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