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ARC Review: Misrule

Pretty covers are my weakness

Misrule: Book 2 of Malice Duology by Heather Walter

Click here for link to Part 1 Malice Review

Pub Date: 10 May 2022

Thank you to the publisher Random House- Ballantine, Del Rey for providing an eARC of this book for review!

Description via the Publisher

Does true love break curses or begin them? The dark sorceress of “Sleeping Beauty” reclaims her story in this sequel to Malice.

The Dark Grace is dead.

Feared and despised for the sinister power in her veins, Alyce wreaks her revenge on the kingdom that made her an outcast. Once a realm of decadence and beauty, Briar is now wholly Alyce’s wicked domain. And no one will escape the consequences of her wrath. Not even the one person who holds her heart.

Princess Aurora saw through Alyce’s thorny facade, earning a love that promised the dawn of a new age. But it is a love that came with a heavy price: Aurora now sleeps under a curse that even Alyce’s vast power cannot seem to break. And the dream of the world they would have built together is nothing but ash.

Alyce vows to do anything to wake the woman she loves, even if it means turning into the monster Briar believes her to be. But could Aurora love the villain Alyce has become?

Or is true love only for fairy tales?


Fantasy/Sci-Fi isn’t usually my thing but I do make an exception for fairy tale retellings! Getting back into the magical world of Briar was easy as a dip in a summer pool. Storyline aside, the author creates a world full of splendor and magic that isn’t too confusing in its rules. The addition of quirky kingdom characters like the goblins provided a fun, much needed comic relief. I enjoyed seeing Alyce fully embracing her dark powers because let’s be honest, it’s fun to root for the bad guys/girls sometimes.

However this time around Alyce had much more character dimension and thus, flaws that made her feel like a real human. This confused me a bit because she’s not a human? But I guess that’s all part of the fantasy aspect. She had a lot of self-doubt and would do certain things that made her a pretty unlikable character in this book for me, but in the end her character journey was well worth it. All in all, this was a great read that I breezed through and I recommend the Malice Duology for anyone who loves dark fairy tales, complicated love stories, and fantastical worlds.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Find Malice and Misrule on Bookshop.org!

Gothic Literature Love

I fell in love with Gothic literature the first time I read Edgar Allen Poe in 7th grade English class. There’s something addicting about that dark undertone that makes you glance into shadows while still not wanting to turn on the light. Poe isn’t the only writer who excels in this genre: H.P. Lovecraft writes bone-chilling horror; one of his stories spooked me so much when I was pregnant I had to set it down and still haven’t picked it up.  I’ll probably do that now that my hormones are back in check.

Elements typical of a gothic novel include decaying settings or mysterious architecture, supernatural beings, curses or prophecies, romance, and intense emotions. Books can include gothic elements and still not be considered gothic literature, and many books from the late 18th and 19th centuries do just that. So even if you’re not a big fan of horror in the traditional sense, you can still find those elements sprinkled throughout the romantic era.

I’m on a bit of a kick, reading any book I can get a digital copy of, so here’s a few I’ve dove into:

  • Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
  • Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher

These gorgeous hardcover books were purchased at Barnes and Noble

Originally posted on 15 November 2019