Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1)
Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1) Details

TitleDangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherZephyr
ISBN-139781789543643
Rating
GenreFantasy, LGBT, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1) Review

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Frankenstein meets chaotic disaster gays during the French Revolution? How could I not be intrigued.Full review to come, but this is an really fun novel with lush historical worldbuilding, fully-fleshed characters and relationships, and lots of gays. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows & The Gilded Wolves. [Buddy Read with Imi, Lauren & Moon]I received an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review Frankenstein meets chaotic disaster gays during the French Revolution? How could I not be intrigued.Full review to come, but this is an really fun novel with lush historical worldbuilding, fully-fleshed characters and relationships, and lots of gays. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows & The Gilded Wolves. [Buddy Read with Imi, Lauren & Moon]I received an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t risk you all for their sake. It’s not a trade I’m willing to make. On my blog. Actual rating 4.5Rep: biracial (Black, white) lesbian mc, Black mc, bi mc, gay mcCWs: human experimentation, gore, violenceGalley provided by publisherDangerous Remedy was easily one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, and it does not disappoint. It is an action-packed, found family-filled historical romp that will alternately have you laughing out loud and sobbing into a hankie.The story opens with I couldn’t risk you all for their sake. It’s not a trade I’m willing to make. On my blog. Actual rating 4.5Rep: biracial (Black, white) lesbian mc, Black mc, bi mc, gay mcCWs: human experimentation, gore, violenceGalley provided by publisherDangerous Remedy was easily one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, and it does not disappoint. It is an action-packed, found family-filled historical romp that will alternately have you laughing out loud and sobbing into a hankie.The story opens with a heist: Camille and her crew have been hired to conduct a prison break, only they soon come to realise they have not been told the whole story. What follows is dodging around Paris, trying to find out more, and uncovering dangerous secrets.The book centres on a group of misfits, and they are, obviously, the best aspect of it. It will take you approximately one chapter to fall in love with each and every one of them (I promise you this). And from then on, you will be gripped with fear that something bad will happen to any of them. But it’s a fun kind of fear, you know. The kind of fear you get when you truly love the characters and book.But it’s not just the characters who are great – the plot is a real ride as well. It starts with the prison break, and does not let up from there. You don’t know what’s the truth or who to trust or what’s actually going on with Olympe, so you’re as blind as the characters themselves (which is always the best way to be). And then the end happens and you’re left speechless.If there is one teeny tiny thing I liked less about it, though, it’s that there are a couple of times where it ends a chapter or part on a cliffhanger, and then the next chapter cuts to 20 minutes later when they’ve all escaped. It’s not a bad thing, per se, it’s just that you’ve lost all that tension of will they get out of this one.But, overall, it’s a great start to a series (duology?) and definitely one that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, then leave you wanting more.
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  • No One
    January 1, 1970
    Bloody, brutal and real I honestly don’t see how anyone can not love this book it has everything anyone could want. Historical fiction, rag tag team, humour, badassery, LGBTQ rep, powers and more honestly this book was written for me I swear.The only thing I would change is I would love to of had each chapter for each character to know how they are feeling it’s all very based on CAMILIE AND ADEI would love some chapters of Al and Guil and Olympe to hear about their background and their stories b Bloody, brutal and real I honestly don’t see how anyone can not love this book it has everything anyone could want. Historical fiction, rag tag team, humour, badassery, LGBTQ rep, powers and more honestly this book was written for me I swear.The only thing I would change is I would love to of had each chapter for each character to know how they are feeling it’s all very based on CAMILIE AND ADEI would love some chapters of Al and Guil and Olympe to hear about their background and their stories but I can see why the author avoided that so I appreciate it. (Just give me an Epilogue of each character and good)I also learnt so much of the 1700’s and the French Revolution in this book. I love the little quips like when they talk about how she didn’t believe earth went around the sun and stuff like that it’s so funny. Also them not understanding electricity and it’s just so real and I can feel all the in depth research the author had to go through just for all these little bits and it’s glorious. This is also the first in a long time where I’m genuinely excited and giddy about a book not like just saying it but feeling it in my stomach. I read this over a few days and every time is stopped I was just aching to read more. Every time I was about to open the PDF I had that exciting feeling again about reading this book. THIS IS HOW FRICKEN GOOD THIS BOOK IS Y’ALL