One for my enemy book review + guide 

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Estimated reading time: 11 minutes

Title: One for My Enemy 

Author: Olivie Blake

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Romance

Pages: 404

Authors website: Find more of her here

One for my Enemy Book Summary: 

In New York City where we lay our scene, two rival witch families fight to maintain control of their respective criminal ventures. On one side of the conflict are the Antonova sisters, each one beautiful, cunning, and ruthless, and their mother, the elusive supplier of premium intoxicants known only as Baba Yaga. On the other side, the influential Fedorov brothers serve their father, the crime boss known as Koschei the Deathless, whose community extortion ventures dominate the shadows of magical Manhattan. 

After twelve years of tenuous coexistence, a change in one family’s interests causes a rift in the existing stalemate. When bad blood brings both families to the precipice of disaster, fate intervenes with a chance encounter, and in the aftershocks of a resurrected conflict, everyone must choose a side. As each of the siblings struggles to stake their claim, fraying loyalties threaten to rot each side from the inside out.

If, that is, the enmity between empires doesn’t destroy them first.

So I did review one for my enemy already on the blog here but I wanted to kind of delve a bit more and structure my review a little more. Because when I feel like I was all over the place. 

I thought about deleting that post but I put a lot into it and I think it’s nice to look back and see what I thought before. So if you want to check out that review, read it here. 

What kind of readers will love one for my enemy?

You will love reading One for My Enemy if you’re a fan of Romeo and Juliet retellings. 

There are also mentions of Baba Yaga but I am not familiar with that folklore. But if you are and that sparks your interest then you will love this book. 

One for My Enemy is the perfect contemporary fantasy that gives a unique supernatural spin to Romeo and Juliet 

Pros

The quotes- Olivie Blake should write a poetry book if she hasn’t already

Giving the feel of Romeo and Juliet by providing acts throughout the story

Cons

Although it was a beautiful book, Olivie Blake could have gone into more detail about the magical side of things. Often I felt like situations just happened and I had a hard time figuring out why or how. Especially the dying bit where they brought someone back to life. 

But that could just be me, I love stories with witches and magic so I would’ve liked to see more of why they were a respected powerful family instead of it being told to me. 

The names were all over the place- It was hard to tell who a character was talking about because everyone has nicknames. 

There wasn’t much around the apothecary store or the family business that everyone seemed to talk about. 

No display of what kind of powers the characters have other than the twins. 

It does feel like there’s an overload of information.

About Olivie Blake: 

Olivie Blake is a fantasy writer who is best known for her bestseller the Atlas Six series which I have reviewed here on the blog check it out!

This is what Olivie Blake had to say about her book One For My Enemy 

Olivie Blake talking about One for my enemy

What is the theme of One for My Enemy?

One for My Enemy theme revolves around family loyalty, revenge, unforbidden love, family expectations

What one does for their family- particularly the oldest child. And I think Olivie does an amazing job showing the differences in how the eldest child of the family deals with their relationship vs the youngest. 

As well as the loyalty each of the individual characters have to their family 

Is there any romance in one for my enemy?

Seeing as it’s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet I would be worried if there wasn’t any romance. 

So yeah there is romance. 

There are two main romantic relationships in this book starting with Marya and Dimitri. 

Then Lev and Sasha, the two youngest of their families. The storytelling, the quotes, and the descriptions that picture their love are chefs’ kiss. Olivie Blake really has a way with words. 

I never liked poetry but if Olivia Blake wrote a poetry book, I am first in line to preorder, purchase, at the book signing everything. 

What drew me to this book?

Honestly, after reading the atlas six I really wanted to read more of her work. I’m a sucker for dark academia and anything magical fantasy related to that so naturally I wanted to see if this author had similar books to that. The covers of her other books, this one included caught my attention, and when I read the plot I was sold. 

The first time I read Romeo and Juliet was in ninth grade and then after reading it as a class, we watched the movie with Leonardo Dicaprio. 

And my first impression of reading it was why didn’t anyone just communicate!!!

And I love that one for my enemy pulled at that same frustration. It was a good frustration tho. Like I was upset at everyone’s actions but that’s what good writing does. Make you so frustrated you want to go into the book and slap the characters. 

I tend to spoil so I’m trying to say a lot without saying a lot.

Unless you guys like reviews with spoilers, let me know if you like spoilers. I’m always curious whether it puts people off from reading a book for themselves. 

I’m always so curious- even if a review is bad I’ll still want to read the book because I want to see if there’s any truth to it. 

But enough rambling- 

One for my enemy characters list and guide

In order of the families 

The Antonovas: Baba Yaga has 7 daughters but We don’t see much of them in the book. Like at all to be honest. They own an apothecary shop where they sell magical drugs. And they sell these magical drugs to humans. 

Marya Antonova also known as Masha– 

The eldest daughter of Baba Yaga. She is over the age of thirty. 

Marya is named after her mother because not only is she the eldest but she is also the favorite. I don’t remember what kind of magical powers she has because, to be honest, it wasn’t mentioned throughout the book. It was probably mentioned once. But she is, according to the book- the most powerful.

People are known to be afraid of her and her family’s name. 

