Review:The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Yay! Another book off my November TBR. Honestly, I am so proud of me.

I am really glad that I decided to pick this one up because it was so, so worth it.

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So, if you’re curious to know what it is about, here is the synopsis:

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost. 

This book really had me at the first page. The whole mafia vibe? Yes. A bad ass heroine that really cares about her family? Yes.

The story takes us with Teo as she journey to meet the person who has poisoned her father in hopes of revenge and also an antidote. She journeys with both her younger brother Luca and Cielo, another strega who has mastered his/her powers and is able to shift bodies and forms. From there the plot unfolds into one of magic, politics and romance.

The romance was a huge part of why I enjoyed this book. The scenes between Cielo and Teo really got me flustered and wanting more. Another thing was just how well the magic system was built. It was so unique and also not too complicated to the point where you just end up skimming through all the descriptions.

Basically I said yes to everything in this book. I loved the plot and how the book tackled issues like feminism and gender fluidity with such ease. However, this book wasn’t perfect and was in the end a four star read because it just didn’t have that five-star “wow” factor and most of the plot was quite easily predictable for me.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, that I  definitely recommend for anyone looking to read something this November.

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