AND THIS IS HOW EVERY BOOK SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL. This book felt like a bazillion books in one it was just one thing after another so much adventure so much loss and battle and all of them kept fucking up but somehow getting out of it ugh it was so real and so genuine and I just adore it. Genuinely have no words omgg😭Not many authors can make me love characters so deeply and so quickly and Kat Dunn has don’t it perfectly. My heart will forever love each character and I will probably be thinking about them in a months time hoping that they are okay and if Al is eating well I just want these characters protected at all costs ahhhh.Also that ending what a fricken twist ughhh.Also if anyone compares this to six of crows I will revolt. Just because it has more than 2 characters doesn’t make it the same. It’s unique it’s beautiful and I won’t have anyone ruin this for me😂
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  • Théo M. (bookswiththeo)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsintroduction:I received an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Well, April was not a good month for me in terms of reading. There wasn't much that was grabbing my interest, and I ended up finishing half as many books as March. I was starting to get into a slump, and then I began reading "Dangerous Remedy".summary:Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des 4.5 starsintroduction:I received an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Well, April was not a good month for me in terms of reading. There wasn't much that was grabbing my interest, and I ended up finishing half as many books as March. I was starting to get into a slump, and then I began reading "Dangerous Remedy".summary:Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Morts they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she? In a fast and furious story full of the glamour and excesses, intrigue and deception of these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.review:I don't know how this book isn't being talked about more! A strong, dynamic squad of characters, heists, LGBT and POC rep, and on top of that it is set during the French Revolution!I really liked the characters, they were not overdone, and not caricatures which often happens when a book surrounds a large cast of characters. They were complex in their relationships with one another and quite realistic. I really liked Camille and Ada's difficult friendship and romance, from completely different backgrounds, they were so similar and so different from one another at the same time. I really look forward to how they grow in the next book. I really enjoyed the plot twists and the flaws to their plans, that were really well handled, better than "Six of Crows" which people often try to compare it to. In my opinion, I thought this book was stronger and it doesn't really seem fair that they are compared, because in many ways "Dangerous Remedy" is so completely different from "Six of Crows". I thought the characters were far more realistic. The only parallels you can draw between each of the books, are the "squad" and the heists, that's where the similarities end.I loved learning more about the history of the French Revolution, which is probably one of my favourite historical events that has happened in Europe. So granted, I loved the setting and the historical context this book had. I also really liked the integration of perspectives of people who've come over from the French colonies, I felt like it certainly added to the scope of the narrative. The prose was crisp, but not overly simple. It was accessible, and easy to follow while also having a lovely balance of more flowery language mixed in. It never distracts or takes away from the pacing either, which I have to say was very strong. This story was really well-balanced in many ways, but I have to say I think was most-impressed by the pacing. It was constantly moving forward, even as we had time to sit around with the characters and get to know them better, there was always something happening big or small, there was never really a dull moment. From a debut author, this balance was extraordinarily impressive. The only thing that stops me from giving this a 5-star review, is just that I felt like I wish I had gotten to know some of the other members of the "battalion des morts", or the story's squad, just a bit better. I really wish there had been flashbacks of their childhood and the things that helped developed their characters into who they are when the story begins. I feel that would have made me a bit more connected to the characters. Which isn't to say that I wasn't connected to the characters, I think they all have very good bones. I would just like to see more growth in the next book. I really hope this book ends up getting three or four books, because I really like the direction this book took at the very end. While people compare it "Six of Crows", I would say this book is more "Frankenstein" meets "The Diviners".Overall, a debut novel that exceeded all of my expectations. Kat Dunn is an author to watch.I would like add that "Dangerous Remedy" was due to be out today in print, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately print publication had to be delayed until August, I believe. Today, 7 May 2020, still remains it's book-birthday, as it is being released as an e-book. Please, if you can afford to treat yourself today, please consider purchasing an e-book copy of "Dangerous Remedy". These are difficult times for everyone, and creators and artists are certainly struggling. During this time, debut authors especially are finding it difficult to find a voice. If you do give "Dangerous Remedy" a go, let me know what you thought. I really hope you enjoy it.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Useless gay's in the French Revolution? We have no choice but to stan
