BOOK REVIEW: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Hi friends! 💕

Thank you so much to Pansing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! You can find this book in all good bookstores if you’re interested in snagging a copy for yourself!

Author: Lauren Blackwood
What the heart desires, the house destroys…

Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, Andromeda quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, but leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option. Evil may roam the castle’s halls, but so does a burning desire.

Kiersten White meets Tomi Adeyemi in this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.

My thoughts:
I think the best way to describe how I feel about this book is that it wasn’t necessarily bad but it wasn’t necessarily good either?

There were a few scenes and characters that I enjoyed immensely and I really loved Andromeda’s character development and her interactions with the other characters especially Jember, Magnus, and Saba was really heartouching. Jember and Andromeda’s interactions were bittersweet and they also made me laugh out loud in some scenes. This was definitely a character driven book for me because the characters definitely overshadowed the plot for me and that’s perfectly fine because I didn’t really enjoy the plot as much as I thought that I would’ve.

However, the story throughout the book felt watered down and wasn’t built upon. The exorcisms were probably the most interesting part of the book and what kept me reading but even then, it was incredibly vague and kind of confusing. I’m not sure if that’s what the author intended to do but it was convoluted at times and a lot of the scenes felt repeated and didn’t really add much to the story. The potential for world building was there but the lack of elaboration and substance just wasn’t there to paint a picture in my head.

The plot was very slowbuilding and didn’t build up to anything which was very anticlimactic and disappointing. While it was easy to digest, I wished for a bit more plot twists and excitement for a exorcist story.

The romance for me was both sweet and annoying, I swear this book is making me feel so confused about what i think. The romance felt both so rushed and yet it was kind of slow-burn as well? The “forbidden” part of it wasn’t executed very well and the Andromeda and Magnus just didn’t have enought chemistry to convince me that they actually liked each other.

Overall, this was an okay-ish book for me, the plot and storyline were just not for me but the characters managed to pull through for me.

My Rating: 3/5 stars!

Would I recommend this book? I wouldn’t necessarily but if you’re interested in an easy to read exorcism/horror YA novel with well-rounded characters, you can check this out!

I hope all of you have a magical day! ✨

Until the next blog post,
– The Joyful Reader❤️


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