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A Season of Sinister Dreams

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Annalise may be cousin to the prince, but her past isn’t what she claims, and she possesses a magic so powerful it takes all her strength to control it. Evra is a country girl, and has watched as each friend and family member came into their own magic, while hers remains dormant. But everything changes after Annalise loses control of herself and Evra begins experiencing th ...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published June 22nd 2021 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Tracy Banghart
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I started writing A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS years ago. I was on vacation with my family, and I was struggling with my writing...it looked like my dreams of being published might not come true. I was looking for a way to process my grief and feel hope and joy in my writing again. I decided to write a traditional fantasy just for myself, inspired by the books of Robin McKinley that I'd loved as a teenager, and by my dog, Scrabble, who was big and yellow and looked so at home in the wilds of Nort ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
RTC for the book tour
Intisar Khanani
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story, especially the character of Annalise. And by that I mean I didn't know what to think about her for the majority of the story; she's such a wonderfully gray character trying so hard to do good while desperately doing things all wrong. Kudos to Banghart for creating such a complex and sharp-edged character, and setting up Evra as a foil of sorts for her--both girls grow, but while one needs to face her sharpness and flaws, the other needs to gain her own strength and hon ...more
Kristin Sledge
Jul 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Season of Sinister Dreams introduces us to two young ladies who are coming into their own. First, we meet Annalise, the King's niece who has just learned of her betrothal. Annalise also has a massive magical ability that she is attempting to control, but sometimes it acts out. Evra is a young woman who has no magical ability whatsoever, until she is tapped by a soothsayer type magic that forewarns of a th
Mary Seaman
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
ARC provided by Edelweiss:

Stand alones can be so refreshing sometimes. Not having to wait years for each book. This stand alone was so good. I loved the characters, their complexity and struggles. You see the good and bad in them rather than just one is evil and one is not. I’m glad this type of writing is in style now. We all have some evil in us but we also have the good. Sometimes stories tend to make characters one or the other. Tracy did such a good job of making these characters both. Make
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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By Tracy Banghart
Gifted & Published by @TheNOVL @LittleBrown
On Sale: 6/22/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio
A highly subversive read that takes you away into a new and different kind of fantasy world. This was one extraordinary, non-stop & character driven plot that kept me flipping page after page. I liked that it was a refreshingly new heroine and a story I haven’t read before. The writing was unique and so well written. I recommend to all who love the f
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A standalone YA fantasy
I liked the characters they were not good or evil, they had good sides and bad sides.
Sometimes I did want to yell at them because they didn't see things that where very obvious (to me).
But the story was good and had a lot of pace.

The narrator also did a very good job.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
A Book Shrew
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, arc-reads
How dare you comp this to Furyborn, show the glimpses of an excellent villain POV, and then drive it all into the ground first chance you get.

Full review at A Book Shrew

Maybe I just no longer wish to read of stories with princesses and kings. This had all the makings of being something very cool, but ended up coming across as a little tropey and overdone. I struggle to see this as a smash the patriarchy story. I was really looking forward to a good girl power story, especially with that aforemen
Anna Bright
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS glitters darkly with betrayal, forbidden love, and the unbearable weight of magic.
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS is an engaging YA fantasy that follows two young women, Evra and Annalise. Annalise lives in the palace as the niece to the king. She hides her powerful magic that threatens to overtake her, as she has vowed for herself and her mother that she will change the way the kingdom is being run. When she is engaged to a foreign nobleman, her anger becomes dangerous, and it affects the person in her vicinity, with dangerous and deadly consequences. As she tries to cover up wh ...more
John Clark
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Take a world where magic is as much a curse as a blessing, thanks to an evil and desperate king trying to extend his life. Away from the castle, it's a hard existence, made more so by the king's continuous increases in taxes and conscription of magic users. When he tries marrying off his cousin Annalese to an older and distasteful count, she loses control of her magic, turning her cousin and heir to the throne, into a beast. Meanwhile, Evra, a young woman from the country has just come into her ...more
Bayan Sh
Jul 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4star
This book was super enticing, what with all its magic and drama, politics and thrill.

It was fan to see a somewhat gray protagonist like Annalise, who wants to do all that is right but somehow always finds herself doing wrong, lol.
I loved how much space the author gave the characters to grow, they were created needing development and the events of the book seemed to put the girls' pieces together just right.

I absolutely enjoyed the tension and nerves I felt as I put the pieces of these girls' o
Amanda B
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an early copy of this book. I love Tracy Banghart. I’ve met her at an author event and we spent like an hour talking, so I love to read and support her work.
A Season of Sinister Dreams follows two main characters, Annalise and Evra. Annalise is the grandniece to the King and cousin to the prince. But she has secrets that she would do anything to protect. Evra is a country girl. She’s worried that she’ll never have any magic and the people i
Dec 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can stand alone fantasies please come back! I heartily enjoyed this one. I loved seeing the character development and growth. It can be a challenge to have unlikable characters, but the author did an excellent job of balancing it. I was rooting for both girls and I'm very happy with the ending. Not five stars because the writing itself wasn't amazing, but the story was. ...more
Kendra (NurseKendraReads)
Thanks to Netgalley for this audiobook in exchange for my honest review!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars

Narration: the audiobook narrator was good. They voice kept me interested and they did a good job of distinguishing between what characters were talking.

A stand alone YA fantasy! About two girls who find themselves coming together in an unlikely way.

