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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: January 15, 2019
Reading as: Hardcover, OwlCrate edition
Expected rating: 4
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive. (Goodreads)
I don’t want to be their equal. I don’t want them to look us in the eye. I want them to look away, to blink harshly, as if they’d stared at the sun itself. I don’t want them standing across from us. I want them kneeling.
Enrique and Hypnos are my loves. Yes, that is what I am starting this with. I adore these characters and would maim people for them. Not kill, but certainly maim. They are absolutely fabulous and if they don’t do something with these flirtatious vibes by the end of the book I will riot.
I suppose I should mention that I am currently on page 138. That seems like important information but those two feisty, brilliant, hormonal wrecks had to come first. It was required.
So far I am completely in love with this book. The story is engaging, the magic system fascinating, and the setting so very vivid. If I have any complaint at all so far it is that I actively dislike one of the main females, Laila, and am just outright annoyed and confused by Tristan. He doesn’t have enough personality for as big of a roll he seems to play outside of a thing about spiders which I simply can’t get behind.
This book is so thoroughly enjoyable that I do not want to put it down. I suspect that this is going to easily be one of my favorite reads of the year and can’t wait to gush about it to everyone.