In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldier ...more
Dear "nice guys,"
On behalf of women everywhere (or at least the rational, normal, not-stupid ones), I apologize for this book.
By "nice guys," I don't mean guys who slap the label on themselves haphazardly in order to absolve the fact that they are incapable of getting a girl because they don't expend any damn effort, I mean guys who are genuinely awesome. Guys who risk everything for the woman they love. Guys who focus on friendship first. Guys w ...more
9 out of 10
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Genre: historical fantasy, mystery, YA
Stuff: the Renaissance Italy, secret society
WOW: mix of mystery and romance
POV: 3rd person, female
Setting: Venice and Florence
Love-Geometry: m ...more
First Reaction To Finishing: WHY?! WHO!!!! FALCOOOOOOOOOOO! LUCAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I'm SO CONFUSED!!!! EXPLAIN THE ANSWER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!! OH THE FEELINGS! I'm GOING TO BURST!!!!!!!!!! I THINK I MIGHT ACTUALLY DIE FROM FEELS THIS TIME.....
Oh look...I died.
Yeah. Pretty much. Venom was totally awesome. It fulfilled every dream that my Historical loving heart could desire. But this book. AAAH. Fiona picks up Bella from the well built set ...more
Actual rating: 3.5
“The truth is often different from what is perceived as truth, but only the latter is of any consequence.”
—THE BOOK OF THE ETERNAL ROSE
Mystery, danger, love, duty are back with some reinforcement in the second installment of Secrets of the Eternal Rose series. The playground is changed: this time we'll explore Florence's dark alleys an
Belladonna is a thrilling follow up to Venom, and starts us a few weeks after Venom ends. Cass is still living with her aunt Agnese, engaged to the handsome and honorable Luca, but she is still head over heels for the dashing, young artist, Falco, that has left h ...more
Belladonna by Fiona Paul
Book Two of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by Paper Lit Lantern
Summary (from Goodreads):
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. ...more
I am a huge, huge fan of Venom. Everybody knows that, because I literally Never. Shut. Up. About it. Which is fine by some of you. It probably annoys others of you, but you love me anyway. It was a fantastic, wonderful book, and in my humble opinion Belladonna was even better in more ways than one. The writing has improved immensely, and I found the plot much more entertaining. The characters are also more mature and developed and overall it was a wo ...more
After finishing Venom not too long ago, I knew I wanted to read the sequel, and luckily for me it had just come out. The redesign of the covers is starting to grow on me; the hardback I read from didn't have those broken pages on the sides, which I appreciated - after all, you can't properly flip through a book when the publishers decide to include those, and though they are pretty they can get very annoying. It took me a while to get into the first book in this series, so I worried about having ...more
I want to state up-front that Belladonna is probably the most difficult book I've ever tried to review. The truth is that my feelings while reading this book were literally all over the place: I was frustrated, caught up, annoyed, cheering, sad, tense, and anxious pretty much constantly (and my Goodreads Status Updates prove this), which means that, in terms of storytelling, this book excels quite well. But at the same time, I had such a difficult time with aspects of this story, tha ...more
When Cass's fiance Luca is falsely charged ...more
Because I was at the gym and bored on the treadmill. It was loaded on my phone and anything was better than listening to my gasps for air. Or so I thought.
The continuation of the story of Cass. Because Cass is the most important, beautiful, smart, and desirable person in the universe and we should all care about her because we should. Her fiance Luca is arrested on trumped up charges and the only solution that Cas ...more
*cheers for self*
So I didn't enjoy Belladonna quite as much as I enjoyed Venom... it didn't read as engrossing or mysterious. But it was a pretty good middle book. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up.
Cass: She continued to be wishy washy, unfortunately. But honestly...
Falco: ...so did Falco! One second he's like "Oh my starling, how I've missed you." and the next he's like "Girl you crazy I gtg." THESE TWO. GRRRR...
Love triangle: Definite lo ...more
I enjoyed reading Venom years ago, but for some reason, it took me seven years to get to this book. I did end up liking this book, but it had a hard time keeping my interest. In Belladonna, Cass is still living with her aunt and Cass’ fiancé, Luca. Falco has since left Venice. When Luca is arrested for hearsay, Cass is convinced that someone is trying to make Luca disappear. Especially since he was arrested shortly after co ...more
What the hell is that name? I had to swallow down a little immature giggle every time I read his name. But seriously . . . Falco? Of all the names in the book . . . Falco.
Part of the reason I’m having such an issue with his name is due to me having previously known a kid named Falcon. I kid you not. That was his full name. Falcon. I’ll wait as you laugh . . .
I do not remember Falcon, because according to my family, I knew him when I was in elementary school. And, now, I wasn’t th ...more
After reading Venom couple of years ago I was hesitant about picking up the sequel. I expected darker maybe even horror-esque story with a touch of romance. Instead, I got a love triangle and as a bonus one indecisive and whiny heroine who got on my nerve pretty much throughout the whole book.
So imagine my surprise when I finally decided to pick up Belladonna and discovered a whole a new story! I finally got what I wanted – action, secret societies, tension... and I just couldn't stop readin ...more
Dreams are the portal to our fears, and a harbinger of what may come to pass. Thus we must call the most valuable insights of our sleeping minds, unafraid, or risk life's greatest mysteries eluding us forever
Setting:Venice and Florence, Italy; the Renaissance
Coverly Love?:No!!!! I much preferred the other cover design to this one. This looks cheesy and rather contrite. Blah!
Plot:After the events of the first book, Luca and Cass are officially engaged. But no sooner has the story begun then ...more
Belladonna was a REALLY action-packed and was the complete opposite from the first book. Belladonna had all the qualities of an AMAZING and compelling book.
The book starts off with Luca getting arrested. It's really weird for everyone-and for Cass- that golden-boy Luca would be arrested for such a big crime against the Church.
He tells her that Joseph Dubois (from book 1) was probably behind his arrest and that he wants the Book of Eternal Rose, which Luca 'claimed' he had. Cass then goes o ...more
Venom renders the canals of Renaissance Venice frightening and irresistible in a sensual tale where no one can be trusted and passions kill.
Well, replace "canals of Renaissance Venice" with "streets of Renaissance Florence" and BAM that statement pretty much summarises the awesomeness that is Belladonna. The mystery side of things was so interesting- what e ...more
I am ambivalent about Cass's character. Her struggle with the church is a very mature topic. In her time, the chu ...more
I did not expect this book to so drastically change my opinion of both Falco and Luca, but it did. Cassandra is trying to move on with her life and accept that she will be married to Luca, and she does a pretty good job until Luca is put in jail for heresy. As everything starts to unravel, the Order of the Eternal Rose seems to be in the middle of it once again. While the graveyard scenes in Venom were very chilling, I think that some of the detective work that Cas has to do was even cr ...more
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