I went into the book with almost no expectations because none of my friends had read it or said a thing about it one way or the other.
I am never more pleased than when I can write a glowing five-star review about a book.
This book was on my list the moment I saw what it was about. I used to love learning about Elizabeth Báthory.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Nadya, a young woman with the power of gods on her side finds herself working with the enemy — a young man who uses “blood magic”. He convinces her to help him kill the king. The prince, too, desires his father’s death. The three seem to be working for the same purpose, but will they join together and be able to accomplish this mammoth task?
I got really tired of retellings, especially fantasy ones several months ago, and so I hesitated to read this one at the time. I am SO GLAD that I waited. Because I feel that I really wouldn’t have enjoyed this book if I had read it when I first wanted to. (Okay, February, but still.) I enjoyed this book, and I felt that it was a read I had fun with, and one that I liked. This is a 3.5 stars for me.
This had witches and it had lesbians. It also had good female friendships. These are all things that I love in books. There was a ton of queer rep, even if just briefly mentioned, in this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t all come together for me in a way that made me love the book.
I’m always looking for a funny, feel good romance that is queer. I so very much wanted to love this book, but I only ended up liking it.
First off, the cover was adorable and the title was amazing. That convinced me to request the book, and then the description…it seemed like it would be the perfect book for me.
I hemmed and hawed about what I was going to rate this book, because I wasn’t sure at all what I thought it should be, but in the end I settled on three stars.