Wednesday, September 20, 2023

#BookReview: A Crown So Cursed (The Nightmare-Verse #3) by @ElleOnWords @FierceReads

Synopsis: Alice is doing her best to recover from her last boss battle, but members of her crew start having these... dreams. And they’re all the same dream: visions of a dark past―and an even darker future. It seems the evil in Wonderland may not be as defeated as they’d hoped.

When word spreads of an encroaching army of Nightmares unlike any ever seen, Alice finds she may have to step between the coming darkness and the mortal world once more. But this time is different. This time, the monsters aren’t waiting for her on the other side of the Veil.

They're in her own back yard.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was a great book number three and I hope we get more stories set in this world as I am addicted to this series hands down.  I loved coming back to these characters and the world that its set in.  I will say that I wished that the romance would have been fleshed out just a little better as it was slightly confused at times. But the story itself was perfectly done.  I need more of these characters and why has this not been picked up as a movie?!

About the Author

Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans of 2020, L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, the co-founder of Juneteenth Book Fest, and the creator of the hashtags #PublishingPaidMe and #WhatWOCWritersHear. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. She is the author of A Blade So BlackA Dream So Dark, and A Crown So Cursed.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"A breakout author." ―Entertainment Weekly

"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, the Nightmare-Verse is 
the fantasy series I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified."
―Angie Thomas, #1 
New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Praise for
 A Dream So Dark

The Alice I never knew I needed. The Alice I was missing. McKinney conjures a Wonderland for those of us who weren’t given the looking glass. It is a feat of black girl magic!"
―Dhonielle Clayton, 
New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles

"McKinney’s follow-up to A Blade So Black proves she is a master of urban fantasy... Explosive from start to finish and guaranteed to send readers gleefully down a rabbit hole from which they’ll emerge begging for a third installment." ―Bookliststarred review

"Complex intrigue... Rousing, 
nonstop twists help make this sophomore entry a success." ―Kirkus Reviews

Praise for 
A Blade So Black

Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... a delectable urban twist on beloved fantasy tales." ―Entertainment Weekly

"This really is Lewis Carroll by way of 
Buffy, and it makes for a fun, gritty urban fantasy." ―NPR

"I loved the 'our world' framing and the 'other world' adventure so deeply. They were at such odds, but the overall effect was just chefkiss.gif 
―E.K. Johnston, #1 
New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and A Thousand Nights

"Wholly original and absolutely thrilling―
A Blade So Black kicks so much (looking gl)ass."
―Heidi Heilig, author of 
The Girl From Everywhere

dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kickass heroine." ―Bustle

"Retold fairy tales have been a popular trend... but 
you’ve never read one quite like A Blade So Black." ―Nerdist

"A brash, refreshing, vitally diverse retelling of a classic... 
You need this book." ―

A Blade So Black is a novel that roars mightily in the face of all those Wonderland tales that have come before. L.L. McKinney is on her way to someplace special with this debut; get onboard now." ―Locus magazine

"This isn't a retelling, this is 
Alice in Wonderland 2.0." ―

"An epic about 
Black Girl Magic." ―We Need Diverse Books blog

explosive, kickass debut... The Alice in Wonderland retelling the world has always needed." ―Booklist, starred review

"Relentless action, spiraling stakes, and a fierce heroine... A heartbreaking cliffhanger 
will leave fans clamoring for a sequel." ―Publishers Weekly

thrilling, timely novel that ensures readers will be curious for a sequel." ―Kirkus Reviews

"With a 
modern flair, a rich backstory, and just enough emotional heft, this particular looking glass will have readers eagerly falling through it." ―The Bulletin

"Teens will root for Alice as a strong, multidimensional black girl usually unseen in YA fiction... 
A must-purchase." ―School Library Journal

A Blade So Black is a modernized version of a well-known story that retains enough of the original to be lauded by both fans of the classic and readers wholly new to Wonderland." ―Shelf Awareness

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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