The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

Disclaimer: I received this book from Swoon Reads and Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book Series: Standalone


Rating: 1.5/5


Publication Date: April 16, 2019


Genre: Mystery Romance


Recommended Age: 15+ (lots of dialogue and a murder)


Publisher: Swoon Reads


Pages: 352


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Synopsis: 1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn’t think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family’s manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.

Beth, as she takes to calling herself, is an enigma even to herself. She has the rough hands of a servant, but the bearing and apparent education of a lady. Her only clue to her identity is a gruesome recurring nightmare about a hummingbird dripping blood from its steel beak.

With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind her identity and the sinister circumstances that brought her to their door. But the dangerous secrets they discover in doing so could have deadly ramifications reaching the highest tiers of London society.


Review: I felt that the characters in this book were really interesting and the premise behind the book was interesting.


However, that was all I found interesting about the book. The book was really flat. It was a struggle to read the book and the plot wasn’t there. There was a mystery here and while it was interesting in theory, it felt like there was never anything done to it. The whole book felt like there was nothing done to it. There’s zero action in this book and I felt like there was nothing really making it special from any other regency novel. The characters are never fully developed and I feel like I didn’t retain anything that I read from the book. Also, this is yet ANOTHER book where you have to read the synopsis to under the book.


Verdict: If you like light action and lots and lots and lots of dialogue, this is your book.

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