In Which I Review An Enchantment of Ravens // AKA CUTEST BOOK EVER // Look At That Gorgeous Cover!!!

An Enchantment of Ravens Book Cover An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret Rogerson
Young Adult Fiction
Simon and Schuster
26th September 2017
304

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

All right. I had heard SO MANY good things about this book before I read it. Some bad as well. BUT for some reason the bad didn’t deter me AT ALL??? I think it was just that absolutely stunning cover*

One of the things that I hear that got stuck in my head was this: It reads like a retelling of A Court of Thorns and Roses?????

And it does.

BUT. In my oh so humble opinion it is also 272983640938458734 times better. As much as I loved ACOMAF I felt like I was about to fall asleep for 3/4 of ACOTAR. Needless to say I am RELIEVED.

But literally, there is a young girl who is a painter, seasonal faery courts, a blight that no one knows what the cause is on those courts, and of course a fair one and the painter fall in love. SO ACOTAR but honestly it was done so well.

I haven’t done a list review in FOREVER so I feel like it’s time?!?!? Oh, how I have missed thee, lists.

*I can’t stop staring at it HALP

  • ROOK. Aside from that being a super precious name (?!?!?) he is the Autumn Prince*, and, unlike most normal fair people, he can feel human emotions. He is so sweet and passionate and basically a big bag of marshmallows?!?!? Also he’s super self conscious which I adore. I CAN’T SOMEONE HELP ME.
  • The fact that fair folk live forever, but they can’t feel human emotion or perform any sort of art???? SO TRAGICALLY PAINFUL. And so beautiful. Because of course they want most what they can’t have, so they buy things from humans (clothes, art, food, etc.)

  • Which brings us to the next one which is that love between a fair one and a human is punishable by death. Basically because the others are jealous that a fair one is actually experiencing love and kill them for it. MY KIND OF LAW. Not to mention the irony of the fact that the law is called the Good Law. SO IRONIC.
  • Isobel. She isn’t my FAVORITE character, but I did feel like I could relate to her many times! She is a painter, who makes her living painting the portraits of fair folk – which happens to also be what sets the story in motion. She is a very practical girl, mostly because of the fact that she is the sole provider for her family. But at the same time she is secretly wanting more, wanting to live.

  • The fair folk. They are kind of revolting?!?!? And sooo vain it’s almost funny. I love their cruelty and bloodthirst and disgustingness. JUST READ THE BOOK and you’ll know what I mean. I love that Rogerson didn’t make everything about the courts all rainbows and butterflies. SO GREAT.
  • For me this book didn’t read like a romance? It was still enrapturing and not too slow paced. I felt like there was a lot happening, but it was the perfect amount. And also I AM SO SAD AT HOW SHORT THE BOOK WAS. I had to double check that it isn’t actually part of a series**
  • JUST THE WHOLE FREAKING BOOK OKAY. GO READ IT. AND THEN FLAIL WITH ME ABOUT IT.
  • OH and also it was so refreshing to read about ‘fae males’ that arent like super protective and animalistic?? Don’t get me wrong I love me some Rhys and Rowan, but….I like a Rook every now and then. AND OMG even though the courts were super dangerous for a human Isobel was NOT a damsel in distress.***
*SWOON
**trust me I checked like three times. It’s not. Excuse me while I go cry some more.
***I’M TELLING YOU SO MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK.

EVEN THOUGH I actually gave this baby 5 stars, there were a couple very smol things that bothered me.

  • Sometimes Isobel would say things to Rook that just felt weird and awkward?? Like it just felt out of place (I know I should have marked the spot and quoted it but #slacker)
  • The end felt a little too rushed and tidy and just overall I felt like there could have been a whole second book written about it!!
  • Um. Yeah I think that’s about it. Hah. I LOVE THIS BOOK OKAY. GO READ IT.

He looked down at our intertwined fingers as though they contained the secrets of the universe.

You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.

CAN I JUST WOIEHFOWIEOIGEIHEIUHÖÄIWIFIÄÄPFEWO

Have you read this book?? If not, WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK?? Did you like the book???? Tell me your thoughts!!

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9 thoughts on “In Which I Review An Enchantment of Ravens // AKA CUTEST BOOK EVER // Look At That Gorgeous Cover!!!

  1. Oh great review for this book Esther. 🙂 I haven’t actually seen many reviews for this one but there has been plenty of hype. I feel like my feelings for this novel have been a little up and down; the hype had me really excited, then I saw a negative review so I was a little apprehensive, but now I’ve read your review I’m excited to start it again. 😀
    One day I will read An Enchantment of Ravens, I only hope I enjoy it as much as you did. The fact that you described it at even better than ACOMAF is a major draw for me! 😀
    Again great review. 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks Beth!! There has been a lot of hype haha it’s true! Haha I feel like if you read the book but keep in mind that it isn’t an epic fantasy (aka not just one big giant battle to defeat the Big Evil), and it’s more focused on the characters/romance, it is a lot more enjoyable. It is a really simple fun read!
      Yesss read it!! It was so much better than ACOTAR for me! (tho nothing will ever beat ACOMAF)

      1. That’s all right, and I’ll definitely keep that in mind. I feel like if I’d gone into this book expecting epic fantasy I would have been disappointed. Now I know it’s not that kind of story hopefully I’ll be among the people who loved this one.
        Yeah nothing can ever beat ACOMAF for me either! 😀

  2. I loved that you chose to review this book at this time because it’s sitting in my Amazon cart, just ready to be bought..

    It kept coming up in my recommendations as a book similar to ACOTAR and of course, that made me want to read it SO BAD.. But, I wasn’t sure if it would be a hit or a miss and so, basically I’ve been confused about placing the final order..

    But, your review literally came at such a perfect time! Thanks for helping me make the decision, Esther! 🙂
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  3. I read this and loved it. I couldn’t put it down. I was just so drawn in to the world and I thought it was so cool what Isobel could do with her paintings.
    My one small thing about it is how fair ones can’t feel any human emotion, but yet they can fall in love. Like it’s a really big deal that they can’t feel the same way that humans do, and yet love is the one exception?
    But of course I’m willing to mostly overlook that because it’s kind of the entire premise of the plot and there were so many things in the book that made me so happy.
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    1. Yay a fellow fan!! It was soooo good I could have read the whole thing in one sitting if I had had the time!
      That’s the thing though, most of them CAN’T fall in love, which is why the Good Law exists, basically because if a fair one falls in love, the others get mad/jealous so they have to kill the perpetrator. It is basically an anomaly for any fair one to be able to feel human emotion is an anomaly.

      SPOILER WARNING!!!!

      Remember when they are telling Isobel that she can drink from the well and live happily ever after with Rook?? They were mocking her because they knew that if she drank and became a fair one, she most likely wouldn’t be able to feel love for him anymore.

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