Tuesday, July 04, 2023

#BookReview: Court of the Undying Seasons by @AdriAnneMS @FeiwelFriends

Synopsis: Sarah J. Maas meets A Deadly Education in A.M. Strickland's lush, queer YA dark fantasy novel.

In becoming a vampire, I’m less than a girl. And more.
Or maybe I’m becoming what I always have been, deep inside.
A blade.

When nineteen-year-old Fin volunteers to take her secret love's place in their village's Finding, she is terrified. Those who are chosen at the Finding are whisked away to Castle Courtsheart, a vampire school where human students either succeed and become vampires, fail and spend the rest of their lives as human thralls...or they don't survive long enough to become either.

Fin is determined to forge a different learn how to kill the undead and get revenge for her mother, who was taken by the vampires years ago. But Courtsheart is as captivating as it is deadly, and Fin is quickly swept up in her new world and its inhabitants - particularly Gavron, her handsome and hostile vampire maker, whose blood is nothing short of intoxicating. As Fin begins to discover new aspects of her own identity and test her newfound powers, she stumbles across a string of murders that may be connected to a larger ritual - one with potentially lethal consequences for vampires and humans alike. Fin must uncover the truth and find the killer before she loses her life...or betrays her own heart.

Court of the Undying Seasons is a deliciously dark romantic novel and a pitch perfect modern take on classic vampire tropes.

"With brutal romance, vicious stakes, and a twisty mystery, Court of The Undying Seasons takes everything we love about vampires and cranks it to a whole new level." ―Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf and For the Throne


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: WOW I could not put this one down!! I am hooked. 5 Stars all the way lord I need more! Like I don't even know what else to say for this book other than to read it!! 


Praise for Court of the Undying Seasons:

"With brutal romance, vicious stakes, and a twisty mystery, 
Court of The Undying Seasons takes everything we love about vampires and cranks it to a whole new level." ―Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf and For the Throne

"Strickland has done it again! 
Court of the Undying Seasons is blood-soaked, blade-sharp, and completely enthralling. With a wildly imaginative world, a delightful cast of characters, and prose that expertly threads the needle between creepy and camp, this is a book to be devoured." ―Allison Saft, New York Times-bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic

"Enthralling, bloodthirsty and unapologetically queer, Strickland's take on vampires is both captivating and fresh." ―Laura Pohl, author of The Grimrose Girls and The Wicked Remain

"A dark, luscious mystery that will pull readers into a labyrinth of love, betrayal, and blood. A.M. Strickland has crafted a dizzyingly dark reminder that it’s family that makes us human - even if you choose the family yourself, even if you’re no longer human at all." ―Andrew Joseph White, author of Hell Followed with Us

Praise for In the Ravenous Dark:

“[A] feast of forbidden magics and deadly romances
 that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last bloody page. Deliciously dark and riveting, it will leave you hungry for more. Perfect for fans of Wicked Saints and Gideon the Ninth.” ―Ashley Poston, national best-selling author of Geekerella

"A deviously plotted tale of twisting complexity where diversity lives and breathes as naturally as a beating heart. It’s everything you could want in a dark fantasy." ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times-bestselling author of The Last Magician

"Blending dark blood magic with funny moments,
 In the Ravenous Dark is a lush, queer and intense YA fantasy that needs to be on your shelves! Rovan may or may not steal your girl but more importantly, she’s coming for your heart―and this woman always gets what she wants." ―The Nerd Daily

"Rovan is a tenacious spitfire who fights for freedom and vengeance by any means necessary. Strickland’s worldbuilding is grand...dauntless and passionate." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Strickland conjures a seductive world...where blood and shadow magics intertwine. [T]he fast-paced plot and romantic themes will appeal." ―Publisher's Weekly

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

A.M. Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her spouse, her pugs, and her piles and piles of books. She loves traveling, dancing, tattoos, and every shade of teal in existence, but especially the darker ones. Her books include Beyond the Black DoorIn the Ravenous Dark and Court of the Undying Seasons. She uses both she/her and they/them pronouns, and you can find her on Twitter.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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