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Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris. 1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dang Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris. 1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine... Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand? In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada's love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.


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Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris. 1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dang Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris. 1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine... Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand? In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada's love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.

30 review for Monstrous Design

  1. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: biracial (Black, white) lesbian mc, Black mc, bi mc, gay mc, side character with Parkinson's disease CWs: past child abuse, gore Galley provided by publisher Monstrous Design, the sequel to Dangerous Remedy, is a book that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. The action starts on the first page and doesn’t let up to the last. The story starts pretty much from where Dangerous Remedy ends. Camille and Al are following after James in England (James, who also gets his own POV in thi On my blog. Rep: biracial (Black, white) lesbian mc, Black mc, bi mc, gay mc, side character with Parkinson's disease CWs: past child abuse, gore Galley provided by publisher Monstrous Design, the sequel to Dangerous Remedy, is a book that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. The action starts on the first page and doesn’t let up to the last. The story starts pretty much from where Dangerous Remedy ends. Camille and Al are following after James in England (James, who also gets his own POV in this one), while Ada and Guil are still in France, continuing with leads there. I loved Dangerous Remedy last year, so Monstrous Design was, by far and away, one of my most anticipated releases for 2021. I went in, fully expecting to love it, and I did. Every part of the first book that I loved, I did so even more here. Obviously, the characters were the best part. In this book, not only did you get James’s POV (which I did actually appreciate), but also you got more of Guil’s backstory, and Camille and Al bonding (you may not know you needed this, but you do). Pretty much everything got further fleshed out than in the first book (understandable, since this is a sequel and doesn’t need to spend page time establishing the world now). For the same, sequel-ish, reasons, the plot moves a fair bit quicker. It’s not long before you’re into it all over again, and the 400-or-so pages pass by in a flash. The one comment I would make, though, is that sometimes it feels a little like too many POVs, and those slow the plot down. But in a kind of not hugely noticeable way. And definitely not in a way that impacted on my enjoyment. So, if you’re looking for a series to get into, please please try this one. And then you can wait a whole year with me for the final book. It’ll be fun, I promise!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    After reading and loving the first book in this trilogy at the end of last year, I have been dying to read the sequel after the explosive ending we were left with, and I was not disappointed! Monstrous Design starts pretty much where Dangerous Remedy left off, with Camille and Al heading to England to chase down James and Olympe, while Guil and Ada stay behind in Paris to keep an eye on the Duc. The first half of the book was, admittedly, extremely slow and I found myself trudging through it at t After reading and loving the first book in this trilogy at the end of last year, I have been dying to read the sequel after the explosive ending we were left with, and I was not disappointed! Monstrous Design starts pretty much where Dangerous Remedy left off, with Camille and Al heading to England to chase down James and Olympe, while Guil and Ada stay behind in Paris to keep an eye on the Duc. The first half of the book was, admittedly, extremely slow and I found myself trudging through it at times, and I think that it definitely suffered from second book syndrome at times, but the second half of the book was just so good and really brought me back to the exciting action that we saw in the first book! I also, once again, really enjoyed the vibes from this one - it really gave me Frankenstein meets Les Mis vibes and it was so, so atmospheric! I can't really say much about this without giving any spoilers, but Monstrous Design does feature some of my all-time favourite tropes in it (as well as a great My Chemical Romance reference...no I'm not joking!), and I loved how morally grey and complex the characters were. But saying that, I do really wish that this series was told through Guil and Al's perspectives too, as the found family aspect fell a little flat since the two of them aren't really developed all that much. Though we do get to understand a bit more of Guil's past in this book, I really could not tell you all that much about him other than he deserted from the army, so I wish we'd got to read some chapters from his perspective too (and honestly, reading from Al's perspective would just be amazing!). Overall, though, I'm really excited to see where the trilogy ends, though I know it'll be in pain, and I can't wait for the third book's release hopefully relatively soon! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Pop

