Hellooo lovelies! Happy Saturday! It’s been a little while… but there’s a good reason! Hopefully I’ll have a life update post up Wednesday talking all about Adrianne’s adventures in adulting, but right now, let’s talk new releases!
So, I received an e-ARC of this novel from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. In case you didn’t know, Tricia Levenseller’s new novel follows one Alessandra Stathos in her attempt to woo, marry, and eventually kill The Shadow King. I read Tricia’s other books, The Daughter of the Pirate king and The Daughter of the Siren Queen on Audible last year and loved them! She really knows how to write badass, semi-unconventional women and this new novel is no different. And what I mean by unconventional is that, despite the type of world they live in these women kind of do their own thing.
For example, Alessandra comes from a very “stereotypical” fantasy world where the women have to marry and wear dresses and care about what society thinks. Alessandra, however, is over here admitting to multiple lovers, blackmailing said lovers, and even getting away with murder (most of that isn’t spoilers by the way). She also isn’t afraid to say what she thinks about the government and the way it’s run. Overall, Alessandra is probably my favorite part of this novel because her dialogue and the way she thinks about things is sort of similar to how I think of things and interact with people… for the most part.
Tricia Levenseller also, once again, really built up her characters backstories. I loved each tidbit we learned about the Shadow King and who he was as a person and the way he interacted with Alessandra and his court. I didn’t feel as though the world building was much to bat an eye at, honestly, it just felt like a normal YA fantasy novel. That’s not to say the writing wasn’t good or the world itself uninteresting, but I just felt like the characters themselves really stole the show from the overall world.
I honestly don’t have much in the way of negatives in regards to this book. Like I’ve said in the past, I’m not going to read something I don’t have an interest in and… well Tricia Levenseller has quickly become an auto buy author for me because I LOVE her characters. They’re always so witty and smart and their friendships are always so positive. The relationships between Alessandra and her friends at court are no different. They’re very wholesome in the sense that Alessandra encourages her friend Hestia to be herself in all things and that’s how she’ll find herself the perfect man and her friend Rhoda… well I don’t want to spoil it, but they’re very positive female friendships and I’m 100% here for it!
If you loved her other books, badass female leads, and angst, I’d definitely recommend this book for you!