The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don?s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family?s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas?wielders of magic?are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they?re real. Then the Capo, the land?s new ruler, sends For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don?s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden t...

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Author:Amy Rose Capetta
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  • OutlawPoet
    Aug 31, 2018
    I had to do a little thinking before writing this review. It?s likely clear from my star rating that I didn?t like it very much. I won?t give it one star because there was something I appreciated about it. I like the fact that this is a diverse author who gives us a main ch...
  • Catie
    Jun 23, 2018
    3 1/2 stars The world definitely needs more sexy gender-bending magic tutors ? I know I?ve always thought so, and this book definitely delivers on the SGBMT?s. This is mostly a classic quest/court-intrigue type fantasy, but the beautiful writing and unique details kept me inte...
  • Melanie
    Aug 05, 2018
    Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Buddy read with May at Forever and Everly! ? ...
  • Gretchen
    Aug 13, 2018
    On its surface, this appears to be yet another addition to the string of Strong Female Protagonist Fantasy YA books that are crowding our shelves. This entry stands out above the others I've read in recent years thanks to the author's capable writing, a winning protagonist, and the tho...
  • Kelsey
    Oct 26, 2018
    ***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*** ---Update: THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!--- I really enjoyed this book! It's probably more of a 3.5 stars for me. The writing and flow of the story is lovely. It kept me engaged and more than once, I cau...
  • Emily May
    Jun 19, 2018
    Teodora di Sangro?s life is built on secrets. The Brilliant Death sucked me in pretty much instantly when the protagonist - Teo di Sangro, who is a strega - waltzes onto the page and turns a man into a music box for threatening the well-being of her family. As it turns out, this g...
  • Julie
    Sep 29, 2018
    This is such an immersive, well-written fantasy! I love the Italian-inspired world and the gender fluid lovers, and the magic system is really well thought out. ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Sep 28, 2018
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you?re a regular visitor to my blog, you probably know by now that reviews of fantasy books ...
  • autumn
    Nov 25, 2018
    an interesting story with a really cool magic system, BEAUTIFUL writing ("thank you for slipping wonder in the pockets of my days" swoon!), and a gorgeous italian-inspired world representation: it's set in fantasy 19th (?) century so no modern day terms are used but the main charact...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Mar 23, 2017
    I've thought about it and while a lot of the premise of this book sounds amazing, as an Italian person the mafia element makes me way too uncomfortable to even consider reading it. ...
  • Meigan
    Aug 30, 2018
    With such a unique and intriguing premise, and one that promised magic, political intrigue and so much more, I couldn?t help but be excited for The Brilliant Death. And if the above wasn?t enough to hook me, add in mafia and gender-fluid characters, all set against a backdrop of a ...
  • Sarah (The Clever Reader)
    Nov 15, 2018
    4.5 This book was so good! The story was definitely what you expect from a great fantasy! The magic was unique, the romance is like nothing you?ve ever read before, and Teodora doesn?t let her status as a woman stop her from going after what she wants, what she deems is hers. In...
  • ♆Hayley
    Nov 12, 2018
    DNF 32% When I first decided to DNF this over the weekend I had a lot to say about it. Now, I just don't care. I don't care enough for a roast, I don't care enough for a lengthy review, I just do. not. care. about this book. At. All. What I do care about is that I freaking bou...
  • Mandy
    Sep 20, 2018
    *I received an early copy of this through the website, Bookish First - didn't change my opinion at all but thanks so much!* This book will easily go down as one of the most surprising and intriguing reads that I read of all 2018. I've read such few books this year that have stood ou...
  • Riley
    Nov 02, 2018
    If any of this interests you I highly recommend picking this up: - 19th century Italy inspired world - mafia family - political intrigue - unique magic system - queer main character - genderfluid love interest ...
  • Jessie
    Jul 21, 2018
    I loved the beginning of this book. Teo is the daughter of the di Sangro family. Despite being the most suited to run the family, as a daughter, that?s not an option. Instead, Teo helps the family by secretly turning the family?s enemies into trinkets with the magic they?ve kept ...
  • Kassie
    Nov 23, 2018
    The ending felt a little rushed or messy, and a little too open ended in my opinion. However, I LOVED SO MUCH OF THIS BOOK ?? i loved how Any Rose Capetta decided to talk about the difference between men and women and their ?places? and it just ugh, so good. ...
  • Jane
    Oct 18, 2018
    I can?t quite decide between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book, so I?m just rounding up to 4 for now. Overall The Brilliant Death felt unique and enjoyable, but it did have some issues. ...
  • Marianne - November Words
    Feb 15, 2017
    Look at this premise. Look at it. ...
  • julianna ➹
    Jul 21, 2018
    wow our main characters are a genderfluid couple, amazing ...
  • شيماء ✨
    Oct 01, 2018
    Someone:hey- Me, busy being emotionally invested in this 19th century mafia story featuring genderfluid shape-shifters, an amazing queer romance and an iconic and unabashed obliteration of the concept of gender binary:shhh please be quiet So, what?s this book about? Te...
  • Karima chermiti
    Dec 03, 2018
    Family is fate. I must admit that I stumbled on this book by chance and the title just drew me in so I read the synopsis and boy was I hooked like never before. I was so intrigued and felt slightly confused why I didn?t see this book being read by many people cause you know ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mar 12, 2017
    I had discovered a special way that women could be dangerous. They were trained to play close attention to people. To take them apart, like Luca had done with his clockworks, and study how they ran. This was so. freaking. interesting. A story following a genderqueer narrator who c...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Oct 17, 2018
    4 stars If I could pick three words to describe this book with, it would be "lush," "conspiratorial," and "queer." Because this book is "lush" in almost every way: - It's magic system--with the strega who are going through a time of change as people attempt to exploit their ma...
  • Tirzah Price
    Mar 16, 2017
    Brilliant and humorous and adventurous. Your new favorite fantasy novel. Also, hella queer. ...
  • Surina
    Nov 17, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Do you know what I hate? The stereotypical YA heroine. The one that's stoic but badass and has a haunting past and is "destined to bring about change." Fortunately, Teodora di Sangro isn't one of these heroines. She's badass, but also in an understated...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    Oct 24, 2018
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 5 / 5 The Brilliant Death is a BRILLIANT book, and yes I was waiting for forever to actually say that! It is set in an amazing fantasy world with str...
  • Jean
    Oct 31, 2018
    DNF at 30%. I like stories that can make me feel--whether it's anger or devastation or happiness--and this book was the opposite of that. The flow, logic, and emotions delivered in this book felt incredibly unnatural to me. Conversations failed to connect, be it a simple explanatio...
  • may ➹
    Oct 23, 2018
    Amy Rose Capetta called her partner her ?very own sexy magic tutor? in the acknowledgements and your loss if you don?t want to read a book about sexy magic tutors, magic that can turn men into objects, and gay // buddy read with felix and bad memory ...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    Oct 05, 2018
    What's this magic and when can I read it?! I mean: - A Mafia don's daughter - A gender fluid character - Magic!!! - A queer romance - Some sort of blood feud?! Sign me up!! I need this in my life ASAP!!! This is what I call intriguing. XD ...