    original review on my blog: https://gabbiesbookishthoughts.blogsp... You may be able to tell that I had very high expectations for this novel as I had loved the first one and saw great potential for this, with the scope of the story broadening; not only are the characters separated from one another, their bonds tested in these unprecedented pairs, they must also learn who they themselves are when put into situations they hadn't anticipated, stripped from the group they had used to define themselv original review on my blog: https://gabbiesbookishthoughts.blogsp... You may be able to tell that I had very high expectations for this novel as I had loved the first one and saw great potential for this, with the scope of the story broadening; not only are the characters separated from one another, their bonds tested in these unprecedented pairs, they must also learn who they themselves are when put into situations they hadn't anticipated, stripped from the group they had used to define themselves in the past. Dunn did not disappoint in the slightest, sprinkling in some surprises along the way: the internal conflicts of the characters intensify under these circumstances, yet the stakes of the broader plot are not sacrificed for this. The overall effect then, is a palpable tension on multiple levels that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page on and on in order to find out what our favourite rascals are up to next (this is, I have to say, made even easier by the short and snappy chapters, which really help the pace of the story). I think it's natural to be worried that at least one of the perspectives may feel stilted when faced with either new narrators or new settings, but Dunn made it so that it is easy to dive right into the book and allow it to carry you through without ever questioning it, which was proof of the author's skill. Dunn manages to write characters that may easily be dismissed as 'unlikeable' with such tenderness and care and heart that it is impossible not to find them endearing at the end of the day. All of these characters, ultimately, mess up in many ways, but always with the best interest at heart. To my personal delight, Dunn also adds more heat to the elements that I love most: freaky science, political intrigue, bitter feminism and romantic Angst™ among others that you'll have to read for yourself to find out. There are few things that can take me by surprise while reading, but I found myself slightly aghast and utterly enthralled by the unexpected turn the story took quite a few times while reading this. Some key players in the grander conflicts at play are moving some bold moods, so I'm somehow even more excited once more to see where the next volume takes us and am itching to reread this already to fill the void it left behind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Monstrous Design picks up where Dangerous Remedy left off. The Battalion is separated - Camille and Al are chasing after James and Olympe, whilst Ada and Guil remain in Paris and attempt to infiltrate the enemy. All of the narratives were extremely interesting, as Ada’s arc provided a more in-depth look at the ‘scientific’ advances of the time and some of the gory experiments taking place, whilst Camille provided an insight into the privileged lives of the wealthy English as she adopts a more la Monstrous Design picks up where Dangerous Remedy left off. The Battalion is separated - Camille and Al are chasing after James and Olympe, whilst Ada and Guil remain in Paris and attempt to infiltrate the enemy. All of the narratives were extremely interesting, as Ada’s arc provided a more in-depth look at the ‘scientific’ advances of the time and some of the gory experiments taking place, whilst Camille provided an insight into the privileged lives of the wealthy English as she adopts a more ladylike attitude in order to fit into society whilst trying to find Olympus. James’s perspective was also introduced in this book, which I found particularly interesting as it provided a deeper insight into his motivations and family dynamic. This book concentrated on the characters more, in contrast to book one with was very action packed and moved quickly. I enjoyed this book more because of the character development - the choices the characters made and their arcs were the highlight of this book for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the exploration of Camille and Al’s relationship - the two characters worked really well together. The book did move a little more slowly than it’s predecessor, but it paid off as there was a lot of action at the end and set things up for book three. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I feel the trilogy is moving in a great direction and I’m excited for book three. I really like the premise of this series, and I think the found family trope is used really well and I appreciate the diversity and representation of strong women in the series. My only criticism is that I find Camille pretty unlikeable at times and James flip-flops about a lot, but overall I enjoyed and would definitely recommend the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    There better be a next book?!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)

    This book is the second in the series and featured the wonderfully messy characters I’ve grown to love, an action-packed and dramatic plot, and a wonderfully fun setting. I especially loved the Frankenstein vibes. You can find my full review here! Thanks to Head of Zeus and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! Follow me on my blog, Twitter, and Instagram. This book is the second in the series and featured the wonderfully messy characters I’ve grown to love, an action-packed and dramatic plot, and a wonderfully fun setting. I especially loved the Frankenstein vibes. You can find my full review here! Thanks to Head of Zeus and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! Follow me on my blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Sweeney

    Monstrous Design is the second instalment in Kat Dunn’s thrilling Battalion of the Dead series. The story picks up right after the events of Dangerous Remedy. We follow Camille and Al as they attempt to get Olympe back and we follow Ada and Guil as they attempt to find where the Duc is hiding out. As the stakes get higher alliances are soon called into question – but will the battalion of the dead be able to survive their latest adventure? Dangerous Remedy was one of my favourite books of 2020. I Monstrous Design is the second instalment in Kat Dunn’s thrilling Battalion of the Dead series. The story picks up right after the events of Dangerous Remedy. We follow Camille and Al as they attempt to get Olympe back and we follow Ada and Guil as they attempt to find where the Duc is hiding out. As the stakes get higher alliances are soon called into question – but will the battalion of the dead be able to survive their latest adventure? Dangerous Remedy was one of my favourite books of 2020. It was one of those books I still thought about months after reading it, and Monstrous Design was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Monstrous Design is action-packed – it’s a rollercoaster ride that does not stop till the very last page. It’s a pretty fast-paced story and despite being nearly 500 pages I read it in a single day. Dunn really hooks the reader in with this addictive plot that’s full of twists – with everyone playing their own game I never quite knew what was going to happen next. In Monstrous Design we are transported to England as well as France and Dunn really makes the sights and sounds of both cities come alive in the story. My favourite thing about Dangerous Remedy was the brilliant characters and that was definitely the same in Monstrous Design. I loved being back with the Batallion again and it was fascinating seeing how the characters grow in this second instalment. I think Al is still my favourite, but I honestly love them all. I also really liked getting to know James more and learning more about his motivations as a character. He was a really fascinating POV character – he is really complex and torn between loyalties. Likewise, I loved Camille and Ada, they are such compelling characters and I think I could read a dozen books about the crew and their daring heists. Monstrous Design is a brilliant sequel and I am incredibly excited to see where Kat Dunn will take us in book three. If you’ve been curious about this series I definitely recommend picking it up and if you’ve already read Dangerous Remedy, you need to pick up book two now!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    With thanks to Head of Zeus and Kat Dun for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book. 4 1/2* I gave the first in the trilogy 3*, this instalment is a wonderfully welcome step up. Now i can't wait for the concluding book. In Monstrous Design the Battalion of the Dead are separated. Ada and Guil remain in an unsettled Paris in which the revolution looks set to collapse. At the same time Cam and Al have travelled to England in search of Olyampe. This gives us a very well executed multi POV story tellin With thanks to Head of Zeus and Kat Dun for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book. 4 1/2* I gave the first in the trilogy 3*, this instalment is a wonderfully welcome step up. Now i can't wait for the concluding book. In Monstrous Design the Battalion of the Dead are separated. Ada and Guil remain in an unsettled Paris in which the revolution looks set to collapse. At the same time Cam and Al have travelled to England in search of Olyampe. This gives us a very well executed multi POV story telling style that held me on the edge of my seat racing to finish. I got completely lost in this world with this book and faced that horrible mix of I need to know what happens but i really don't want it to end. I've added both to my tbr to read again before the year is out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bell

