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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Review: Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire

Seasonal Fears
by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Amber Benson

Thanks so much to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publish Date: May 3, 2022
16 hrs 28 min
Series: Alchemical Journeys #2
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Melanie has a destiny, though it isn’t the one everyone assumes it to be. She’s delicate; she’s fragile; she’s dying. Now, truly, is the winter of her soul.

Harry doesn’t want to believe in destiny, because that means accepting the loss of the one person who gives his life meaning, who brings summer to his world.

So, when a new road is laid out in front of them—a road that will lead through untold dangers toward a possible lifetime together—walking down it seems to be the only option.

But others are following behind, with violence in their hearts.

It looks like Destiny has a plan for them, after all….

My Review:

I should've listened to the lot of you telling me over and over and over again to read Middlegame.  But did I?  No.  Did I know Seasonal Fears was the second book in the Alchemical Journeys series?  Also, no.  Did I listen to all 16+ hours anyways because it was absolutely fascinating? YES.

I have no reference as to whether or not you need to read Middlegrade before this one.  However, I am a big person who likes (and strives) to read series books in order (do I always succeed? clearly not).  I do feel like this read very easily as a standalone.  I do think that maybe I would've gotten a *little* more out of it had I read the first one? *shrug*  But it's really hard to say.  What I DO know is that McGuire is a freakin' genius and I love the world in SEASONAL FEARS.  Two teens, in love and destined in their connection?  Summer, Winter. Sometimes you just cannot stop what you're meant to be.

Now, I admit wholeheartedly that I got lost a few times. There's SO much happening and it was hard to keep up at times.  What with the various names and the intricacies of the seasons, etc. etc.  I could go on and on and on about what I couldn't comprehend.  But once I stopped thinking too hard about it and just accepted it, I could sit back and enjoy Benson narrating the story.

I definitely need to go back and read Middlegame. And I hear there's a rumor there's going to be more books in this series so count me on that train ride!!  Also, please give me a one way ticket into Seanan's brain please and thank you.


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