Reviewer: Meigan @DreamingInPages
Release Date: June 15, 2021
An unusual girl. An enigmatic man. An ancient castle. What could go wrong?
An outcast her entire life, Corvina Clemm is left adrift after losing her mother. When she receives the admission letter from the mysterious University of Verenmore, she accepts it as a sign from the universe. The last thing she expects though is an olden, secluded castle on top of a mountain riddled with secrets, deceit, and death.
An enigma his entire life, Vad Deverell likes being a closed book but knowing exactly everything that happens in the university. A part-time professor working on his thesis, Vad has been around long enough to know the dangers the castle possesses.
And he knows the moment his paths cross with Corvina, she's dangerous to everything that he is.
They shouldn't have caught each other's eye. They cannot be. But a chill-inducing century-old mystery forces them to collide. People have disappeared every five years for over a hundred years, and Corvina is getting clues to unraveling it all, and Vad needs to keep an eye on her.
And so begins a tale of the mystique, the morbid, the macabre, and a deep love that blossoms in the unlikeliest of places.
“You’re the mountain I build my castle on, brick by brick,” she whispered to him, her eyes stinging. “You stand, I soar. You crack, I crumble.”
Dark, atmospheric, and filled to the brim with secrets, GOTHIKANA is a rich and immersive gothic romance that’s just as mysterious as it is eerie. With a handsome and brooding hero of questionable morals and a raven-haired, violet-eyed woman with a family history of mental...otherness at the center of it all, this is a book that will raise more questions than answers.
This book had a little bit of everything — murder, suspense, a steamy af romance, and for good measure, characters that you just can’t trust. Vad is as secretive as he is broody, Corvina has a history of hearing voices, and both of those made for a great feeling of unreliability. Is Vad at the center of the mysterious school murders? Are the voices Corvina hears those of the dead, or are they all side effects of her inherited mental instability?
I don’t want to go in to too much detail surrounding Corvina and her mental state because I feel like maybe the author hasn’t fully fleshed that part of the story out yet. Her mom does suffer from schizophrenia, though much of her part of the story is still very much shrouded in mystery. I have a few theories concerning all of it, and I guess ill just have to wait for the next book to see if my theories hold any water. Bottom line — eerie, atmospheric, with a super steamy (and sweet!) romance, this is a book that filled my dark heart with joy. 4 stars, and I’ll be waiting not-so-patiently for more from Vad, Corvina, and Verenmore Academy.