“Don’t you know the basics of show business? Everything is war on a stage many people want to claim.”
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
Thank you Wednesday Books for inviting me to be a part of the this blog tour and providing me with a physical copy of this book in exchange for a honest review!
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
I have to give credit where credit is due, this was an awesome debut novel by Janella Angeles. Where Dreams Descend brings together elements of Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera and honestly, I didn’t really need to read much more to be sold on picking this up. Anything that has to do with magic, betrayals, and deceit is right up my alley and the author absolutely delivered in making my jaw drop more than once. Between Kallia – our MC, the world building, the mystery, and the romance this book sucks you right in and makes you wish you were a part of the magic show.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was Kallia’s character. I adored her drive and ambition to dominate a male driven field and shatter all the stereotypes along the way. The phrase “women can’t” or “women shouldn’t” is one that Kallia never lets stop her and in fact fuels her even more. She was such a well written, fleshed out character and will definitely hold a special place in my heart when it comes to fierce female characters. I also loved the atmosphere in this book – the writing is simply stunning. Angeles creates a world that makes you want to jump right into the book and never leave. And finally the romance in this book was so fun. I will admit it took me a little bit to come to terms with the fact that the villain will not be the love interest (okay, maybe I’m still a little bitter), however, I think that the REAL love interest is still extremely promising and I’m super excited to see where the romance goes in the next book.
As for what I struggled with a little bit in this book it was definitely the pacing. Certain parts felt as if they were taking forever for the story to get somewhere and then the ending happened so fast and left off on such a cliffhanger that it almost felt like getting whiplash. I also would have a liked just a little more when it came to the other magicians competing against Kallia, they all felt a bit two dimensional to me. However, with that being said I think the author did a great job of setting up the sequel to be a pretty action packed read and I’m definitely looking forward to it! If you’re looking for a book in an immersive world filled with magic, secrets, betrayals, and perhaps a dash of romance then do not let Where Dreams Descend slip past you, I think this is book that we’ll be hearing a lot more about in the coming weeks since it was just released.
Until next time,