ARC Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards, #1)
Title: Where Dreams Descend
Author: Janella Angeles
Release Date: August 25, 2020
Pages: 464
Format: E-Galley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed. .
Where Dreams Descend has to be one of my top 5 books that I read this year. The way Janella Angeles created this mysterious and magical world had me feeling like a kid and believing in magic again.

Although the story has 3 pov's, Kallia is front and center, she is the star and my favorite. I adored Kallia and the relationships she built throughout the story and how she never gave up even with the odds stacked against her. She always stayed trued to herself and never once hid had talented she was, and she was proud of it, as she should be. There are many exciting twist and turns in Where Dreams Descend but my favorite parts have to be Kallia’s practices and her performances; you feel them, as if you were actually there on stage with her and like I said before it’s pure magic.

From start to finish, Where Dreams Descend was a real mystery. All my theories were proven wrong and left me with many unanswered questions that I’m sure will be answered in the sequel.

That ending was super intense and I know the wait for the sequel is going to be torturous but I cannot wait to see how everything unravels. Overall I really enjoyed this story and the characters, thank you Janella Angeles for this spectacular show.

Also Thank you Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced e-galley.


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