REVIEW: Bright Ruined Things

I feel like I walked into the middle of a story with this one. Mae is an orphan living on an island in the orbit of the wealthy Prosper family. A family that controls all of the magic, magic others want… including Mae. As the First Night celebration approaches, Mae finds an opportunity to gain a foothold within the family. But she also begins to discover just what is fueling the magic everyone is so desperate for. She is faced with some tough choices as the truth is revealed.

The story is based on the classic The Tempest and a lot of the themes around family, magic and revenge are core to this story. The main characters are in their teens and it certainly has the intense emotions you’d expect from characters of that age. Everyone has feelings about everyone and they are the good, bad and the ugly. Mae is a bit naive but she is not the only one in the dark about what’s really going on and it was fun to unravel the mystery and just who to trust along with her.


I felt like the magic could have been a little more fleshed out but other than that the story had pretty good world building. It does start off a little slow as we get to know all of the key players but the last quarter is non-stop action. I also really enjoyed the ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫


Thanks to Netgalley for access to an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.


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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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