Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for asking me to be a part of the blog tour for Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (and thank you to both Wednesday books and NetGalley for the free early review copy)! I first heard of this book via Roshani Chokshi’s instagram stories earlier this year (I think… it could have been last year too… time is an interesting concept right now) and it sounded so interesting- a mix of Moulin Rouge and the Phantom of the Opera with magicians- so I put it on my list ASAP and kept my eyes peeled for any way to read the ARC. I’m so glad I was able to because this book was freaking amazing and is one of my favorites of the year! This book came out yesterday, August 25th, so make sure you pick it up!
Where Dreams Descend 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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
So besides this book reminding me of the Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge, I also got notes of Caraval and Ace of Shades, and I absolutely adored both of those! It was also super original in a lot of ways. I really loved the magic system, which was slightly confusing, but like confusing in a good way that kept you wanting to learn more (like what’s the significance of the mirrors? How do they get their magic? Why is Kallia the only female magician? How do acquired magicians get their magic? Why doesn’t Demarco use his magic anymore?) I loved Kallia and I even loved Jack and Demarco grew on me the more I read. The way the story progresses and the characters that come in once the magicians begin disappearing and the twists and turns that we go on until the ultimate ending took me on a journey I was so excited to be on and I couldn’t put this book down! I cannot wait to read book 2!!! I also really love the world that Jack created around his club and everything about the club, so I’d love to have more of that in book 2. And the circus! Ahhh I loved the circus and how easily Kallia befriended the members of the circus and how close they got and everything about it. Janella Angeles is a great writer and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Author Bio: JANELLA ANGELES is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of fanfiction at a young age—which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. Where Dreams Descend is her first book. Twitter: @Janella_Angeles // Instagram: @Janella_Angeles