  • ila ✨
    January 1, 1970
    [actual rating: 4 stars] i don't often start unfinished series these days, but Dangerous Remedy was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and i just couldn't resist, i had to read it immediately. first of all, this is a good debut; i'm really, really excited about this series and where it's going, and i absolutely can't wait to read book two. i thought about it, and i think that four stars is a fair rating for this one, but book two has five-star potential written all over it, and hop [actual rating: 4 stars] i don't often start unfinished series these days, but Dangerous Remedy was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and i just couldn't resist, i had to read it immediately. first of all, this is a good debut; i'm really, really excited about this series and where it's going, and i absolutely can't wait to read book two. i thought about it, and i think that four stars is a fair rating for this one, but book two has five-star potential written all over it, and hopefully it will meet my expectations. i liked the historical setting (i'm not really an expert, but i think it was well-researched) and the world-building; the language felt very "modern", but not in a bad or annoying way (although it could definitely bother some readers who are picky about these kind of details). i personally don't mind "modernisation" (for lack of a better word) if it's done well and has a purpose. DR is very character-driven, but that doesn't mean that there's no action, not at all. this brings me to my next point: i can see why people are going to compare it to Six of Crows or The Gilded Wolves. i get it, because there are definitely some similarities, but i personally would describe it as Frankenstein meets Peaky Blinders, or maybe even The Diviners. speaking of the plot, i didn't really know what to expect from the blurb, and i was pleasantly surprised: Olympe's storyline is very interesting, and Olympe is a fascinating character, for sure. the members of the Battalion des Mortes were all great, but you could say that some (Camille, Ada, Al) got more "attention" than others (Guil, James) – another reason why i'm excited about book two. i also loved the diversity, the various friendships (especially Ada/Al and Guil/Camille) and the found family trope SO MUCH. if you are hesitant to read this because of the "love triangle" aspect: don't be. it's far from your "typical" YA love triangle (thank god). that said, a few of the plot points were predictable, yes, but i didn't see that final plot twist coming at all, and it blew me away. in conclusion: DR was a really fun read, and this is definitely my favourite kind of YA fantasy (urban fantasy?). highly recommended!
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Remedy is the first instalment in a brand new and stylishly innovative historical fantasy series and Kat Dunn’s debut novel set against the turbulent backdrop of the French Revolution. It's very much a homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel but puts a modern, bang up to date spin on things. It’s 1794 and the Terror of the French Revolution is at its height. Camille and her gang have been hired to rescue a girl from the guillotine. But the job’s not what it seemed - the girl’s no aristocrat, a Dangerous Remedy is the first instalment in a brand new and stylishly innovative historical fantasy series and Kat Dunn’s debut novel set against the turbulent backdrop of the French Revolution. It's very much a homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel but puts a modern, bang up to date spin on things. It’s 1794 and the Terror of the French Revolution is at its height. Camille and her gang have been hired to rescue a girl from the guillotine. But the job’s not what it seemed - the girl’s no aristocrat, and she’s not exactly human either. The Royalists who hired them and the Revolutionaries keeping the girl locked up both demand her back. But who - or what - is the girl? And why is everyone so desperate to get their hands on her? Camille’s pride is hurt - she loathes being tricked. Refusing to hand her over, she sets out to learn the truth. When she does, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to the people she loves, and the revolution itself.This is a deeply impressive, thoroughly entertaining and completely immersive read from the opening pages. The plot flows beautifully and keeps you enthralled with ample twists and turns and sprinkles of magic. We become acquainted with a fearless group of ragtag heroines who are interesting and superbly developed; the group is primarily made up of societies misfits. I simply loved that there was, happily, great LGBT+ representation here, too. The band of the misunderstood is known as The Battalion of the Dead whose mission is to rescue those unfairly persecuted by a brutal and oppressive regime that is all-powerful in Robespierre. This is a wild ride of emotion and surprises. Set in the 1700s I loved the gay relationship that was formed between Camille and Ada because it felt natural and unforced which really made me happy. I literally can't wait for the sequel. Many thanks to Zephyr for an ARC.
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  • NAT.orious reads ☽
    January 1, 1970
    Sooo, I don't mean to brag but...I might know something about this you don't. Sooo, I don't mean to brag but...I might know something about this you don't.
