Well holy heck. I loved A Court of Mist and Fury. Even more that ACOTAR. Definitely didn’t see that coming. Did you? You know what**spoiler alert**
Well holy heck. I loved A Court of Mist and Fury. Even more that ACOTAR. Definitely didn’t see that coming. Did you? You know what I’m talking about if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t read A Court of Mist & Fury: Stop reading this. Right now. SPOLIER ALERT!!!
Okay Sarah J. Maas, you have a lot to answer for. Me constantly thinking about A Court of Mist and Fury when I couldn’t read it because I desperately need to know what the heck was going to happen to Feyre. And wondering when she was going to throttle Tamlin (because honestly, he became a major dickhead in this one) because she couldn’t take it any more. And wanting to know more about Rhysand after that first glimpse of the Night Court.
Feyre, Feyre, Feyre. Hang in there my darling because you will find your salvation in the most unlikely (to you) of places. You faced so much horror in ACOTAR and you will face more unpleasantness in A Court of Mist and Fury but you will also find yourself, and find a family who love you and who you love in return. Because really, that’s what this book is about is about life and love, survival and finding yourself.
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed. I liked Tamlin in ACOTAR. He wasn’t my favourite character but you know, I figured there’s got to be a glimmer of silver lining at the end of this whole ordeal. And there was, but also there wasn’t. Tamlin is too blind by his love for Feyre – a blind, obsessive love in the end – to actually be sensible about anything. He lacks the understanding that she was badly affected by her actions Under The Mountain – he’s used to killing people, and has most likely killed innocent ones at some point, and can’t see that it’s eating Feyre up inside. He couldn’t see that his way of ‘protecting’ her = keeping her essentially trapped in the estate and the grounds – was only making things worse. That it was breaking her apart even faster than her own tortured thoughts and feeling were.
A Court of Mist and Fury ahowed us that sometimes love isn’t perfect, some times it’s possessive and poisonous and blinding. It also showed us that it can be wonderful and healing and true. To quote Rhysand:
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.” I also got really cross with Lucien for not showing an ounce of backbone and saying – ‘Hey, I don’t think Fayre is coping well. She’s clearly losing weight so something must be wrong.’ I will forgive him though because it is his loyalty (although in this case, blind loyalty) that keeps him from really doing what he should. I respect loyalty, although I’d love for Feyre to shake Lucien free of some of his loyalty to Tamlin. He still remained clever and intuitive – he could see something was wrong with Feyre but couldn’t shake the burden of loyalty.
Rhysand though – him I like. I even liked him in ACOTAR, although I thought he was a jerk. In A Court of Mist and Fury we learned so much more about him, and how much of his personality is really just a mask to protect those he truly loves. His way of protecting those he loves is so at odds with Tamlin’s but so much better. He put himself on the line and entrusts the four people who he calls family to watch over his small haven of peace whilst he put his life and soul on the line to protect them all.
“But then she snapped your neck.” Tears rolled down his face. “And I felt you die,” he whispered. Tears were sliding down my own cheeks. The revelation of just why he healed Feyre and made the bond between them was beautiful and heartbreaking and lovely all at once. The scene in the kitchen where Feyre is heating the soup and Rhysand tells her everything was wrenchingly beautiful. And Feyre realising exactly why she painted the stars and moon and sky on her drawer of the dresser she shared with her sisters.
I love Rhys'[s family. Mor with her hard-won and well-deserved devil-may-care attitude. Amren, slightly unusual, older than most things living on in the world, and fiercely protective. Cassian with his casual arrogance, undeniable sass and ridiculous sword-skills. Azriel the reserved, darkly mysterious one, brooding and observant and loyal. Their dynamics work lovely and really made them seem like a family unit.
Also, did anybody else want to shove those Queens into the cauldron and hope that they drowned instead of turning to Fae? And Ianthe. I hope Feyre hunts her down and murders her with her bare hands, slowly. I would if anybody allowed something terrible to happen to my sister. Finger’s crossed that when they inevitably meet again Ianthe is terrified of Feyre at some point.
So in all, I adored this book. It was really good. Can’t wait to get my grabby hands on A Court of Wings and Ruin and find out what happens next....more
When we start A Court of Wings and Ruin Feyre is pissed off with Tamlin and rightfully so. He pretty much plays right into her trap because he's too blinded by the fact that he still actually loves Feyre (or who he believes Feyre is anyways) and believes he's done the only thing he can to 'save' her from Rhysand. And of course he's also too blinded by Ianthe's sweet temperate priestess act to see her for what she truly is.
