I was fortunate to be asked to blurb this gorgeous novel. There are books that make you think and books that make you feel.
This one is a rare bird; itI was fortunate to be asked to blurb this gorgeous novel. There are books that make you think and books that make you feel.
This one is a rare bird; it is both.
And I devoured it in one greedy, glorious go. Part of me regrets that. I should have savored it, and there are SO MANY questions.
This is everything YA fantasy could possibly be. If you think the blurb sounds intriguing, the book is so much more. It's achingly lovely, heartbreaking, lushly imagined and beautifully wrought. I feel unworthy to call myself a writer after having read this. I tell stories to the best of my abilities, but I am awed by the scope and incandescence of Kate Elliott's talent and imagination.
There are so many facets I'd love to examine but even the questions would risk spoilers, and it's too fantastic for me to do that to you, readers. So I'll say this instead:
If you loved Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse, you cannot go wrong with Court of Fives. It will leave you breathless, aching, destroyed and trembling. And you will want the next installment more than you can at this moment conceive.
This book is pretty much the best thing ever, sheer perfection. In fact, she's giving me a complex with her gorgeous writing and crazy-intense feels,This book is pretty much the best thing ever, sheer perfection. In fact, she's giving me a complex with her gorgeous writing and crazy-intense feels, plus the HOTNESS.
I'm trying to finish up a romance trilogy here and I have no idea how I'm going to manage it. My self-esteem is below sea level, feeling sorry for itself. HOW CAN I EVER WRITE ROMANCE THIS WELL?
Okay, so the story of how I read this book needs to be documented. I was on tour with Leigh Bardugo (and other Fierce Read authors), but it was LeighOkay, so the story of how I read this book needs to be documented. I was on tour with Leigh Bardugo (and other Fierce Read authors), but it was Leigh who kept talking about The Winner's Curse when interviewers would ask us what book we just finished that was amazing. So I listened to this recommendation for a week, and by the time I got home, I was really worked up to read The Winner's Curse.
Since I'm a mature human being, I got on Twitter, and was like, "OMG MARIE RUTKOSKI, WHY DOES LEIGH HAVE THIS BOOK AND I DO NOT? You hate me, don't you?" She claimed she did not. And yet, I STILL DIDN'T HAVE THIS BOOK. She kindly offered me an early copy, but I didn't want to wait for her to mail it. So then I sent an all-caps kind of email to our mutual publicist, begging, "PLEASE MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE."
The upshot is that I got a lovely digital arc in my inbox, proving that it's totally a good idea to throw a fit when you want something and do not have it. I am sure this life lesson will prove invaluable in other venues. ;)
I immediately dove into the book and devoured it. The writing is just so beautiful that it gives me a complex yet you know how with some books, you focus so much on how PRETTY the words are that when you get halfway through, you realize that you don't actually feel anything for the characters? TWC is not like that. This book has everything I love: incredible characters, gorgeous writing, top-notch worldbuilding, a wonderful plot, and knotty conflict. By the time everything sort of exploded, beautifully, of course, I had no idea what I wanted to happen, but I only knew I wanted more, more more, more! Sadly no amount of begging can get the next book in my hands any faster. This is a phenomenal YA fantasy and you should all read it as soon as you can. I loved it so much, I blurbed it. Which I don't do very often anymore.
"The Winner's Curse is breathtaking, a lyrical triumph in YA fantasy. Marie Rutkoski writes with tremendous power and has created an epic of fearless beauty. This book should not be missed."
--Ann Aguirre, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Razorland trilogy
That's my endorsement. Don't criticize this book to me if you don't want to fight. *puts up dukes*...more
If you're looking for an intensely emotional, very different sort of YA romance, this is your choicGothic. Mysterious. Haunting. Beautifully written.
If you're looking for an intensely emotional, very different sort of YA romance, this is your choice. I love that it's the girl with the serious pnr issues, and that she's the focus of all the drama. Lena is strong, fierce, beautiful, and so very worth Ethan's adoration.
The worldbuilding is topnotch. I can't think of anything else to say, other than read it yourself, if you haven't already. You probably have. ...more
First off, ignore the blurb. This heroine isn't forced to do anything. She's one of the most empowered heroines I've ever read. Second, this is a kickFirst off, ignore the blurb. This heroine isn't forced to do anything. She's one of the most empowered heroines I've ever read. Second, this is a kick-ass retelling of Beauty and the Beast without the imbalance of power issues. So if that's your thing, then just get it. No need to read on.