  • Manon the Malicious
    January 1, 1970
    *4.75 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In Revolutionary Paris, Camille, Ada, Al and Guil form the "Battalion des Mortes." They break people out of prison, no matter which side they're on. But, when they break into the Conciergerie to get Olympe, the daughter of an Aristocrat, who they found is not who they expected and their lives get that much more dangerous.That was great. I flew through it, it was captivating. The characters were complex, layered and *4.75 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In Revolutionary Paris, Camille, Ada, Al and Guil form the "Battalion des Mortes." They break people out of prison, no matter which side they're on. But, when they break into the Conciergerie to get Olympe, the daughter of an Aristocrat, who they found is not who they expected and their lives get that much more dangerous.That was great. I flew through it, it was captivating. The characters were complex, layered and all around amazing. The plot was enthralling. A great crew, a great plot, a great romance, just all around great. I can't even begin to talk about the setting too. I live in Paris, I've been to school in Paris and I still learnt things about "La Terreur." Maybe that says more about my history knowledge than anything else but it just rang so true. It was so so good, I don't know what else to say. I cannot wait to read book 2.
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  • Lizzie (Littlehux) Huxley-Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot possibly explain to you how fun this book is. I know, you're gonna ask me how a novel set in the French revolution featuring the threat of the guillotine could be "fun" but the answer, my skeptical friend, is that it's a heist novel. And it's extremely gay.⁠⁠Dangerous Remedy was pitched as disaster bisexuals caught up in weird magical science, a kind of Frankenstein meets Six of Crows. And it's exactly that.⁠⁠On a mission to retrieve a prisoner, Camille, the daughter of a murdered revol I cannot possibly explain to you how fun this book is. I know, you're gonna ask me how a novel set in the French revolution featuring the threat of the guillotine could be "fun" but the answer, my skeptical friend, is that it's a heist novel. And it's extremely gay.⁠⁠Dangerous Remedy was pitched as disaster bisexuals caught up in weird magical science, a kind of Frankenstein meets Six of Crows. And it's exactly that.⁠⁠On a mission to retrieve a prisoner, Camille, the daughter of a murdered revolutionary, discovers there is far more to this prisoner, this young girl, and the job than she was expecting. Caught between the Royalists and the Revolutionaries, Camille and her gang need to decide who gets the girl. Or maybe they can just blow everyone up? ⁠⁠I loved the romance between Camille and Ada, and the struggles the characters go through. Al is going to be the most quoted character in 2020 YA fiction for his constant quips and vulnerability. Ada is obviously my favourite because she's a scientist so she wins. The main cast is predominantly queer and a brilliant cast of sharp toothed castaways.⁠⁠Dangerous Remedy plows along like a steamroller and I never quite knew what was going to happen, but you kind of expect that from a novel that starts with a prison break involving a hot air balloon.⁠⁠Anyway, this extremely fun and intense romp is out on May the 5th in Hardback and you should absolutely pick it up.⁠⁠Thank you kindly to Head of Zeus for sending me an extremely coveted proof. ⁠
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  • Ams
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK
  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    I went back and forth between 3.5 or 4 stars for a while, but decided 4 stars was more fitting, given I TRULY enjoyed this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Dangerous Remedy is a page gripping, chaotic, fantastical young adult historical fiction story focused around a group of four French rebels - The Battalion des Mortes. Camille, Ada, Al and Guil escape death over and over and save everyone they can that is on their way I went back and forth between 3.5 or 4 stars for a while, but decided 4 stars was more fitting, given I TRULY enjoyed this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Dangerous Remedy is a page gripping, chaotic, fantastical young adult historical fiction story focused around a group of four French rebels - The Battalion des Mortes. Camille, Ada, Al and Guil escape death over and over and save everyone they can that is on their way to the guillotine. Their new job includes rescuing a young woman who is in prison and will no doubt be sentenced to death soon. However, this job doesn't end up being what the group signed up for and their world gets turned upside down. In the heart of the French Revolution and its fallout, comes a tale of friendship and courage. Deciding between what is right and wrong is never an easy task, but Camille, Ada, Guil and Al always try their best to draw the line. Dangerous remedy was an incredibly fast read and it drops you right into the action from the start. From the very first page we are pulled in to a world where justice is never achieved and innocent people are condemned all the time. It is easy to place ourselves in the situation of our heroes and the fact that the adventure never stops coming means you are glued to the page the whole time! There are so many twists and turns and revelations in this book that I was pretty much left speechless all throughout. Kat Dunn's writing style makes for an extremely enjoyable read that will have you at the edge of your seat during the whole novel!
