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House of Marionne: Bridgerton meets Fourth Wing in this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller

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There was so much that was amazing about this book and I'm really happy that I was granted so many copies of this book, especially the final copy because it was absolutely gorgeous. Especially the map, which detailed a map of the grounds that this book takes place on, which I think would have been helpful in the advanced readers' copy, though I know it takes time to finalize a map. I will be eagerly awaiting a continuation in this world because everything was pretty interesting.Dazzling and deceptive. The perfect escape!”– Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ballad of Never After The forbidden love story of my wildest dreams!" – Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

Dark academia, assassins, magical societies… this was one of my most anticipated reads and I am so sad to say it did not work for me. I was initially excited to read this novel because of the concept and comparisons to some of my favorite authors, however, House of Marionne is an utter disappointment, and that is mainly due to the way this book is being promoted. I believe that the mismarketing of this book will ultimately make it suffer. Did I think House of Marionne would be the best book I've ever read? No. But I also didn't expect it to be one of the worst books I've read this year. Inventive, evocative, and epic. House of Marionne is a dazzling magical thrill ride. Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is LyingJ. ELLE is the New York Times bestselling author of young adult and middle-grade fantasy fiction and a 2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth and Teens. Her work has been translated into three languages. The former educator credits her nomadic lifestyle and humble inner-city beginnings as inspiration for her novels. When she’s not writing, Elle can be found on the hunt for new desserts sans Chocolat, looking for literally any excuse to get dressed up, and road-tripping her way across the country with her two dogs in tow.

No prisoners. Not today.” Charlie plants his hands on his knees and glares at their captive, now at eye level. “May Sola Sfenti judge you fairly.” The forbidden love story of my wildest dreams!”– Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis A YA fantasy book that is heavy on tropes and vibes, House of Marionne follows a teen girl named Quell who has been on the run her whole life with her mom, trying to hide the dangerous magic she was born with. But now she's seeking refuge with her grandmother- the powerful head of a magical house who wants to groom Quell as her heir. Quell will become a debutante and train in traditional forms of magic, but if anyone discovers the secret she carries it will be a death sentence... My name rolls off his tongue like suede, with an inflection, a smoothness I could listen to over and over again." Well, okay. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group/Razorbill for generously providing me with a digital review copy of this captivating book in exchange for my honest thoughts.House of Marionne is one of the most original fantasies I've ever read. J. Elle has created a lush and beautifully romantic world that is as magical as it is dangerous." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sun is Also a Star Goodreads Librarians are volunteers who help ensure the accuracy of information about books and authors in the Goodreads' catalog. The Goodreads Libra Goodreads Librarians are volunteers who help ensure the accuracy of information about books and authors in the Goodreads' catalog. The Goodreads Librarians Group is the official group for requesting additions or updates to the catalog, including: I enjoyed the setting of the school surrounded by a forest filled with danger and secrets - it was very atmospheric and I could vividly picture the winding corridors and secret passages. I also loved Quell and Abby’s friendship and thought they complemented each other well, bringing much needed warmth to the story. The forbidden love story of my wildest dreams. House of Marionne is going to delight not only fantasy readers, but romance lovers of all ages!” —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author

We also really need to talk about the world-building which was just a disaster. I was so confused by literally every single thing so don't even ask me to explain. I had absolutely no idea what was even going on the entire time and I've never felt so disconnected from a world before. Scratch that. I've never felt so disconnected from a world, characters, or a general story like that before. The setting? No idea. The magic system? Not a clue. Twist ending. While I suspected for mere moments the ending, it still got me!! I literally was in the car and said, "*gasp*...waaaaaait..." I enjoyed that I didn't know what would happen. Could you speculate? Sure, I did...but it wasn't obvious, so that was nice. I am honestly not sure what I read, haha. I probably should have ended up DNFing but I wanted to see what I would be missing if I did. Unfortunately it didn’t get better for me. Inventive, evocative, and epic. House of Marionne is a dazzling magical thrill ride.” —Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

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I ended up reading the end of the book and skimming some of the scenes in-between, so I feel very confident in this DNF. I don't think it's a bad book, it's just not what I was looking for. The marketing is also problematic. The “Bridgerton meets The Atlas Six/Game of Thrones/Fourth Wing” comparisons felt like the marketing team was throwing out buzzwords to grab readers’ attention… but if you’re expecting anything like those comparisons, I feel you will be disappointed. In terms of comparing it to Bridgerton, there’s a cotillion and some etiquette lessons. That’s it. The Atlas Six? Sure, there’s a touch of dark academia, but Fourth Wing and Game of Thrones it is not. I went in envisioning a more fantastical setting and was surprised when it was more modern.

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