    An enjoyable sequel! The characters continue to shine here, particularly Ada and Camille. James also makes for an intersting additional POV - I mean he's a fool, but he's a relatable fool. The flaw in his motive is pretty obvious from the get-go and yet that only makes it more life-like. The one downside is that the main characters (and main couple!) spend most of the book apart. This is fairly obvious from the blurb & yet I thought the plotlines might converge earlier than they did. But that endi An enjoyable sequel! The characters continue to shine here, particularly Ada and Camille. James also makes for an intersting additional POV - I mean he's a fool, but he's a relatable fool. The flaw in his motive is pretty obvious from the get-go and yet that only makes it more life-like. The one downside is that the main characters (and main couple!) spend most of the book apart. This is fairly obvious from the blurb & yet I thought the plotlines might converge earlier than they did. But that ending, though!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Huxley-Jones

    So, Dangerous Remedy was one of my favourite books of last year (though actually I think I read it in 2019 so one of my faves of both years). And second books are like notoriously difficult beasts, so I was really curious to see how Kat Dunn would up the stakes, change the game and bring the Battalion back.⁠ ⁠ And I'm pleased to say that ummm lads this slaps. A duel at dawn? A fake wedding? A resurrection? A sinister hedge maze??? This was great.⁠ ⁠ After the intense ending of Dangerous Remedy (no s So, Dangerous Remedy was one of my favourite books of last year (though actually I think I read it in 2019 so one of my faves of both years). And second books are like notoriously difficult beasts, so I was really curious to see how Kat Dunn would up the stakes, change the game and bring the Battalion back.⁠ ⁠ And I'm pleased to say that ummm lads this slaps. A duel at dawn? A fake wedding? A resurrection? A sinister hedge maze??? This was great.⁠ ⁠ After the intense ending of Dangerous Remedy (no spoilers here), the Battalion are divided. Camille and Al chase James and Olympe to England, while Ada and Guil try to hold down the fort in Paris. ⁠ ⁠ I really feel like Kat Dunn has done an amazing job of building up from Dangerous Remedy in the sequel. I don't want to say too much because I want readers to pick up Dangerous Remedy and enter the world of the Battalion of the Dead, but what I will say is that where DR laid ground with the monstrous physiological science, MD really ramps things up. ⁠ ⁠ We get POVs from Camille, Ada and James, and the book successfully delves into their motivations and what their willing to do to get what they want. There were also several really quite gory moments, mostly ones that around the investigations of electricity, that sucked me in so much that I gasped. There’s a lot of raw intense feelings in the Batallion of disaster babies.⁠ ⁠ There’s still a lot of really rollicking moments of action and plans falling apart and Al making some terribly witty comment so if you loved Dangerous Remedy I really think you’ll be jazzed about the sequel.⁠