I'm not sure I would have had that restraint not to gut Ianthe the first time I saw her again, unlike Feyre who played her oh-so-well. I definitely would have murdered the bitch in her sleep though. Nobody messes with my sister. Her eventual ending was well-deserved and pretty much perfect, that greedy bitch.
Also, those creepy siblings/twins were evil. I was glad Feyre and Lucien sent the Bogge after them. They well and truly deserved it. They should have obeyed her orders purely has lady of the household. Tamlin should have backed her up on it and then her and Lucien wouldn't have been forced to take such drastic measures. Of course, when they'd spiked her and Lucien's food with faebane, that was just the icing on their death-cake.
I wasn’t sure I’d been born with the ability to forgive. Not for terrors inflicted on those I loved. For myself, I didn’t care—not nearly as much. But there was some fundamental pillar of steel in me that could not bend or break in this. Could not stomach the idea of letting these people get away with what they’d done.
Lucien won himself some more points in A Court of Wings and Ruin. Even though Elain is his mate, I liked that he kept himself very restrained and just stayed mostly in the background away from her whilst she eventually became much more of herself again. And, speaking of Elain - the Cauldron gifted her with something extra when it Made her because it liked her - which is a little bit disturbing really. Although, Elain being a seer did come quite in handy several times once they all figured it out.
Elain had always been gentle and sweet—and I had considered it a different sort of strength. A better strength. To look at the hardness of the world and choose, over and over, to love, to be kind. She had been always so full of light.
The most beautiful story arc (apart from Rhysand and Feyre's relationship) in the whole ACOTAR series is the relationship between Rhys, Mor, Azriel, Cassian, Amren and of course, Feyre. Rhys' speech just before the really big battle is a key point of that relationship. How each of those people helped make him what who he is now, instead of whom he might have been if he had never met any of them. Cassian taught him resilience, loyalty, honour and strength, and how those things can make the best of a person. Azriel taught him that's it's the family you choose, rather than the one you are born into that really matters, and that you can still find hope when the whole world is telling you to despair. Mor taught him that light can be found in the darkest of places if you have the ability to find it, and that kindness can exist even amongst the worst cruelty. Amren taught him how to keep his power from consuming him completely. And of course, Feyre is his mate - the missing piece of him.
“The great joy and honour of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful - more than I can possibly say - that I was given this time with you all”
The whole theme of ACOTAR is that dreams can be very powerful things - for both good or bad. Rhys had a dream of living in a peaceful land and he began trying to make that happen. Feyre had a dream of a better life - she went through the wall and although her life with Tamlin wasn't the once she dreamed of, it did lead her to Rhys and all of the others. Even the monsters have dreams - in Feyre's last conversation with the Suriel, it asked her to leave the world a better place than she found it.
Now, I am not one to cry over a book - in fact the last time I remember getting properly teary out a book character was in Harry Poter and the Deathly Hallows. However, I had to wipe the eyes clear twice in A Court of Wings and Ruin. You know what I'm talking about. First Sarah J. Maas stabs you sharply in the heart with Cassian, and the knife is pushed deeper with Nessa. Then of course, Elain comes along and Sarah J. Maas takes her great big dagger out of your heart, closes the wound and pats you on the head. Not too much later she presses on the still-healing wound with Amren and her princely fellow Valeran (sp?). Then she rips your heart out out of your body, stomps on it and kicks it around for good measure with Rhys. Then of course, because she does still love us in her sick, twisted fashion, she dusts our hearts off so their clean, and then shoves them back inside our chests. My god woman, stop trying to kill me!
as I am clearly a glutton for punishment I can't wait for the next book. ...more
This review was originally posted on book reviews with the blogmonstarOh My Freaking God. A really good sort-of retelling of my favourite fairytale? IThis review was originally posted on book reviews with the blogmonstarOh My Freaking God. A really good sort-of retelling of my favourite fairytale? I mean, A Court of Thorns and Roses had me at 'Sarah J. Maas' but combine that with Beauty and the Beast and you've got a Blogmonstar trap, basically. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. I read the majority of A Court of Thorns and Roses on the train to Melbourne on Tuesday. It's a four hour trip so plenty of reading time. Did I mention Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale? Particularly the original version (but I also loved Robin McKinley's Beauty, and of course the animated Disney version. And the stage play.) I really enjoyed the subtle changes to the original storyline that Sarah J Mass threw in - ie. Feyre can't read, the whole masquerade mask/shapeshifter thing.
