Seasonal Fears

- Seanan McGuire

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Melanie has a destiny, though it isn’t the one everyone assumes it to be. She’s delicate; she’s fragile; she’s dying. Now, truly, is the winter of her soul.

Harry doesn’t want to believe in destiny, because that means accepting the loss of the one person who gives his life meaning, who brings summer to his world.

So, when a new road is laid out in front of them—a road that will lead through untold dangers toward a possible lifetime together—walking down it seems to be the only option.

But others are following behind, with violence in their hearts.

It looks like Destiny has a plan for them, after all….

“One must maintain a little bit of summer even in the middle of winter.” —Thoreau”

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Tordotcom for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

almost perfect:
Much easier to get absorbed into than Middlegame, Seasonal Fears starts off on an insane adventure right from the very beginning.

I absolutely loved Middlegame (after a rocky start), so I was afraid to move on to Seasonal Fears and leave Roger & Dodger behind.
Thankfully, they’re not completely abandoned – I was so relieved to get to catch up with them in their crazy house and get some final closure on their time loop.
Luckily, Melanie and Harry are sweet, innocent protagonists – the perfect vessels to be corrupted by alchemists and the dark, hidden world around them. Their love story is this beautiful undertone to a lot of horrific actions. After getting caught up in this undertow over which they have absolutely no power, it’s all they can do just to stay alive. While this is a familiar concept for Melanie, who has lived under a death sentence for as long as she can remember, Harry has lived a pretty charmed life. If there’s a chance he can save his girlfriend from this death sentence, though, he will do anything.

Bone-white, bleach-white, white as the driven snow. Her lips seem terribly red against the pallor of her skin, and her eyes are very blue, and she would be beautiful if she weren't so entirely terrible. She is the ghost of a girl, and not a girl at all.

I am so thankful that I received Seasonal Fears as an ARC – it introduced me to one of my now favourite series and took me on a seriously dark and creepy adventure. Is it weird to say I’m already looking forward to rereading this series in the future?

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