Marya is in love with Dimitri but knows she can never be with him. She puts aside her feelings and does what’s right for her family. Or at least what her mother thinks is right for the family.

Katya Antonova– 

Second oldest. She has a two-year-old son named Luka. mentioned through references but not really in the book

The twins:

 I can’t for the life of me remember their names. They have the power to bring someone to life and see the dead. Well one of them can see the dead and the other can bring someone to life. I would’ve liked to see more of them in the story. 

Alexandra Antonova also known as Sasha- 

She is the youngest and she is 22 years old. 

Sasha is in college but her mother doesn’t really approve because she wants all of Sasha’s focus to be at the apothecary shop they own. 

Stanislav Makismov also known as Stas– 

He is a borough witch and he is married to Masha. He knows Masha doesn’t love him like she does Dimitri. But they have love for each other. 

Masha’s bodyguard– 

He is always around Masha. Lol, that’s pretty much it. 

He loves her as well but in a different way. Like a respectful way. Not sure how to explain it. I feel like I’m not doing much with these descriptions but it’s been a while since I read the book. 

Baba Yaga – 

The mother is the queen of the Antonovas. She has extremely high expectations of all her daughters. And she is protective of them as well. She was poisoning her husband- The girl’s father’s when they were younger because she felt like her husband was too weak to take over and she wanted to have an empire alone without him. 

“My daughters are diamonds, as Yaga so often said. Nothing is more beautiful. Nothing shines brighter. And most importantly, nothing will break them.”

The Fedorovs

They own an antique furniture store called Koschei’s. Southeast of Baba Yaga’s store on Bowery. 

Just like Baba Yaga, Koschei is a front for their magical business. 

Dimitri also known as Dima aka the crown prince– 

Whenever business had to be done for the family, Dimitri took care of it because he was the eldest. 

He loved Marya and would’ve been with her in an instant. 

Lord, when will it be my turn?

Roman Aka Roma Aka moron Aka no brain at all 

Complete idiot. Makes rash decisions and doesn’t think them through clearly. Is blinded by stupidity.

Caused every problem in the story. 

Lev– 

Lev is the youngest of the boys and he is in love with Sasha. The youngest of the Antonova’s 

Koschei “the deathless”

Koschei is the father of the boys, His wife passed after Lev was born. His sons are all he has. He has expectations for Dimitri to lead after him but In my opinion, I don’t feel like he puts as much on him as Baba Yaga does her daughters. 

The Bridge-

The bridge acts as a lawyer in the human world but he is a fairy. 

He also makes deals with both of the families 

Other characters that are mentioned but not integral to the story

Eric- Blond hair, Sexist, annoying, drug dealer for the antonova’s, Human

Nirav- Black Hair, Human

John- Human

These 3 characters were a part of a school group project with Sasha. Only Eric is mentioned more than once because they meet up with him about the drugs. 

Is one for my enemy a standalone?

Yes, one for my enemy is a standalone. 

Is One for My Enemy a Romeo and Juliet retelling?

Yes, I thought it was interesting that Olivie Blake managed to write a unique spin on Romeo and Juliet by adding a different narrative and world without making it seem played out. 

What are the relationships in One for My Enemy?

Masha and Dimitri

Even though Masha is married to Stas, She has always been in love with Dimitri since they were kids.

Throughout the story we see their love for one another from afar, Making decisions that wouldn’t hurt one another too deeply. Even though we open the story with Masha hurting Dima. But listen she didn’t want to!! 

Dima took the fall for something his brother did, the idiot brother who shall not be named. That’s what we will refer to him as. 

Masha knew this because she knew Dima would never betray her but she had to act because she couldn’t seem weak, couldn’t afford to make her family seem weak. And Dima knew she had to do what she did. And he let her. 😭

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Masha and Dima Love quotes: One for my enemy

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Sasha and Lev 

The youngest of both families. I thought it was interesting how they met. Because they knew of the other family but they didn’t know one another belonged to the other family. 

Well until they exchanged phone numbers. 

Lev found out who she was based on her last name. And then she found out later. 

But despite their families being enemies and in competition with each other, they decided to still date in secret. 

I thought it was really bold of Sasha to invite Lev to the apothecary during her shift. Because Masha knew who Lev was and what if she saw him?

Sasha and Lev’s relationship was what you expect a young teen relationship to be. 

After what happened to Lev, Sasha wanted revenge. It started Sasha on a revenge road toward the idiot brother. 

One for my enemy world-building 

The world building was great. It did lack the magical part, only in the way of understanding how the magic worked. The families were powerful and feared. Yet we only got like, one example of that . And what was the borough witch/ council there for?

Like Masha’s husband for example. He is a borough witch- but he seemed pointless in the story other than to serve as her husband. 

I wish she wrote more of that storyline in. We did get some information about the witch council, but that was at the end. And it felt rushed.

Should you read one for my enemy?

I would recommend it for sure, It’s a great story. It’s very much character-driven rather than plot-driven. 

There were moments where I felt like it was too much information at once. with no further explanation.

So it could be messy to follow along. 

But the theme stayed true to Romeo and Juliet and if you’re a fan of that, I really think you will come to enjoy one for my enemy. 

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