Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Genre: Fantasy, Young adult

Pages: 464
Publication Date: August 25th 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books

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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.


My Thoughts

I tried so hard to dive into this book. I tried to love it like I wanted to because it’s a circus theme and I’m a sucker for those. It promised something similar to Night Circus, but better than that [don’t get me started!] So I was here for it.

Except, I couldn’t get into it.

Initially, the first 50 pages lost me, I was confused as to what was going on with Kallia, our MC, and even had to re-read a few portions to grasp it. On I went, stumbling over a sudden change of point of view, which had me re-reading more portions. This was a trend for the book, and every time I had to re-read something it pulled me out of the story.

The idea was great; the characters were all right, but ultimately… It was just an OK read for me.

I won’t be picking up the sequel.

Do you love circus stories?

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