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  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé for clear skin
    January 1, 1970
    DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING SINGING THE SONGS ON ANGRY MEN, IT IS THE PE-"Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine"gods, yes.
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  • The Artisan Geek
    January 1, 1970
    28/2/20Thanks Zephyr for gifting me a copy of this book!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website 28/2/20Thanks Zephyr for gifting me a copy of this book!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Dangerous Remedy begins with an explosion. Featuring a group of outcasts, with the majority of them being queer, Dangerous Remedy is a story about found family and standing up for what's right. It is a book that celebrates choice and the power of our own agency. I was immediately hooked within the first chapter because of the action and intrigue - a girl with magical powers? Quickly (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Dangerous Remedy begins with an explosion. Featuring a group of outcasts, with the majority of them being queer, Dangerous Remedy is a story about found family and standing up for what's right. It is a book that celebrates choice and the power of our own agency. I was immediately hooked within the first chapter because of the action and intrigue - a girl with magical powers? Quickly I began to fall in love with the characters - whether it be Al's quirkiness, Ada's clever mind, Guil's strength, or the way Camille must deal with the burden of responsibility - and the rest was history.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Monogamist
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.This is definitely a great debut novel and I recommend it for all the historical fiction fans. It has a big chunk of great queer characters, it was super easy to read and Kat Dunn's description of post French Revolution Paris is absolutely amazing. It has an intriguingly fast paced plot and I liked that it jumps straight into the story from page one.The plot twist at the end was a huge surprise and made me drop my jaw. Howeve I received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.This is definitely a great debut novel and I recommend it for all the historical fiction fans. It has a big chunk of great queer characters, it was super easy to read and Kat Dunn's description of post French Revolution Paris is absolutely amazing. It has an intriguingly fast paced plot and I liked that it jumps straight into the story from page one.The plot twist at the end was a huge surprise and made me drop my jaw. However, it failed to steal my heart and in this world of book series, where I am struggling to keep up with everything, I am afraid that reading the sequel will not be my priority.
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  • Helen Corcoran
    January 1, 1970
    Slightly better review:I was looking forward to Dangerous Remedy—I love historical fiction, and add queer characters and I’m there with practically bells on.I read this over two days, the last few I had left before returning to work in January, and I’m so happy I could give this the breakneck reading pace it deserves. SO MUCH happens in this book, both emotional and in terms of plot.I loved the group of disaster queers trying to do the right thing as best they can in Revolutionary France, but Ad Slightly better review:I was looking forward to Dangerous Remedy—I love historical fiction, and add queer characters and I’m there with practically bells on.I read this over two days, the last few I had left before returning to work in January, and I’m so happy I could give this the breakneck reading pace it deserves. SO MUCH happens in this book, both emotional and in terms of plot.I loved the group of disaster queers trying to do the right thing as best they can in Revolutionary France, but Ada and Al took a special place in my heart; Ada because I simply adored her, from her thirst for knowledge and determination to prove herself, and Al because he’d probably be the person I’d most act like in times of such stress. It was refreshing to see Camille and Ada in a committed, established relationship, and navigating the pitfalls of loving someone in dire circumstances.Kat makes her research and eye for detail look deceptively easy, and I loved her dialogue. There are so many twists and turns in this book, and I immediately demanded the next book when I was finished. If you like historical fiction, queer characters, friendship/found family, a f/f couple you’ll be rooting for, and a breakneck plot recalling The Man in the Iron Mask but with magic: you’ll love this book.*Better review to come, but preorder this now. Revolutionary France, disaster queers, found family, twists at every turn. You’ll love it.
