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Belladonna

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Very different from what I normally read, but I truly enjoyed every second of this book. It was entertaining.

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I really enjoyed this! Someone had said this was like a gothic Bridgerton and I see what they meant. I think it was a mix of Bridgerton and Scythe with mystery elements, perfect fall read. I’m so glad I preordered the second book.

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I won’t lie in that start I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy this one but it didn’t take long to get hooked and really dive into the story! Definitely gave off Stalking Jack the Ripper vibes!

Really loved the setting/vibe of this book and the new take to magic mixed with mystery. I absolutely was loving the whole secret garden vibe in the start and wish it would’ve kept that throughout the story, but it kinda went way somewhere else then back at the end. That whole story line part would be my only complaint at the end as I was confused. But overall didn’t take away from anything else I enjoyed!

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I won’t lie in that start I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy this one but it didn’t take long to get hooked and really dive into the story! Definitely gave off Stalking Jack the Ripper vibes!

Really loved the setting/vibe of this book and the new take to magic mixed with mystery. I absolutely was loving the whole secret garden vibe in the start and wish it would’ve kept that throughout the story, but it kinda went way somewhere else then back at the end. That whole story line part would be my only complaint at the end as I was confused. But overall didn’t take away from anything else I enjoyed!

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What an interesting concept and execution. I love a good murder mystery with family intrigue and this has all of it.

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I usually go into books blind, but after reading the plot summary of this book, I was immediately intrigued and had set my expectations pretty high. Unfortunately, this book didn't quite hit the mark for me. This book starts off so strong and the stage is set for a brilliant story. It starts off with gothic vibes and I thought that this could have been a perfect atmospheric read. I just felt like the plot didn't fully come together as the story went on. Signa is an interesting character and her connection to Death personified is one of the more interesting parts of this book. However, there the romance feels a little off. I was hoping for more development from the romantic connection. The murder mystery itself was underwhelming. There were some ensemble characters that definitely stood out. Blythe was an interesting characters and the ghosts of the manor added more drama to the story, which I think was much needed. The cliffhanger at the end had me a little interested, I will admit, but I'm not sure I'll be in a rush to pick up the second installment. Overall, this book didn't hit the mark for me. The writing was well done, but I was hoping for a more atmospheric read.

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I thought this was a good read! I wish Death was more fleshed out as a character but I definitely can see how this was originally meant to be a standalone -- it could've been a really great standalone! But I thought Signa's story was really great and I finished this one sitting.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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the atmosphere of this book was amazing-- loved the gothic vibes! it was so well done.

it was kind of hard to get into and the end was also hard to finish, but the middle kept me going. characters were fun to read and writing was good.

ultimately, not my cup of tea but still a good book

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AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I regret not reading it sooner. This book has everything I wanted, adventure, intrigue and possible romance hehe.

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A love story between a girl and Death??? SIGN ME UP. I love Adalyn Grace's writing, and BELLADONNA just shows how much she continues to grow as a writer

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This story is was so good! It had everything I didn’t know I needed. Like I never knew I had a thing for gothic fantasy before this book, but apparently I do. I loved the characters, the plot was so imaginative and now I must read the next book stat.

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Loved this book so much . The gothic atmosphere and mystery is everything . The description and plots were beautifully mastered along the pages .
Death made a man to swoon over has never been done so perfect .
Signa Farrow with her will / power to bleed into the other world will capture you and wonder how far will she go .
Blythe the sick cousin , was so sweet and cannot wait to see more from her .
The ghosts and mystery kept it creepy and gothic but still so beautifully written.

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A girl partnering with Death to solve mysteries? Yes, please. I literally swallowed this book whole (along with the rest of the series). The author's writing style is so eerie and full of tension. All the twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Haunting, romantic, mesmerizing. Read this.

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This was one of my top reads for 2022. This was essentially an enemies to lovers dark fantasy story. What if everyone around you kept dying? Who do you blame? Do you blame Death himself? Well, that's what Signa did. But when she finds out everything was to protect her, how could she continue to hate him? And how could she continue to hate him when he's trying to find the person who is poisoning her cousin? Oh, it's also kind of a love triangle butttt not really. That part made me so excited, she didn't have to choose! The atmosphere of this book was perfection, everything felt dark and spooky and I loved it.

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A delightfully chilling tale that hit all the right notes for my goth little heart. Extremely creative and love the dark dreamy vibes

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Bridgerton if there was a murder mystery and ghosts! It took me a HOT minute to get into this one (thanks to a previous book hangover) but once I did it was very fast paced! Wasn’t sure if I’d get the second book but I already have it waiting on my Kindle. 😇

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Belladonna is a delightfully atmospheric and chilling story - the most perfect vibes for October!

For the most part, I really enjoyed this story. I liked trying to figure out the twists and turns (I guessed correctly about one thing, incorrectly about another) and was shocked by how creepy it was - I scare easily and this book definitely gave me the chills! Signa annoyed me one minute and I was cheering for her the next.

Death, though, I absolutely loved!! What an interesting character and I LOVED the dynamic that Signa could only see him when someone near her was close to dying. I’m very excited to see that explored further in Foxglove.

All in all, I’m disappointed in myself for waiting so long to pick Belladonna up and am very excited for the rest of the series!

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I found myself feeling really bored while reading this book. I was not interested in the characters or the romance. Unfortunately, I am not interested enough to keep reading this series.

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Belladonna is a fun slowburn, paranormal, murder mystery read. I had so much fun reading and getting to know Signa. Signa is living a series of unfortunate deaths and realizes that she can meet Death after dying several times in different circumstances. When Signa is sent to distant relatives to live until she becomes of age for her inheritance, she finds that at the manor nothing is as it seems. There are so many moments between Death and Signa that just made me fall in love with them both. I loved trying to figure out who dunnit and how Signa plays with her newfound abilities. The romance is definitely worth it for me. I loved the paranormal and everything in between. I kept pausing to show my friends swoony quotes and screaming cause omg same.

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I enjoyed the murder mystery plot here and I especially loved seeing Death and Signa’s relationship develop into a romance. That masquerade ball dance was swoony and I wish we had more moments like that.

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I loved the eerie atmosphere of Belladonna and Adalyn Grace has such a beautiful way of writing. I wasn't a big fan of the love interest, though, and I feel like there were a lot of unanswered questions. Fingers crossed we get answers in the next book in the series.

The cover art is beyond gorgeous!

This eARC was provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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