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This book was even better than I expected, and I know from Olivie Blake's back catalogue that I can expect a lot and she will deliver! Masha can step on my neck any time. The way the author builds this world makes it feel very rich, almost real. A wonderful, bittersweet love story.
Olivie Blake's nailed it again. If you're looking for an intriguing story that will definitely break your heart multiple times while also throwing some great writing (and magic! the magic is excellent) at you then definitely buy this book.
I loved every part of this book: There are a lot of wonderful characters to fall in love with, powerful, ass-kicking women, a gloomy magical mood, suspense and many unawaited turns and plottwists. I got so invested into the characters and Olivie`s world that it was hard to put `one for my enemy` down. And as always the book is beautifully written; Olivie really is a master of words. Would definetely recommend!!
It's been a while since I've felt so captivated by a book. I could feel this deep connection with every single character and the plot is so imaginative. Blake certainly knows how to craft beautiful worlds and lives. "One For My Enemy" was amazing from beginning to end! I've thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I would like to recommend this book to anyone that loves Urban Fantasy as much as I do.
This story is about two families: legacy, loyalty, and sacrifice. The urban fantasy setting, where they run their criminal enterprises, is really well-done. The characters are wonderfully realized and fully captivating. The heads of the two feuding families slowly realize what they have done by creating their legacies. Their heirs are certainly their parents' children, but so much more. The characters all have different motivations and ambitions and loyalties, and it's fascinating to see how these ties interact.
Sasha and Lev meet and form a connection - with banter and a lot of sass - before realizing who their families are to each other. The consider their options and make all their choices with open eyes. However, their families make choices too. I found it satisfying that no one was left without facing the consequences of what they'd done. Especially Koschei and Baba Yaga. Marya and Dmitri were asked to give each other up, and it takes years and most of this book for their parents to understand what was lost. Members of these families spend a lot of time hurting each other, but Dmitri and (especially) Marya are forces to be reckoned with. Which is absolutely not to say that they don't cause pain themselves.
The bonds between the families are so touching. Each characters is unique and their relationships feel so real. Sacrifices are made, loyalties are tested, and a couple friends are found in surprising places. This book is wonderful and moving, and you should read it.
When I first read snippets and ideas from this book that Olivie shared on her blog, I was already intrigued. To say that I was excited for this book is an understatement? I was so happy when I finally got it and the wait was totally worth it!
One of the things I love about this book is how masterful Olivie is in crafting the sibling dynamics between the Antonova Sisters and the Federov Brothers. I have no idea if she herself has siblings but as for myself, I have a bunch of younger ones and lemme tell ya... That scene with Sasha’s sisters barging into her room? I felt that. As I read the story, I felt like I was going through the same emotions as they were and it made me wonder if I would react the same way.
I absolutely adore Marya Antonova. She has a special place in my heart now. Her loyalty to her family, even until the very end left such a huge impression on me. Her eldest sister vibes really resonated with me cause I’m the eldest in my family as well. Also, her fondness and overprotectiveness towards Sasha and wanting to give her and Lev what she and Dima never got just really hit home for me. I can only wish I’d be half as strong as her if my family ever finds itself in some dire situation that will require Sacrifices™️.
I don’t know it it’s just me but the way Olivie wrote this book is so poetic? I was swooning all over certain passages and I had to pause and re-read them because of how beautiful they were??? She’s so talented in making you care about these characters and getting you invested in their story. I truly didn’t know what would happen until the very end. The way she wove their stories together and the dialogue, my goodness, the dialogue- it was absolutely perfect. If Shakespeare was alive and got to read this, he’d be flattered at the homage to Romeo and Juliet tbh.
So if you enjoyed reading Lovely Tangled Vices, you should give this a chance. Actually, if you love reading any of Olivie’s works or if you’re encountering her for the first time, you should definitely get this book.
I've been a fan of Olivie's for a long time, and she absolutely nailed it with this book! I read the whole thing in a single day because it was just impossible to look away from the well-paced plot, unique setting, and fantastic characterization.
One of my favorite parts of this novel was the depiction of the family dynamics within both the Fedorovs and the Antonovas. I thought that the relationships between Marya Antonova and her sisters were especially well-written and that Marya's character as a whole was heartbreakingly real. As the oldest in my family, I really understood Marya's desire to protect her sisters at all costs, even that of her own happiness. I particularly loved the bond between Marya and Sasha, especially the way that she tried to give Sasha everything she couldn't have herself. Overall, the characters in this story are so well-written that I empathized with all of them at some point in the story, even the apparent villain.
I loved how the author combined traditional Russian folklore with magic in a modern-day NYC to create a truly enthralling setting. The world-building in this story is simply magnificent. The magic was described in such a way that always kept me guessing as to what would happen next, and I was truly surprised by several of the plot events. The author sets the story up for the reader to discover some things before the characters, and it creates the best emotional resolution when the characters finally figure things out. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about big families, urban fantasy with a dash of the paranormal, ill-advised romances, and criminal dynasties.
I'll definitely be reading the rest of her published works now!