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Burt

    3.5 stars There are a number of YA heist books out there, heist books are good fun, although what works so well in these books are they invariably involve a group of misfits, a group of people burned and/or shunned and unique who might not be accepted but they have each other. I think this is where the Battalion of the Dead series doesn’t quite hit the mark for me because the group never quite feel like a group. Every character bar Guil, the sweetheart of the group, betrays, lies, works behind th 3.5 stars There are a number of YA heist books out there, heist books are good fun, although what works so well in these books are they invariably involve a group of misfits, a group of people burned and/or shunned and unique who might not be accepted but they have each other. I think this is where the Battalion of the Dead series doesn’t quite hit the mark for me because the group never quite feel like a group. Every character bar Guil, the sweetheart of the group, betrays, lies, works behind the back of the group and acts on self interest to a frustrating degree. I long for the characters to work as a team wholeheartedly. Camille is a confusing character and I know a lot of people dislike her but she keeps the good work going. Yes she’s bossy, yes she constantly acts alone and does stupid things and then just goes ‘Ada deserves better’ instead of just trying to be a better person, but I like her spirit and that her intentions are always good, if her execution necessarily isn’t. That said, she sees James’ mother is ill in this book and then lies to her and his whole family throughout the book, again abusing the love she is shown. Again she keeps secrets from the people who love her, doomed to both need to be forgiven and making her life harder for herself. But I do love her. James, following his betrayal from the last book, holding a gun to Camille’s head and stealing Olympe, annoys the hell out of me. I won’t call the journey his character takes in this book development, it’s polar behaviour, literally in one quite alone he tells Camille both that he didn’t mean to hurt her AND that he thought it was ok to hurt anyone, how does this make sense?? You have Camille and Al, 2 characters who witnessed the executions of their fathers (a point James uses to hurt Camille), and then James who betrays and lies to those who love him best, including his brother-like best friend Edward, and kidnapping a girl who has already faced imprisonment and torture, all so his father may be proud of him? He chooses this need for approval over the approval and acceptance he already owns and a family in the Battalion. His conscience is like a light switch that is turned off and on and I don’t think his betrayal made sense and I don’t see redemption from it. Also his obsession with Camille is just weird. Part of the reason he had no problem physically threatening her was because he was jealous she now loved Ada?? Yeah, he’s needy trash. If you turned it into a drinking game how often he mentions his father, you’d be getting your stomach pumped 🤣 Ada also, I just don’t understand, yes she loves Camille, yes she thinks about Camille a lot, but she also sympathises too much with a man who did and does monstrous things (I’m keeping this spoiler free) and even helps him without knowing what he will do with this power she’s helped give him! For the brains of the group, it’s an idiotic move, fuelled by stubborn selfishness. I liked Ada in book 1 but I didn’t understand her in this one. Al, I don’t enjoy his constant need to be snarky, we’re told that Camille is always hard on him but on paper it’s always hi, getting the jabs in. That said, I actually liked Al in this one and I really enjoyed the bonding and character development between him and Camille, 2 characters who have walked a similar path. Do I understand him necessarily though? No. For example, in one scene Al has to help carry Cam as she’s weak, it’s mentioned she’s losing weight and still coughing (and I’m mentally scarred by Moulin Rouge to think the worst of that diagnosis), then the next scene he’s shrugging because he encouraged her to go into a maze, lost her in it and just left. He’s a team player at times but at his choosing. I wish Guil got more attention in the book, that man is a treasure! Olympe too is brave and kind and I adore her, I hope we learn more about her in the next instalment. The book is enjoyable and while the characters frustrate me, I enjoy spending time with them (apart from James, still needy trash), although I do kinda wish that the series just focused on the battalion saving condemned people in the French Revolution, like the start of book 1, I think that would provide enough suspense and action. The addition of a Frankenstein -esq character and the electricity as a weapon (even though no matter how many times Olympe shocks someone, everyone seems quickly fine!), seems a little unnecessary. The writing is also not remotely trying to be historical, I get this isn’t a documentary and is fiction, but still, someone is described as a “bag of dicks”, while in the 18th century .... That said, clearly this book isn’t trying to be factual so this is a minor criticism! Thank you NetGalley for the early copy to review, I look forward to seeing how this series ends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Monstrous Design is the sequel to Dangerous Remedy, following the continuing antics of the battalion des morts, who have now been seperated with Camille and Al in England and Ada and Guil remaining in Paris. The first book focuses largely on the french revolution, but this book takes an frankensteinen turn and becomes more of a horror/manhunt for Olympe as many factions all want her for their own purposes. I liked seeing the characters we know from book one seperate, as I feel like this gives th Monstrous Design is the sequel to Dangerous Remedy, following the continuing antics of the battalion des morts, who have now been seperated with Camille and Al in England and Ada and Guil remaining in Paris. The first book focuses largely on the french revolution, but this book takes an frankensteinen turn and becomes more of a horror/manhunt for Olympe as many factions all want her for their own purposes. I liked seeing the characters we know from book one seperate, as I feel like this gives them time to reflect on their actions from book 1 and grow as people. I of course shipped Ada and Camille in book 1 but I feel like they benefitted from being seperated for the majority of this novel as we got to see them both as indviduals and pursuing things (well Ada at least) they really wanted. Also sapphic pining >>>>>> A minor detail that I'm sure will bother no-one lese is that we find out towards the end that Camille has a terminal lung disease, and as a curious medical student I really wanted to know the actual diagnosis lol. I'm assuming its Consumption (pulmonary TB) given the time period and symptoms but Kat Dunn if you are reading this please enlighten me haha. Also on this storyline, I think it's going to add an extra layer of angst in book 3 and I'm very curious if the series will have a tragic ending or not. We see a lot more of James in this book, somewhat of an antagonist in book 1 as Camille's financee from England who shows up unexpectedly and at the end betrays them and steals Olympe for himself, we get to understand a lot more about his character and motivations. I felt ambivalent towards him in book one but in this book he was probably my favourite character! I loved seeing his growth and his general struggle with trying to impress others but losing himself in the process. I really enjoyed the plot in this book, its slightly more slow moving than book one but I enough this and I feel like it gives time for the tension to brew. I also liked exploring the body snatchers and medical "advances" in the 18th century. In conclusion I really enjoyed this, the characters are fun to follow, the plot is engaging and it's all backed by solid writing with a great historical setting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    I received an ARC from the publishers as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. An action packed sequel, MONSTROUS DESIGN plunges back into the world of the Terror as the Battalion of the Dead are divided by the English Channel. We get a new POV in this entry, James - Camille's fiancé and betrayer. He was quite an enigma in the first book, which was necessary to ensure his motives were uncertain, but now it's nice to see into his mind and understan I received an ARC from the publishers as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. An action packed sequel, MONSTROUS DESIGN plunges back into the world of the Terror as the Battalion of the Dead are divided by the English Channel. We get a new POV in this entry, James - Camille's fiancé and betrayer. He was quite an enigma in the first book, which was necessary to ensure his motives were uncertain, but now it's nice to see into his mind and understand why he's acting as he is. Plus it helps round him out as a character, with his own complexities and twisted loyalties. This sequel takes us to London! I love books set in London written by Londoners - there's a level of authenticity to the setting - from getting streets to travel right. I love my home and I love seeing it done justice. You can tell there has been a fair bit of research done into what 1790s London and Paris were like, with lots of little details sprinkled in. The clothing and food is just as superbly done. There are some anachronisms in the language - things like OK (mid-19th century, and also came into usage in America first) and teenager (20th century, also American). I doubt most would notice it, but it did pull me out at times because they're very easy words to work around (Olympe would be calling herself a girl not a teenager etc.) MONSTROUS DESIGN is one of those books where, on a basic plot level, seemingly not much has changed by the end. (It's hard to talk here without spoilers, so apologies if it's either too vague or lets spoilers slip.) Camille hasn't achieved her primary goal and Ada is sort of where she started. However, it feels like a lot has happened, both in terms of actions taken (and allies lost and won) and in terms of the emotional blows sustained. The ending sets up a high stakes final book in the trilogy which cannot arrive soon enough.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Jones

