Review – Belladonna by: Adalyn Grace

New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace brings to life a highly romantic, Gothic-infused world of wealth, desire, and betrayal.

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.

“Because death is only a reprieve for the dead, Mr. Thorly. It cares little for those it leaves behind.”

So imaginatively dark and magnificent. I adore the throwback to the late 1800s with debuts, balls, and poison. Oh yes, the poison. Belladonna was not 100% was I expected, but I adored it even more!

Our MC, Signa, is so strong yet such a mystery that I also kept trying to solve. Her life is a constant roulette of deaths and places to live. I really enjoyed seeing her come into her own.

“Hello, Little Bird. Care to dance?”

On the other side, we have Death. Death, oh death. Such a versatile meaning in Belladonna. The way this story breathes life into a reaper is fanatically done and eerily entrancing. I adored seeing Signa and Death interact and beautifulness they created for each other.

There are two major twists in this story, one I guessed and I one I did not. This is a huge “who done it” murder mystery, and it honestly kept me guessing right up to the end. I kept thinking I knew who did it… and at every turn I was wrong. Adalyn Grace also does a fantastic job of painting each of these characters in an accusing light. She weaves each of them beautifully yet leaving pieces of mystery in her wake.

I truly enjoyed this story and am super excited to see that a second one is coming. The title Foxglove, and the epilogue makes me so excited! Definitely worth a buy!

– 4 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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