Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Crushed on by kelly, on November 5, 2018, in Blog Tour, Feature, New Releases, Reviews / 3 Comments

Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta was just released and we are thrilled to be a part of the Penguin Young Readers blog tour! We became Amy Rose Capetta fans when she joined team ReMade and brought new perspective to the serial. For today’s stop I am going to share my 5 Reasons I’m looking forward to a sequel of The Brilliant Death! Oh and both Christy and I are also posting a photo on instagram because look at that cover (speaking of covers, you’ve seen Once & Future, right? You’re welcome). Thank you so much to Viking Books for Young Readers and Penguin Audiobooks for the opportunity to read and share my thoughts on this book, which were not influenced in any way.


Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

The Brilliant Death

by Amy Rose Capetta
Narrator: Carlotta Brentan
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers
on October 30, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 352

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don's daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family's enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas--wielders of magic--are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they're real.

Then the Capo, the land's new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo's beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son--not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she's missed by hiding her true nature. But she can't forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what's really going on in their beloved country--and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.



5 Things I’m looking forward to in a sequel of The Brilliant Death

  1. More of Cielo and Teo. These two had chemistry right from their first tete-a-tete.

  2. I really need more of this mysterious and forgotten (only exists in fairytales) magic exploration. More. Forbidden. Magic.

  3. Exploration of feminism and gender in such a fun way. Teo feels that she was trapped into the familial transfer of wealth and power, until she schemes a way to use her magic to change so much. The story unpacks some very real feels here.

  4. The beautiful historical Italian setting was so full of depth and opulence I really could get lost in the prose again. This is a world I want a special viewpoint in.

  5. More of Amy Rose Capetta! Ever since being introduced to her writing during season two of ReMade, a sci-fi serialized series (that I can thank Christy for introducing me), I followed Amy and discovered this novel. Next up for Amy, is Once & Future, co-authored with her wife Cori McCarthy, is a gender bent retelling of the King Arthur story! I’m really excited!


About Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta has written several novels for young adults and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She first dreamed of writing about Vinalia when she was younger than Teo. Once upon a time her father's family lived in Italy, in a small town in the mountainside. Now Amy Rose lives in her very own mountains in Vermont, with her partner and their young son. To learn more, visit




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