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Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

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About the Book- Within These Wicked Walls

What the heart desires, the house destroys… 

Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, Andromeda quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, but leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option. Evil may roam the castle’s halls, but so does a burning desire.

Kiersten White meets Tomi Adeyemi in this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.

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If everyone cried at every failure, the entire planet would be in a constant state of mourning.

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Our Review of Within These Wicked Walls

A Jane Eyre retelling at its best. If you are a fan of the novel, then this book with an Ethiopian and Supernatural twist will blow your mind. I didn’t expect the book to be brilliant in its conception. I am not going to compare this book with Jane Eyre because even though the inspiration is there, this book stands miles apart for me. After all, it has so many other things going on in the book.

One of the fascinating things about the book is the way it has so many sub-layers to it. It has a lot of undertones of society and its disparities are subtly told and weaved into the story both with the purpose of awakening the mass and to add meat to the plot. If you look at it the book does tell you a lot of things. But don’t worry it is not preachy as I am making it sound. It’s just my viewpoint. I felt that in the characters of the book, the author has tried to show us various facets of human nature and our vices.

Ok so not making it complicated, lets’s jump into the book. Within these wicked walls has a very powerful story plot, to begin with. Rest assured it only gets better from there because the treatment of the book makes the book enticing, and captivating. The reason is that at every point the book throws a new twist or event that changes the game altogether. So the book outplays itself. I am not a fan of romance but I don’t hate it. It is just that I was maybe expecting a bit more or perhaps the romance was too easy and fast for me? I don’t know but although I loved the romance angle I still wished for something more to it. But since there is so much happening and romance is just a tiny part, you simply can’t ignore the book


It is a pretty happening book. I think that’s best to define it. At every point something unexpected hits you and the book just keep things churning making it engaging. The ease of language and smoothness of the story flow adds to the fun. In short, I loved it and if you love little spiced up retellings, especially of Jane Eyre then this is perfect.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 5 Star

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