WOW: The Brilliant Death


The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Expected Publication: October 30th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 352

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The Brilliant DeathFor Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.



  • “All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects.” Oh my god! So dark, so creepy!
  • Cielo. A genderfluid love interest? Yes, please.
  • Mafia families and Italian folklore. Such an original concept! I think I’ve read like, one other fantasy book with a Mafia-style set-up? So this is definitely interesting to me.



What are you currently reading?
ebook: Shadowplay (Micah Grey, #2) by Laura Lam
Audiobook: Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3 by Seanan McGuire

I hadn’t realized til I wrote this that Beneath the Sugar Sky is number 3. Doh! I can go back and read the second one next, it’s on my NEWTs TBR too.

What did you recently finish reading?
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1) by Christopher Healy

I went into this one with absolutely no expectations but it was honestly such good fun and had me laughing a lot. I’ll be putting the rest of the series on my TBR.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Well, definitely Down Among the Sticks and Bones. I also started The Wicked Deep today but really struggled to get into it. I’ll either restart that, or, if I DNF it, I’ll have to find something else with stars on the cover to fill the Astronomy (Acceptable) prompt. Should I stick with it? Do you have suggestions for a replacement?

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