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Life is hard when so much of yours is surrounded by death. BELLADONNA tells the story of orphaned Signa, passed from one family member to the next after each one mysteriously dies. Shy of her 20th birthday, Signa is moves to be with her last relatives alive, the Hawthorne's. Death is no stranger to this home, as Signa soon finds that her cousin Lillian has died from a mysterious disease, one that is also about to claim her daughter. With the help of an elusive stable hand and Death itself, Signa won't stop until she can figure out what is killing her family, or who. Adalyn Grace blends a Victorian setting with a sinister touch while also weaving in a forbidden love story. The twists this story takes will keep you wanting for more!
“Let me introduce you to your newest obsession: a girl who can’t die teams up with Death to solve a murder mystery. I loved everything — the romance, the dash of fantasy, and the twisting turns as dark and mysterious as the halls of Thorn Grove.”
— Bridey Morris, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace brings to life a highly romantic, Gothic-infused world of wealth, desire, and betrayal.
Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.
However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.
About the Author
Adalyn Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named "2020's biggest YA fantasy" by Entertainment Weekly, and the sequel, All the Tides of Fate. Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation's popular series The Legend of Korra. Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her nonwriting days watching too much anime and playing video games with her two dorky dogs. She invites you to visit her on Instagram @authoradalyngrace or her website, AdalynGraceAuthor.com.
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
An IndieBound Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book of September
A Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Selection
A Kids Indie Next List Pick
“A deliciously deadly gothic romance. Full of poisonous deeds, spectacular secrets, and dark mysteries. Belladonna is a hauntingly atmospheric read, with an absolutely fantastic ending that will leave readers begging for more.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Broken Heart
“Decadently atmospheric. This gothic romance is filled with desire, betrayal, and of course, Death.”—Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kingdom of the Wicked series
“Darkly twisted and deliciously gothic, Belladonna is the kind of wicked fairy tale I've loved for most of my life. Grace's world is vivid and sexy. The romance and the relationships are pitch perfect, and I fully expect readers to fall headfirst into Signa's morally complex world, just as I did."—Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn and Flame in the Mist
“In Belladonna, Adalyn Grace has crafted a darkly romantic tale that will sweep readers away. This decadent world and forbidden love story are a perfect, addicting escape.”—Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Fable
“Belladonna effortlessly weaves mystery, magic, and romance together into a gothic-infused masterpiece sure to become YA’s new obsession. Every page drips with atmosphere and will leave readers wishing that they, too, could roam the halls of haunted Thorn Grove. Utterly original and completely addictive, Belladonna is a fantasy to die for.”—Rachel Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches
“Adalyn Grace spins a gothic tale immersing the reader in a world of secrets, curses, mystery, romance, and Death! She takes us on a journey with Signa that has you sighing from rich details, gasping from exciting twists and turns, and swooning from romance. This book is a true pleasure to read from beginning to end…and it all begins ‘with the cry of a baby."—Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of From Blood & Ash
“Delicious and haunting, Belladonna is the type of story that sinks its teeth into your soul. With addictive, atmospheric prose and an absolutely spellbinding mix of mystery and romance, this is YA fantasy at its finest. It’s dark, it’s sexy. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”—Jessica Olson, author of A Forgery of Roses
“A darkly gothic tale that is equal parts sensuous and sinister, Belladonna breathes new life into YA paranormal romance. Readers are sure to want more of Signa’s tantalizing dance with Death.”—Astrid Scholte, author of Four Dead Queens
“With exquisite pacing, luscious details, and impeccable prose, Grace’s latest is a standout.”—Buzzfeed
"The Gothic novel of your 'Bridgerton' and 'Jane Eyre' dreams.”—Teen Vogue
"Signa’s burgeoning attraction to both Death and Sylas lends heady romance to the ethereal read."—Publishers Weekly
"Belladonna is the gripping story full of wealth, desire, and betrayal that will sweep readers up in its haunting tale from the very beginning!"—B&N Reads
“This highly imaginative and excitingly original premise is supported by lush evocative writing, magical world-building and a gripping, well-crafted storyline. Meshing multiple genres with ease, Belladonna will enchant readers who enjoy romantic fantasy, gothic vibes and murder mysteries. An addictive and atmospheric dark upper YA novel, this is fair warning to you all not to start reading late at night unless you want to be up past dawn turning the last page!”—The Nerd Daily
“With Adalyn Grace’s trademark atmospheric writing, the irresistible romance we came to love in her previous book and a glimmer of Hades mythology, this might be one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.”—The Young Folks
“In the 19th century, a young woman who can’t seem to die falls in love with her lifelong protector—death himself—as they work together to solve a murder. I don’t see how you could need anything more than the previous sentence to want to read this book.”—Literary Hub
"Alluring.... suspenseful.... Put into the hands of readers looking for a dark fantasy with a hint of mysterious intrigue."—School Library Journal
"An immersive, romantic atmosphere with dangerous secrets about inherited wealth, death, love, and danger embedded in every page."—Booklist
“Full of ghosts, poisons & house parties, Belladonna is a gothic, romantic mystery with Death as a major player. It's everything I needed it to be—now if only I didn't have to wait forever for the next book.”—Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)
“I loved everything about this book! Wonderful characters, a new take on the concept of Death as a sentient being, great writing, and a slow-burn romance. I think this would make a perfect autumn read!”—Arts & Letters Bookstore (Granbury, TX)