    Thank you so so much to NetGalley and to Head of zeus for being kind enough to grant my request for this eARC. This was such a treat. All views and opinions discussed here are my own. Monstrous Design is the second book in the battalion of the dead series with dangerous remedy being the first book and starts pretty much where Dangerous Remedy left off, The battalion are split up in two countries with Camille and Al heading to England to chase down James and Olympe in Georgian London, while Guil a Thank you so so much to NetGalley and to Head of zeus for being kind enough to grant my request for this eARC. This was such a treat. All views and opinions discussed here are my own. Monstrous Design is the second book in the battalion of the dead series with dangerous remedy being the first book and starts pretty much where Dangerous Remedy left off, The battalion are split up in two countries with Camille and Al heading to England to chase down James and Olympe in Georgian London, while Guil and Ada stay behind in Revolutionary France to keep an eye on the dangerous Duc. There’s a lot of development and exploration in book two. Ada lost her mother at the same age as I lost mine and I felt really connected to ada through this as we get to explore her back story much more in this book I even found myself liking clementine at times and hoping that her mothering instincts would prevail for olympies sake. I screamed with joy when I came across book two on netgalley as I had no idea book two was a thing I mean I hoped it would be but hadn't heard for sure and the fact it was so long meant I spent even longer in this beautifully atmospheric story.There’s a lot more development and exploration in book two that I craved from book one.The settings are so atmospheric from Pleasure Gardens to Henley House and Covent Garden laboratories and underground catacombs, we are beautifully transported back in time to the sounds, smells and atmospheres of London and Paris. The stunning cover beautifully matches the first and I have pre ordered a copy to sit alongside the gripping first book dangerous remedy. I anticipate rereading both books repeatedly for years to come and really hope a third book is on the horizon. Highly Highly recommend this book if you've just come across book two then please get yourself a copy of dangerous remedy sit back and enjoy. #The battalion of the dead series #Frankenstein meets Les Mis #netgalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    yorkshirebooknerd

    Monstrous Design picks up directly where Dangerous Remedy left off. Camille and Al are in London to get Olympe back from James, whereas Ada and Guil are in Paris observing the Duc. The Battalion are torn apart like never before. Battered, bruised and desperately trying to cope with their own grief and losses, there is no time to mourn, as everything is under threat. Although I enjoyed Monstrous Design is didn’t quite meet my high expectations after Dangerous Remedy. The gang are just as brillian Monstrous Design picks up directly where Dangerous Remedy left off. Camille and Al are in London to get Olympe back from James, whereas Ada and Guil are in Paris observing the Duc. The Battalion are torn apart like never before. Battered, bruised and desperately trying to cope with their own grief and losses, there is no time to mourn, as everything is under threat. Although I enjoyed Monstrous Design is didn’t quite meet my high expectations after Dangerous Remedy. The gang are just as brilliant but because they are all separated, I think that killed some of the energy and parts of this book seemed a little aimless. I still loved Kat’s amazing writing style and the macabre experiments were as fascinating as ever but some of the story seemed to drag. Having said that, I loved the deeper insight into the characters and the look at some of their history. I definitely enjoyed Al’s humour and with quotes like this I’m sure you’ll see why... ‘We’re all a little stab-happy here, but maybe let’s try to keep the conversation on the two people out to get us, all right? I’m sure you can manage a little truce until we’ve escaped hideous death?’ All in all, I still enjoyed the book and I adore these characters so I’m 100% invested in finding out what happens to them. I think after book one was so wonderful, it was always going to be hard for this book to live up to its predecessor. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 (rounded up to 4) Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Zephyr Books and Head of Zeus) for providing a copy of the book for review. All opinions are my own and provided willingly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Izzie

