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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.

most anticipated books

My Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

There is too many book releases that I’m most excited for and I haven’t even read all of my most anticipated releases from Jan, Feb and March yet but I’m still very excited to get to the books listed below so here are my most anticipated book releases for April, May and June.

April:

the infinity courts the crown of gilded bones malice witches steeped in gold destination anywhere

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Malice by Heather Walter
Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

May:

malibu rising the girl with stars in her eyes

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

June:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
Darling by K. Ancrum
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

What books are you anticipating to be released in April, May and June?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2020

I love doing my favourite books list every year and I love talking about why I loved each book. I read so many great books in 2020 so it was hard to narrow it down, I usually do narrow it down to around ten but I’ve definitely went over that this year.  They are in no particular order.

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll surprised me a lot because even though I really liked the first and second book I think this book is the best in the trilogy. I love how it focused so much on the world and how it came to be and everything lined up so well, it felt like an epic conclusion.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

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I feel like this will be on a lot of favourite lists for 2020 and I’m sure everyone has already heard about it. I loved this book, I loved Bryce and was so invested in this story emotionally. So much happens and there are a lot of twists, I loved this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

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This is a book that surprised me, I loved the writing and I loved how it’s almost like a retelling of the Chronicles of Narnia but it focuses more on the effects of returning home after growing up in a fantasy land.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’ve almost caught up on all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previously published books now, I think I only have about two to read left. I knew I’d love the writing of this and I loved the story too, it was very emotional.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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I’ve loved all of Marie Lu’s previously released books so I knew I’d like The Kingdom of Back but I was still surprised at how much I loved it. It’s a heart breaking book as it follows the life of Nannerl, who is Mozart’s sister. Not many people know of her even though she was as good a composer as Mozart simply because she was a woman. This book is so heart breaking as it confronts the reality of the constraints that were placed on women’s lives in the past.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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I loved the main character in this book, Ryann Bird. She’s such a great character and I loved the sci-fi elements to this story. I loved how the relationship developed between the two main characters and I loved the ending.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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I loved this book and thought it put such an original and unique spin on the original Cinderella story. I loved how this book used the original Cinderella story to tell its own messages and themes and I loved how the main character stood up and fought for what was right.

Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik

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I really liked the chemistry between the couple in this book and I liked how their relationship began, I also enjoyed how action packed this book was.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

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Cantoras was a very heart breaking book to read but I’m glad I read it and I loved reading about these five women and their relationships with each other, I loved how they became closer throughout the years with each other.

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

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Beetle & the Hollowbones was such a cute graphic novel. I loved the artwork and story, I loved how the story felt like a full story.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound and The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie

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I started reading the Guild Codex series in 2020 and I’m so glad I found a new favourite series. I loved both The Guild Codex: Spellbound series and the spin off series The Guild Codex: Demonized. I loved the characters in both series and I loved how they overlapped with each other.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

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This book was such a great book to read in the winter. It had such perfect cosy atmosphere and I really liked the writing.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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I was instantly intrigued by this book as soon as I started reading it. It has a great plot with a interesting group of characters that I really enjoyed reading about.

Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve wanted to read this trilogy since it first came out but I never actually got around to it until this year and I was so surprised at how much I loved this trilogy. I loved the overall concept of it, the superheroes vs super villains and not knowing which side is which. I thought it was written so well and I was so immersed into the world of it and intrigued by the characters.

What were your favourite books of 2020?

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Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited About

There are so many new releases for the winter months so I decided to narrow down my list to just seven of my MOST anticipated releases of winter 2020.

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Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams
I love this series and I can’t believe the last book (I think it’s the last book anyway) is finally getting released. The second book was released in 2016 and I read it as soon as it came out so it’s been a long time since I’ve read these books but I’m still so excited for it. I’ll probably need to reread the first two books in the series to refresh my mind on it. I love Sandy Williams’ writing and can’t wait to dive right into this world again.

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews
I didn’t even know this book was a thing until recently which makes me feel like a bad fan of the Kate Daniels books. This isn’t about Kate, it’s about Julie and I’m very excited to read it. I think it was released on the author’s blog first but I haven’t read it yet and I’m glad it’s being bound up into a book.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas
I think this book will be on a lot of people’s most anticipated lists because it’s such a popular series. I love Sarah J Maas’ writing and every one of her books is an auto buy one for me.

Liberté (Enchantée #2) by Gita Trelease
I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it last year so I very excited for the sequel. I think I might have to reread the first book before reading this one to remind myself of the details since it’s been a while.

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
I hope this one is as good as the blurb sounds because ever since I read the blurb I’ve been very excited about it. It’s been compared to City of Bones (which I love) and is an urban fantasy (which is one of my favourite genres). This book sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it.

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
I loved The Iron Fey series and the spin off series featuring Ethan and now The Iron Raven is being released. This book is about Puck and I hope it’s as good as the original series. I don’t know if I should reread the original series or not but either way I’m very excited about this book too.

Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
This is a book I only recently heard about but it sounds so good that I’m now very excited about it.

What winter releases are you most excited about?