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Half a Soul (Regency Faerie Tales, #1)
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Half a Soul (Regency Faerie Tales, #1) (2020)

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"Whimsical, witty, and brimming over with charm" (India Holton), Olivia Atwater's delightful debut will transport you to a magical version of Regency England, where the only thing more meddlesome than a fairy is a marriage-minded mother! It's difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you're a young lady with only half a soul. Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment--an unfortunate condition that leaves her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season--but when Elias Wilder, the strange, handsome, and utterly ill-mannered Lord Sorcier, discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into peculiar and dangerous faerie affairs. If her reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all high society, then she and her family may yet reclaim their normal place in the world. But the longer Dora spends with Elias, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love even with only half a soul.  Praise for Half a Soul "Whimsical but never frivolous, sweet but not sugary. I loved it." --Alix E. Harrow "Delightful. Half a Soul is the definition of a comfort read." --Hannah Whitten "I wolfed this down with great pleasure." --KJ Charles "This winsome, whimsical fantasy romance sweeps you off your feet." --Megan Bannen "Smart and subversive, Half a Soul will ignite your heart--and your hope." --Shelley Parker-Chan "A perfect historical fantasy romance: warm, sparkling with magic, dangerous, and delightful." --Tasha Suri  … (més)
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Títol:Half a Soul (Regency Faerie Tales, #1)
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Half a Soul de Olivia Atwater (2020)

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Maybe it's because I read outlander and just finished The Invisible Life of Addie ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
Enjoyable, escapist comfort reading. Unusual plot combination: magical realism (fairy personae involvement) with a regency era setting. Main protagonists (Dora, cousin Vanessa, Albert, and Elias) from the British aristocracy. Aside from Vanessa, the other MCs have a keen sense of social justice, which was a pleasant development, if not very accurate for the period.

The narrative had generally good pacing, switching between scenarios smoothly when the characters are at fancy balls, stately homes, or coping with illnesses in charitable service at the dreadful workhouses. What felt off from time to time were two dominant aspects: Dora's behaviour as a less emotional, bland 'half soul' character who then evinces rage at the workhouse conditions or seems delightedly happy dancing with Elias; secondly, the author did not show much familiarity with regency manners, or use the vernacular of the day. As a result the conversations were too modern and Dora too liberated to be acceptable in her social circle.

I did enjoy the novel despite my niggles and overlooked the inconsistencies to rate it as a 4-star read. I'm hoping the next book is tightened up and that Atwater finds a good editor. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jan 24, 2024 |
Ever since a childhood encounter with a fae lord, Dora has been not quite right. She doesn't seem to feel happiness, or other strong emotions, the same way that other people do, and she has a hard time with social cues. When she travels to London with her aunt and beloved cousin for the Season, she knows that their goal is to find her cousin a good match. What she doesn't know is that her cousin is determined to find a way to introduce her to the Lord Sorcier, and hopefully get him interested in finding a cure for Dora. When Dora does meet the Lord Sorcier, though, many unexpected things happen...

I do love a good fantasy of manners every once in a while, and this is a delightful example of the genre. I thought the characterization was particularly well done, and the author did a good job of handling what I suspected was going to be a tricky issue at the end of the book. After getting to know and love Dora in her half-souled state, I wasn't convinced that she needed to be cured, especially since the Lord Sorcier fell in love with her as she was. Some of her mannerisms come across as neurodivergent, and I can see readers who identify with Dora being upset if she were to become "normal" at the end of the book. I thought that the way the story resolved was the best option for all concerned. For readers who enjoy a Regency romance mixed with magic, this is catnip. ( )
  foggidawn | Dec 11, 2023 |
Regency fantasy romance in which the main character, Dora, had half her soul stolen by a faerie as a child and as a result never quite behaves as a proper young lady should. While Dora has no illusions that she'll ever be able to attract a husband, she cares greatly for her cousin, and so agrees to go accompany her to London for the season. What Dora doesn't immediately realize is that her cousin has plans to introduce Dora to the Lord Sorcier in the hopes that he'll be able to help Dora recover what the faerie stole. As Dora and the Lord Sorcier work together to solve her problem and a larger magical plague that is hitting the children of the workhouses, neither of them anticipate they might also find love.

