Why I read it:
Michelle is a friend of mine and I really enjoyed her novella, Cinders, which she published last year so I knew I was going to enjoy the ride this time. I've been waiting for this one since I read and offered feedback on Michelle's synopsis ages ago. When I got the chance to read an ARC of this one, too, I jumped at the opportunity.
There is something entirely captivating about Michelle's writing. There's a lyric quality to it which pulls you along from page to page. (Taut pacing and excellent characterization help with that one, too.) I liked Nick and Lilian instantly and waited with bated breath to see if they'd get their happy ever after (or happy for now). I won't spoil anything for you, don't worry. The setting was spectacular, I felt like I was right there next to the characters, whether they were sweating bullets in Brazil or on a mountain in West Virginia.
This is a book I've not been able to get out of my head since I read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Final review: Thumbs up. Go. Buy. Thank me later.
About the author:
Michelle is a mother, artist, and writer who lives in the Rocky Mountains with her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She writes contemporary, literary, and fantasy fiction.
Michelle believes imagination is the only rule in fiction. This is the foundation of her writing, and she plans to strengthen it with each and every story she writes.
Oh, and she likes peanut butter and tomato sandwiches. And cheese. Lots and lots of good cheese.
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