    Unfortunately, this wasn’t a 5 star read like the first book, but I definitely have faith that the final book will be incredible. This was still an extremely solid read, and I loved being back with The Battalion of The Dead and the rich setting of the French Revolution was just as fantastic as the first book. My main “criticism”, I guess, is that there just wasn’t enough action/it wasn’t well distributed throughout the book. I think what Dangerous Remedy did really well was keeping the action co Unfortunately, this wasn’t a 5 star read like the first book, but I definitely have faith that the final book will be incredible. This was still an extremely solid read, and I loved being back with The Battalion of The Dead and the rich setting of the French Revolution was just as fantastic as the first book. My main “criticism”, I guess, is that there just wasn’t enough action/it wasn’t well distributed throughout the book. I think what Dangerous Remedy did really well was keeping the action consistent throughout the book and keeping me on the edge of my seat. Monstrous Design had too many sections that were a little flat and uninteresting, it was very dialogue heavy and felt a bit stagnant. The ending was explosive and just as good as Dangerous Remedy, but I needed more of that throughout the book. There was also a little too much James content for me, but that’s just personal preference. Overall, this was a rich and intriguing book that unfortunately felt a bit too much like it was trying to bridge the gap between the first and final book. It didn’t stand on its own as well as Dangerous Remedy did. However, I love each characters ARC, the detail of the setting and history was immaculate, and I was continuously blown away by Kat Dunn’s masterful use of words and sentence structure. I can’t wait for the final book even though there’s not even any information about it yet. Also please look out for a video I’ll be making on my channel to celebrate the books release in June!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Massive thanks to Amber at Midas PR for having me on the Monstrous Design blog tour! The second in the Battalion of the Dead series, I read Dangerous Remedy months ago and loved it. A really fun and colourful cast of who I affectionately call, gremlins! “We are the Battalion des Morts, who the hell are you?” MD begins with the story so far, forever a welcome edition to books in a series. This time the group are split; Camille and Al have found their way to England in search of James and Olympe, wh Massive thanks to Amber at Midas PR for having me on the Monstrous Design blog tour! The second in the Battalion of the Dead series, I read Dangerous Remedy months ago and loved it. A really fun and colourful cast of who I affectionately call, gremlins! “We are the Battalion des Morts, who the hell are you?” MD begins with the story so far, forever a welcome edition to books in a series. This time the group are split; Camille and Al have found their way to England in search of James and Olympe, whilst Ada and Guil are left in Paris. Set during the French Revolution, we are able to experience both the shining lives of the rich and the equalled of the poor. The juxtaposition between each chapter is fun to witness and as with DR, this is such an easy and enjoyable read. “What exactly is your point? Making me cry in public?” The dry wit is as great as always, with some touching moments as the battalion have to fight their own personal troubles. Al continues to remain supreme, the best drunken boy. I didn’t find MD as exciting as DR but I still enjoyed both. Cool sounding things were happening, erm hello reanimated dead guy, but the spark (great inside joke) just wasn’t there and I wanted MORE! With a satisfying end, open ended for more adventure yes thank you Katt, it’s great to see the same atmosphere retained albeit wrought with more danger and fright. If you haven’t read this LGBT YA fantasy, historical fiction fantastic read, then go! What are you doing?! Go!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Librow0rm Christine

    Thank you Head of Zeus and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of Monstrous Design in exchange for an honest review. Monstrous Design follows immediately on from the closing events of Dangerous Remedy. Camille is separated from Ada, and with Al are determined to find Olympe and her kidnapper. Of course Camille has a plan, but it’s dangerous at best and foolhardy at worst, but time is running out and they soon find themselves amidst the world of English gentility, having to manoeuvre their wa Thank you Head of Zeus and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of Monstrous Design in exchange for an honest review. Monstrous Design follows immediately on from the closing events of Dangerous Remedy. Camille is separated from Ada, and with Al are determined to find Olympe and her kidnapper. Of course Camille has a plan, but it’s dangerous at best and foolhardy at worst, but time is running out and they soon find themselves amidst the world of English gentility, having to manoeuvre their way through all the hurdles of that, whilst also tracking down Olympe. In the meantime, Ada and Guil are left behind in Paris to put the pieces together and try to salvage the gang before everything implodes and the monstrous batallón are no more. Monstrous Design takes quite a different turn from Monstrous Remedy, delving more into the background, personalities and emotions of the gang. The pace doesn’t falter, but there is more depth, of course there are experiments and so much more. However, for me the character insights added a new nuance to the story, bringing the reasons and justification for certain behaviours to life. I will say that as a middle book, it was an improvement in a few I’ve read, and it has left me wanting the third book now!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenthebookishbakernz

