Review – Revelle by: Lyssa Mia Smith

Inspired by Moulin Rouge! and set on an island in a magical version of Prohibition-era New York, Revelle is a breathtaking YA stand-alone fantasy full of dazzling magic, romance, and mystery from debut author Lyssa Mia Smith.

On the island of Charmant, magic flows like bootlegged champagne, and fantasies can be bought for the price of a gemstone.

Luxe Revelle, star of her family’s fantastical show, knows the splendor is just an illusion. With Prohibition threatening their livelihood, her family struggles to make a living, watering down champagne and patching holes in their sequined costumes. So when the son of Charmant’s wealthiest family makes her an offer—everything the Revelles need to stay in business, in exchange for posing as his girl and helping him become mayor—she can’t refuse.

The moment Jamison Port sets foot in Charmant, he can’t shake the feeling of familiarity. An orphan with as few memories as gemstones, he’s desperate to learn what happened to his parents. But as he delves into the island’s secrets, he risks angering the wrong person and discovering a truth that just might break his heart.

When Luxe and Jamison accidentally meet, the sparks that fly are more than her magical enchantments. But keeping secrets from powerful people is a dangerous game . . . one that could destroy them both.

“Showtime’s in ten, but you have all night to change your mind.”

Holy crap, I loved this book so much. Time traveling and historical fiction are two categories I don’t find myself wandering into often. However, Revelle blew me out of the water. It was completely dazzling and darkly marvelous. 

“Meanwhile, I was a firefly circling in a jar. Entertaining to watch, but slowly suffocating.”

Revelle is told in dual POVs, Luxe and Jamison. However, there are no hiccups and the story continues flawlessly through each of them. I truly enjoyed following both of our characters. Jamison is honestly beyond perfect and everything you want in a book beau. Luxe is also perfect in her own way and I felt for her so much throughout this story. 

Also, there are so many fantastic side characters that make this story. Roger, Trys, and Trevor to name few that stole my heart.

There are such high stakes in Revelle. Secrets. So much mystery and thrills happening around every corner. I just loved the feel of this story. It was haunting and dark, yet fun. I couldn’t get enough of this glorious book and it is absolutely worth a buy.  Go pre-order it now!

Special thank you to Netgalley & Harperteen for a copy. 

– 5 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

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

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