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Review: The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Daughters of La Lune) by M.J. Rose
Fantasy, Historical, Magic
Ebook/Print/Audio (384 pages, ATRIA)
Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother's Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it's dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine's deepest desires.
Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten--her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She's become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse
This is Sandrine's "wild night of the soul," her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.

Author Site: website

The ending left a good story bland. (3 stars)

I was in the mood for something dark and historical so I picked up The Witch of Painted Sorrows with hopes that it would be a welcome break from the lighter reads I'd had recently. It was deliciously moody and mysterious. I was also very enamored of the way Rose blended the fiction and reality of the era. As someone who really enjoys stories where occultism makes a core element of the plot I also really liked the hints of something deeper going on.

But when I was about 20 pages from finishing I quickly began to realize that there was no way the book had enough room left in it to end the way I had begun to hope it would. I won't spoil anything but it was just a very flat ending. I love the type of ending it was just not well executed and I was really disappointed to have nearly 400 pages build up well only to be left with a very milquetoast finish.

It reminded me of Juliet Dark's Demon Lover a lot so if you liked it you might enjoy this too but I was left going from a potential 5 star down to a 3. I feel like I wasted precious time reading it to be honest.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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