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  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    From author's twitter:"pitched as stranger things in the french revolution, there's an ensemble cast of queer disasters, two girls in love and a bi love triangle. plus strange science, swashbuckling action and a little magic 💀"
  • ♠ TABI ♠
    January 1, 1970
    this looks so wildI want it so much
  • Amy Rush Da Silva
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 * I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first heard of Dangerous Remedy, it was described to me as ‘Six of Crows meets Les Miserables‘ and as I LOVE both of these, I knew it was something I was going to be interested in, and for the most part it was. It had everything you could want, it had heists, LGBTQ+ rep, mysterious magic, history and friendships, and you could honestly find yourself learning a lot from a book like this. It had such a unique e 3.5 * I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first heard of Dangerous Remedy, it was described to me as ‘Six of Crows meets Les Miserables‘ and as I LOVE both of these, I knew it was something I was going to be interested in, and for the most part it was. It had everything you could want, it had heists, LGBTQ+ rep, mysterious magic, history and friendships, and you could honestly find yourself learning a lot from a book like this. It had such a unique edge over many over books written in the YA Historical Genre, and I think this is the main reason why I carried on reading it.I must admit though, that I found the plot very slow to kick in. Yes, you are thrust straight into some action in the first few chapters, but after that you are taken on a journey that gradually picks up towards the last 40% or so of the book. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the story itself, mind you, because I truly did! The characters were all incredibly fleshed out, and although the story is mainly told through the points of view of Camille and Ada, you don’t feel like the other characters are brushed to the side. If I had to choose I would probably say Al was my favourite. His little quips and sayings brought a little bit of comic relief to the story, but also I felt how vulnerable he was and the way he dealt with his issues really did get to me. You could say I just wanted to hug him and not let go. When a character does that to me, you know it’s a great one.Dangerous Remedy, you could say had some of the best diverse rep I’ve seen in historical YA for a long time! You had LGBTQ+ rep, own voices rep and this was really brought to life throughout the story. Camille’s and Ada’s relationship was so realistic, and despite going through some pretty hard times throughout the book, they still never let go of their love for one another. You don’t see many f/f relationships in YA of any genre and seeing this warmed my heart just a little bit. Also, diversity within YA is so solely needed right now, so I applaud Dunn for featuring so much of it within Dangerous Remedy.Now, The French Revolution and 1700’s is an area of history that I know little about, and I must say I learnt a lot about it just by reading this book. I found out things that I couldn’t believe like how people didn’t think the world revolved around the sun or how they didn’t understand electricity. It seems strange to think about really. Also, hearing about how the guillotine was used was, if I may say so, pretty frightening, but it’s also a part of history. Yet again, I salute Dunn for doing, what must have been a lot of interesting research.Dangerous Remedy, despite starting off slow for me, ending up being an exciting, thrilling read that had me hooked overall. The diversity and astounding character building really brought out it’s uniqueness, and after that ending I am desperate to read the sequel!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly I want to say thank you to Zaffre books for sending me an ARC of Dangerous Remedies, I am so grateful for the opportunity. Now, I have to admit I have no knowledge of the French Revolution. So embarrassing. When I first starting reading Dangerous Remedies, I realised something was missing in my understanding and therefore had to pause and google the French Revolution. I am by no means a historian, or smart by any stretch of the imagination. A short explanation of the French Revolution wa Firstly I want to say thank you to Zaffre books for sending me an ARC of Dangerous Remedies, I am so grateful for the opportunity. Now, I have to admit I have no knowledge of the French Revolution. So embarrassing. When I first starting reading Dangerous Remedies, I realised something was missing in my understanding and therefore had to pause and google the French Revolution. I am by no means a historian, or smart by any stretch of the imagination. A short explanation of the French Revolution was all I needed to get me started, so please don't let that put you off. I really liked the writing style of this book. Whilst some of it was fairly heavy at the start with the world-building I found that it was a really easy read. The writing flowed to the point where I literally flew through it. Whilst Dangerous Remedies is not written in verse, the writing felt poetic to me, all the words on each and every page fit perfectly together. I really love a book that I can immerse myself into, and read at a pace that I desire (normally super quickly). The characters in this book really made it for me. They were wonderful. Im not sure I can pick a favourite character, I loved all the different characters for many different reasons, all unique to the other. I did really like each of their development and how throughout the book you were fed bits of information so you built a gradual relationship with them. The characters in particular really did give off a Six of Crows vibe and I'm all there for that!I am really intrigued by the ending. I am so interested to go on another journey with these characters in order to get to know them even better. I cant wait to see what happens next and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. I recommend that you pick this book up if you haven't already. 
