Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
The New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth brings to life a highly romantic, Gothic-infused world of wealth, desire, and betrayal. Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each one more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation, and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer. However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.
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"Good storyline and characters. Although I felt like it is dragging on and on, it barely got interesting about halfway through. I had a hard time wanting to read more and finish it. Sometimes I felt like just skimming everything and read the last 2 chapters. But I didn't and actually read everything, the twists were somewhat good, the ending felt almost rushed. I don't know if I'll pick up the 2nd book."
"4.5/5 ⭐️ this book was so good!! The setting of this story is beautiful. I really liked the way death was portrayed as a character and as a concept. The twists at the end were a predictable but also exactly what I was hoping would happen. This book has mystery, Bridgerton vibes, magic, and romance. It’s YA but doesn’t feel that way. This book is not spicy but has a couple implied or very non descriptive scenes though. "
"There was a lot to enjoy about this book- Signa's growth as a person who has dreamed her entire life of joining the scene; Signa's experiences as someone who cansee spirits; Signa's loyalty when she joins a family that doesn't only want her money; Signa's relationships with the Hawthorne family and more. The mystery was complex. Although Signa was able to quickly figure out her cousin was being poisoned, finding the culprit and ending the poisoning was not easy. Recommended for people who enjoy a mystery with some paranormal help. Also Recommended for people who like reading about a main character who has problems fitting into a societal mold. I'm definitely reading the next book in the series."
"It's an interesting read! Somehow, I got Hades&Persephone vibes. I liked the ghostly atmosphere, and the mystery behind the murderer was delightful, kept me on my toes the whole time. That being said, the villain didn't seem convincing at all. Their character and motivation explained at the end of the book felt very random and unnatural."
"I have a lot of mixed feelings on this book.. I gave it three stars because it didn’t hold my interest well. It wasn’t one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I put it down, a lot. It was very slow paced to me and I felt like a lot of the writing was background noise so to speak. I didn’t feel truly engaged until somewhere between chapter 24-26."
"The opening was dark and alluring. I girl who cannot die and death watching over her. I was instantly hooked. I even gasped haha I haven't done that in a while. Perfect for a fall read. The romance reminded me of Labyrinth with the Goblin King. But do be warned the relationship was an extremely slow burn. Usually, I love that but this was over-the-top slow. Still, there was a murder to solve and many mysteries to keep you busy. My biggest criticism would have to be the plot distractions. Not only did it slow down the romance but solving the mystery as well. At one point Signa's cousin is on the verge of dying and instead of going straight home and giving her the remedy she goes out to tea so she doesn't break social etiquette. Sadly the distractions only get worse with book 2. The atmosphere was nice and dark. The time period made it even more entrancing. The mysteries and the romance kept me intrigued but I will say things were predictable at times. The plot was weakened by trivial matters. Like social norms. And that also dragged out the story in the end. -------Quotes-------- "I like animals more than most things. I like that they can see me." "You should be careful what you wish for little bird.""