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Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski // Monsters, Banter and adventure through a dark forest

  GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova // Magic, memories and mayhem

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King's Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata's ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred--or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned "hollow" during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez's top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom--and end the war that has cost her everything.
  (A huge thank you to the FFBC tours and the publisher for the eARC and the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Click on the tour banner above to view the tour schedule) (US Giveaway at the end of the post)

     Look I finished the book and have been screaming for a good one hour and now I'm expected to put down coherent thoughts? *grumbles* . I shall try okay? But I can't assure my review will be coherent because right now my brain is basically going asddkfkhjdfkfkkk.


~Complex characters~

     Morally grey characters and characters with multiple facets are the most interesting. Renata Convida is the most intriguing protagonist I've read about in recent days. She's the girl who worked for the enemy as a child, now a part of the rebellion to take them down. She can't remember her memories from when she was used as a weapon at the palace but vows to earn her people's trust someday and atone for her sin by being an important part of the rebellion. I was rooting for her and her magic from page one. I love how her memories and her ability to steal people's memories is a huge part of the plot and she's an active protagonist. She doesn't stand around watching things happen around her but truly takes part in the plotline and that's awesome.
“You’re a shadow. You’re steel. You’re vengeance in the night. You’re a Whisper of the rebel Moria.”

     All the secondary characters are so interesting and while I hated some of them I loved how well they written to evoke such emotions from me. The most interesting character arc of all is that of the villain and *cue screaming* . It was done SO WELL.

~World Building for the Win~

     The magic system was so amazingly crafted and I loved how the magic of the Moria worked. It was a magic system like no other I've read and I wanted to learn more about it. I can't wait to learn more in book two because of a certain thing revealed at the end (I did think that might come up again and I was glad it did). Also a good time to mention but I also loved the author's world building in Labyrinth Lost, the first book of hers that I read.

~Plot Line to keep you on the edge of your seat~

     It was such a ride. Right from the start there is so much action and so many things happening that it left me breathless. There is a romance but it does not feature for the majority part of the story and when it does show up (at the beginning) it's really lovely. (I just really really hope there is not love triangle in book 2)
"I will always come back for you." Those are bold words, an impossible promise that he can't actually keep. We don't live in a world that allows for those kinds of vows. But I choose to believe them. I want to.

     Plot twists are of course there! Quite a few actually. I was expecting one or two of them but the rest just blew me away. The twists and the foreshadowing were so well done and I just felt so freaking immersed in the story.

~Beautiful writing I want to climb into~

I know that's a weird description but that's exactly what I wanted to do; climb into the book and sit among the words because they're perfect. The author makes you feel for the characters, feel like you're there right alongside them, picture the scenes and descriptions so perfectly in your head. I swear I'll read anything Zoraida Córdova writes because it's so beautiful!

~Incendiary is a retelling of the Spanish Inquisition and filled with magic, vengeance and revenge. It keeps you turning the pages because you just HAVE to know what happens next~

Is this book on your radar? What was the last book you read and loved? Tell me in the comments below!