Saturday, July 15, 2023

#BookReview: Revelle by Lyssa Mia Smith

Synopsis: A lush, dangerous tale of forbidden love. Pitched as magical YA Moulin Rouge in the Prohibition Era: a young trapeze star must magically seduce a dangerous bootlegger whose family is set on destroying hers, but when she mistakenly charms a handsome tourist instead, she must bury the forbidden sparks between them before her family loses everything.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: I was so excited for this one.  It was so pretty with the copy that I got from Owlcrate.  But sadly the execution of this one was not for me.  I found the story stagnate and boring for the most part.  It just felt so underwhelming that I ended up DNFing it around 50 pages.  


"Full of magic and twists, Revelle will leave you breathless!" — Lauren Blackwood, New York Times Bestselling author of Within these Wicked Walls

"From beginning to end, Revelle is a fantastical tale in which a glittering world converges with a dynamic and absolutely enchanting cast of characters. Readers will delight in the prowess and cleverness of Smith's prose."  — Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Beasts of Prey trilogy

Revelle is a jewel of a debut, as glittering and gritty as its Roaring Twenties setting. Lyssa Mia Smith has written a real showstopper, with a romance that’s both sizzling and sweet, wildly imaginative worldbuilding, and twists that crescendo to a thrilling finale. I couldn’t read it fast enough!”  — Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic 

Revelle sparkles with its swoon-worthy leads, death-defying magic, and an ending that had me reading into the night. It's the perfect fantasy for fans of Moulin Rouge. — Emily J. Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel Magnifique

“Lush, enchanting, and lavishly romantic, Revelle will sweep readers away to a dangerously decadent world they’ll never want to leave.” — Emily Thiede, author of This Vicious Grace

"An enchanting debut."  — Kirkus Reviews

“An arresting dark romantic fantasy.” — Publishers Weekly

“The lush, glittering descriptions of this Moulin Rouge!–based fantasy will hook readers from the very first page. Debut author Smith is one to watch.” — Booklist

About the Author

Lyssa Mia Smith is an author of romantic fantasies and a fan of all things magical and heart-wrenching. She has a PhD in clinical psychology with an expertise in adolescent trauma. A lifelong New Yorker, she lives on Long Island with her partner and their two young children, who keep her busy hunting for insects against her will. Revelle is her debut novel.  

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