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Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling Europea Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling European escapades rescuing Lucinda van Helsing, Mary Jekyll and her friends return home to discover that their friend and kitchen maid Alice has vanished— and so has their friend and employer Sherlock Holmes! As they race to find Alice and bring her home safely, they discover that Alice and Sherlock’s kidnapping are only one small part of a plot that threatens Queen Victoria, and the very future of the British Empire. Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, and Justine save their friends—and save the Empire? Find out in the final installment of the fantastic and memorable Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.


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Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling Europea Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling European escapades rescuing Lucinda van Helsing, Mary Jekyll and her friends return home to discover that their friend and kitchen maid Alice has vanished— and so has their friend and employer Sherlock Holmes! As they race to find Alice and bring her home safely, they discover that Alice and Sherlock’s kidnapping are only one small part of a plot that threatens Queen Victoria, and the very future of the British Empire. Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, and Justine save their friends—and save the Empire? Find out in the final installment of the fantastic and memorable Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.

30 review for The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    im so sad this series is over 😭 😭 😭

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    vlog coming soon. i am too emotional. i REFUSE to believe this is the end

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Despite what should have been a rather interesting tangent into Alice in Wonderland meets the Mummy with our favorite crew of strong women torn from the pages of Victorian-era penny dreadfuls and classic fantasy literature, this particular book kinda fell flat. Not particularly bad, mind you, and I did kinda enjoy the whole idea of the Mesmerism meets the Theosophical Society meets the Golden Dawn meets Professor Moriarty... but the the way it was executed? I honestly lost interest despite my ini Despite what should have been a rather interesting tangent into Alice in Wonderland meets the Mummy with our favorite crew of strong women torn from the pages of Victorian-era penny dreadfuls and classic fantasy literature, this particular book kinda fell flat. Not particularly bad, mind you, and I did kinda enjoy the whole idea of the Mesmerism meets the Theosophical Society meets the Golden Dawn meets Professor Moriarty... but the the way it was executed? I honestly lost interest despite my initial gung-ho attitude. We're dealing with a progression of new characters while the old ones kinda languish in the pudding. Or rather, the cakes. Lots of cakes. What might have made this pretty excellent? A total PoV switchover, ignoring the old crew except perhaps as plot crossovers and eventual induction, while going deep into the whole ancient Egyptian plot some other way. I don't know. It just felt like a missed opportunity, and yet, without it, it might have made meeting Wilde and Dorian a little weird. Don't get me wrong. It's still up there with the first two, but not quite as fresh and shiny.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Pedersen

    Forget the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, because now we have The Athena Club. I guess we could call it the League of Monstrous Gentlewomen. Another of the feminist versions of the Victorian time period with plenty of girl power (although the main characters do get justifiably huffy about being called girls when they are full grown women). Even the female villains outsmart their male counterparts in this particular volume. The women of the Athena Club may sometimes doubt their abilities, but Forget the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, because now we have The Athena Club. I guess we could call it the League of Monstrous Gentlewomen. Another of the feminist versions of the Victorian time period with plenty of girl power (although the main characters do get justifiably huffy about being called girls when they are full grown women). Even the female villains outsmart their male counterparts in this particular volume. The women of the Athena Club may sometimes doubt their abilities, but they pull off the caper (with the help of Ayesha of course). Just like most women, they doubt themselves unnecessarily. Plus, they get to rescue Sherlock Holmes! I know that this series is technically wrapped up with this third book, but it seems to me that there are enough loose threads and unexplored avenues that further adventures could follow, if the author can persuade the publisher to continue. Fingers crossed that there will eventually be another book about the Athena Club!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie Colson

