is an adorable character who is also clever and so adaptable despite being raised by monks. Most importantly she is kind to all. #CinnamonRoll

If we are being honest here, Shadow of the Fox will make a fantastic video game. As its characters go on their quest to find the Dragon Scroll they encounter other villages and dangers, a bit like little side quests until you get to the big finale. The big bad boss! Such a wonderful adventure into mythical places.

This is the first time I have read any of Julie Kagawa’s work and I believe I’m now a fan. Shadow of the Fox is a wonderful YA Fantasy novel and I can’t wait to read what becomes of Yumeko, Kage Tatsumi and Suki.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa is available now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of Shadow of the Fox in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye

img_6760.jpgSynopsis from Goodreads

Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill.
Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

Mini-Review

I’m a big fan of Charles Dickens, so when offered the chance to review Miss Marley which is set in Dickens A Christmas Carol I just couldn’t say no.

The idea of picking up a character from a beloved classic such as A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and write their story, it can only be done by someone with some guts. This is the kind of thing that can go very wrong, but in this case it went the complete opposite way.

The way that Vanessa Lafaye decided to tell Jacob Marley’s story through the eyes of her own character – his sister Clara Belle Marley – was a stroke of genius. This decision is what gave Lafaye the freedom she needed to explore their story, while still being truthful to Dickens creation.

I had no idea until after I finished reading, that the author Vanessa Lafaye has unfortunately passed away before finishing writing Miss Marley. Her good friend and writing partner Rebecca Mascull whom shared the same love for Dickens as Lafaye, took upon the task of finishing the book for her. While reading the novella, I really couldn’t pin point where Lafaye voice ended and Rebecca Mascull began.

As Mascull said in the Afterword, it was like Vanessa’s voice flowed through her while she was writing…and that’s the feeling I got from reading.

Miss Marley is a quick and delightful read for all Dickens and Vanessa Lafaye fans. The perfect gift for classic book lovers at Christmas.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye is available for pre-order on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a ARC of Miss Marley in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox – Review

Synopsis by Goodreads

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

Review

Hester Fox debut novel The Witch of Willow Hall wasn’t quite what I was expecting. To be honest, at first I wasn’t even sure if I was going to keep reading, but the possibility of a romance kept me going and now I’m so glad I stuck to it.

It’s the second time this year that I start reading a book and almost halfway through I’m not sure about it, but I decide to stick to it and then ends up being a brilliant read.

This is a book that fits perfectly with this spooky time of the year. I won’t say that is a very witchy heavy book, which was what I initial thought would be. Nonetheless, you get much more than you thought you would. There is really a lot more going on.

Lydia is a wonderful, well read and likeable main character. You just can’t help but wish for all her wishes to come true. I could really resonate with her as she is just one of those characters that has to always be so strong for her family that forgets about being strong for herself and get what she wants in life. Seeing her discovering her own strength makes it for a great character development alongside everything else that is happening in Willow Hall.

The Witch of Willow Hall reminds me at times, of the old Gothic fiction classics. There is mystery, a disgusting secret, romance, a wicked sister, ghosts, witchcraft, while being set in the eerie backdrop of New Oldbury from 1821.

With all that is going on, the romance is really what I love the most. I’m a sucker for romance and historical novels are always my favourite because they play on the ‘will they, or will they not’ for longer. The anticipation really excites me, is one of my favourite tropes and Hester has wrote it exactly how I love it.

Overall, even though the first half of the book made me unsure if I was enjoying it, the second half really turned things around for me and turned it into a great read. A haunting romantic historical read perfect for all Gothic romance lovers on Halloween.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox is available as a paperback and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a ARC of The Witch of Willow Hall in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx