Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her wellbeing – and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy.
Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.
Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful – and more irresistible – than she ever dared imagine.
A great cover. An interesting blurb. Secret investigations. Lots of poison. An absolutely loveable main character. A small pinch of death and lots of feelings. Count me in! If you love gothic romance then you definitely shouldn’t miss this book. I couldn’t put the book down for a second. It was always exciting, never boring and above all it was never predictable. Thanks to Adalyn Grace’s great and detailed writing style, the characters really came to life and I was able to understand the actions of these characters very well.
Signa and Death were such interesting characters and Signa in particular caught my eye. She has been through so much in her young life and all she really wants is to fit into society and find the perfect husband. However, her life has never been normal, as she can see ghosts and death. Signa is going through an incredibly great character growth. She learns to stand up for herself, she doesn’t allow herself to be silenced and she does everything for the people she loves. Signa is a stubborn person and she will do whatever it takes to save her cousin. At the Hawthrones, she learns what it’s like to have a family for the first time in years. Signa’s relationship with Death is very unique and the dynamic between these two was portrayed very well. In the course of the Plot we also learn what this attraction is all about, which both of them always feel. Aside from Signa and Death, the supporting characters are also very interesting and Adalyn Grace has managed that they don’t just get lost in the background.
„Belladonna“ was an absolutely interesting and awesome book that I can really recommend to everyone and it more than deserves the full five stars. At first I thought it was a standalone, but after this surprise cliffhanger I can’t wait to get my hands on the second part.
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