    Reading Vlog & Review: https://youtu.be/7liyecJA_y8 I refuse to accept that this series is over. Vehemently. I adore these characters so much. They are my family and live in my heart always. I did not care for this book any where NEAR as much as I loved the first two. This wasn't centered around gothic literature and more about Egyptian and Greek gods. Which is all well and good but not what I signed up for. I was very confused on those elements of the book. It was a bit of a let down. But I still l Reading Vlog & Review: https://youtu.be/7liyecJA_y8 I refuse to accept that this series is over. Vehemently. I adore these characters so much. They are my family and live in my heart always. I did not care for this book any where NEAR as much as I loved the first two. This wasn't centered around gothic literature and more about Egyptian and Greek gods. Which is all well and good but not what I signed up for. I was very confused on those elements of the book. It was a bit of a let down. But I still love these women so much that I can't say I didn't enjoy myself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Now THIS is how you end a trilogy! Author Theodora Goss delivers another rolicking escapade with the brave women of Athena Club, adding even more “monstrous” women to the mix. For those new to these books, the main characters are all the daughters of famous men — mad scientists and members of the Alchemical Society, who used their own daughters as subjects of their dastardly experiments. Their goal? Biological transmutation. The outcome? Unusual women with strange, hidden talents and gifts, such Now THIS is how you end a trilogy! Author Theodora Goss delivers another rolicking escapade with the brave women of Athena Club, adding even more “monstrous” women to the mix. For those new to these books, the main characters are all the daughters of famous men — mad scientists and members of the Alchemical Society, who used their own daughters as subjects of their dastardly experiments. Their goal? Biological transmutation. The outcome? Unusual women with strange, hidden talents and gifts, such as Beatrice Rappaccini, who thrives on rain and sunshine and gives off poison with her breath, and Catherine Moreau, transformed from a wild, free puma into a young woman with decidedly sharp teeth and claws. This found family also includes the two daughters of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, each one representing a different facet of his personae, Justine Frankenstein, Professor Van Helsing’s daughter Lucinda, and a young housemaid named Alice who turns out to have unusual powers of mesmerism. In this 3rd book, the woman of the Athena Club have just returned from their adventures in Vienna and Budapest (described in book 2, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman) — but there’s no time to rest! Alice and Sherlock Holmes are missing, and there seems to be a terrible plot underway involving evil mesmerists, an Egyptian mummy, and a bunch of powerful, treasonous men who want to overthrow the Queen and purify the British Empire. Luckily, our band of heroines are on the case, and they go chasing off to Cornwall to rescue their friends, save the Queen, and defeat the bad guys once and for all! It’s all high-spirited fun, with the quips and bickering that the characters seem to love so much. I thought this was a terrific wrap-up for the trilogy, with heightened adventures and plenty of surprises and adrenaline-rushes. There are perhaps too many characters to keep track of, as the circle of acquaintances grows and grows with each book, but it’s all good fun. If I had to choose, I’d still say that the first book in the trilogy, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, is really and truly the best, because of the emphasis on the main characters’ origin stories and their creation of a family of their own. But that doesn’t take away from how satisfying the other two books are, or how well all three fit together to create one glorious whole. If you enjoy sparkling, witty characters in a Victorian setting, with touches of the fantastic and supernatural, then you just must check out the Athena Club books!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    The Diana and Mary Comedy Hour is back, and instead of wandering all over Europe, like they did in book two, the Athena Club has plenty to do in London. Sherlock is missing, Alice is kidnapped, and the young women have much detecting to do to find both individuals. While I found book two of this trilogy a little too long, I didn't find that the plot dragged this time around. In fact, I found myself laughing more at Diana's antics (insulting everyone else and stuffing her face with nummies) and e The Diana and Mary Comedy Hour is back, and instead of wandering all over Europe, like they did in book two, the Athena Club has plenty to do in London. Sherlock is missing, Alice is kidnapped, and the young women have much detecting to do to find both individuals. While I found book two of this trilogy a little too long, I didn't find that the plot dragged this time around. In fact, I found myself laughing more at Diana's antics (insulting everyone else and stuffing her face with nummies) and enjoying Mary's long-suffering attitude toward her younger sister more, and the way all the young women's different capabilities were used in the story., and how well they continued to work together. I’m glad we finally got to learn more about Alice, and watch her come into her own. (view spoiler)[I also really liked how Goss built up Moriarty as this great, bad guy with his gang of like-minded "scientists", with their all-too familiar fears about racial purity and superiority, immigration, and misogyny. Then, with one authorly swipe, Goss removed them and transformed the story into a conflict between the women in the Athena Club and the women in the Alchemical Society. