Title: A Bad Breed
Author: Kat Ross
Series: Gaslamp Gothic, #3
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.
January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.
The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?
A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.
Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.
As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?
Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.
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THIS BOOK IS SOMETHING ELSE WITH A PERFECT MIXED OF FANTASY, MYSTERY, AND ROMANCE. IT’S EVERYTHING I WANT FOR IN A BOOK AND MORE.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
When I saw the cover and read the word ‘gothic’ on it, this book intrigued me instantly. It gives off the vibe that if you read it, you’re in for a wild ride. And when I read the synopsis then found out that A Bad Breed is kind of a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, I knew that I had to read this book. Just FYI, this is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series. You don’t need to read the first two books to read this book but you can understand the story and the characters better if you start from the first book, The Daemoniac.
(I haven’t yet read the other two books but after reading A Bad Breed, I wanted to know the characters’s pasts and how they met)
I loved how Ross used the superstitions and mindset of the people who live in that era to give the readers a full experience of visiting the 19th century in Romania and London. Ross successfully described the ‘vintage’ vibes. Aside from that, I also really felt the mystery, especially at the beginning. The buildings where the characters visited, how certain characters behave, and the undiscovered secrets made me gritted my teeth because I’m scared of what will happen next. I really enjoyed it though, it was really fun having goosebumps all over your skin 😆
“That which is done out of love always occurs beyond good and evil.”
The characters were also interesting. They felt alive and each of their personality was strong. Aside from that, none of them was annoying or stupid that makes you want to go into the story and hit their head yourself. They’re all clever and strong, they could stand for themselves and made good decisions. I followed the story through 3 different POVs; Vivienne, Anne, and Alec. The three of them is a daēva; they have magic, immortal, and can bond with the other to strengthen their power.
Vivienne is a caring, strong, and lovely woman. I love her relationship and fake marriage with Nathaniel. They have good chemistry and compliment each other well. She’s also smart and probably my favorite character so far.
Alec is a bit mysterious but actually a kind person. He bonded with Vivienne. Though he might not really show it, he really cares for her and his sister, Anne. He’s also very determined and powerful.
Anne is an independent woman. Like her brother, she’s also strong-willed. When she has a purpose, she will achieve it no matter what. She enjoyed being alone and according to her, could go for days without hearing a human voice.
Unfortunately, I don’t really like how the events nearing the end happened. Up to the first half, everything was going perfectly, I got the suspense and the mystery. But then, IMO, the romance went downhill and that made me a little disappointed. I’m okay with all the things that going on between the Beauty and the Beast. But I guess it didn’t end with how I wanted it to be. Sorry if I’m being vague but I want my review to be spoiler-free. You could try to read the book to understand and maybe we could discuss it together, whether we have the same or different opinion!
“But don’t get too comfortable, love. No rest for the wicked. Not just yet.”
Overall, I enjoyed A Bad Breed. When it stated that it’s a retelling of Beauty and The Beast and you’re not into retellings, don’t let it fool you because this book is so much more than that. This is the third book in the series, so there is a whole story different from Beauty and The Beast and let me tell you, I’m amazed by it. The magic system is unique and the writing, oh my, the writing is fantastic. I was transfixed from the first page, swept into the past where there were magic and secret society operating. If you enjoy reading fantasy with a full spoon of mystery, awesome characters, and visiting the past, I recommend you to read this book.
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
- $20 Amazon gift card
- Signed copies of the first 2 books in the Gaslamp Gothic series
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
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