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12 August 2020

Book Review: Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn *AD Gifted

Zephyr sent me a free review copy of Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn. I also received a gorgeous hardback copy in an Illumicrate box.

I didn't know anything about this book when it first landed on my door step, but as I unwrapped it and read the synopsis I was intrigued. And this book blew my expectations out of the water. Or through a wall and into the water.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn cover, dark green with a small light green and gold hot air balloon in the top centre and black-gloved hands in the top corner holding silver thread that flows to the bottom and ends with a needle dripping blood. Centre bottom is a guillotine.

Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine.

But their latest rescue is not what she seems.

The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

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Source: NetGalley, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Revolution, escape, power, injustice, choices.


Content Warnings: Human experimentation, execution, violence, gore.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn could be the most fun heist novel I have ever read. Filled with fascinating history, a touch of the fantastical, and death-cheating disaster gays, it's a proper romp that I couldn't put down. It plays a lot with the history (it is fantasy after all) but it truly felt like the streets of Revolutionary Paris came to life.

I loved the romance between Camille and Ada, and I don't think I could pick between them if I had to decide on a favourite. I love Camille's determination and Ada's scientific mind. I loved the soft scenes and romantic thoughts from them, even as they went through so much.

The pace is incredible. This book is truly unputdownable, a real page-turner. I found that I read it very quickly, almost in a single sitting. It didn't feel like over 400 pages, and I was a bit shocked to find I'd reached the end. I really do need more and can't wait to see what happens next. If it's even the tiniest bit as exhilarating I know I will love it.

I do have to admit that at times the story made me hungry. Whether they were in a cafe drinking wine or throwing chunks of stale bread at each other, I somehow felt the hunger of the characters.

If you loved the narrow streets of Ketterdam in Six of Crows you will love the atmospheric streets of Paris in Dangerous Remedy.

8 comments:

  1. Lol love it when a book contains food!

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  2. I’ve never read anything like this before but the cover and the blurb really drew me in! Great review, as always 💛

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  3. Such an intriguing review, Cora, this sounds like exactly the kind of book I could get drawn into and not put down! Lisa

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  4. Sounds like a griping book! I love stories with a touch of both history and fantasy, and there is nothing like a heist to keep my turning the pages. Also, good writing about food makes me lick my lips too!

    Jaya | ninchronicles.wordpress.com

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  5. This book sounds intriguing! I've seen quite a lot about this one but I don't think it is for me. Great review!

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  6. I can't wait to get hold of this one

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  7. i agree, this is such a lovely book. it really captures the emotions of each character

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