I liked Lucien - even at the start when he wasn't being very pleasant. It was quite understandable why he wasn't the friendliest towards Feyre in the beginning, and eventually he came to realise that she wasn't so bad after all, and she felt the same about him so it was all worth it in the end. I thought Rhysand was a jerk - and let's face it he is, but he did have a few minor redeeming points so I'll forgive some of his flaws. Even if he did help Feyre only to meet his own agenda, without his help she really would have been screwed.
Like I said, A Court of Thorns and Roses is essentially a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Of the original fairy tale, as Feyre has two older sisters as well as her father (who is not a kindly old inventor). There was some differences to the orgianl story that in no way detracted from the re-telling and even though you knew there were certain things that had to happen in order for the B&tB story to hold up, the plot of A Court of Thorns and Roses is still different enough to hold up by itself.
Amarantha is a scary, crazy bitch. Like, bug-nut cray-cray, and vicious and sadistic with it. It's one of those things that pretty much every Fae in the book agreed about. So much so they they tried to avoid saying her name wherever possible. Sort of like Voldemort.
Also, yay for no cliffhanger. Story summed itself up nicely and didn't leave us hanging. *looks pointedly at Empire of Glass). I've got no idea what's going to happen in book 2, although I intend on starting it tonight so I guess I'll find out later, but A Court of Thorns and Roses finished quite neatly with all major questions and most minor questions answered. ...more
Talk about an crazy roadtrip. Trent is finding his magic powers, Ivy is mostly normal, Jenks is taking his recent loss hard and Rachel is faced with possibly having a lobotomy or living with Al forever. Parts of Pale Demon were kind of boring. Yep, okay I get that we are all in the car trying to make it from one side of the country to the other in three days, and nobody is really thrilled to be trapped in a car with everyone else for that amount of time, including breaks. The side trip with having to save Jenks was interesting though.
I do wish Rachel would just accept that she is a demon and can do crazy magic, and stop worrying about whether she is a bad person for doing it. If she’s not causing harm to anyone, with the exception of self-defence, and she’s not using any curses that require human parts, then she’s still a ‘good person’. It just grates after a while to have her have this argument every single time, with the exception of when she is caught in a fire-fight. Unlike Pierce, who just goes gung-ho with the black magic and doesn’t worry whether he has interpreted the scene in correctly, which he often doesn’t.
The whole ‘tulpa’ thing with the demons in Dalliance was pretty cool. Newt is more than a little crazy, but I think she is also one of the more interesting characters in the series. Who knows what is actually in her memories, and it would be very interesting to see if Rachel could give Newt back those memories. Although whether that would be a good thing or a bad thing would be difficult to know until after it was done. But I don’t think she wants to kill Rachel – I think she recognises that there is something special about Rachel.
I wasn’t at all surprised about what the council said and did once the trial started. I quite liked Vivian though – she’s feisty. I also wasn’t surprised that Pierce stuff things up for Rachel, even though he didn’t do it intentionally (or so he said.) The whole thing with the demon-hybrid Ku’Sox was a bit crazy and weird, but at least things started to pick up once he showed up.
I was glad to pretty much see the back of Pierce, that Rachel and Trent’s relationship is becoming very interesting, that Bis is an awesome gargoyle, and that Jenks is doing ok. I just wish parts of the roadtrip had been cut, and there had been more exploration of Rachel’s demonic-ness....more
A lot of stuff goes down in Black Magic Sanction. It also has one of the saddest moments in the entire series, and some fantastic moments with Al and Rachel.
So Rachel got shunned for using black magic in to try and sort out the Banshee situation, and deal with Al in the previous books. Although technically, only some of what she did could really be classed as ‘black’ – some of it was fairly standard witchy stuff, but because it was bound by blood that made it black magic. Or something. Some of the semantics were a bit confused – even by the ethical standards witches.
Nick, the idiot, is back in Black Magic Sanction and no-one particularly likes it. Even Rachel has no good feelings towards him, which I think is a good thing, since she has a tendency to pick guys that are all wrong for her. Also, it will come as no surprise to anyone who has read the previous books that he tries to screw everyone over (repeatedly) throughout this novel as well. Thankfully, Jenks’ son comes back home in this one though, because even he can see Nick for what he really is.
Pierce is starting to get really annoying – especially since he will quite happily use ‘proper’ black magic without trying to figure out if there was another way to handle the situation. Also his whole, “I’m the big strong man and so I will keep you from harm” schtick is getting old. I mean, I understand that he is 100 years plus, but he needs to at least let Rachel know if he is going to do something different, because he is starting to screw things up for her.