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed the way Theodora Goss wrote these stories, with the narrative interrupted frequently by the members of the Athena Club to discuss their feelings about the situation or each other, or for the women to chide Catherine's constant marketing of the stories. The device added lots of humour to the story, and provided lots of great character moments for each of the women. I'm a little sad I can't spend time with the Athena Club in further adventures.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The third book in the series has the Athena Club back in London and mostly reconciled with the Société des Alchimistes, but looking into the abduction of Sherlock Holmes and the Athena Club's own maid Alice. This is a much more concise volume than the previous one and the return to England feels more like familiar ground for the club members. Which is probably the biggest problem here. The first book got the band together, and there was lots of character development as the "monsters" of the club The third book in the series has the Athena Club back in London and mostly reconciled with the Société des Alchimistes, but looking into the abduction of Sherlock Holmes and the Athena Club's own maid Alice. This is a much more concise volume than the previous one and the return to England feels more like familiar ground for the club members. Which is probably the biggest problem here. The first book got the band together, and there was lots of character development as the "monsters" of the club found each other. The second book explored Europe and expanded the cast enormously. But this one doesn't cut much new ground at all, with perhaps the only character development being with Alice/Lydia Raymond and small progress with Mary Jekyll. Still entertaining, and the writing trick being used for these continues to work for me, but this one feels a bit like treading water.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    You all may remember that I adored a recent read, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and was excited to continue with the series.  I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the final book in the trilogy and quickly checked out book two, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, but unfortunately it fell short for me.  While I devoured book one, book two felt like a chore because it lacked some serious editing.   That said, I was still looking forward to the conclusion of The Athena Club You all may remember that I adored a recent read, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and was excited to continue with the series.  I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the final book in the trilogy and quickly checked out book two, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, but unfortunately it fell short for me.  While I devoured book one, book two felt like a chore because it lacked some serious editing.   That said, I was still looking forward to the conclusion of The Athena Club series which picks up immediately after European Travel with the group searching for Mary's kidnapped maid Alice.  They also find it alarming that Sherlock Holmes still hasn't returned from a mysterious errand and now Dr. Watson cannot be located either. While searching for their friends, The Athena Club uncovers a plot against the Queen that is connected to the kidnappings. Can they save their friends and the British Empire before it's too late? I'm very disappointed to say this was not the exciting finale I hoped for.  Instead, I began skimming before I even reached the half way point in the story.  The snappy dialogue/banter in the middle of the narrative was charming in book one, tedious in book two, and completely unnecessary in book three.   The pace is inconsistent and the plot is weighed down in unnecessary details (which was also my major issue with book two) that make the adventure greatly lag. While I adored the introduction to the extensive cast of characters in book one, there was little to no character growth over the course of the series causing some to go from charming to annoying.  This trilogy takes place over the course of a few short months but the action is always saved for the very end to tie up loose ends quickly. I'd definitely advise readers who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy and retellings to give the first book a try but I hesitate to recommend the final two. Thanks to Gallery/Saga Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is scheduled for release on October 1, 2019. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    3.75* My expectations were exceedingly high for this third instalment, in light of the quality of the previous two titles. Maybe too high... It’s the problem when you keep getting amazing reads from an author. It becomes the norm, and when you get something still very good but not top notch, you get a little disappointed. This novel features once more the colourful members of the Athena Club, this time focused on finding Alice and Sherlock, who have been taken by some nefarious group. The dastard 3.75* My expectations were exceedingly high for this third instalment, in light of the quality of the previous two titles. Maybe too high... It’s the problem when you keep getting amazing reads from an author. It becomes the norm, and when you get something still very good but not top notch, you get a little disappointed. This novel features once more the colourful members of the Athena Club, this time focused on finding Alice and Sherlock, who have been taken by some nefarious group. The dastardly plot is a good one and yet it left me wanting more, or rather something else. It’s as if all the ingredients were there but the end result wasn’t what I expected. Nevertheless, this was still a fun and entertaining read and an amazing trilogy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀

