Book Review: Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1)

Where Dreams Descend

by Janella Angeles
🔮🔮🔮🔮 (four stars, as rated in mystical crystal balls)

Janella Angeles, you evil genius. My, oh my, oh my. I was NOT expecting this book. First, talk about some serious Phantom of the Opera vibes but with a bit of The Night Circus built in. Basically, queue up the organ music, I am here for all of it. 🌹

Riddle me this, what is better than Moulin Rouge with magic? Moulin Rouge with magic AND a kick-ass WOC at the helm of it all! Hell to the YES to legitimate representation. ❤️ When I first heard about this book I just knew I was going to love it. It is an absolute tragedy that thing isn’t getting more attention for I’d easily consider it one of my favorite reads of 2020!

“Not all magic is good magic.”

Janella Angeles, Where Dreams Descend

This book just builds and builds and builds, laying so much groundwork for “The Last Act” (aka the next book in the Kingdom of Cards duology) straight up until its climactic point. 🎭Usually that really bugs me but for some reason it worked here. I realized about halfway through this book that the end was going to be unsatisfying. This is likely the reason for a less than 4 star (🔮) average GR rating as well. But I feel that depending on how well the next book wraps things up, I could be persuaded to bump my rating to a five because, honestly, I’m just salty that I have to WAIT SO LONG for the thing to come out!

Content Warnings for this book: psychological manipulation and control, sexism, missing persons

Image Description: A flat-lay featuring the book Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. The book is mostly black and red with a woman in a red dress at the top who is suspended from a chandelier with a masquerade mask upon her face. Near the bottom of the book are the words, “The Stage Is Set. The Spectacle Awaits…” The novel is surrounded in the image by sparkly gold fabric to the bottom left and red rose petals and baby’s breath flowers to the top and right. There is a string of pearls laying at just above it. There is a hand reaching into the frame that is gripping a red rose by its stem. The fingers have dark green nail polish.

I am completely serious when I say that I am DYING to get my hands on a copy of this book’s sequel. It is one of my most highly anticipated books for next year. What books are you going out of YOUR mind waiting for? Let me know in the comments!

My best to you all,


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My name is Sarah and I can't imagine my life without books. Actually, I can and it's terrible. I'm also into climbing, video games and bothering the nearest cat.

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