A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith: Book Review

A Darkly Beating Heart

Title: A Darkly Beating Heart

Author: Lindsay Smith

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillian)

My Rating: 2.25/5 stars

Format: ARC

From the back of the book:

“A TROUBLED GIRL CONFRONTS HER PERSONAL DEMONS IN THIS TIME TRAVEL THRILLER ALTERNATING BETWEEN PRESENT DAY AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAPAN.”

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: Book Review

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Title: Daughter of the Forest

Author: Juliet Marillier

Series: Sevenwaters

Publisher: Tor Books

My Rating: 5/5 stars

**Sidenote: This is actually the first review I ever wrote, but I somehow forgot to post it on my other shared blog, so it seems only fitting that it be my first on here. It’s rare that I give out five-star ratings anymore, as it is only my absolute favorites that get full stars, but this rating still stands. 🙂


Daughter of the Forest is the first of six in Juliet Marillier’s historical fantasy series Sevenwaters. With a Celtic medieval setting, this first installment is based on both the German fairy tale “The Six Swans” and the Irish “Children of Lir” legend.

If you are familiar with those tales, you have an idea of where the story is going. It involves, of course, an evil stepmother, a wicked curse, a charming love interest, and an impossible task that must be completed. Okay, maybe you just need basic knowledge of how fairy tales work.

“You will find the way, daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.”

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