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ARC Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (5⭐)

Book Information

Title: Where Dreams Descend
Author: Janella Angeles
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

I received a digital ARC copy from Wednesday Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I also received a physical ARC from a Goodreads giveaway.

Book Summary

From Goodreads

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Book Review


This was a truly magical read. Having hints of Caraval and The Night Circus, you’ll feel at home before you even begin. Angeles keeps us on the edge of our seats the entire ride, raising the stakes higher and higher until she pushes us over the edge. Being left with more questions han answers at the end with the crippling cliffhanger, I cannot wait for the sequel.

“Mirrors are those rare creates that straddle the lines between mind, magic, and reality.”

Sometimes the magic of a book can fall short at the, well, magic. Writing a unique magical history and use of magic can be challenging, especially with the massive number of books being written about it. But Angeles manages to make this book invigorating and unique. Magic has it’s own laws here, laws I sometimes doubt the main characters know, creating a juicy tension. The entire book I felt the magic, its pulse. I can’t wait for more.

“There was no denying that Kallia was beautiful. Much like a vipeer, and she’d accuse him with all the venom of one, too.”

Kallia was a rich and detailed main character. She had desires and struggles, both of which were poked and prodded at at every turn. Kallia, the main character, wasn’t the only character to have such depth. Every character in Where Dreams Descend has a voice, motive, and a past. I was delighted to meet each one and discover their secrets, and there is much left to learn in future books.

Preorder Incentive and Blog Tour

Be sure to check out the preorder incentive! Send your receipt to the link below for an exclusive art print!

Wednesday Books has asked me to participate in the Blog Tour in August. (Thank you for that!) I’ll be giving a Q&A with the author. Follow Wednesday Books on social media to hear updates on other stops along the tour, which will include more Q&As, reviews, and more!

Comment down below how excited you are for this book!!! I know I am 🙂

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