Recently Released: The Midnight Girls and The Excalibur Curse

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

Released: December 28, 2021 Released: December 7, 2021

The Midnight Girls

4/5 Stars

This is such a great read. It gave me fantasy and fairytale vibes, and I loved that it was inspired by 18th century Poland!

It’s the perfect winter read, with winter wonderland scenes and fairytale costumes, and characters you can’t help but root for—even if they’re trying to steal the hearts of princes.

Marynka and Zosia’s story is one I couldn’t put down! I loved the enemies-to-well, still enemies but not enemies…you know? Oh, the thin line between love and hate! I loved seeing them grow and work through their deeply rooted internal problems, and seeing them become themselves with everything—and everyone—pushing against them.

Monsters, witches, and princes—oh my! If you love cat and mouse, rivals to lovers, and magic then this is the book you’re looking for!

This is a fantastical read for fantasy and fairytale lovers!

The Excalibur Curse

3.5/5 Stars

I've enjoyed this trilogy so much. I've always been a huge fan of King Arthur and Camelot, and this series brought so much joy to my heart!

That being said, this final installment didn't quite hit the mark for me. It felt different from the previous two books, and left me feeling a little unsatisfied at its conclusion.

For better or for worse, I felt like a lot of the things that the previous books had been leading up to either fell short or were pushed to the side never to be heard from again. While I enjoyed finally learning about Guinevere's past, even that was not enough to save it for me.

Fina was a great new character addition, but even she couldn't get this book to where it needed to be. And, as I should have known, my dear Mordred didn't get the arc he deserved either.

I felt as if all of the growth and girl-power strength Guinevere showed in the first two books disappeared in favor of a girl I didn't recognize, let alone want to cheer on. But, it wasn't all bad, don't get me wrong. I think it's a very interesting take on the Arthurian legend, and it was exciting getting to see it unfold from Guinevere's perspective for a change.

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