The first 100 or so pages of Black Magic Sanction are all pretty action-filled, which is good because it’s a long one. The sad moments is not really something I can tell you without spoiling it, but it is something that the previous few books have been preparing us for. That whole section of the book gets a one full star because it was really well done....more
See full review here Enamoured was a great, fun-to-read novella. Fans of the Charley Davidson series will enjoy this. But my most favourite thing isSee full review here Enamoured was a great, fun-to-read novella. Fans of the Charley Davidson series will enjoy this. But my most favourite thing is that is is by an Australian author. Yay! Shannon Curtis managed to create an interesting, fulfilling story where you really wanted to find out exactly what Melanie’s father did, who Cole/Colin is and what is it the Rumplestiltskin did last time to have Esmeralda in such a tizzy. We find out some of these answers, but the rest are left tantalisingly unanswered, promising a second novel.
I had Enamoured devoured in about an hour and a half and was left wanting more. I really hope there is going to be more....more
Poor Rachel. She’s really getting into all sorts of problems in The Good the Bad and the Undead, and they aren’t going to be easy to get out of, that’s for certain.
In The Good the Bad and the Undead, Rachel is asked by the FIB to help them investigate the deaths of several ley-line witches, in an ‘unofficial’ capacity. This itself causes some major issues because Rachel believes that Trent Kalamack is behind the deaths. Turns out she’s a little bit off the mark, although she was correct about him being interested in them – he wanted one to work for him on a particular project. Rachel’s stubbornness is what causes her to find most the the trouble she gets into. It certainly doesn’t help in this case.
I really like the rules Kim Harrison sets for her vampires in the world of the Hollows. They make sense for vampires living in a modern society where those who aren’t magic know that they exist. The difference between the ‘living’ vampires like Ivy and Kist, and the undead vampires like Ivy’s mum (for example) is also really well done. Most importantly, Harrison sticks to these rules, and doesn’t change them just to suit her needs.
The relationships between Rachel and Ivy, and Ivy and Piscary are interesting. Piscary is pretty much the sort of jerk you would expect a ‘Master’ vampire to be, and he has a wonderfully written sense of almost fatherly affection towards Ivy that hides a much nastier side of him very well. Ivy’s emotional state is really well done – as Rachel points out to herself at one point – Ivy really has been emotionally abused by Piscary from a young age, seeing as he wants her to be his scion and act on his behalf.
Rachel starts to learn more about herself in this one, and she certainly learns quite a bit about her father and about Trent. In fact she learns what he is – and uses that information to keep him from blabbing about her past. The relationship between Rachel and Trent is really well done, especially because although neither one particularly likes the other, they can’t help but require one or the other’s help as various times.
For people who have sank their teeth into some of the better vampire series – either television or book – and like their vampires and supernaturals to have personalities and bite, I would definitely recommend this series....more
Well holy cow! Shadowfever definitely packed several punches. Actually it packed all of the punches, and all of the feels! This review is not as inWell holy cow! Shadowfever definitely packed several punches. Actually it packed all of the punches, and all of the feels! This review is not as in depth as some, because if you haven’t read it, it’s too hard to give away major plot spoilers.Talk about a twisty-turny plot though. I mean, I literally had all of the feelings! There was some crazy happenings in this books, and some surprises that whilst reading the book I didn’t really see coming. Upon further reflection I can now see quite a few hints and things scattered throughout Faefever and Dreamfever particularly that pointed to some of the events and revelations that occurred throughout Shadowfever.
We had interesting and game-changing things revealed about several characters – some for the good, and some for the bad. Mac grew herself an entire backbone and got majorly pissed off enough to kick some butt, and make some decisions that probably seemed out of place to those who knew her, but whom she didn’t let in on her plans.
The plot twists were handled quite well. There was a few I didn’t see coming during the reading, although now I can see where I was tipped off about some of them. Some you saw part of what was coming, but not the whole thing, which was good because it still left you trying to figure things out before they were revealed.
