Welcome to my blog tour stop for Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
This fantastic YA Fantasy is published by Wednesday Books. It is available for purchase on 8.25.20 but can be pre-ordered now! You can purchase this book HERE or at any participating retailers in store or online!
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by Wednesday Books and St. Martin’s Press to read and review. This in no way impacts my review as all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is captivating. I read and listened to this book via audio and I absolutely adored the narration! I truly brought the characters to life for me. Where Dreams Descend is such a mix of magic, suspense, mystery, slow burn romance, thrill… I think this book does an excellent job of blending fantasy and reality, so much so that it’s difficult to put down. There’s so much wonder when you’re reading, so many questions left unanswered. Where Dreams Descend is the first book in the Kingdom of Cards duology and I cannot wait for book 2.
The descriptions written by Janella Angeles are so enticing and sometimes creepy (eek!) It makes me want to step into this book and live it with the characters so I can explore this world too. I feel that the characters are well rounded, complicated, some likable, some not (but in a good way), with a level of suspicion of who the good guys and bad guys truly are. I was extremely invested in the character’s story arcs by the end and was devastated with that ending! I appreciated the fact that it explores social issues such as gender inequality and breaking down social norms/barriers.
The writing style is very intoxicating. It reminds me of The Night Circus with the excitement of Caraval, but is different enough that it stands out on it’s own. Comparing it doesn’t necessarily seem fair. It was so easy to get swept away. I don’t want to reveal too much, I feel like even explaining who the characters are will give things away as this book deserves a full reading experience without spoilers. It starts off slow (much like that slow burn romance) and the pace picks up when the mystery unfolds and you will not want to stop.
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Macmillan Audio for providing me the audio access early so I could read and ENJOY. This book was 5 STARS for me I am already begging for the next installment!
JANELLA ANGELES is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of fanfiction at a young age—which eventually led to openning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. Where Dreams Descend is her first book.
“Janella Angeles steals the 2020 show with her fiercely imagined debut starring larger than life characters, a dangerous world alive with magic, and a dizzying dose of grab-a-fainting-couch-and-swoon-away romance!” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves
“Where Dreams Descend is a glamorous dark gem of a tale, sparkling with romance, magic, and intrigue. Readers will be captivated by prima donna Kallia as the mystery is slowly unmasked. Bravissima!” – Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
“Lavish and opulent in a way that feels warmly familiar yet demands your attention. There are secrets upon secrets, a girl who’s boldly ambitious, and truly riveting stage magic. I didn’t want the show to stop.” – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints
“Vibrant imagery, jaw-dropping set pieces, sizzling romantic tension, and unstoppable heroine Kallia bring this ambitious debut novel to spectacular life. Fans of Caraval and The Night Circus will be delighted!” – Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn
“[A] spellbinding melody of a book, and the true magic is how Angeles puts all the best parts of an enrapturing theatrical performance onto paper and ink. From the gripping twists in the first pages all the way to the final, heartbreaking crescendo, Where Dreams Descend will surge you to your feet in a standing ovation.” – Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy
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