Title: A Bad Breed
Author: Kat Ross
Series: Gaslamp Gothic #3
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review on this blog tour
Rating: 5 stars
A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.
January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.
The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?
A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.
Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.
As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?
Author’s Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.
This book is everything I needed in my life. It’s the perfect blend of fantasy, romance, and suspense. And don’t let the fact that it’s a retelling worry you because I know many people can be skeptical of books that say they’re a retelling. There are definitely elements of Beauty and the Beast, but A Bad Breed is so much more than that.
This is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. There are course some references to things that I’m assuming happened in the previous novels (I haven’t read them… yet), but there won’t be anything that leaves you confused or has you feeling like you’re out of the loop.
I can’t even begin to tell you guys how incredible this book was. It was a ride in the best way possible and I wish I could read it for the first time again. I flew through it because the entire thing was captivating. It had me on the edge of my seat.
One of the best things about this novel, besides the romance aspect that relates to Beauty and the Beast, nothing was predictable. There were so many things that would happen that would shock me. It’s been a while since I’ve stayed up because I can’t put a book down to props to you Kat Ross.
Kat Ross’ writing was incredible. The settings she created in each country were so vivid. It was easy to picture all of these beautiful places that were home to such haunted characters. The characters and the romance as well were fantastic. I find in fantasy, I tend to ship characters less than usual because I’m so focused on the fantastical world, but oh my god. Kat Ross hit it out of the park with every single aspect of this book and I can’t wait for the next one.
I’m so happy this book came into my life because it was perfect. And if you’re looking for a gothic fantasy novel with a touch of romance and suspense, then please pick this up. It will definitely make your reading life better.
About Kat Ross:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.