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An Enchantment of Ravens

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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
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Emily May
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't like me. So many years of being cautious, and in a matter of minutes I'd started slipping up.

An Enchantment of Ravens is not badly-written, but it is definitely not a book for me. I really wish I'd read some reviews before starting it and noted the comparison to A Court of Thorns and Roses. ACOTAR fans should love this.

This book is for fans of that particular brand of YA romance where a smart, level-headed young woman meets (and is kidnapped by) a prince and her brain instantly tur
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Margaret Rogerson was born to write.

This was my most anticipated novel of the year, and I nearly cried when it showed up on my doorstep. So first and foremost, thank you, Simon and Schuster, for sending me a gorgeous physical copy that I will take 10 billion photos of.

This is the type of story that leaves an impression on you. If you're a writer, have a notebook handy, because you're going to want to highlight or jot down literally HALF this book because the language and prose are that gorgeous
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5*
This was super enjoyable! It was kind of corny at times and quite romance driven which is very hit or miss for me, but I actually really loved the romance. This is definitely one of my favourite faerie stories that I’ve read! More thoughts TK in my wrap up
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I just read the most wonderful book! Oh, how fun it was to get my Fae on 😊



Isobel lives in Whimsy with Emma and the two adopted little girls.

Isobel is a most wonderful painter, this is her craft. She paints for the fae. Her most regular client over the years is Gadfly.

****Might be some spoilers ahead****

So one day, Gadfly tells Isobel she is to be visited by the autumn prince the next day to paint his portrait. Well, of course this freaks Isobel out. She rushes around trying to buy up all the p
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Melanie
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

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

Let me preface this review by letting you all know that all I want in this life is to read books about the fae. Seriously, give me a rainy or snowy day, a big hot cup of tea or coffee, and a book involving anything to do with faeries and I'll be a happy woman. I was completely cap
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Cait • A Page with a View
There's a cocky fae prince of the autumn court who can shapeshift into a raven.



This book seriously had every element I was looking for and just makes me SO happy. I wish it was September now so I could read this with pretty autumn colors outside!

The basic idea: Isobel is a painter who's kidnapped by the faerie prince of the autumn court to stand trial for painting him with an emotion on his face. They narrowly avoid the Wild Hunt and end up taking refuge in the spring court due to all sorts of p
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C.G. Drews
Where do I even begin to say how much I enjoyed this?!? It's an absolutely delightful fae wild adventure, complete with a good dose of SCHEMING which I admit I am such a fan of. The ending had my Slytherin soul all up and shouting in approval. Omg this was just so good. I laughed out loud. I fell in love with the gorgeous writing. I loooooved it.

+ So it was kind of a different "fae" world to what I'm used to.
This does the courts via all the seasons, and I still don't get why some faerie books do
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Samantha
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book had some problems with pacing and I would have loved to see some plot points expanded, I don't care. It was still an enchanting read for me.

This is a book not everyone will enjoy. It can be accused of some insta-love and other rushed plot points. BUT I DON'T CARE. You know those books that just hit so many beats for you that you can ignore many flaws? That is this for me. It has an eerie, magical forest with creative fae beasts I haven't seen described in such a way before and y
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Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
This was pretty underwhelming, which is a huge bummer, because I really wanted to like it.

A lot of people might compare this at first to ACOTAR because of the fair folk and their courts, but - surprise! - fairies and their courts are actually longstanding fairy lore that go back centuries. Sarah J. Maas didn't make all that up on her own.

Anyway, as I said, I really wanted to like this, if only for the cover.

But, alas, the world building felt unfinished, the purpose and direction of the story wa
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
“I wiped off my fingers, but it wasn't the mold or maggots making my stomach revolt... No, it was the knowledge that all around me sat empty people in rotting clothes, nibbling on flyblown trifles while they spoke of nothing of consequence with fixed smiles on their false faces.”

Let’s just rename this book An Enchantment of This User, because this book’s main strength is that it’s so engaging you cannot focus on the flaws. This is one of those books that is just so. freaking. addicting. Were t
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Katerina
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fae, 2017-reads
“Where are half-stars when you need them?”

