A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: R #AtoZChallenge2024 #Books #BookReviews

R is for Rau

Learn more about the challenge here.

I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.

Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book.

I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.

If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.

Learn more about the challenge here.

You can read reviews for from previous years for this letter here and here, and my year-end reviews here, here, here and, most recently, here.


I used the author’s surname for this one. LOL.

About the Book I’ve Read

The Bloodstained Key by Charity Rau

Eighteen-year-old Marianna and her family live in luxury, attending balls every night. Despite being haunted by the death of her mother and the disappearance of her fiancé, Will, she tries to remain cheerful for her sister’s sake. When their father falls ill, she discovers her family is in financial ruin and fears her world is falling apart.

An offer of salvation comes from the mysterious nobleman who lives isolated from the rest of the world in his extravagant, yet menacing mansion. Lord Bludington invites Marianna, her sister, and all their friends to his home for a week full of entertainment. He impresses everyone with his charm and wit, but Marianna can’t shake the feeling he is not all he claims to be. However, when her family cannot afford the medicine needed to save her father’s life, she reluctantly accepts Bludington’s proposal of marriage and moves into the manor.Now isolated from her friends and family, she no longer feels welcome in the eerie house. The housekeeper is abrupt, the maids spread gossip and fear her, and the butler appears to be spying on her. Then she discovers a secret that puts her life in danger, and unless Marianna can find the courage to fight for herself, she won’t make it out of Bludington’s manor alive.

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

A thrilling gothic fantasy retelling of “Bluebeard” with a creepy manor, odd servants, and strange things happening that gives a feel of the place being haunted.

Marianne is a bit foolish, but brave and loyal. Her sister irritated me enough that I wanted to push her off a cliff… But maybe that’s just me.

I liked the library and the horses the most.

There were things that bothered me, though. If he needed the hag to help him achieve his goals, why was another witch supposedly involved in his life since childhood? And how did the dungeon’s ecosystem work? Where did Sir Tom get the freshly baked bread if the town is basically a squatter camp inhabited by children, the only water tasting foul?

Because the rest flowed smoothly, these things stood out.

I had a problem with the italics as it messes with my eyes and head, making it difficult to read and enjoy the book. Authors and publishers: please consider the neurodivergent when making decisions about italics so books are accessible to all.

Interesting worldbuilding, magic, and a twist on the original tale.

3 unicorn star rating

My Book

The Realm of the Fae (Origin of the Fae #2)

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4 thoughts on “My Languishing TBR: R #AtoZChallenge2024 #Books #BookReviews”

  1. Hmm. I know the italics will bother my eyes as well. I’m wondering if reading it on my Kindle will work, because then I can change the font to a larger size? But that might be annoying as well, if I can only read three or four sentences per page… Still, it sounds like an interesting read, despite the annoyances. Thanks for the suggestion.

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