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Book Review: Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn

monstrous desingBook: Monstrous Design
Series: Battalion of the Dead #2
Author: Kat Dunn
Age & Genre: YA fantasy, historical

Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris.

1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe’s kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city’s seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine… Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand?

In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada’s love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

Monstrous Design starts up where Dangerous Remedy leaves off with the Battalion split up and the characters in different places. I thought the distance between the characters would be for a short time but they are apart for most of the book so this book felt a little different from the first one.

This book focuses a lot on James and his family which I didn’t really care for in the beginning but I did grow more attached to him as you find out more about him and the reasons for why he betrayed the Battalion. I liked his character development in this book.

I did miss the Battalion being together and like I said before it made the book feel a little different than the first and even though I did still enjoy Monstrous Design I liked Dangerous Remedy more because I liked the group being together. I also felt the pacing was a bit off because of the separate storylines within this book.

I liked the writing and was interested to see what would happen to the characters. I did like Camille and Al together and liked how their friendship developed in this book. I didn’t like Ada and Guil’s storyline as much and didn’t fully understand the reasons behind the characters choices especially Ada’s.

Overall I enjoyed this book despite the different turns within the story and the separation between the characters. I do like Dangerous Remedy more but I still found this a good read and was surprised by the ending.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters That Made Me Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books That Made You Laugh. I changed the topic slightly to characters that made me laugh so here is a list of book characters that I thought were really funny.

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Izzy (The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven)
Sophie (Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins)
Jace (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)
Will (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

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Lassiter (Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward)
Al (Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn)
Tori (The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie)
Mister Kindly (Nevernight by Jay Kristoff)

What book characters made you laugh?

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Book Titles of 2020

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles. I’ve already did a post similar to this topic earlier this year, which you can find here. Instead I’m going to list some of my favourite book titles that I’ve read in 2020, some of these were not published in 2020 but I’m still listing them because I read them this year.

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Three Mages and a Margarita (as well as the other book titles in The Guild Codex series) by Annette Marie

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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward

What has been some of your favourite titles of books you’ve read this year?

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Book Review: Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy #1) by Kat Dunn

drBook: Dangerous Remedy
Series: Dangerous Remedy book 1
Author: Kat Dunn
Genre: YA historical fantasy

Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

We are introduced to the characters in this book as they are trying to break someone out of prison and that captured my interest straight away. From the very first page I was completely into the story.

The group of characters in Dangerous Remedy work together at saving people from the guillotine and I loved the found family aspect of this book. I loved how they were their own crew who rely very much on each other even though they don’t get along all the time. I thought each character had their own voice and I liked how the each had their own reasons for being a part of the battalion.

I liked both Camille and Ada, I thought they were both strong characters and I loved reading about their relationship and I liked how they recognised the flaws in each other. Al was another interesting character and a very funny one and I loved reading the scenes of him bantering with the rest of the group.

There were many twists and turns in the story and I loved that. I loved the intrigue and I thought the writing was very compelling to read and it made the pacing of the story flow so well.

Overall I really liked Dangerous Remedy. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I thought the writing was captivating and the story was very intriguing and full of twists. I’m very excited about the next book in the series.