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  • My Yorkshire Litmosphere
    January 1, 1970
    Heists, squad goals, LGBTQ+ representation, mysterious magic...everything you need for an awesome story! And yet I wasn’t taken by it 😔The world that Dunn has created is really impressive! And I loved it - I am loving anything French Revolution based 😍There is so much backstory to learn about, all super interesting stuff but it gets dropped in every now and then and honestly, I did feel overwhelmed by it! It made for a very complex narrative when in fact it was a fairly simple storyline. Does th Heists, squad goals, LGBTQ+ representation, mysterious magic...everything you need for an awesome story! And yet I wasn’t taken by it 😔The world that Dunn has created is really impressive! And I loved it - I am loving anything French Revolution based 😍There is so much backstory to learn about, all super interesting stuff but it gets dropped in every now and then and honestly, I did feel overwhelmed by it! It made for a very complex narrative when in fact it was a fairly simple storyline. Does that make sense? The other problem is that it was just so slow to start!I enjoyed the characters and all the squad goals that came with it but I just didn’t feel like I could bond with them. Camille has a attitude which basically says “I’m in charge deal with it” and Ada very much just does things to keep Camille happy. I can’t say much else about Guil, Al or Olympe as I don’t feel like we got to know much about their backstory to be able to make that decision. I do think the boys were my favourites though - You can tell Al desperately wants to be a part of the team but feels like the outsider and Guil literally will follow their leader to the death if needs be to make everyone happy. Truly honourable!But don’t listen to me, after all this is just my review and I’m sure I’ve just read this on the wrong day and in the wrong mood. After all Battalion of the Dead is like the best squad name ever!
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  • Emmie Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god this book was brilliant. This book was everything I wanted and more with a ragtag group of people trying to do the right thing in the middle of the French Revolution. Whilst I don't always find myself picking up historical fiction, I knew I needed to read this book by the synopsis. Add in LGBTQ representation, magical powers and bad ass characters I found myself quickly becoming hooked on this story that Kat Dunn has created. I found myself adoring Camille and Ada who are both such str Oh my god this book was brilliant. This book was everything I wanted and more with a ragtag group of people trying to do the right thing in the middle of the French Revolution. Whilst I don't always find myself picking up historical fiction, I knew I needed to read this book by the synopsis. Add in LGBTQ representation, magical powers and bad ass characters I found myself quickly becoming hooked on this story that Kat Dunn has created. I found myself adoring Camille and Ada who are both such strong willed and smart characters. They've both given up so much and I just want to hold them ahah! I think the uniqueness of the main group really makes this book and lets be honest I am a sucker for a mis-matched group of individuals working together to save the day.My only qualm with this book is that I guessed a few plot points quite early on which meant that when they came into play I wasn't as suprised as I should have/wanted to have been. Otherwise this was a beautifully written and captivating book. Kat Dunn has done a fantastic job with the world-building and character development in this book and I cannot wait to see how the story will continue in the next book in the series.Thank you to Zephyr for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Be sure to order the eBook version of this book on the 07th May!!!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    This YA historical fiction, alternate history, fantasy, sci-fi novel - hard to put down a genre for it, so many possibilities - was a book I was really looking forward to. The pitch "Six of Crows meets Les Miserable" and the setting "French Revolution Paris" made for a change. Add a cast of LGBTQ+ characters. Alas, what I read was a book that didn't meet with my expectations. The characters weren't really fleshed out; I'd have liked more backstory to... everything. The diversity of the character This YA historical fiction, alternate history, fantasy, sci-fi novel - hard to put down a genre for it, so many possibilities - was a book I was really looking forward to. The pitch "Six of Crows meets Les Miserable" and the setting "French Revolution Paris" made for a change. Add a cast of LGBTQ+ characters. Alas, what I read was a book that didn't meet with my expectations. The characters weren't really fleshed out; I'd have liked more backstory to... everything. The diversity of the characters was painted in bold letters across the first few chapters. It felt overdone. Some of the historical information presented was, to my knowledge, inaccurate or bordering on unbelievably far fetched; the science too. The ideas presented made my head hurt with questions about them. I kept rolling my eyes at the inevitable love triangle trope. I'm sure lots of people will like this book very much. I wanted to like it, just couldn't.
