I would like to give a huge thanks to A.G., Rockstar Book Tour for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in the least.
on August 15th 2016
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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.
Let me begin by saying that although I am bias cause my love for Anita Howard knows no end, I was still blown away by the range she has shown in her writing abilities. This book is definitely intended for more mature readers and I have seen that come off with as really cheesy with other authors who shall not be named. I think Anita found the perfect balance between steamy and smart. If you are not familiar with her work she also wrote a brilliantly twisted Alice in Wonderland retelling series called Splintered, Unhinged, Ensnared, & Untamed. That series is also dear to me since looking forward to the book got me through some really difficult times. Aside from the fact that Alice is my FAVORITE TALE EVER! I’ll stop prattling on about A.G. now but let me just say one last thing. She is the nicest, sweetest, most approachable author ever. It is like the icing on the top of her twisted tales.
Let’s talk about the Architect of Song shall we? I was very impressed with this story in general. That being said it was very easy to get lost in this amazing yet slightly macabre world. I love that she went with a more historical tale as well. It was obvious that she did her research cause the imagery I got while reading seemed to suit this story to a tee. From the very beginning I felt that creepy macabre vibe that Anita is simply know for. I love that style she uses and yet this one feels a bit more gothic due to the time period.
I am a horrible person and had to read the end of this book first since the suspense between the two suitors of Juliet drove me to near insanity. I of course read thru after i was satisfied/shocked. Other wonderful A.G. quality is her break neck plot twists. The charters really drove this story for me. They all seemed so to life. Juliet was wonderfully crafted and so unique. Both men also seemed very genuine in ther perusal of her. I usually have to pick but it’s still up in the air who I like the most.
The Architect of Song is bit of mystery with revenge, lust, and heart shattering romance all blended together for the most perfect gothic historical tale. The charters are simply stunning as well as the setting itself. If you like Gothic Paranormal romance than you absolutely must read this! To be honest you should read it even if you don’t. I’m am admittedly not the biggest PNR fan but this one has me second guessing my choice!
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