How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black & Illustrated by Rovina Cai – Review

Synopsis from Waterstones

Brimming with Black’s customary faerie magic, this atmospheric prequel to the events of The Folk of the Air trilogy digs deep into Cardan’s past to unearth some incredible revelations.

Exclusive edition – includes a black cover and sixteen extra pages of Rovina Cai’s art, from original sketches through the draft stages to final artwork that isn’t in the book, with discussion by Holly Black.

Once upon a time there was a boy with a wicked tongue…

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king.

This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere.

REVIEW

Not sure I can actually name this a review because is just gonna be me saying how much I love this series, how much I love Cardan and how glad I am that in such a sh*tty year I was able to get some joy!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black it’s a really good add-on to the series, as it tells short stories from Cardan’s perspective from before The Folk of the Air trilogy timeline and also little snippets that we didn’t get to read in the trilogy and some that go beyond the last book.

It’s a fairly quick read with beautiful illustrations from Rovina Cai to accompany the stories. Just look at them! They are absolutely stunning and really envision the Jude and Cardan I had in my mind.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit trash for Cardan. Thankfully, I only seem to crush on questionable fictional men and seem to have a better sense in real life! But I do love this handsome bad boy character development and redemption. He isn’t that bad after all.

I think the only complaint I have about How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, it’s that I kinda wanted more! That’s the thing with novellas, they are always too short. I don’t think I will ever get enough of Elfhame, Cardan and Jude. I will always be excited to come back to this world and I kinda hope we get to do it again in the future.

If you haven’t read The Folk of the Air trilogy, I would definitely recommend reading it before the novella as not only you would get spoilers but also miss out on a lot of the connections to the trilogy.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black is a perfect gift for the fans of The Folk of the Air trilogy. If you do have the extra money I would suggest getting the Waterstones exclusive edition (as seen in my photos above) as I love the black cover and also comes with a bonus chapter with art concepts from Rovina Cai.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour: A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

Synopsis From Goodreads

 

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

 

Review

What a way to star the year! I’m utterly and completely in love with A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I can’t wait to get a hold of the second book!

A Throne of Swans draws inspiration from Swan Lake’s Odette and Siegfried’s story and brings the dark fairytale retelling all the way up!

The story is very well paced, starting slow enough to be sure that the reader can place themselves within the magical world of Solanum and retain all the different characters and their houses. The pace gradually picks up diving you straight into a story of shape shifters, royal conspiracies, betrayals and broken hearts (the last one being mine).

The Corr’s have a beautifully evocative way of writing, making you feel that you are right there by Aderyn side the whole journey. Also creating incredible complex and dynamic characters, where no one is actually perfect…which is such a relief to read.

Also the greatest achievement was probably the fact that for once I actually fell in love for the good guys and not the villain. That’s what you get for creating such a great character like Lucien, Lord Rockwood (a little bit in love here not gonna lie!). Katharine and Elizabeth better be taking good care of my boy in the second book, I don’t think I can deal with him being heartbroken.

Before this review turns into and ode to Lucien, I just want to add that A Throne of Swans it’s beautifully written, the world building is exceptional, the plot is intricate, the characters feel realistic within their complexity, and the romance is just enough to keep things interesting without being constantly in your face.

The most tragic thing is that I have to wait for the second book until 2021.Deeply Tragic!

Anyway, A Throne of Swans is the fantasy shape shifting book for bird lovers fans of Swan Lake.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks Hot Key Books for sending me a paperback copy of A Throne of Swans in exchange for my honest review.

 

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.

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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.

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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 – 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