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Book Information:

Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: YA Fantasy

Length: 416 Pages

Publishing: 1st September 2022



When sixteen-year-old Lilly arrives in Castello, she isn’t impressed.

A secluded town in the Italian mountains is not where she saw her last years of high school playing out.

Divided for generations by a brutal clan-family war, the two halves of Castello are kept from destroying each other by the mysterious General, a leader determined to maintain order and ‘purity’… whatever the cost.

Lilly falls in with the rebellious Liza, brooding Nico and sensitive Christian, and sparks begin to fly. But in a city where love can lead to ruin, Lilly isn’t sure she can trust anyone – not even herself.

And then she accidentally breaks Castello’s most important rule: when the General’s men come to test your blood, you’d better not be anything more than human…

Wow. The blurb did not give much away, and I am so grateful for it. This book is pretty much everything you are looking for in a YA Fantasy novel. It gives you romance, morally grey characters, witchcraft and dynasties. Brilliant!

Having the book purely from Lilly’s POV worked. I am so glad we did not jump between POVs, as Lilly’s POV allows the reader to see this new world through a character’s eyes who is in the same position, seeing these blood purity tests and the foreign place that is Castello for the first time.

The only thing I wanted was more of an explanation regarding the feud between the Marconi and Paradiso sides of Castello. This was not really delved into and left a bit of a blank space and incomplete understanding of the history of this world the author is presenting to the reader. Motive is key! And Lilly’s Dad is so useless! I get his pain and grief, but it is your kid… be there for her and actually parent her! I need a book 2 to answer my questions! Each character was as complex, unreliable and secretive as the next. This made the plot so unanticipated- it really took you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and theories.

I definitely read this book way too fast! It felt as though I was within the pages and could actually feel the tension, the mystery and the magic discussed within this fantasy read.

The best way I can sum up this book up in a sentence is think the Divergent Series and We Set the Dark on Fire duology, meets the Montagues and Capulets. This book was YA fantasy at its finest and I can definitely see this becoming a staple of the YA fantasy genre. I cannot wait to read more of Kat Delacorte’s work in the future.

Thank you Dave from The Write Reads for letting me take part in the blog tour for this book!

About the Author:

Kat Delacorte was eleven years old when her family moved from the United States to a small town in central Italy. She soon began writing stories about her new friends developing superpowers, and she hasn’t looked back since. She graduated with a BA in History from Columbia University, and lives in Venice, Italy.


Published by Charlotte Armstrong

I'm an avid book reader, buyer and lover, who has just completed my undergraduate degree in English Language and English Literature, and is studying a masters in Literary Studies

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