I picked up this BB around LT early this year but I can't remember from whom, so whoever you are, thank you! A perfect read for lovers of Jane Austen and fantasy (there's a bit of a Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell vibe, in particular), which definitely includes me. The romance is sweet and gentle, the fantasy world fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed that Atwater explored aspects of the Regency era that don't typically crop up in novels set in the period. Enjoyed it so much, I immediately placed a hold on the second in the series. ( )
  MickyFine | Dec 6, 2023 |
Actual rating: 4.5/5

Half a Soul was the comfort read I didn't know I needed. Reading this book was absolutely delightful and I enjoyed every moment of it, finding myself wanting to pick it up multiple times during the day and reading well into the night. And as the last page turned, that warm and fuzzy feeling lingered for quite a while.

The Regency atmosphere of London ball season suited this very well, and I loved seeing it through the eyes of our main character, Dora. Following a meeting with a faerie lord as a child, Dora lost half her soul and with it the ability to experience feelings. I found Dora to be really endearing as a character, and I loved that she tried to adapt to various situations by emulating other people's reactions and feelings while slowly realising that maybe not all her feelings were compromised. I also really enjoyed her arc, and especially her move from a painful, excluding "otherness" to a more wholesome and peaceful uniqueness and self-acceptance, surrounding herself with people who love, care for and respect her.

This is a Regency faerie tale romance, and so I would be remiss if I didn't mention the romance part fairly early on in this post. I LOVED it. Elias and Dora gave me definite Pride and Prejudice vibes, especially in the beginning, and their banter was always witty and absolutely spot on. The build-up in their relationship was beautifully set up, and there were a couple of scenes that had me literally squealing in joy. I also really enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters and some of the side characters, and the fierceness of their love for one another as friends/family members even while calling each other out on problematic behaviour.

One element of this book I particularly enjoyed was the mystery surrounding the inexplicable sleeping plague hitting children in various London workhouses. Although the solution to this was, in the end, maybe a tad too simplistic, I really enjoyed how this was used as a way to introduce some (sadly) still current themes. Characters shared some deep reflections on socio-economic inequality and privilege which I really appreciated.

"There is such a thing as evil in this world," Elias told her quietly. "It does not help to look away from it. It does not even help necessarily to look at it. [...] But sometimes, when you cannot force the world to come to its senses, you must settle only for wiping away some of the small evils in front of you."

Quote taken from the e-arc version, might be different in the final version.

The class critique was maybe used a little conveniently at times, and certainly lacked some depth upon closer scrutiny, but it worked well in the context of a feel-good romance fantasy novel. The same goes for the more satirical/farcical episodes in the latter part of the book: I had a nice giggle out of them (which I greatly needed), but don't go in expecting a treatise on equality and virtue.

Similarly, most of the characters lack depth and it is entirely possible that several plot points would not really hold up on a focused re-read, but I had such a great time with this book that this time I'm going to rate it (almost) entirely based on the way it made me feel rather than on a logical, rational analysis.

Highly recommended to anyone looking for an easy, fluffy, romantic read - especially if you ever thought you'd like Bridgerton to have magic!


I received an e-arc of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way. ( )
  bookforthought | Nov 7, 2023 |
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"Whimsical, witty, and brimming over with charm" (India Holton), Olivia Atwater's delightful debut will transport you to a magical version of Regency England, where the only thing more meddlesome than a fairy is a marriage-minded mother! It's difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you're a young lady with only half a soul. Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment--an unfortunate condition that leaves her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season--but when Elias Wilder, the strange, handsome, and utterly ill-mannered Lord Sorcier, discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into peculiar and dangerous faerie affairs. If her reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all high society, then she and her family may yet reclaim their normal place in the world. But the longer Dora spends with Elias, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love even with only half a soul.  Praise for Half a Soul "Whimsical but never frivolous, sweet but not sugary. I loved it." --Alix E. Harrow "Delightful. Half a Soul is the definition of a comfort read." --Hannah Whitten "I wolfed this down with great pleasure." --KJ Charles "This winsome, whimsical fantasy romance sweeps you off your feet." --Megan Bannen "Smart and subversive, Half a Soul will ignite your heart--and your hope." --Shelley Parker-Chan "A perfect historical fantasy romance: warm, sparkling with magic, dangerous, and delightful." --Tasha Suri  

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