- Katerina, A Frustrated Goodreader

An Enchantment of Ravens is a great example of why half-stars are essential. It does not deserve 3 stars. It was ideal to make my mind drift and explore uncharted territories, to forget all those tiny and huge daily things that make me lose my sleep. Why not give it 4 stars then, Kat? one could wonder. Well, because I feel that those past months I've matured as a reader - and reviewer - and I came to accept that 3 sta
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destiny ☠ howling libraries
Spoiler-free review!

I was gladdened by the sight of those vicious thorns more than I could say, and wondered whether the stories would have gone any differently if the princesses had been the ones telling them.

A book about star-crossed lovers, art, and a fae prince who shape shifts into a raven? YES, please!

✘ plot
In Whimsy, humans practice Craft: cooking, artistry, writing stories, even designing clothing - all of which the fair folk are drawn to, despite their own lack of capabilities to creat
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Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
First off I’d like to start by saying that this book has been compared to the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series a lot, which was in part why I put off reading it till now(I was afraid of disappointment), but the second I finished the first chapter I knew this was not going to be anything like the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series.

Yes, in this book there are Fair Folk and they have courts, but when have Fairies not had courts! I would be more bewildered if they didn’t have courts. And more ove
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Viktoria Winter
Disclaimer: This book is a spring banquet of ripe grapefruit wine, a summer morning beneath swaying willow trees, an autumnal bonfire deep in the woods, and a wintry dusk backset to the wind.

….At least it made me feel that way. Rogerson killed the imagery game. It was glorious.

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I’ve been waiting for a very long time for a book like this to come out. I’ve always been obsessed with faeries and elvish folklore, and while I’ve read just about every book related to those mythologies nothing ever see
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Sana
I remember once I studied a lot for a math exam and was 200% sure I'd pass but then I actually took the exam. I'm having that feeling now that I've actually finished reading the disaster that was This Book.

Rtc, like shit I'm tired, this was supposed to be Good.

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Please let there be a Ronan Lynch with a pet raven named Chainsaw, thank you.

Buddy read with my favorite wife, Elsie (who I'll tag once I'm less lazy)
may ➹ (hiatus)
Sooooo here I am. Hating on a book that is pretty much LOVED by everyone else. But… I feel no remorse? Only salt. :)

Why did I have to not like this?? Especially because it’s 1) my first ARC, 2) an extremely hyped and well-loved book, 3) THE OWNER OF SUCH A PRETTY COVER. But even though I’m wondering why the heck I had to get the unpopular opinion on this specific book, I am very firm in what I thought!!

L I K E S

The world is so interesting! We have the fair folk (the fae/faerie), who are immo
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Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
My written interview with the author can be found here. There's a question regarding SJM and ACOTAR. Tee-hee.

I have never met anyone more frustrating, or brave, or beautiful. I love you.
—Rook

Sasha Alsberg was right when she said that people who loved ACOTAR would enjoy this book. An Enchantment of Ravens has been trending both on Instagram and Goodreads, and I am very pleased to tell you that the hype is legit. Although there really shouldn't be any competition or comparison between the two (A
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Swaye
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, books
WTF DID I JUST READ.

This book is like Hotel California. You can check out any time you like (and you will, mentally, many, many times - trust me!), but you can never leave!

After the Twilight series I never dreamed another really goddamn awful book would come along that would have the strange, voodeedoo power of compelling me to read to the very last page, despite every ounce of good sense begging me to kick it to the curb. And yes, I know a pretty cover is not a good reason to read a book, I sh
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
2 Stars

“You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We maybe last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter....”

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If you listen very carefully, legend says you can still hear my drawn-out sigh, drifting in the wind…All these mystical, magical things were supposed to be enchanting but I just felt meh.

And it starts off really good! This has a gorgeous setting with a captivating depiction of fae. Rogerson's clever use of description builds picturesque scenes and there are so many fun ele
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may ❀
Full review posted

It’s really funny because I read this book like 2 weeks ago and I literally remember zero things about it and still haven’t written a review ha ha!! Isn’t this great??!! end me now please

So, let’s be direct about it, this book was a cringe fest
Ahhhhh that felt good to get off my chest.

