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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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July Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In July:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Monstrous Design and I like the atmosphere of this series but I didn’t like how the characters were separated for most of this book, I felt that threw off the pacing of the story a bit so I like this book less than the first but I still found it to be an enjoyable read and I was intrigued by the plot of it.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved finding out all about this fictional band through an interview format and seeing how each member of the band had different experiences with their rise to fame and what they went through to get there. This is one of those books that is so uniquely told that the characters and the music feel so real that it makes you want to learn more about them but obviously you can’t because they are fictional.

The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I didn’t like the world building and I felt a bit confused as to the characters own thoughts of the world, it’s hard to pin point why exactly but the world and the way the characters described it just didn’t mesh with me. Despite that though I thought the storyline was entertaining.

Blood be Damned (Demons of New Chicago #3) by Kel Carpenter – 3 STARS

I like the relationships between the characters in this series. I like Piper and Natalie’s friendship and I like the romance between Piper and Ronan but I didn’t like the surprise near the end of this book. It’s a trope (I don’t know if you’d call it a trope but it is a sort of spoiler so I won’t say exactly what it is) that happens in a lot of books that don’t really need it and I felt this book didn’t really need it.

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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey – 5 STARS

I watched the tv series of The Expanse last year and loved it so much that I just had to read the books too. I loved Leviathan Wakes and I can now see how well the tv series was adapted, the overall world/universe is so intriguing and complex that it really sucks you in.

The Blood Is Love (Dark Eyes #2) by Karina Halle – 3 STARS

I thought this book was okay but I don’t think this sequel was much needed. I felt like the relationship that was established in the first book went back and forth on the same things that the characters had already discussed in the first book so it made the characters seem kind of annoying to me but I was still interested in the plot so it ended up being an okay read.

This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron – 3 STARS

I was very excited for this book to be released but I ended up being disappointed by it. I still enjoyed the book, it was atmospheric and intriguing and I liked the descriptions of the greenery and Briseis powers but I thought the plot was just too convenient and there was a lot of telling and not showing within the story.

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS

I’ve really enjoyed the first three books in The Murderbot Diaries series so far and I love reading about Murderbot, they are such a relatable character. I like that so far each book has had different characters interact with Murderbot but the overall plot is still all very much connected and very intriguing. I really like this series and can’t wait to read more of Murderbot.

Blog Posts I Did In July:

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown Book Review

June Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in July?