Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes | RE:View

A tale of passion, plague, and plotting.

I'm going to do something different in this review and say that, if you like historical fiction mingled with the impossible, beautiful complexity of a magic system that offers power over colors, you absolutely NEED this book.

Now, on to my thoughts.

I read an advanced copy of this book several months ago and then (in total Emilie fashion) forgot *gasps* to write my review! Um, what? Who am I? What am I doing with my life?


Fawkes. First, you have to start with the cover and drool just a little (ok a lot) over this beauty. It's stunning and absolutely perfect for the book! Plus, it looks ever BETTER in person. *sigh*

Now on to the inside. I've read all of Nadine's books so far and find that she has this way with words that really makes you feel the true emotions of the characters. Thomas, the main character, comes off the page with such reality and his situation is depicted vividly. His plight, dare I say plague, is real to him and to us, the reader, in such a way that you find yourself rooting for him no matter what.

Enter: the plot. If you've heard the phrase "Remember, remember the 5th of November" then this is that, but on a whole new level. I love how Nadine reimagined the context of it and built up a world where the impossible becomes possible.

The romance: perfection. Nadine writes teen romance SO well and leaves you swooning but also feeling like everything was just the way it should be - appropriate for their age, the time frame, and their situation. I love love love her heroine (whom I'll let you discover on your own in the book) and all that she is. She's definitely my favorite character in this book.

My thoughts? I walk away from Fawkes satisfied that I experienced a true version of London in the 17th century. I feel like I walked among the muck (bleh) and saw the area through the eyes of someone fighting for what he thought was right. I will say it really picked up toward the last half and rocketed me to the end with its fast pace! It may read a little slow at the beginning but it's worth it to understand the ideas, situations of the characters, and setting.

Yet again a lovely novel from a wonderful writer. I cannot wait to see what she has up NEXT!

My rating: 4.5*
Purchase: Fawkes 


I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

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