A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is the last book I read, and I absolutely LOVED IT!! I loved it so much that I can’t stop RTing and tweeting about it. I’ve recommended it to all of my friends to the point they laugh now. “We know, we know. You loved it. Your enthusiasm is adorable. Yes, we’ll read it. Yes, as soon as possible.” –that’s what they say. Sorry, friends, but I’ll say it again. READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!
Okay, this is the review I posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog.
There are no words to describe how much I LOVE this book!! TEN STARS are simply not enough for this amazing book!
First of all, the writing is superb! Jessica Cluess makes writing seem effortless and lets all the right pieces fall in the right place at the right time. The way she has infused the Victorian era with monsters, witches, sorcerers, and magicians is outstanding. It’s also the first time I read a book where the author defines the difference between witches, sorcerers, and magicians and have them showcased in all of their glory. It’s another remarkable feat that Jessica Cluess succeeded in. The world building is deep and detailed, and it feels like I’m right there, fighting alongside Henrietta, ogling Blackwood, and scowling at Magnus.
This book had me falling in love with it from the first chapter, and one day after I finished it, I’m still holding my breath, wondering about what happens next, if Henrietta and Blackwood will get even closer to each other, the secrets they’ll unveil, as well as imagining a cast for the book’s TV adaptation that I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE will happen sometime. I have to admit I am fangirling over the author’s writing, the amazing characters, the outstanding world building, and all the awesomeness this book is.
I am a fan for life, and I would scream it from the rooftops to go and buy this book!!!!! I’m so in love with it that others books have ceased to exist, and I can’t even focus on editing my own because my mind keeps going back to Henrietta, the monsters, and of course, my favorite Blackwood. I don’t know how I’ll survive one month until the release of book two; I literally don’t. So, please, go buy this outstanding book, and you will LOVE IT!!
I’d also love to add that Jessica Cluess has an extraordinary writing style that not only makes her storytelling seem effortless but also transcends the reading experience. It’s amazing in its simplicity and natural aura that I don’t see often in books. It reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout in this way. Outstanding world-building, amazing characters, and magical writing style that leaves you breathless and hungry for more. As a fellow writer, this is what I strive to become. A storyteller that invites others to my characters’ journey and hold them there. *with love, of course* I’ve read so many, many books but Jennifer L. Armentrout has remained my icon throughout the years and books. Now, she has a partner. The second queen in my pedestal of authors. And that’s Jessica Cluess. After reading one book. Hold that thought. Process it. Because that speaks of Jessica’s inexplicable crazy talent.
The next book in the series comes out this month, 09/19, and I hope you all buy it because this series is the best I’ve read in a long time.
***WHEN YOU READ IT, COME TO ME, AND LET’S ALL FANGIRL OVER BLACKWOOD!!!!***