    Thank you to Head of Zeus for an Advanced reader copy via Netgalley. I've pretty much read Dangerous remedy and Monsterous design back to back & I am loving this series about a diverse found family of French teenagers who call themselves The Battalion of the dead and break into prisons and rescue people from the guillotine and other heist like behaviour. This book we get three points of instead of the two from Dangerous remedy and the crew are split up, half in Georgian England and half still in Thank you to Head of Zeus for an Advanced reader copy via Netgalley. I've pretty much read Dangerous remedy and Monsterous design back to back & I am loving this series about a diverse found family of French teenagers who call themselves The Battalion of the dead and break into prisons and rescue people from the guillotine and other heist like behaviour. This book we get three points of instead of the two from Dangerous remedy and the crew are split up, half in Georgian England and half still in Revolutionary France. This book is set right at the end of the French Revolution when who knows who's head might roll next or who will be in power from one day to the next. The book is full of spies, mad scientists, unethical scientific practice, twists and double crosses and more than one set of villians. Sort of a historical science fiction heist spy story. And has some great banter whenever Al opens his mouth. I love reading about all the characters in this series... if I had one quibble it's that I wish Guil's character had more page time. He's the less flamboyant, more serious member of The Battalion of the dead but he's so loyal and studious and I want MORE of his story and I NEED him to have a happy ending. I cannot wait for book 3...we are getting a book 3? We better be getting a 3rd book after that ending....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terence Eden

    This is the fast-paced sequel to Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead, Book 1). We pick up mere minutes after the previous book, on a madcap dash to London. The revolution continues in France, and our heroes are scattered to the winds. Death! Intrigue! Electromagnetism! It is an enjoyable, and tangled tale, deftly making use of the multiple locations and the fear which attracts people to each other. At its heart is a story about love, betrayal, and class envy. When you trust someone – with your This is the fast-paced sequel to Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead, Book 1). We pick up mere minutes after the previous book, on a madcap dash to London. The revolution continues in France, and our heroes are scattered to the winds. Death! Intrigue! Electromagnetism! It is an enjoyable, and tangled tale, deftly making use of the multiple locations and the fear which attracts people to each other. At its heart is a story about love, betrayal, and class envy. When you trust someone – with your life – and they let you down, how do you find the strength to forgive them? Of course, as the middle of a trilogy, it is a good deal darker than its predecessor. It gets a bit grim and bloody at times – but, thankfully, never needlessly gratuitous. As before, the chapters are short and snappy – never letting you catch your breath. With a dozen characters stabbing each other in the back, it can bit a little tricky to work out who is double-crossing who – but it builds to a dizzying finale.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Wow, this was a rollercoaster of twist and turns for sure. This definetly has that "middle book" problem at times (we're essential setting up for the third and final? book) but that set up for the ending - how could you leave me like that? I had a love/hate relationship with Camille in the first book but it's now just all love - she's an absolute genius and willing to do anything to do the right thing. I've always love Ada (and still ship them madly). The action isn't distributed too well through Wow, this was a rollercoaster of twist and turns for sure. This definetly has that "middle book" problem at times (we're essential setting up for the third and final? book) but that set up for the ending - how could you leave me like that? I had a love/hate relationship with Camille in the first book but it's now just all love - she's an absolute genius and willing to do anything to do the right thing. I've always love Ada (and still ship them madly). The action isn't distributed too well through the book - it basically sets out an action bomb right near the end. It was a long build up to that which was a good and bad thing. There's quite a lot of James' content in the book and I still don't care for him - not when my girls are right there. It was definitely interesting learning more about the characters - especially more about the side characters (not you James) and I'm desperate to know what will happen to them next. The main takeaway is: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK THREE?

  22. 4 out of 5

    endeavoursofvic

    Monstrous Design: 4.5 Stars [7.63 - Amazing!] Found Family, queer, love, betrayal, heists, danger, death, electric magic, revolution, political intrigue, selfhatred, 3 povs, france, england, reunions, redemption, pain I adore this series with all my heart. Cannot wait for the final book to come out. I am a character driven reader and all the characters in this series have stolen my heart - in addition it also has a compelling plot and great storytelling. incredible. Can I just say that when I finis Monstrous Design: 4.5 Stars [7.63 - Amazing!] Found Family, queer, love, betrayal, heists, danger, death, electric magic, revolution, political intrigue, selfhatred, 3 povs, france, england, reunions, redemption, pain I adore this series with all my heart. Cannot wait for the final book to come out. I am a character driven reader and all the characters in this series have stolen my heart - in addition it also has a compelling plot and great storytelling. incredible. Can I just say that when I finished the last book I couldn't decide if I liked Ada, Guil or Al best... and now here I am just.... JAMES JAMES JAMES JAMES JAMES JAMES JAMES ... yeah... didn't expect that^^ There are so many little moments I am hoping for in book 3 (and with the way things were alluded to I am pretty confident I am gonna get most of them). It is pretty safe to say that the Battalion will stay with me for quite some time and most certainly turn into one of my favourite squads of characters from one of my favourite series. ♥