This book has splendid writing, a riveting story, beautifully drawn characters, a compelling premise, smoldering sexual tension, and an unforgettable ending. Really, what more do you need to know? Go buy it, read it, and I defy you not to fall in love it. This will go on one of my Top 10 reads for 2012, and it's deliciously fresh & original.
This book was absolutely phenomenal. I just read a YA that was a struggle for me; I only finished it because I'm rather OC in some ways. Once I startThis book was absolutely phenomenal. I just read a YA that was a struggle for me; I only finished it because I'm rather OC in some ways. Once I start a book, I want to know how it ends, so I limp to the finish even if I find it boring and excruciating. I bought NEVERMORE on Kindle last night, thinking it would be a good reward for keeping my word count goals on the novel I'm currently writing. I stared reading it after midnight, which was a huge mistake, because I couldn't stop until I finished it. I'm a fast reader, so I did get a little sleep last night, but not the normal amount...
Because NEVERMORE was delicious, addictive, unexpected, spooky / creepy, beautiful in the way that a graveyard in the moonlight is beautiful yet with a touch of the haunting forbidden. Isobel is a strong character who grows over the course of the book. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her willingness to say, "Hey, screw you, that's WRONG" to people she thought were her friends. (I'm not quoting dialogue by the way, merely referencing actions.) The way the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe weaves through the novel is fascinating.
The worldbuilding was splendid. The characters were divine. The story itself charmed and intrigued me, and I couldn't get enough.
If that's not sufficient reason to understand why I loved this book SO VERY MUCH, then there's Varen. I am a total sucker for a beautiful tormented Goth / emo boy, and I can't even express how much I adored the hero. He's the sort of character who creeps into your dreams, who tiptoes through your waking hours, and you can't stop thinking about him. Check it:
"She froze, locked by the intensity of his stare. His eyes were stark and cold, the concentrated green of pale jade. Outlined in smudged black kohl, those eyes focused on her, unblinking through the feathery strands of his jet-black hair, and it was like being watched through a cage by a complacent and calculating cat."
You get it now, don't you? He also possesses a Cassandra quality, that doomed kind of destiny, and I want ferociously for him to avoid it -- a white-knuckled sinking of the stomach where you whisper please, please, please, as you read. The first description I read of him, early on, literally took my breath away... and sealed the deal. I haven't crushed this hard on a fictional dude in ages. I'm also devastated that I have to wait until 2012 to read the next book.
This is such a beautiful book. I've never seen dual storylines intertwined with such facility and elegance. Usually, when the author take this approacThis is such a beautiful book. I've never seen dual storylines intertwined with such facility and elegance. Usually, when the author take this approach, one will be more appealing than the other, but both stories were fascinating.
The historical detail was meticulous; the writing is lyrical and evocative. The characters feel real.
This book made me cry. I would recommend it for readers of Diana Gabaldon. Yes, it's that good. ...more
Meredith Duran is one of the most gifted writers of historical romance on the market today. I fell in love with her gorgeous prose after reading her dMeredith Duran is one of the most gifted writers of historical romance on the market today. I fell in love with her gorgeous prose after reading her debut, THE DUKE OF SHADOWS.
I continue to be awed by her talent and imagination. This is a beautiful, evocative book. It enthralls you. It enchants you. It breaks your heart and makes you smile with tears still drying on your cheeks. Unlike many historical romances, this one has grit. You can taste the smoky air of Victorian London. You can imagine what the factories with small children chained to the machines were like. Within the framework of this darkness, she fashions the brightness of a love story. I could ramble on and on about how much I love this book, but I think I'll just say this. It's one of those that when you're done, you want to clasp it to your chest and just cherish that magnificent ache while asking yourself if you could ever create anything so splendid. ...more
Excellent suspense. Barely any romance, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the one for you. However, it does have a fascinating relationExcellent suspense. Barely any romance, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the one for you. However, it does have a fascinating relationship and fabulous characters. It's spooky, tense, and atmospheric. ...more
This is absolutely amazing. The writing is evocative, lyrical, the epitome of elegant restraint. Ms. Stevens' grasp of setting as character is nothingThis is absolutely amazing. The writing is evocative, lyrical, the epitome of elegant restraint. Ms. Stevens' grasp of setting as character is nothing short of sublime. Her Charleston is a fascinating place, every bit as vivid and enthralling as her lead characters, Amelia Grey and John Devlin. This book is a must-read for those who enjoy Gothic-touched mystery threaded through diamond-bright with sexual tension and forbidden longing. Why are you still here? Go get this book, and then read it immediately. ...more