Book: 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
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.