HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO DANGEROUS REMEDY BY KAT DUNN!
I had the chance to read an earc, thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus and Zephyr, months ago and I fell in love with this wonderful book.
Here’s my review!
Camille is a revolutionary’s daughters and, with her friends, a runaway girl, an aristocrat in hiding and a deserter, she created the Battalion des Mortes and their mission is to save those condemned to the guillotine. But the girl they were hired to save is not what she seems and their job and their own lives become more and more dangerous when both sides, the Revolutionaries and the Royalists, want the girl.
Set in the dangerous world of the French Revolution, Dangerous remedy is the first book in a magical and brilliantly written new series.
This book is a rollercoaster of action, plot twists, revelations, magic, science, love, daring escapes with a band of unforgettable characters, unable to even catch a break for a second in their job, during all the book.
What I loved the most, beside whirlwind of action, is the characterization, because each character is skillfully written and it’s impossible not to love or emphatize with them. They are painfully human and really relatable in their faults, mistakes, in their jealousy, rage, anger, hope and love.
Camille is the leader of the group, she’s smart and brilliant, planning plan after plan to save people and those she loves, but she’s painfully grieving for her parents’ loss and she feels the responsibility of her friends’ lives if her plans go wrong.
Ada is in love with Camille, she is a scientist, inquisitive, resourceful, but she is torn between their relationship and her father, who wants to take her away from Cam.
Guil is a deserter, stubborn, smart, who could come back to his family, but choose to fight for the right thing and help his battalion.
And Al is sarcastic and he escapes his pain for his family’s rejection and fate in alcohol and sneers. They get involved in a dangerous game, finding themselves between two sides, while trying to protect the girl they saved, Olympe, and her right to be free, while dealing with their own emotions, unexpected past lover, secrets and doubts.
I really liked this band of rebels, Al with his jokes, Guil with his calm, and, above all, Cam with her trousers and Ada with her knowledge and resources, fighting against the idea of the women as damsels in distress, same as Olympe, who was hurt and used all her life, but she stubbornly ready to fight back and get her own freedom.
Dangerous remedy took my breath away, because it’s captivating, full of complex characters, set in a cruel and dangerous world and it deals with homosexuality, love, friendship, revolution, death, torture and scientific experiments and the lenght someone would go for the country, to be at the winner’s side.