October 25, 2020

#BookReview: Winterly by Jeanine Croft #Netgalley

Synopsis: Penny Dreadful meets Northanger Abbey with a dark peppering ofTwilight in this sultry odyssey of gaslit underworlds seething with masquerades, mystery, and romance.

Something dark is prowling the gaslit streets of London—a monster with a taste for the blood of young women. When her beloved sister is attacked by an unearthly creature, Emma Rose finds herself in a contract of exchange for her life that defies all laws of heaven. A contract with a vampire.
Her world is torn apart and the reality she had known and believed in is revealed to be a facade, just like the masks of a midnight vampire ball; a mask worn by Markus Winterly, the inimitable viscount and master of Winterthurse. Whether demon, vampire, or monster, Emma discovers that these names are just facets to an ancient being who defies mortal comprehension. Spanning centuries, lifetimes, and the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, Winterly takes her on a journey of self discovery where Emma awakens to the truth of her identity at last, and she comes to learn that the line separating light and dark is as tenuous as her humanity.
When she surrenders to the call of her blood, she finds where she belonged all along. And it was never in London, or even heaven, but in the arms of the devil himself.od, she finds where she belonged all along. And it was never in London, or even heaven, but in the arms of the devil himself.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Can I give this one a billion stars? 
I adored this book! Winterly is one of the best books I've read all year. I fell in love with the characters the moment I met them. Emma is such a smart and sarcastic character. Milli is the adorable marriage obsessed propped young lady. And Markus is just wow. Forget Prince Charming or Christian Gray, I need a devil like Markus in my life! Winterly has the perfect amount of macbre and romance. There's vampires, witches, weres, and fallen angels and a host of other genuinely creepy characters to keep you on your toes. The ending just about killed me. I was left wanting so much more. I can't wait to see what happens next for Markus, Emma, Milli, and the rest of the characters. 

★★★★★ "Filled with rich analogies, themes beyond good and evil, and historical prose. Winterly feels like a story written by Austen herself." -Melissa Mitchell, author of Talon The Black

★★★★★ "If Jane Austen wrote Dracula it would be Winterly." -Daire Faust, smutgeek, author and blogger.

★★★★★ "Frankenstein-ish with a dash of Jane Austen under a foreshadowing canopy of Jack the Ripper" -Kaiah Oseye, author of Destiny and Fate.

★★★★★ "The writing is eloquent and beautiful and takes you into the Victorian Era. A gothic romance that will pull you in." -Tata.lifepages, Bookstagrammer.

★★★★★ "Gothic romance at its finest" -D. Lilley, Amazon Reviewer.

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