Wednesday, April 8, 2015

G562 Book Review of The Witch of Painted Sorrows by MJ Rose

Name of Book: The Witch of Painted Sorrows

Author: M.J Rose

ISBN: 978-1-4767-7806-8

Publisher: Atria

Type of book: 1895, Belle Epoque, France, marriage, infidelity, French culture, art school, arts, esoteric matters, body posession, secrets, grandmother/granddaughter relationship, running away, breaking traditions

Year it was published: 2015


Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.


The main characters include Sandrine, a woman running away from her marriage. She appears in France and begins to hang out with her grand-mere who happens to be a famous courtesan. Salome then allows for an ancient spirit to inhabit her body, and despite the audience's and grand-mere's wish, she seems to be reluctant to let it go. Other characters include Salome's grandmother who knows hidden secrets about the ancient power that decides to inhabit Salome, and Julian, an architect who is engaged but falls in love with Salome, as she does with him. The most important character, however is the spirit herself and what she wants and her desires as well as her story.


Its hard to go back


The story is written in first person narrative from Sandrine's point of view. In beginning there is invocation of beauty of the Belle Epoque of Paris and of where Salome finds herself located at. But then, just as the reader begins to develop a plateau for the place and time, new elements become consistently introduced which means that the reader has to readjust their plateau. Little by little, with hardly any notice or warning, the reader then starts descending into madness along with Salome, which create amazing plot twists where I didn't know where the story was going with this.

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About the Author03_M.J. Rose Author

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.
She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at
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Lush, sensual, evocative, a cocktail blend of elegance, fantasy, horror, gothic and supernatural elements in one book. I've previously only read The Collector of Dying Breaths and although I found it good and well-written, with this one the author really outdoes herself. Many times I would be reading the story, and my mouth would be dropped open because I couldn't believe what just happened or what was revealed. Reading it reminded me of the frightening stories I used to read as a kid such as Fear Street by R.L Stine; and  then there were a lot of elements in Dreams of the Red Chamber except the descent into madness is taken at a faster speed. In some cases it also echoed Tale of Genji supernatural elements and the elegance of the time. By the way, the cover is very breath taking and amazing as well.

This is for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

The Witch of Painted Sorrows Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 16
Review at Unshelfish
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Tuesday, February 17
Spotlight at Let them Read Books
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, February 18
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Friday, February 20
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Monday, February 23
Review & Guest Post at Bookish
Review at The Novel Life
Tuesday, February 24
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, February 25
Review at Just One More Chapter
Friday, February 27
Review at Broken Teepee
Guest Post at The Novel Life
Monday, March 2
Review at A Dream Within a Dream
Interview at Reading Lark
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse
Tuesday, March 3
Review at Book Babe
Wednesday, March 4
Review at Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, March 5
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Friday, March 6
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Review & Interview at Mina’s Bookshelf
Monday, March 9
Review at A Book Geek
Tuesday, March 10
Review at Based on a True Story
Thursday, March 12
Spotlight at Historical Readings & Reviews
Monday, March 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Review at Quirky Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 17
Review at This, That, and the Other Thing
Wednesday, March 18
Review at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, March 19
Review & Guest Post at Mari Reads
Monday, March 23
Review at Book Drunkard
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Review at Drey’s Library
Tuesday, March 24
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, March 25
Review at Bookshelf Fantasies
Friday, March 27
Spotlight at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection
Tuesday, March 31
Review at Dab of Darkness
Wednesday, April 1
Review at Genre Queen
Interview at Dab of Darkness
Monday, April 6
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, April 7
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, April 8
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, April 13
Review at Lita’s Book Blog
Review at She is Too Fond of Books
Tuesday, April 14
Review at The True Book Addict
Wednesday, April 15
Review at A Novel Review
Monday, April 20
Review at Read, Love, Blog
Thursday, April 30
Review at One Book At a Time

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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