Fake dating my beloved
I went into this book expecting a lot, because fake dating is one of my favorite tropes, and I wasn't disappointed. That trope set in a fantasy world with a mystery and a romance at its core sounded like the perfect book to me. I wouldn't call "Garden of the Cursed" perfect, but the elements I loved I REALLY loved. That being...
My favorite part of this book is the relationship between Marlow and Adrius, which unsurprisingly starts out antagonistic but develops as time goes on. I liked them both as "unlikable" sorts of characters, and enjoyed their back and forth so much.
I felt like the world building was a little lacking though, and the setting didn't have much about it that was all that original or intriguing. The magic/curse system is definitely one of the more interesting aspects of the story, but there's a lot I hope is fleshed out and explored in book 2. That being said, I'm looking forward to the sequel! I had a great time with book 1.