    I'm sorry this is the last book in the series as I've really enjoyed them. I'm sorry this is the last book in the series as I've really enjoyed them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wiktoria Balcerak

    reread 5/22: I'm so glad I reread this series physically! this was a lovely ending to a lot of adventures and I'll come back to it sometime for sure 4.75 ⭐ first read 6/21: I didn't focus on the audio too much which I regretted later reread 5/22: I'm so glad I reread this series physically! this was a lovely ending to a lot of adventures and I'll come back to it sometime for sure 4.75 ⭐ first read 6/21: I didn't focus on the audio too much which I regretted later

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brogan Lane

    'Finally, they realised they were the monsters.' And that's The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club trilogy over. I'm sad because I enjoyed it so much and didn't want it to end. I want more and if Theodora Goss ever announced she was writing more, it would make my year. Such a unique cast of characters and an intriguing plot that kept me engaged from start to finish. The third and final instalment was a mixture of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and The Mummy (1999), set in Victorian Eng 'Finally, they realised they were the monsters.' And that's The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club trilogy over. I'm sad because I enjoyed it so much and didn't want it to end. I want more and if Theodora Goss ever announced she was writing more, it would make my year. Such a unique cast of characters and an intriguing plot that kept me engaged from start to finish. The third and final instalment was a mixture of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and The Mummy (1999), set in Victorian England - a weird combination, right? But, it worked. Resurrected mummies, monstrous young women on a rescue mission, secret societies, a little bit of romance, gunfights in the countryside, mesmerism induced illusions, women supporting women, saving the Queen Victoria, and a massive found family. What more could you ask for? It was a terrific way to end a brilliant trilogy. I cannot praise it enough.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Queen

    Loved the first book in this series. Then, I was a little disappointed in the second book and thus was apprehensive about this third installment. However, this book brought it home. Total comfort read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Dacyczyn

    Someone recently asked me if I liked these books and I replied, "Book 1 was great, Book 2 was way too long, and Book 3 was pretty good". That really sums it up. The end. No, really, it does seem like Goss took feedback from book 2 (way too long, too many repetitive character interruptions, too many new characters) and tried to fix these for the finale of this trilogy. The length was much more reasonable, we only met a couple of new characters, and the character comments definitely felt toned down Someone recently asked me if I liked these books and I replied, "Book 1 was great, Book 2 was way too long, and Book 3 was pretty good". That really sums it up. The end. No, really, it does seem like Goss took feedback from book 2 (way too long, too many repetitive character interruptions, too many new characters) and tried to fix these for the finale of this trilogy. The length was much more reasonable, we only met a couple of new characters, and the character comments definitely felt toned down and scaled back to a more reasonable frequency. I didn't love it quite as much as the first book, but it was still pretty good. This one also brings the story back to England, which felt more relatable once again (not that I've been to England myself). They visited a country village, and I felt like I had a much better sense for the place than for any of the locales that they visited on their continental adventure in the second book. This one did feel like it strayed a bit more into the "supernatural" side of things (reanimated mummies who can shoot lightning bolts with their hands), rather than a historical sci-fi feeling like the previous books...but I guess I was OK with it. Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy. I think the third book helped win me back after the slog of the second book. I already own the first book, and I may consider obtaining the other two for my collection. I think I could get through the second book better now knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Just_ann_now

