Ahhh, doesn’t the title absolutely slide off your tongue and quiver against your lips? The cover is gorgeous as well. It looks like ice cream. These two combined were what made me want to snatch this book up and even though I’ve been burned before by that deadly combo, I was willing to take the risk for this.
It was worth it in the end.
I am not a big fantasy fan which is funny because I play quite a few fantasy games. I grew up with Japanese role playing games. Final fantasy and Legend of Zelda courses through my bloodstream but for some reason reading the genre confuses my mind and crosses my eyes. I’m trying to get past this and this book is one of the few I enjoyed of the genre so if you’re like me and stagnant to fantasy this is definitely for you.
“I will not attempt to run away,” I said. I would succeed.
The old switcharoo cliche takes place between a noble and a commoner. Emilie wants to become a physician but with her highbrow ranking it is frowned down upon. Her mother is strongly against it and sends her away to finishing school.
“Do NOT escape.”
She doesn’t escape, she enlists the aid of Annette, the commoner, to switch places with her so she can embark on her journey while Annette takes her stead.
Annette has magic of her own and grows it, becomes not only a lady but powerful in her own way.
The two are brilliant in ways they have never known.
This was a great read. I loved the representation of both POC and LGBT. The magic system was simple and a delight to read.
At times I was a bit confused as it is very fast paced and I do think this would have been better as a series than as a stand-alone book. This doesn’t take away from the magic however. Annette and Emilie are amazing characters and going through both of their journeys you experience the girls lessons in grief, heartbreak, and magic. It’s a lesson in life itself.
Thanks very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC.
My shriek tastes like funeral pyres.
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire