Before starting Dangerous Remedy I hadn’t read a YA story for a while, so when my long-awaited Illumicrate edition arrived I was beyond excited! This story is set a part of history I don’t know much about & I loved running around Paris with The Battalion of the Dead. I’m heartbroken about having to wait so long for book two!
⚠️ Scientific experiments on unwilling participants, violence (including the use of weapons), references to off-page homophobia, threats of sexual violence, deaths of family members (on- & off-page) & lots of graphic guillotine action ⚠️
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
I absolutely love books set in historical France, especially in Paris, & the fact that Dangerous Remedy is a historical fantasy with a touch of magic meant that I was bound to fall in love with it. This book is a classic YA adventure with secrets desperate to be told & a lot of raw emotion, with a plot that constantly surprised me & kept me up late reading. Exploring this gorgeous story felt so good after not picking up a YA book for a while as it completely satisfied all of my YA needs. As I said above, the adventure is set in a part of history I don’t know much about (but one I wish I did know more of) so I loved exploring France & learning little bits about the French Revolution – plus, the fact that I don’t know about this period meant that I never knew which big events were coming next which kept things exciting.
The characters in this story are all very different & they all come from different backgrounds, which I loved because it meant learning more about different parts of Revolutionary France, whether it was about different locations or different classes, & I always love to learn whilst reading. As I was lucky enough to have a Illumicrate edition I got a gorgeous picture of The Battalion of the Dead which I completely adore; not only is it a gorgeous illustration, it also helped to bring the characters to life for me. My favourite character was definitely Olympe but I’m still unsure on how I feel about main protagonist Camille, which I think probably just made her more interesting to me.
Another way you can get to know the characters of this story is through the character candles that have been created by Etsy’s Amelia Kitchen Candles with author Kat Dunn! I bought myself the Olympe-inspired candle as she’s my fav & I completely adore the scent, which is a combination of frankincense, vanilla & lemon zest. I’m so obsessed that I’ve had to ban myself from lighting it for a few days so I don’t use it up too quickly. If the pandemic was not a thing, I would definitely have bought more than just one of this set & I hope I’m able to buy more once I’m back working properly. I completely recommend Amelia’s beautiful products.
Dangerous Remedy ends with an emotional note from author Kat Dunn, & it’s one of the best I’ve ever read – around the time I read DR, Kat’s mother passed away & reading about her mum in the author’s note was really sad but it also made the fact that I had a copy of the book at that time even more special. I also really, really appreciated the mention of depression & I’m very grateful to Kat for it.
This was such a fun, interesting adventure & the cover is absolutely beautiful so, if you can, definitely treat yourself to a preorder (less than two weeks to go!) of a print copy* or grab a digital copy now!
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*The release of Dangerous Remedy in print was pushed back due to Covid-19 but it is available in digital & audio form already.
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