    Disappointing. Too many characters; it was hard to keep them all straight (and it hasn't been that long since I read the previous one.) Slow-moving; I remember coming to the halfway point and thinking "ARE WE THERE YET." Diana is still so annoying I just wish someone would slap her silly, but Alice is awesome! Disappointing. Too many characters; it was hard to keep them all straight (and it hasn't been that long since I read the previous one.) Slow-moving; I remember coming to the halfway point and thinking "ARE WE THERE YET." Diana is still so annoying I just wish someone would slap her silly, but Alice is awesome!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Really satisfying ending to a wonderful series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Jane

    The third - and so far final - book in the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series involved ancient Egyptian magic, Sherlock Holmes and a plot to bring down the monarchy and I throughly enjoyed it! These books are fun, fast paced and full of heart and I’d really recommend them! I’d also recommend the audiobooks - read by Kate Redding - as she does a fabulous job of bringing the story to life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beau North

    A satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series. The last paragraph had me crying in the middle of the grocery store. I’m so glad these books exists.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I love this series so much. I wish that wasn't the finale. Maybe we'll get to see them all again in the future. I love this series so much. I wish that wasn't the finale. Maybe we'll get to see them all again in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is the third book in the Athena Club series; I hope that there will be more. This one picks up right as the second volume ends, but I believe new readers would follow this one all right without having read the previous pair. I actually didn't enjoy this one quite as much because it follows Alice and some other characters around for much of the time, and I didn't find her as interesting as the core five, nor her travails as captivating as their adventures on the continent. It is a delightful This is the third book in the Athena Club series; I hope that there will be more. This one picks up right as the second volume ends, but I believe new readers would follow this one all right without having read the previous pair. I actually didn't enjoy this one quite as much because it follows Alice and some other characters around for much of the time, and I didn't find her as interesting as the core five, nor her travails as captivating as their adventures on the continent. It is a delightful story, though, with nice literary nods to Haggard and Wilde and Doyle as well as to the obvious "parents" of the plucky and intrepid heroines. The interaction of the club members is particularly cheery and engaging, outside of the main narrative, which itself is an uplifting, fun, feel-good story. The Athenians are a good read indeed!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leticia

    I liked this third book, but not as much as the first and second book in the series. Even though I really hope this series continue, it would be great to read more about all the Athena Club characters and a great idea would be a new book involving Justine and her new love interest or Beatrice's search for happiness! I liked this third book, but not as much as the first and second book in the series. Even though I really hope this series continue, it would be great to read more about all the Athena Club characters and a great idea would be a new book involving Justine and her new love interest or Beatrice's search for happiness!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Richter

    A fine tale about involving the Extraordinary Athena Club, which a literary invention by Theodora Goss using the female characters from the masterpieces of Gothic Literature, often just a mere mention in the original text. Throw in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and the Baker Street Boys you have a great October read. The audio was performed by the great Kate Reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    3.5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    terpkristin

