Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.
Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.
He m ...more
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If anyone is intrigued or inspired by images I used during the writing process, here is the Pinterest board for the Fortuna Sworn series. The artist who designed the cover even used the clothing board to create Fortuna's costumes: https://bit.ly/2YNl1kT
Update on July 9th, 2019:
I love this graphic so much that I had to share! Thank you, @Mells_View!
Update on June 29th, 2019:
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I’m not going to info dump the blurb, so I’ll start by saying that Fortuna Sworn was... something else. While fantasy isn’t my usual genre, I’ve read a few and Fortuna Sworn seems to be a good combination of standard fantasy constants and a unique spin on certain aspects of the genre. Faeries. Other fantasy beings. Unseelie and Seelie courts. A world adjacent to the human one. Corruption. Some budding romance from more than one suitor. A litt ...more
Real Rating: 3,5 (three and a half stars).
Fortuna Sworn is a paranormal romance that follows the protagonist, Fortuna, a girl that lives in the human world but she is a Nightmare, a special being with very unique powers.
Fortuna's brother is missing and she caught the interest of a powerful Fae, Colith. Then, her journey begins.
There are things I really loved in this book and things I didn't like too.
What I liked:
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I've been a fan of Kelsey Sutton ever since I read Gardenia on Netgalley. She is the queen of standalone YA novels and loves paranormal stories like I do. And now she's become a hybrid author self publishing her first adult book, which is a fae romance and her first series. There are a lot of firsts in that sentence! And I was super excited to be a part of her launch of Fortuna Sworn.
I loved that the title was the name of the protagonist ...more
Fortuna lives among humans a ...more
Fortuna Sworn was definitely a story t ...more
I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What I liked:
- This book had an interesting opening, one that drew me in immediately. I appreciated how gritty and dark the world was, as well as the origin story of the supernatural creatures inhabiting it. There was a lot of potential for this story and that was evident from the beginning chapters.
- I have never read about a "nightmare". I'm not sure if this supernatural ...more
I think it was a stroke of fate that the author reached out to me to offer me a copy of her book and I very much thank her for it (I did get a free copy from the author, but I also purchased a copy myself, and I only took the copy under the condition that I was free to express my thoughts. I'm a transparent sort of person, so I wanted to s ...more
unknown # in a series. I just can't pinpoint exactly why I'm feeling indifferent about this book. ...more
I'm pretty disappointed.
In the beginning, it seemed so promising, but going on the story became too fast-paced and too shallow.
I could feel a huge, raw potential at my fingertips. Such a pity that the Author did not seize it fully. With more patience in nurturing it, and more attention to the depth (of the characters, of the worldbuilding) this could have been a great story (as the twist at the end - that after all the frustration made my interest spark again - clearly demonstrates).
I absolutely fell head over heels for this cover. I knew nothing about this book going in, but I'm glad I picked it up. It was a great read. I haven't read many fae books, but I liked that this one subverted a lot of the typical tropes. Many of the things people think they know about fae, like that they can't lie, are called out as made up.
The main character Fortuna Sworn is a really interesting character. She's a Nightm ...more
The story follows Fortuna's quest to find and rescue her brother, no matter who or what she encounters. I don't want to give away too much, but those who love stories set around the fearie court and mythical creatures are going to love the rich characters and world that Sutton creates. Motives are hidden behind smiles and glamour, and Fortuna is swept into an ever-changing dance of danger and ...more
Fortuna is desperate to find her brother so when a very attractive faerie named Collith implies he can help her she's eager to make a deal with him. But we all know how dangerous a faerie deal can be...
I liked Fortuna although she at times doesn't listen close enough to others. She is sure she knows how the world works, and it is this that brings her into danger even more than Collith's manipulations at times. Still I could understand her and root for her.
I also was v ...more
It's been said that pride comes before the fall. Prior to thi ...more
Fortuna Sworn certainly has a unique take on the fantasy realm and its origins, featuring a wide variety of species. The main character belongs to a fantasy class I have never read about before which was refreshing. However, this story does largely center around faeries. I definitely think fans ...more
Fortuna Sworn is a nightmare and that means that with just a touch, she can make someone see and live their greatest fears. She’s also the last of her kind since her brother has been missing fo ...more
Fortuna, is a Nightmare. ...more
Nightmares always drew stares. Whenever someone looked at me, they saw whatever face they believed the most beautiful. Like the nightmares that came at night, we were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure our victims in. Then, when it was too late to draw back, we struck.
This book was not what I was expecting at all--which was a great surprise at first but later left a slightly sour taste in my mouth as the characters turned out to not to be as strong as I had hoped for.
The first hal ...more
To be honest, I struggled with finishing this book. I've been hearing a lot of things about Fortuna Sworn, so much that it made me excited to read about it, but for me, it didn't live up to the hype. While fantasy is up my ante, this book kind of frustrated me and left me with so many questions.
But first onto the good:
The premise and blurb was very promising and int ...more
[Many thanks to K.J. Sutton for sending me a copy of this book!]
Fortuna Sworn, the name of the book as well as the FMC, is a multi-layered urban fantasy story about a group of supernatural people who need some relationship therapy, stat. And, after reading this book, you will feel like you either need some therapy yourself, a pile of answers to satiate your curiosity, or perhaps a shower to wash away the ick ...more
I was so addicted to this book when I was reading it. I stayed up through the night, only to feel sad that I had to go to sleep. I immediately started reading again whenever I had the spare time.
This book just pulled me in. While at first I wasn't so interested, as soon as Fortuna used her Nightmare powers I was hooked. I became to curious as to what her story would develop, and the strange man who helped save her. We don't spend much time in the human world. It goes by quite ...more
Fortuna Sworn has only one thing in the world that means something to her and that was her brother who disappeared two years ago. Although people have given up hope, Fortuna hasn’t a ...more
Fortuna Sworn is a Nightmare dressed like a daydream. Ok sorry for breaking out my inner Taylor Swift but it’s true. Fortuna is a species called a Nightmare and with one touch to your skin she can see your worst fears and project them into your head and make you scared.
Her looks are based on what you find beautiful to make her more alluring to you. She’s a rare breed indeed. She made a promise to take care of her brother for always and when he goes missing, she doesn’t stop look ...more
So... I wanted to like this book much more than I did. I thought the concept was interesting; unfortunately, I the execution left much to be desired.
My first issue was with the passive voice of the the book in general, but in particular the early chapters. So much of what was going on was just Fortuna thinking this, Fortuna thinking that, Fortuna remembering this over thing that already happened... This made the pacing of the book very slow. It's ...more
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