Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Anticipated Release/ Tour
Synopsis: "Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die."
My Review: I kept seeing this book everywhere and it kept pulling me in with the synopsis. I have tried books with alchemy in them in the past and most have not gone well but I was really intrigued with this one, so I gave it a shot. At first it seemed like it was going to be your average Fantasy-Historical Fiction YA with a lot of the same tropes you always see, and I almost gave up on it. I hung in there and it was so worth it. About half way through the story really made a turn for the dark and creepy and I was so hooked! It gave deliciously dark and gothic vibes as the book progressed. It had some really great twists and just when you start to think you know what is going to happen, something changes. It was quite the right and I am glad I stuck it out.
My Rating: I like how this book threw me off a bit, it started out so standard and like so many other YA books, beautiful & intelligent girl who thinks she is average, two boys vying for attention, inattentive parents, etc. but we ended up getting so much more from it. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley from the publisher. The above is my honest review and opinion.
Samantha Cohoe writes historically-inspired young adult fantasy. She was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She currently lives in Denver with her family and divides her time among teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs. A Golden Fury is her debut novel.
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