Review: Beguiled

Title: Beguiled
Author: Cyla Panin
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Publisher and Author
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A dark and enthralling story about a young woman who makes a deal with a spirit to try and gain her independence—and the twisted price she has to pay for it

Ella is a 17-year-old weaver whose entire livelihood depends on her loom. She dreams of opening her own shop, but when her father died in debtor’s prison, she had to support herself by taking whatever clients she could get. In order to buy her supplies she goes into debt of her own, and when her loom breaks, Ella realizes she needs more help than a repairperson can give her. She, like everyone, has heard about the old washerwoman spirit called the Bean-Nighe who will grant any one wish—for a price.

But Ella is desperate, so she asks the Bean-Nighe to fix her loom. And it works. The loom is fixed, and she’s creating beautiful pieces she could have never imagined before. All she has to do is feed the loom a drop of blood each time she weaves—a small price to pay for such magnificent silks. And when she brings two bolts to a rich client, she meets a mysterious young man named Callum and bargains for an invitation to his exclusive party. At that party, he’s so mesmerized by her talent, he offers Ella a place to live and patronage for her art. It seems like Ella’s fortune is finally turning for the better . . . until she begins to notice the loom taking more from her than she offered.

As she becomes entangled in the lives of the city’s rich, swept into Callum’s allure, and trapped by the Bean-Nighe’s magic, Ella must figure out a way to secure her future while she still has a future at all.


Since Ella’s father died in a debtor’s prison, she’s had to support herself with her weaving. She dreams of being able to open a shop, but she has had to go into debt to buy the supplies for her weaving. When her loom breaks, Ella only has one choice: to go make a deal with Bean-Nighe, a washerwoman spirit at the river who will grant any wish, for a price. Ella makes the deal and her loom is fixed, and now it creates better silks than ever before. She sells the silks to a high paying client, Odina, who introduces her to Callum. When they discover at a party that Ella’s silks also hold magical powers, Callum offers to be Ella’s patron so that he can have exclusive access to her silks. Ella thinks her luck has finally changed, but her new skill comes at a high price that she has to determine if it’s worth giving up part of herself. 

This was such a great fantasy novel. It was nearly impossible to put down by the end because there were so many twists and surprising reveals. 

One thing that I love in a story is when my feelings towards a character changes by the end of the story. There was one character who I was suspicious of for most of the story, but turned out to be a good person by the end. There was also a morally gray character who didn’t really have any redeeming qualities at the end. 

Beguiled is a great young adult fantasy!

Thank you Cyla Panin and Abrams Kids for sending me a copy!

What to read next:

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin

Have you read Beguiled? What did you think of it?


Review: A Merry Little Meet Cute

Title: A Merry Little Meet Cute
Author: Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Avon
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 20, 2022
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone—a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with.

Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.


Bee Hobbes is a successful plus-size adult film star under the stage name Bianca von Honey. When her producer casts her in a clean Christmas move for the Hope Channel, Bee is ready to take her career in a new direction. Her co-star will be Nolan Shaw, a former boy band singer whose career ended with a scandal. Nolan decided to do this movie to make extra money to help his sick mother and young sister. As soon as they meet on set in Vermont, Nolan recognizes Bee as Bianca von Honey because he subscribes to her ClosedDoor channel. Things heat up between them, but they have to keep their relationship a secret so that Bee’s other career isn’t discovered and their movie isn’t cancelled. 

This was a super steamy read! There were some funny holiday-themed romance moments that were a little silly, but it was a good story too. 

I liked that even though Bee and Nolan each had big secrets that they were keeping from almost everyone else on set, they knew each other’s secrets. I was surprised because usually the love interests in a romance are keeping the huge secrets from each other but in this story, the tension comes when everyone else discovers the secrets. Bee’s and Nolan’s secrets bonded them throughout the story and made them have an intense and steamy romance. 

A Merry Little Meet Cute is a steamy holiday rom com!

Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a digital copy of this book.

What to read next:

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Have you read A Merry Little Meet Cute? What did you think of it?