I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Oh. My. Goodness. What the heck did I just read? This book surprised me so much. Not because I didn’t think I would like it, but because I loved it so dang much. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. I’ve read almost all of Jenn’s books and have either loved it or thought it was just ok. But this is by far my favorite book she wrote so far. It will be hard to express my feelings without spoiling anything, but I shall try.
This book is steeped in some really interesting history. Our MC is Theodora. She is the daughter of Richard Damn Fox, international treasure hunter. She also loves to go on adventures and loves history but isn’t usually allowed to go on his adventures. Even though she is insanely smart and knows everything her father does. She should, he taught her everything she knows. As usual, she is left at a hotel in Istanbul. while her father is on a hunt for Dracula/Vlad the Impaler’s curse ring.
Huck Gallagher, an old family friend and Theodora’s old love of her life, surprises her in her hotel with bad news. He was on the expedition with her father, and while they were together Richard left Huck, telling him to flee to Theodora and to keep her safe until they can meet up again. He also brings Theodora her fathers travel journal, which she eats up for clues. When Theodora finds out that her father may be in danger, she and Huck decide to go find him and tell him.
Theodora and Huck end up on an insane journey through Romania where Theodora learns more about her mother and more about herself. She also finds out so much more about this cursed ring by following the path she thinks her father is on. But they are not the only people trying to find her father and the ring. dangerous people part of a cult is also looking for the ring and Richard Damn Fox. The goal is to get to her father before anyone else does and to share all the information that they learned on their journey.
Man, I loved this book so dang much. It was so hard to put down. I loved all the history! Jenn does say that the cursed ring is not part of history but everything about Vlad the Impaler and his father is. There was other Romanian folklore in this book and I had so much fun learning more about it. I was just so enthralled with everything in this book. I also absolutely loved these characters. Theodora was such a fun MC to follow and Huck was equally awesome. Jenn did such a wonderful job with all of these characters.
I can’t wait for all my friends to read it!! I know they will love it, and I know you will love it as well. It comes out Sept 3rd so hurry up and go preorder it! Once you’ve read it come back and lets chat about it.