Friday, 6 September 2013

Book Review: Belladonna by Fiona Paul (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2)

Rating: 5 out of 5
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins NZ 2013/Philomel 2013
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Mystery, Suspense

Belladonna is the second novel in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy. It picks up the story not far from where Venom left off...and becomes just as exhilarating and fast paced! Maybe even more!
Australian Edition

Goodreads Sypnosis:
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.

This doesn't do the book justice. 

Death, murder and Florentine romance (previously Venetian, but Florence? Even better) seem to swirl in intricate circles on the pages to form vivid images and, strangely enough, the 'are there spiders on my toes' feeling. That is one good feeling. Talking about feeling, this book made me switch and change through so many feelings! I found that I liked Belladonna better than Venom, the first installment.

The romance beneath arched bridges and behind roses was seriously swoon-worthy and the trailing scent of death only added to it. The only fault I might have with this book are the sometimes unrealistic chance meetings. But still, it's romantic.

If you've read Venom then I will definitely heavily and pushily encourage you to read this. Also, if you liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin or movies like The Illusionist or The Prestige.