I can’t say much more about it without spoiling the book if you haven’t read it, so I’m not going to. But if you have enjoyed the last four, then you definitely have to read this one, and experience all of the feelings – anger, sorrow, happiness, lust, shock that Mac (and some of the others) experienced throughout Shadowfever....more
Full review here Holy smokes this was an adventure-filled book. Dreamfever certainly turned up the drama and the intrigue, that’s for certain. TheFull review here Holy smokes this was an adventure-filled book. Dreamfever certainly turned up the drama and the intrigue, that’s for certain. The first 50 pages or so are very different to the rest of the novels, and they have good reason to be. I actually enjoyed the fact that given Mac’s changed point-of-view, the writing/storytelling style changed for that amount of time. Did I like the Mac that emerged from that. Not exactly. As much as what she went through should have changed her, she sort of forgot who her essential self was for a while afterwards. It wasn’t until she started dressing like Mac and sometimes being a bit silly that I knew we hadn’t lost her for good.
Jericho Barrons is pretty much an ass. But he also has a very-well hidden side to him that seems to show up most when Mac is seriously injured. Mind you, they both should have done the horizontal tango before now and they would probably be a lot better off.
Rowena needs to stop being such a stubborn old cow and let the sidhe-seers fight, train them up and show them how to use their arts properly. I wanna smack her about some, maybe knock some sense into that head of hers.
The ending. Well damn I was glad to have the next book waiting for me to read it. I would have hated having to wait to find out what happens next (I’ll post that review tomorrow.). What a cliffhanger though. It was a really, really mean one. I was pretty sure I had worked it out, but then there was a small chance that it was going to work out slightly differently, and I was like “I’d rather it be the second option”....more
Full review here Still very much enjoying Mac’s adventures, and Faefever was particularly interesting. Mac is not the girl she used to be, although sheFull review here Still very much enjoying Mac’s adventures, and Faefever was particularly interesting. Mac is not the girl she used to be, although she’s not completely different either.Mac grew a lot in this novel. She learned that the one person she needs to trust more than anybody else is her self.
Rowena is very much a frightened old woman who will do everything in her power not to let her hold of the rest of the Sidhe-seers break. Even if it means making Mac an outcast and forcing the rest of the girls into being little more than messengers. I’m interested to see how this will play out in Dreamfever, because I really think Rowena is due for some comeuppance.
The whole Voice deal was interesting, and is it just me or is Barrons starting to slip and show Mac he actually likes her very occasionally? Because that’s what my read on the situation is. Their relationship seems to be more complicated and less complicated all the time, especially seeing that as soon as Mac thinks she’s figured out something about Barrons, he almost always proves her completely wrong. Or partly right but not in the way she thought she would be.
I didn’t particularly like Quite Contrary. In part due to my having expectations about the book that weren’t met (because they wereFull review here.
I didn’t particularly like Quite Contrary. In part due to my having expectations about the book that weren’t met (because they were pretty opposite to where the author was going) and in part because it was an uncomfortable read.
Mary is one heck of a brat and this did not endear her to me. In fact, I kind of wanted the Big Bad Wolf to eat her for the first half of the book. Later on in the book (too late, in my opinion) we find out why Mary is so bratty and mean, and that made me like her a little better, because I could understand her attitude. Previously there had been no explanation or even a hint of one as to why her personality was so negative.
I did like the originality in many of the fairy tales that Mary travelled through (or broke). They all had elements of existing fairy tales, and each one got a bit more sinister as the story went along which gave the book a whole extra star really. The author didn’t rely completely on existing fairy tales to pad out the story, but used flashs of existing fables, myths and legends to build his own....more
Wow! I just want to say Faerie Winter was kind of intense – in the best kind of way. A really good second novel.
Liza and her friends have survived vicious plants, and stones that can burn you alive but now they have to survive an unnaturally long winter. Not to mention a very bad Faerie.
The writing was again beautiful and the rules the govern magic in Liza’s world were still firmly in place, which can sometimes be a rarity in fantasy. I imagine it’s quite hard to remember every nuance those rules have, but Faerie Winter stuck to the rules set firmly in place in the previous novel. So a big YAY for that.
There were 2 major showdowns in Faerie Winter and they were really good. I was reading it yesterday while I was waiting at the doctors then lost my place, so when I got to the car I thought “Oh, I’ll just find my place and mark it again”. NO. I read four or five pages of the first showdown (because I was up to just before it began) and then realised I should probably drive away. Hence the ‘this was intense’ comment....more
Full review here I thoroughly enjoyed Bloodfever, had it read in about half a day. I’m enjoying this whole Fae-war storyline quite a bit actually.
MacFull review here I thoroughly enjoyed Bloodfever, had it read in about half a day. I’m enjoying this whole Fae-war storyline quite a bit actually.
