Publication Date: August 23rd
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.
Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, 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.
My Thoughts & Feelings …
Ignore the fact that it took me a month to read and focus on the fact that this book was great! If anything, the fact that I kept coming back to it all month just goes to show how it kept me entertained and intrigued among the end of semester craziness.
Belladonna follows 19-year-old Signa who is set to inherit her family’s fortune. Ever since her parents died when she was a baby, she’s been passed from family member to family member as death followed everywhere she goes. Following the death of her last guardian she is sent to Thorn Grove to live with distant relatives only Death has beaten her there as her cousin grows sicker by the day. Suspecting fowl play Signa is determined to get to the bottom of what’s happening, save her cousin and also explore her connection to Death and the powers that come along with it.
The whole “alliance with Death” thing is what first intrigued me. I really like it when concepts of Death, Night, Day, that sort of stuff, is embodied in an actual character. I’m also always a slut for “character is the only one who can see ghosts” character type so you know I was drawn to this.
It reminded me of Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Mansicalco and, after reading both books, I can definitely say there’s similar vibes. Less hate-to-love but still has the romance and the mystery aspects.
I felt like this book had a lot going on but it all worked well together. First off there was the romance which has a very slight love-triangle except not really (read to find out!). Usually when I ship a character with death it’s cause I want them gone. In this instance it’s because I wanted Signa to get the love and adoration she deserved. The romance was definitely one of my favourite things about this book.
It wasn’t the only thing though as we see Signa trying to figure out her Death related powers and put them to use to solve the mystery of why her cousin is sick and why her aunt died. This mystery kept me just as engaged as the romance.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, more then I was expecting to even when I’d already started reading it. If you’re a fan of Kingdom of the Wicked, like I already mentioned, but also if you liked that “otherworldy-supernatural” presence in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab, I definitely recommend checking out this book when it’s released!