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  • Nigethan
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at The Bookbag :) Part of the wonder of reading Dangerous Remedy was seeing the end product of what was just a nascent idea when Katherine pitched it to me way back when we first met in the queue to YALC, almost 4 years ago. A pipe dream that she turned into a reality. But even without that history, there was no way I'd have been able to put the book down after the first fifty pages manage to cram in a hot air balloon, multiple explosions and almost being drowned to death as part of Full review at The Bookbag :) Part of the wonder of reading Dangerous Remedy was seeing the end product of what was just a nascent idea when Katherine pitched it to me way back when we first met in the queue to YALC, almost 4 years ago. A pipe dream that she turned into a reality. But even without that history, there was no way I'd have been able to put the book down after the first fifty pages manage to cram in a hot air balloon, multiple explosions and almost being drowned to death as part of a thrilling prison-break. And from the moment we meet Olympe, found ominously sewn into her clothing with a locked metal cage around her head, there's an alluring magical science vibe that only had me more hooked. Despite going in with an embarrassingly bare-bones knowledge of the French Revolution, I found myself quickly absorbed in the fascinatingly messy set-up of libertarian idealism gone wrong. The writing is lavish and richly evocative of a restless country, teetering between exultation and protest.Wonderfully diverse and effortlessly memorable, the characters of the battalion are the heart of the story. There's a gorgeous queer romance at the centre of it, but that's just one of a variety of brilliantly rendered relationships within the team, all brought to life by the consistently entertaining dialogue. And the vulnerability of the characters only made me fall for them even more. The aura of the battalion is constantly weighed down by a sense of doubt about whether they're doing the right thing. They aren't blessed with incredible physical strength or acrobatics or easy to wield powers. Instead, it's the resourcefulness and teamwork, the willingness to act in the face of injustice, that makes their heists possible despite the odds.At a time when the power of stories to transport us beyond our homes has never been so important, Dangerous Remedy was a wonderfully entertaining bit of escapism. The comparisons to Six of Crows are well deserved, but I think this stands just as easily on its own two feet as a series to get plenty excited about over the next few years! Bring on Book 2!
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  • Arlette Krijgsman
    January 1, 1970
    This came with my Illumicrate and the embossed cover is AMAZING. Also LGBTQ+ rep? Hot air balloons? The French Revolution? Sign me upppppp.
  • rose
    January 1, 1970
    i’m getting not only les misérables vibes from this but scarlet pimpernel vibes as well. i want.
  • J. Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 That went quick, I guess because it was that enjoyable. I still wished the characters were fleshed out a little more, like I care but not as much as I would like but their bond was top notch. Al is of course my fave, he's such a bloody disaster I dig.
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  • Morgan | Mashleas Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Remedy sounded like a fantastic historical-based fantasy that would be a very enjoyable read, but unfortunately for me it fell short of expectations. I finished the book but would not say I enjoyed it. It was a so-so read for me. I can't really write much in my review because I don't really have feelings either way about the book. It wasn't that it was boring, but it did not capture my attention at all. I felt kind of meh about it. Overall the book felt a little superficial. I could no Dangerous Remedy sounded like a fantastic historical-based fantasy that would be a very enjoyable read, but unfortunately for me it fell short of expectations. I finished the book but would not say I enjoyed it. It was a so-so read for me. I can't really write much in my review because I don't really have feelings either way about the book. It wasn't that it was boring, but it did not capture my attention at all. I felt kind of meh about it. Overall the book felt a little superficial. I could not connect with any of the characters as they were not explored in depth. The world building was not completely fleshed out and the plot moved at a very fast pace. I often found myself asking why things were happening or why were they important. It felt disjointed and poorly explained. The plot didn't make a lot of sense and the characters weren't likeable. Sad to say I would not recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy. All opinions are my own and do not represent the author or the publisher, simply the book itself.
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5This is a very accessible and engaging historical fantasy. The book starts in the middle of the action, which is always a sure way to draw the reader in, and I had a lot of fun reading it. That said, I did miss some depth and development at times. I would have liked to see more of the historical context developed, as well as more character development. As is, the book relied quite heavily on the sequence of events, and I think those would have felt more pressing had the rest of Actual rating: 3.5This is a very accessible and engaging historical fantasy. The book starts in the middle of the action, which is always a sure way to draw the reader in, and I had a lot of fun reading it. That said, I did miss some depth and development at times. I would have liked to see more of the historical context developed, as well as more character development. As is, the book relied quite heavily on the sequence of events, and I think those would have felt more pressing had the rest of the book, like the setting and the characters, been more developed.
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