Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

For full information, see Amazon:  The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune)

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's review: 

I'm all in for a mythical novel. I like to be transported to another place altogether and a magical tale set in Paris sounded lovely to me. The crux of a magical novel is this- believability. Right? I have to be able to completely suspend my disbelief of all reality. Unfortunately, there were quiet a few parts that just did not ring true enough to me in this novel. 

The writing of the novel was lovely. No qualms there. It was a slow beginning, but as it began to unravel I was engrossed. I read it all the way through in just a few days and admit that it was unique and fascinating. Paris was not only the setting, but a character of her own. 

I just cannot give a glowing review due to the fact that I kept raising my eyebrows in disbelief. Still, worth reading if you enjoy a bit of the mystical. You may not feel the same as I. 


3 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Maybe. Maybe not. 

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