Now here’s the thing about it, if you go into it with low expectations, expecting a cringe fest with some weirda*s instalove and lots of confusion, then you might be pleasantly surprised bc hey
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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

3.5 stars, methinkes
➦So there has been quite a buzz surrounding this book and I, naturally, needed to get my ears on this audiobook asap. Just so very curious. And I haven't had my fantasy fix in a month!


➦Yes, I was getting ACOTAR vibes in the beginning with the seasonal courts being present in the story, but, honestly? Me no care.


➦There were unique elements in this book, such as faes being useless due to the fact that they couldn't perform any kind of craft. They left those measly tasks to hum
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Whitney Atkinson
Thanks Simon & Schuster for the free review copy!

I'm so appalled at this book because it's so long since I've read a book and thought, "How did this get published?? It still needs so much work." This genuinely feels like the first draft of a book, there are SO many technical issues that don't make sense.

This book is trying to be acomaf… except with the worst parts of Twilight sprinkled into it. First of all, there is such a power imbalance between fae & humans that is emphasized and ofte
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Clau R.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars...

The writing style was beautiful but omg, I was so bored the whole time :(...
bran (brandonthebookaddict)
Beautifully written and living up to its own with a unique spin on fairy lore and magic, An Enchantment of Ravens, was simply at best, a short, solid, and an enchanting read.

Full of lush and prose writing, the author takes us on a wondrous journey through a very different take on the fairy world, that stands very well on its own. This book is a standalone so don't worry about any sequels coming afterwards. I, for one though, wouldn't complain if there were other books written within the same un
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April
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't meet my expectations like I thought it would.
Alana • thebookishchick
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: It is April 2018 and I just reread this review and realized that I wrote YOU'LL instead of you all or y'all and I AM MORTIFIED but I've never laughed so hard. WHO LET ME DO THIS?!?!

I HAVE A NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND AND HE GOES BY THE NAME OF ROOK

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This book was MAGICAL.
Rook is the new book bae of 2017.

BUT the absolute best part of this book was not Rook. It was Isobel's twin sisters, March and May, who were goats that turned into children. Yes, you read that right. Goats turned into kids, and
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Joana (in a semi-hiatus)
Rating was lowered because the longer I stay here, writing this review rant, the more I am getting mad.

Do you smell that? That, my friends, is the odor of wasted potential.

There is nothing sadder than starting a book you expected to love and ending up more than disappointed by it. By all means, this should have been the perfect book for me. There are fae, a supposedly strong female character who is a painter (my inner art nerd freaked out), a hate to love romance and again, FAE. What more could
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sreeja
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
“No. You surpass us all." Beside me she looked colorless and frail. "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.”
sorry this review is pretty much just a rant
So anyways, you see the words in this book and the first thing you think is: w o a h. Half the time I was reading this I was so impressed and sucked into the black hole – that was the flowery and pretty language that I didn’t even notice the p
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Stacee
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS?!? I’ll tell you why: everyone was losing their mind over it and I was afraid that the hype would ruin everything.

I have never been so happy to be wrong.

I love love loved Isobel and Rook. She’s smart and talented. He’s stubborn and turns into animals. Together they push each other’s buttons and are absolutely adorable. And don’t get me started on all of the scenes when he’s a raven.

Plot wise, it was captivating. I don’t normally care for books about fairies,
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Isobel is a human, living in a town called Whimsy, who paints portraits. Her exquisite Craft is desired by many fair folk and they exchange enchantments as payment for the art. Her chickens each lay six eggs a week, no one can harm her family in their house.

But you have to be very careful how you word your requests, otherwise the fair folk might slip a trick in the enchantment and you may lose your ability to say words that begin with a vowel, or worse.

One day, Isobel finds out the autumnlands p
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Margaret writes fantasy for young adult readers. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and when she's not reading or writing she enjoys drawing, watching documentaries, making pudding, gaming, and exploring the outdoors in search of toads and mushrooms.
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“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?” 71 likes
“No. You surpass us all." Beside me she looked colorless and frail. "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.” 57 likes
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