My Rating ~ Three stars
RELEASE DATE: 10 June 2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus – Zephyr
MONSTROUS DESIGN IS BOOK 2 IN THE BATTALION OF THE DEAD SERIES. THE BLURB AND MY REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1, DANGEROUS REMEDY
1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe’s kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city’s seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine… Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand?
In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada’s love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.
Thankyou to Head of Zeus for providing me with a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Monstrous Design follows directly on from Dangerous Remedy – Camille, separated from Ada, and Al are determined to find Olympe’s kidnapper. Camille has a plan, but it’s dangerous at best and time is running out before she’ll have to actually go through with it.
Meanwhile, the experiments with power haven’t ended with Olympe and a new, horrifying one is taking place.
I loved Dangerous Remedy but for some reason, Monstrous Design didn’t quite grab me in the same way. In the first book, I felt like there was a goal and fast paced writing to get us there. This book just seemed to meander on with no real point. Maybe it was a case of middle book syndrome for me, or maybe I just wasn’t quite in the headspace I needed to be in. The experiment angle was interesting but the rest seemed to just be a lot of not much happening I will definitely still read the next book though!