I liked the duel narration of this story. It made the book flow well. The idea of magic in this kingdom was cool, the fact that they fear it’s weakening is
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

I wanted to love this story because I so much enjoyed the author's novel, Grace & Fury. That love for her original work is interestingly enough the reason why I ended up thoroughly annoyed by her most recent one. On every level, this book feels like a knockoff of Grace & Fury. Both novels feature two leading ladies with a dual narrative, a slightly sexist kingdom in the need of strong women to take charge, and interesting hurdles getti
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
A Season of Sinister Dreams is a book filled with magic, politics, court intrigue, and a touch of romantic love. It's the story of two, very different, young women trying to understand the magic they possess while also trying to make their kingdom a better place. One woman, Annalise, lacks a close-knit family, while Evra has thrived under the love of her mother, brothers, and best friend on their farm.

Annalise has a mission, and she's driven by a set of goals established long before the reader
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With the king so close to death and his grandson, who is next in line, abdicating and disappearing, the king must find another heir. He doesn't have to look too far to find his grand-niece, Annalise. As Anna battles with the king's policies, he grows weaker and closer to death. The appearance of a clearcy, Evra, changes things up. Evra, who just came into her power, fights to understand it and how to interpret what she has seen in her visions. Both Evra and Anna want what is best for the kingdom ...more
Rachel | What’s Rachel Reading
A Season of Sinister Dreams tells a story of two sisters seeking vengeance, Tracy Banghart creates a magical wold with amazing characters. Annalise and Emma are such good characters, seeking revenge and are strong female characters. They both have struggled and East have their own agenda that can be stopped. a Season of Sinister Dreams is a magic world with hardships and triumphs and many twists along the way.

The plot starts off slow, taking several chapters before it captured my attention. .T
Carissa Lindsey
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghurt
Narrator - Christie Moreau
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Narration - 5 out of 5 stars

This book is an incredible coming of age story about two different girls. One that is just coming into her magical powers and one that has had them most of her life but is taken over by the greed that comes along with them

This book has many twists and turns and would be good for teens and adults alike. It is full of mystery and intrigue. It is set in a tim
Andy B.
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved so many things about this book!
My favorite part of the book is the exploration of power, in the form of “magic” in this case. Tracy Banghart does a fantastic job showing how having power can affect people, and how using power doesn’t always work out the way people intend.

I always love Tracy Banghart’s books because the female voices are diverse (not all badass, not all caring, not all empathetic, not all doubtful). Her characters always make surprising decisions that end up seeming natur
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have such mixed feelings about this book and the characters. A Season of Sinister Dreams is told from the dual POV of Annalise who is the cousin to the prince and Evra who is just a farm girl with surprising powers.

I am going to be honest and say that I pretty much disliked Annalise throughout the entire book. She is cold, manipulative and basically refuses to listen to anyone else because she is convinced they are trying to sabotage her or hold her back. I am all for fierce females but when
G Daniels
Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart was a very good and well told story deserving of a 4.5 rating.

The story is set in a kingdom where magic is common. The despised king is dying, his heir apparent grandson, Kendrick, does not want the position but only through a sense of duty will take the mantle and be king. The second or spare, is the niece of the king, Annalise, who desires the throne and wants to rebuild the kingdom which has plunged into poverty through the king’s selfishness. Bec
Ashley Dang
Sep 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Two girls, both gifted with magic, and intertwined with each other’s fate. Annalise is the cousin to the prince and has been hiding her powers, waiting to get revenge against the king, however when he announces that she is to be betrothed to a stranger 20 years her senior and sent to a far away kingdom...that is the last straw. Her rage, her magic, cannot be tamed and when her cousin tries to bring her back to the ball to dance with her new fiancee she snaps...and accidentally damages the prince ...more
Sequoia Cron
Apr 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
After reading the Grace and Fury duology, I was on the look out for a future Tracy Banghart book. I was happy to finally have A Season of Sinister Dreams in hand when it came out.

Side note:
This is my 50th book of the year and I completed it in the span of a day!

The story is told in two POVs. We have twenty one year old morally grey, manipulative Annalise with a vendetta: who wants to become Queen of Tyne, to better her country and act on her revenge against the King. Evra, a farmers daughter, w
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jul 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Having loved Tracy Banghart's debut duology, Grace and Fury, I was ready to jump into whatever she put out next. I wish I could say A Season of Sinister Dreams became another favourite but I had some major issues with this one.

My biggest problem with A Season of Sinister Dreams was its slow pacing. I had a hard time getting into the story. Nothing was happening in the first half of the book and it was boring. When things did get interesting, the plots felt rushed and not well-explained. Even the
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I fell in love with the Grace and Fury series and was stoked to read A Season of Sinister Dreams. It took about 20% for me to actually get into the story, but once that happened I was hooked. The two narrators are Annalise (cousin to the Prince) and Evra (a farm girl without magic), and Evra was my favorite. I had a love/hate relationship with Annalise due to her manipulative nature. On one side, I understood her internal battles because she passionately loved Tyne (their country) and strived to ...more
What a wonderful surprise to read a book that wasn't part of a series! The young female leads in the book are strong and diverse people that mimic real people. The desires and reailty of a friendship that grows in different directions is how life can work. We have to follow our own paths. I loved the writing and the tempo of the novel as well. It keeps your attention and even when it slows down you are still page turning for the next plot twist.
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I thought this book was ok. I was really excited to read this since I loved Grace and Fury, but unfortunately, this book was a bit of a let down. There doesn't seem to be much character development and I found them more on the naive and annoying side. The plot wasn't very clear either. I'm so sad this book wasn't has good as I'd hoped. ...more
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Stand-alone fantasy coming right up! Loved this book! I flew through it. The grey areas are huge in this book as the two main characters figure out what is right and what is wrong. And sometimes do what is wrong even though they know what is right 🤦🏽‍♀️

You’ll find elements of magic, courts, loyalty, and adventure in this book. Definitely will be buying it for my High School library!
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Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, kids, and pets.

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