    Another really fun book with fun characters. The end of this read like the end of a series, so I'm guessing the series is done, but I really enjoyed this book and seeing The Mesmerizing Girl come into her own, along with a little bit of help from the members of the Athena Club. There were a couple of challenges for the women in this book, a couple of "boss fights" as it were. My favorite was the ultimate one, though, the one at the very end. It fit for the team. Although I think this was a fine Another really fun book with fun characters. The end of this read like the end of a series, so I'm guessing the series is done, but I really enjoyed this book and seeing The Mesmerizing Girl come into her own, along with a little bit of help from the members of the Athena Club. There were a couple of challenges for the women in this book, a couple of "boss fights" as it were. My favorite was the ultimate one, though, the one at the very end. It fit for the team. Although I think this was a fine ending for the series, if there were more, I wouldn't be sad (if it was all of this caliber).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Overall I enjoyed this book, but it suffered a bit from too many characters. I had a tough time getting into it, but it moved quickly once the plot got going. This was slimmer than the previous volume and moved a bit quicker, which was an improvement as well and I enjoyed the last chapter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Overall the series has been entertaining but each next book was weaker than the one before it. However, as an audio book it’s a very pleasant and relaxing read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was just lovely, and a satisfying conclusion to the adventures of the Athena Club, although it is made very clear in the end that the young ladies are just getting started. There is just something about this weird, extremely over-the-top combo of Victorian era, young women detectives and every gothic horror story you can think of that is a total hit with me. For reasons I can't explain, it WORKS and is incredibly entertaining. Mary, Diana, Catherine, Beatrice, Justine, Lucinda and Alice are This was just lovely, and a satisfying conclusion to the adventures of the Athena Club, although it is made very clear in the end that the young ladies are just getting started. There is just something about this weird, extremely over-the-top combo of Victorian era, young women detectives and every gothic horror story you can think of that is a total hit with me. For reasons I can't explain, it WORKS and is incredibly entertaining. Mary, Diana, Catherine, Beatrice, Justine, Lucinda and Alice are all the result of vastly unethical scientific experiments carried out by their fathers and other men who call themselves scientists and deserve to have their asses properly kicked. Which is what these ladies proceed to do, to considerable effect. Their friendships are lovely, but even better is the sense of found family these young women have. They belong together, and they know it. The text is perhaps a bit too repetitive at times, and it sometimes annoyed me how certain things were constantly emphasised. However, I also got a good laugh out of this exact annoyance. I was starting to grumble about Catherine, who is the narrator as she's the one writing the book we're reading, being called a puma in every other sentence - and just then the other young ladies interrupted the narrative to call her out on it and told her to cut it out! The snippets of conversation and commentary inserted in between chunks of the narrative have worked nicely from the start, I think, and were delicious in this conclusion to the series. For example, in the Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, we see the gradual development of mutual respect and a tentative friendship between Mary and Mr. Holmes that feels like it could develop further. In this final book, WE KNOW it will, because the proper and sensible Mary suddenly refers to him as Sherlock in these little commentaries. A tiny little thing that feels like massive payoff. Mary Jekyll and Sherlock Holmes are meant to be, and I will cheer them on wholeheartedly. I'm a little sad that this was the final book of the series, but also glad, because the ladies of the Athena Club are in a good place and no doubt have a bright future ahead of them. I'm very glad to have made their acquaintance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    This is a series that I will cherish and hold dear for the rest of my life. It has cemented itself as one of my all-time favourite series. If any friend of mine is seeing this right now, please do me the honour of reading this series just for me. It would make me exceptionally happy. All you need to know is that it’s a historical mystery of sorts (but honestly so much more than that) with the daughters of gothic horror characters teaming up and being amazing. The girls are telling you their story This is a series that I will cherish and hold dear for the rest of my life. It has cemented itself as one of my all-time favourite series. If any friend of mine is seeing this right now, please do me the honour of reading this series just for me. It would make me exceptionally happy. All you need to know is that it’s a historical mystery of sorts (but honestly so much more than that) with the daughters of gothic horror characters teaming up and being amazing. The girls are telling you their story and sometimes interrupt each other (it’s always funny). It’s exciting and humourous and adventurous. If you want a series that will cheer you up, a series with a found family trope, or a series that is endlessly fun… this is what you need to read immediately. And thank you to my friend Mel for telling me to read the audiobooks. 10/10 recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I liked this one the best I think. It was hard for me to understand mesmerizing while listening to the book. Isn’t it odd how I can accept magic and fairies, vampires and century old characters, but this mesmerizing bit threw me. These characters are so fun. The each have such unique personalities. I enjoyed hearing some of the book from different POV, instead of just Mary’s. Not that I dislike her character; it’s just nice to see other layers. I’m not sure if there’s going to be any other books I liked this one the best I think. It was hard for me to understand mesmerizing while listening to the book. Isn’t it odd how I can accept magic and fairies, vampires and century old characters, but this mesmerizing bit threw me. These characters are so fun. The each have such unique personalities. I enjoyed hearing some of the book from different POV, instead of just Mary’s. Not that I dislike her character; it’s just nice to see other layers. I’m not sure if there’s going to be any other books because this wrapped up nicely. Such a fun series!

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