Beguiled by Cyla Panin

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Beguiled

Author: Cyla Panin

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, retelling, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Celtic mythology, Historical fiction, horror, fairy tale

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Age Relevance: 14+ (gore, death, religion, self harm, gaslighting, emotional abuse, domestic violence, violence)

Explanation of Above: There is a lot of gore involving blood and self harm in the manner of the MC purposefully hurting herself so she can supply the loom. There are some domestic violence mentions and knife violence. Death is shown and mentioned. There are some mentions of religion. There is some gaslighting and emotional abuse shown in the book too.

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Ella is a 17-year-old weaver whose entire livelihood depends on her loom. She dreams of opening her own shop, but when her father died in debtor’s prison, she had to support herself by taking whatever clients she could get. In order to buy her supplies she goes into debt of her own, and when her loom breaks, Ella realizes she needs more help than a repairperson can give her. She, like everyone, has heard about the old washerwoman spirit called the Bean-Nighe who will grant any one wish—for a price.

But Ella is desperate, so she asks the Bean-Nighe to fix her loom. And it works. The loom is fixed, and she’s creating beautiful pieces she could have never imagined before. All she has to do is feed the loom a drop of blood each time she weaves—a small price to pay for such magnificent silks. And when she brings two bolts to a rich client, she meets a mysterious young man named Callum and bargains for an invitation to his exclusive party. At that party, he’s so mesmerized by her talent, he offers Ella a place to live and patronage for her art. It seems like Ella’s fortune is finally turning for the better . . . until she begins to notice the loom taking more from her than she offered.

As she becomes entangled in the lives of the city’s rich, swept into Callum’s allure, and trapped by the Bean-Nighe’s magic, Ella must figure out a way to secure her future while she still has a future at all.

Review: Overall, I really liked this book! I thought it was a little bit Cinderella and a little bit Sleeping beauty, which is a cool combination. There book is easy to read and reads like a classic fairytale, maybe something a bit Grimms Brothers? The book is based in Celtic mythology and it’s beautifully written and flows well.

However, I thought that the book needed a little bit of work still. I would like to see more world building and a lot more character development. I also thought that the book was a bit too slow for how it was written.

Verdict: It’s good!

Book Info:

Beguiled by Cyla Panin

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: August 23, 2022

Synopsis:

A dark and enthralling story about a young woman who makes a deal with a spirit to try and gain her independence—and the twisted price she has to pay for it

Ella is a 17-year-old weaver whose entire livelihood depends on her loom. She dreams of opening her own shop, but when her father died in debtor’s prison, she had to support herself by taking whatever clients she could get. In order to buy her supplies she goes into debt of her own, and when her loom breaks, Ella realizes she needs more help than a repairperson can give her. She, like everyone, has heard about the old washerwoman spirit called the Bean-Nighe who will grant any one wish—for a price.
 
But Ella is desperate, so she asks the Bean-Nighe to fix her loom. And it works. The loom is fixed, and she’s creating beautiful pieces she could have never imagined before. All she has to do is feed the loom a drop of blood each time she weaves—a small price to pay for such magnificent silks. And when she brings two bolts to a rich client, she meets a mysterious young man named Callum and bargains for an invitation to his exclusive party. At that party, he’s so mesmerized by her talent, he offers Ella a place to live and patronage for her art. It seems like Ella’s fortune is finally turning for the better . . . until she begins to notice the loom taking more from her than she offered.
  
As she becomes entangled in the lives of the city’s rich, swept into Callum’s allure, and trapped by the Bean-Nighe’s magic, Ella must figure out a way to secure her future while she still has a future at all. 

Content Warning: mild self-harm, gaslighting and emotional abuse

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59464832-beguiled

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419752677/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beguiled-cyla-panin/1140972881

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Beguiled-Cyla-Panin/9781419752674

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/beguiled/9781419752674-item.html

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781419752674

About the Author:

Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.

After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.

Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.cylapanin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cylapanin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cylapanin/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20394507.Cyla_Panin

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