Rating: 3/5 stars

Category: New Adult, fantasy, historical, romance

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

Publication date: 30 June 2022

Pages: 546

Source: Netgalley

Trigger: None

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Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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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 – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.

If Dora’s reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. . . but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.


Dora was a little girl when a faerie came to collect her soul as the payment Dora’s mother promised him. Dora’s cousin helped her that day and the faerie was only able to take half of Dora’s soul. She was changed by that encounter; Dora couldn’t feel emotions as intensely anymore, which caused her to act in a manner polite society found unsuitable for a young lady. Dora’s cousin is now out in society and instead of looking for a husband she engineered a situation that would bring her and Dora to the attention of the Kingdom’s magician. Elias meets Dora and is intrigued by her light and so determined to solve the puzzle of restoring Dora’s full soul.

Dora has always thought that she would not get married and although she is grateful to her aunt for taking care of her, she has always been treated as a half person by her aunt. Elias is determined to help Dora but there is a sleeping plague stealing the life of the children and by mutual agreement, Elias and Dora decide to postpone her half-soul problems for the sake of rescuing the poor children. Then they try to do what they can for the orphaned children when polite society chooses to do the bare minimum o nothing at all. They must disguise their activities from their elders who are only interested in matchmaking the young and eligible in their society. What will happen to Dora when her cousin gets married? Will she secure herself a husband or the second half f her soul?

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because t was advertised as the magical version of Bridgerton but it wasn’t. This is a magical faerie version of most Regency novels and none of the scandal or someone divulging everyone’s secrets behind a disguise. So, I was disappointed to find that what I expected was not what I received. Nonetheless, I was impressed by the concept of the story. I loved the writing style which seemed simple to me for a regency style; the conversations with the characters as well were not as rigid as regency novels sometimes are. I loved the friendship and family bond emphasised in the story. It was the right level of eccentric to scandalise the English ton.

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