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"Belladonna" by Adalyn Grace | A Beautiful Eerie Blend of Murder Mystery, Horror and Haunted Manor A Review

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Just finished reading Belladona the first book in the series written by Adalyn Grace. This book just blew my mind...lol... am still living in the book and I thought the best thing to do is to just write my thoughts down before I forget. This book is the definition of a cozy murder mystery with a tad bit touch of horror. Let's get into the details!!!

P.S. Just look at the cover....it's so beautiful smh!!!!

Blurb

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each one more interested in her wealth than her well-being—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.

However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer 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.


GENRE 
Young Adult Fantasy

THEME AND TONE
Hauntingly beautiful

LANGUAGE AND WRITING STYLE
Easy to Read

CHARACTERS
Somewhat complex characters

TROPES
☙ Cozy Murder Mystery
☙ Haunted Manor
☙ Ghosts and Family Secrets
☙ Mystery 
☙ Romantasy
☙ Paranormal Romance
☙ A Secret Garden
☙ Regency Era Setting

MY REVIEW

The book is beautifully written. A perfect combination of coziness, chilling mystery, ghosts and murders, and a forbidden relation. Signa is our FMC and she is an orphan. She believes she has a curse of death because her parents died when she was born and every guardian she went to lived with died under mysterious circumstances. Not only does she believe herself as a curse other people believe her curse as well and stay far away from her and avoid her as much as possible.

An accident happens and her last guardian dies too and all prospects of a better life flee through the window for her. Also, there are somethings special about signal. She can see the spirits and ghosts of people who are dead. Also, she can see death as a person. So her last guardian dies and she was sent to Thorn Grove to another one of the distant family and from where the creepiness starts....

On the whole, story the plot is effing addictive and fast-paced. I love the vibe of Thorn Grove though...it's a big creepy estate....if you are wondering. It's totally a 5-star read for me. Signa is some badass girl with amazing powers. i can't wait to dive into the next book which is sitting right on my shelf (gosh I am so excited).

MY RATING
Plot: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars

Romance: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars

Characters:★★★★★ | 5 Stars
Pacing: ★★★★★| 5 stars
Mystery: ★★★★★| 5 star
Ending: ★★★★★| 5 Stars
Fun: ★★| 2 Stars 
Spice Level: 🌶| 1/5
Book Cover:★★★★★| 5 Stars 
Overall: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars

THE BEST PART
☙ Thorn Grove Estate
☙ Mystery Behind Death of Lillian
 

THE WORST PART:
☙ None that I can think of

Best Words

“To me, you are a song to a soul that has never known music. Light to someone who has only seen the darkness. You bring out the absolute worst in me, and I become vindictive toward those who treat you in ways I don’t care for. Yet you also bring out the best in me—I want to be better because of you. Better for you.”

Adalyn Grace, Belladonna

“Because death is only a reprieve for the dead, Mr. Thorly. It cares little for those it leaves behind.”
Adalyn Grace, Belladonna

“A human life is a beautiful thing," he said. "You humans.... you feel. You feel so deeply that it consumes you. There were humans I kept a watch over, though I would blink and they'd be fifty, sixty

years older—and the time would come for me to meet them. For the longest time, I pitied them for their short lives. And I admit, Signa, that I have grown more callous with my age. But I have also grown to admire humans. They've such a short time to experience their lives, and so they must feel deeply. They must experience in one life-time things it's taken me an eternity to experience. When I see men like Elijah, rather than feel guilt for what I've done, I remember that he feels sorrow because he loved so deeply. And were I not real, Little Bird, were I not Death, he would never have experienced that love. So which is better? To live forever, or to live and love?”

Adalyn Grace, Belladonna

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