A review by mousereads
Bloody Spade, by Brittany M. Willows

5.0

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Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bloody Spade was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. When someone says a book embodies anime aspects, it’s hard to know just what they mean by that. However, this book really does encompass that experience. You have magical girl-esque transformation scenes, card game-based magic, and a fantastical world. Willows did a fantastic job with world-building within this environment.
Iori and Ellen are incredibly lovable. On the other hand, her brother Alexander frustrated me to no end. While I am thankful he developed as a character, he is the reason that this review loses a half star from me. His protectiveness of Ellen bordered on toxic and unhealthy, and I didn’t love that. Iori has notable PTSD, and Willows wrote this well. It was interesting to read about this in a fantasy aspect, especially when so often this goes disregarded.
Overall, this is an exciting new series that I can’t wait to read more of.

My full review will be posted on my blog on September 13th, 2021!