So not only does she have a popular Etsy store, a fairy tale-like home, is a published author, she is also nerdy and has great hair.
Throw in a horse or two, and being a paleontologist, and she has pretty much accomplished every single one of my childhood dreams. I'm jealous.
So. What do I think about her book?
This book is seriously pretty. There is something about a nice, solid hardback book with quality print that just changes the reading experience.
It felt like this book deserved something special... Something magical, something... Colour changing...
I think I brewed my Blooming Grove Caduceus & Mollymauk Butterfly Herbal Tea too strong because I didn't get as much colour change as I wanted to when I added the lemon. Pout.
But it was still very sweet and good.
Strangely it seemed my silicone Nessie tea infuser was acidic enough to trigger the colour change? The drippings on the steel kitchen bench remained purple and the Nessie drippings were a pretty pink. Weird.
Anyways. Back to the book.
Nightblooming wrote a very sweet message for me:
"Ida, I love that we started the longhair journey together and along the way we grew into friends"
It's pretty hard to write a review without spoilering anything.
But I have two points I would like to make about it.
I like how efficient Melissa is at using tropes. If used correctly, tropes aren't tired and overly done, but a very effective way to get the story moving. You get going with the plot faster and more streamlined than if you start trying to explain every little thing about a characters backstory and, well, character. It's nice to get the story going as soon as possible.
I also really like that Aurelia doesn't get all hardened and mean and tough after the things she has been through. It's nice to see a character remaining emphatic and well, herself, instead of ending up a completely different character with different reactions in the end.
The first chapter in the book can be read for free here and the rest of the 403 pages can be found here.
The second book is expected around fall 2020, but we can follow the progress for Mourning's Dawn here