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Keaveny

    The second in this trilogy sees the Battalion of the Dead separated. Ada and Guil remain in an unsettled Paris in which the revolution looks set to collapse. At the same time Cam and Al have travelled to England in search of Olyampe. The story in England with Camille and Al plunged back into life with aristocracy shows the stark contrast between their previous life in France. Ada has also returned to her father and is attempting to find out more about the Duc’s plans. This leads to her making so The second in this trilogy sees the Battalion of the Dead separated. Ada and Guil remain in an unsettled Paris in which the revolution looks set to collapse. At the same time Cam and Al have travelled to England in search of Olyampe. The story in England with Camille and Al plunged back into life with aristocracy shows the stark contrast between their previous life in France. Ada has also returned to her father and is attempting to find out more about the Duc’s plans. This leads to her making some surprising choices. The self doubt in all the characters is portrayed so well, with Ada believing that Cam will have forgotten her. In England Cam is realising just how much she loves Ada and how she should make better choices. James also develops as a character, not a likeable one, but one who is driven by his own self importance and desire for recognition from his father. The settings and historical events interwoven with heist’s and schemes makes this a great second book, I can’t wait for the third and the conclusion to this trilogy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    The French Revolution! We are back, The Battalion of the Dead are split in two. James has taken Olympe to England with Al and Camille in hot pursuit while Ada and Guil are left at home to keep peepers on the dastartedly duc. This was a fairly enjoyable romp, there’s not a great deal of politics or history, the revolution itself is very much background noise to what’s happening with Olympe the electric girl. I liked James’ journey in this book, I felt he was probably the most authentic 19 year ol The French Revolution! We are back, The Battalion of the Dead are split in two. James has taken Olympe to England with Al and Camille in hot pursuit while Ada and Guil are left at home to keep peepers on the dastartedly duc. This was a fairly enjoyable romp, there’s not a great deal of politics or history, the revolution itself is very much background noise to what’s happening with Olympe the electric girl. I liked James’ journey in this book, I felt he was probably the most authentic 19 year old of the lot; trying to prove himself and making a mess of it because he doesn’t know who he is yet. We are all idiots when we are 19. I do however find it hard to believe that a peer of the realm would marry his 19 year old first son off to a penniless French runaway but there’s a lot of imagination stretching in this book (Hot Frankenstein/ Electric girl) so sure fine. My big stumbling block with these books is Camille and Ada I can’t stand either of them. Camille is terrible she’s selfish, bossy, unthinking, careless of everyone around her and uses them for her own ends but they all love her, why? She’s awful. She looks down her nose at James family who take her in, feed her, clothe her, love her as one of their own and she mocks them for it. She’s a snob. Ada isn’t much better she puts everything at risk to satisfy her own need to be recognised for her perceived genius. Al is one of the only characters to speak any sense and Guil is an absolute hero his only failing is that he likes Camille (again why?) even Olympe has her head on properly and she was imprisoned in an iron mask for years. It’s silly but it’s fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved Dangerous Remedy, and came into the sequel with incredibly high hopes. Kat blew all of them out of the water with Monstrous Design; somehow, I liked it even more than the first book. The pacing is impeccable, the characters even more complex and frustrating and sympathetic than they were before. So so excited for the finale and outraged that I'll have to wait an entire year for it! I loved Dangerous Remedy, and came into the sequel with incredibly high hopes. Kat blew all of them out of the water with Monstrous Design; somehow, I liked it even more than the first book. The pacing is impeccable, the characters even more complex and frustrating and sympathetic than they were before. So so excited for the finale and outraged that I'll have to wait an entire year for it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thankyou to Head of Zeus for providing me with a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Monstrous Design follows directly on from Dangerous Remedy – Camille, separated from Ada, and Al are determined to find Olympe’s kidnapper. Camille has a plan, but it’s dangerous at best and time is running out before she’ll have to actually go through with it. Meanwhile, the experiments with power haven’t ended with Olympe and a new, horrifying one is taking place. I loved Dangero Thankyou to Head of Zeus for providing me with a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Monstrous Design follows directly on from Dangerous Remedy – Camille, separated from Ada, and Al are determined to find Olympe’s kidnapper. Camille has a plan, but it’s dangerous at best and time is running out before she’ll have to actually go through with it. Meanwhile, the experiments with power haven’t ended with Olympe and a new, horrifying one is taking place. I loved Dangerous Remedy but for some reason, Monstrous Design didn’t quite grab me in the same way. In the first book, I felt like there was a goal and fast paced writing to get us there. This book just seemed to meander on with no real point. Maybe it was a case of middle book syndrome for me, or maybe I just wasn’t quite in the headspace I needed to be in. The experiment angle was interesting but the rest seemed to just be a lot of not much happening 😕 I will definitely still read the next book though!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Mills

    A fast-paced and exciting sequel to Dangerous Remedy. Review to come as part of the blog tour. A fast-paced and exciting sequel to Dangerous Remedy. Review to come as part of the blog tour.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth Knight

    An absolutely outstanding follow up to the equally incredible debut Monstrous Design will have you gripped as you follow the twists turns heartaches and betrayals of Le battalion des Morts. Honestly, I didn't think I could love this series more but I do. An absolutely outstanding follow up to the equally incredible debut Monstrous Design will have you gripped as you follow the twists turns heartaches and betrayals of Le battalion des Morts. Honestly, I didn't think I could love this series more but I do.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Quick Note: I have a small extract as part of the MONSTROUS DESIGN blog tour up on my blog, The Pewter Wolf Reads/a>. I would like to thank the UK publisher, Zephyr, and PR company, Midas, for including me in this tour. Quick Note: I have a small extract as part of the MONSTROUS DESIGN blog tour up on my blog, The Pewter Wolf Reads/a>. I would like to thank the UK publisher, Zephyr, and PR company, Midas, for including me in this tour.

  30. 5 out of 5

    WESLEY ST

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