ARC Review: Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

*I was given a copy of Belladonna in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Adalyn Grace*

Synopsis: 

For as long as Signa Farrow has been alive, the people in her life have fallen like stars . . .

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her wellbeing – and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy.

Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful – and more irresistible – than she ever dared imagine.

Review:

Belladonna was a great read. I’ve wanted to read one of Adalyn Grace’s books for a while now and I’m glad this was my first one. When beginning Belladonna I was in a massive reading slump and I didn’t have the highest hopes. However, I feel like this changed that around. I absolutely stormed through the majority of this book. It took me a while to get through the last hour or so as I’ve been unwell and I can’t concentrate on books, but once I got over that I finished the book quickly. 

I think the style of writing is what made this such a quick read. It was simple, yet interesting and the flow was very smooth. 

The concept of Belladonna was really fun and I love stories connected to Death. What I would have liked though was to learn more about why Signa has these abilities. It is somewhat explained, I won’t say anything here as it’s definitely a spoiler, but no context was really given. Maybe in book two? 

Signa was a great main character, but she was a little dense and self-centred at times. There are a few moments, which are meant to be plot twists, that I figured out almost instantly. Nothing wrong with this as actually it makes reading from Signa’s perspective a little more interesting as you know something she doesn’t. 

There was a lot of potential with certain side characters and I really hope they return for the next instalment. 

I really enjoyed the time period and settings of Belladonna. The apothecary Signa and Percy visited seemed very intriguing, I wish they had spent more time there. Thorn Grove was slightly spooky, which I loved. 

The ending was very intense and the set-up for the next book was interesting. I’m quite excited for Belladonna book two.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Belladonna is available 23rd August!

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