The Brilliant Death – Amy Rose Capetta

The Brilliant Death (The Brilliant Death, #1)The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Viking
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Fantasy, Magic, Family Relations


Normally, when I read a book, the more I read, the more I understand. In this case, the more I read, the less I saw the point of this story. The beginning sounded exciting: a mafia daughter with hidden abilities has an important mission to accomplish and is helped by another power-wielding boy/girl who she falls for.

But I didn’t care about any of the secondary characters. Even the villain wasn’t really a villain and not very surprising. Cielo, the person Teo falls for, who can change between boy and girl, was quite elusive, so much that I lost interest in her after a while. And I didn’t understand why his/her pronoun wasn’t ‘‘them.’’ I didn’t understand his/her character very well to be honest.

It’s a shame because I thought this author’s ECHO AFTER ECHO was fantastic and original. The more I think about it, the more I want to re-read it. But this was… messy and weird. The magic had little to no back-story. The thing about the brilliant death was… er… odd. But above everything, I just didn’t care about the plot anymore after the halfway point and didn’t bother finishing the last 100 pages. Teo was fine, and so was the writing, but everything else wasn’t worth reading about.


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