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  • Within These Wicked Walls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (455 ratings)

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Within These Wicked Walls

By: Lauren Blackwood
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
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Interview: Upping the Stakes on 'Jane Eyre' in 'Within These Wicked Walls'

'When you find someone who understands what you were saying and can express it, that is so special.'
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  • 'When you find someone who understands what you were saying and can express it, that is so special.'

Publisher's Summary

* Reese's Book Club Fall 2021 YA Pick *

"Lauren Blackwood’s can’t-miss debut is a magical, Ethiopian-inspired remix of Jane Eyre." (Harper's Bazaar)

What the heart desires, the house destroys....

Andromeda is a debtera — an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron — a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.

When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he’s rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules… and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice.

But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option because — heaven help her — she’s fallen for him.

Stunningly romantic, Lauren Blackwood's heartstopping debut, Within These Wicked Walls, ushers in an exciting new fantasy voice.

"An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting." (Jordan Ifueko, New York Times best-selling author of Raybearer)

©2021 Lauren Blackwood (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

* REESE'S BOOK CLUB FALL 2021 YA PICK *

* A NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 KIDS' INDIE NEXT PICK *

ESSENCE, "19 Black Children's Books To Share With The Little Ones In Your Life"

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, "Hot New Books with Hollywood Appeal"

CULTURESS, "21 exciting YA book releases we can’t wait to read in Fall 2021"

BOOKISH, "20 YA Books by Black Authors for Your 2021 TBR"

BOOK RIOT, "20 Must-Read 2021 Young Adult Fantasy Releases"

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POP SUGAR, "The 55 Best New Books of October" and "11 New YA Books You Won't Want to Miss This October"

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"Lauren Blackwood’s can’t-miss debut is a magical, Ethiopian-inspired remix of Jane Eyre." - HARPER'S BAZAAR

"[A] creepy, immersive, romantic and thrilling retelling." - MS. MAGAZINE

"A fast-paced and heart-wrenching tale...Perfect for lovers of light horror, romance, and suspense, Within These Wicked Walls will be a surefire pick for the coming autumn nights." - BOOKLIST (starred review)

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Really loved it

The story was very entertaining. That’s what matters to me most. However, it was quite irritating listening to Ethiopian characters with English accents. Can we stop doing that in 2021? I don’t know, maybe in 2022, 2023, at some point we have to stop catering to white supremacy. Regardless, I love the story. It’s very inventive. But the best part where the relationships between the characters. They were all heart.

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This book is a must have!!

The book was beautifully crafted and the narrator gave it life. I will listen to this book again because of the small jewels in this book . I loved it like truly. I wish the author did a part 2 or has another book. I love this book !!!! Top 5

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Story and Performance

Great story for October! ♡ As I listened, I felt like I learned about what was going on, not only from the actual words, but also from context.
Great performance on the audio version! 🙌🏻

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Not a fan

I kept waiting for this to get better. I agree with someone else who mentioned they felt like parts were missing. This book is clearly well liked, but it was not for me.

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Ummm ..

I really wanted to love this book; but I only liked it. The plot was good but it felt like pieces were missing in-between the story.
Maybe it's just me...

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Loved it!

Read this! What a great story and a great reader! I am so glad I gave it a chance.

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Great read

As the book started I immediately thought it wasn’t for me. I held in there and boy am I glad I did. Loved it. Great book and the narrator’s performance was very engaging

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Excellence

Not my typical genre, I gave it whirl. And was Not disappointed. The story captured and transported me. The narration was flawless. 100% enjoyed every word. I'm a 50yr old woman who loves horror. What an excellent and delicious excursion from my typical. Bravo. Highly recommend.

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think I may be to old for this book

young love and the spirit world.. teenage book for sure...good performance for sure. I was bored unfortunately

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Sweet 🧅

More please. The female lead’s are complex, ethical, loving, tough, humorous, and flawed. This is an imaginative retelling of Jane Eyre that packs a punch along with along with a blossoming❤️. A new classic.

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  • N. D. Taylor
  • 10-13-22

Flat characters and plot

Maybe if it hadn’t been sold as a reimagining of Jane Eyre I wouldn’t be so disappointed. Unfortunately it bears no resemblance to the original whatsoever, and Blackwood’s Rochester is one of the most infantile, insufferable MCs I have come across in a long time. The love between the two main characters makes no sense whatsoever. Okoye is a good narrator, except she makes hardly any effort to differentiate between characters so sometimes it’s hard to follow who says what.

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  • Dainora Tumpaite
  • 07-08-22

Great story but narrator not so much

When describing story narrator was very flat apart from dialogues, dialogues were brilliant. But rest of the story lacks emotion

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  • Ange35
  • 04-17-22

Good storyline but a bit flat in narration.

I loved the story. But felt the narration fell flat and mono tone. Feel this would make a great TV series.

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  • Ms M Linnie
  • 11-10-21

A Terrifying story on the quest to true love.

Wonderful performance to invoke the imagination. Terrifying at parts but on the quest for true love which kept me hanging on until the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-21

suited for tweens not adults

I was enticed to buy this book because it is a Reece Witherspoon Bookclub selection. As I listened and became increasingly bored and annoyed by the predictable and over sentimental love story arc, I realised I am about 30yrs too old for this read. At 45 I don't find the "he loves me, he loves me not" whiplash emotions of tweens intriguing. The rest of the story which could have been interesting was overshadowed by the love story typical to a 16yr old girl's fantasy world. I eventually lost patience, got bored and stopped listening.

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  • Mrs P Collins
  • 10-28-21

Simply amazing

Fantastic book! Couldn’t put it away and finished within 2 days. Brilliantly read by Nneka with such animation to feel the tension, fear, passion and each character came to life.
Enjoyed it immensely.
Thank you

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  • Ogechi Anucha
  • 10-21-21

a great listen

I loved the narration, very engaging. I really enjoyed it! I think the story was well done and the romance believable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-22

A slow burn

I found the story line weak and slow. I thought the characters were over emotional. The overall storyline was interesting, but I felt it could have had more detail and grit. The narrator was pleasant to listen to, but almost a bit casual when it came to the exciting parts. I wanted to love this book more as it was recommended to me, but it wasn't quite right for me.

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  • 01-13-22

Meh

This is the first book recommendation from Reeces Book Club that I bought, but i really didn't enjoy it. The story was so weak, it was primarily a sloppy love story with a sideline of demons. Way too much focus on the love story, and not nearly enough focus on the world in which demons play - that would have been way more interesting!