Mac didn’t do quite so many naive things in this books, which pleased me a lot. Also her paranoia is turning out to be a good thing, because it was the only thing that saved her from Fiona’s very nasty trick. It was fairly evident that Mac grew up from the girl we first met in Darkfever.
V’lane is a perfect depiction of the Seelie. They see themselves as being ‘good’ or certainly better than the Unseelie, but I think they are probably worse. You don’t necessarily expect the Seelie fae to be manipulative and cruel, you do expect it from the Unseelie. V’lane is manipulative, selfish and entirely self-serving, which is really what should be expected from any of the Sidhe, Seelie or Unseelie. However, people seem to think that because he is beautiful and one of the ‘light’ side, he won’t be a bad guy. That’s a misconception, and I enjoyed Karen Marie Moning’s handling of this. Because, let's face it, V'lane is a bigger a-hole than Barrons - Barrons will readily admit to being one, whereas I doubt highly V'Lane would.
I really want to see the sexual tension between Mac and Barrons resolved once and for all and I hope that happens in the next book, because their little 'adventure' in the caves obviously didn't really resolve anything.
Malluce is just plain creepy. Not to mention being crazier than an outhouse rat. He was very well written, I must say. Did not see that whole part of the storyline coming, so I am not going to mention what happens, just that it was very well played. *appreciative slow clap here*
I don't like Rowena at all. She had plenty of opportunities to step in and help Mac and she just left her to her own devices, and when she did finally figure things out, just expected Mac to go with her without and explanation....more
Full review here I enjoyed Darkfever quite a bit. I have a thing for the Irish legends of the Sidhe and the Tuatha De Danaan, so I was pleased that theFull review here I enjoyed Darkfever quite a bit. I have a thing for the Irish legends of the Sidhe and the Tuatha De Danaan, so I was pleased that the fae in this series is based on that particular mythology.
Mac is an interesting character, and from her narration of the story I got the feeling that she has changed a lot since the death of her sister and her trip to Ireland. She’s grown up quite a bit, and some of that growing was evident within Darkfever. I thought her portrayal was fairly realistic – the not wanting to accept that there are very bad things out there, or that she was one of few who could see those very bad things, and her desperate need to avenge the death of her sister all felt very realistic. You could put yourself in that situation and think – yep, I would probably feel that way. Barrons is also an interesting character, and I know there is much more to him than he reveals, so I hope more about him is revealed in the next book.
I was quite grateful that there wasn’t an insta-love thing going on between Mac and Barrons. She tells us he is attractive, but I am just glad we weren’t three or four chapters after their initial meeting and all of a sudden she’s professing her undying love for him or getting frisky with him. There’s no denying there was sexual tension, and definitely attraction on both sides (no matter how much Mac denies it), but it was a nice change to not have it resolved a couple of days after they met.
Overall I thought that Darkfever was a great start to the series. A couple of parts maybe could have moved a little bit faster or been skipped, but nothing too major. The world building – the descriptions of Dublin and the Fae world as well – was well done, especially with Mac’s comparisons between home and Dublin. The only thing I could have done without was the constant descriptions of precisely what shade of nail polish she was wearing and exactly what she was wearing every single day. The outfits she wore to the homes Barrons wanted her to sniff out were fine, because they lent to the atmosphere of Mac’s feelings when she was there. But I could care less about whether her undies matched her nightie or not....more
Faeries in a dystopian YA urban fantasy set in a futuristic St Louis? That’s what Bones of Faerie was, and it was really good.
Liza has been born into a post-apocalyptic world that is the result of the War. The War was between Faerie and the human world. It resulted in the utter destruction of Faerie and the destruction of most of the human world (or at least the continent of North America). In her town, any child born with faerie blood is either put into the forest, for the faeries to take back should they choose, or killed. Anything magic is snuffed out because her father believes that all magic is bad, and there can be no good magic. Her dad is not a nice guy.
Another I liked was that the author kept the rules of magic consistent throughout the book. If you can push something away, you can also call it to you. If you can heal, you can also break. The rules were very consistent and that was nice to see as sometimes they can become very flexible. I also thought that the clear strands of hair being a sign of being ‘faerie-cursed’ or ‘faerie-blessed’ (depending on how you look at it) was very unique.
This was well-written and the storyline was interesting and thought out. I enjoyed it and if you enjoyed the Hunger Games or any of the dystopian novels that are similar to it, I think you would enjoy Bones of Faerie. I can’t wait to start book two, Faerie Winter, to see what happens next....more
ABsolutely fabulous! If you love The Chronicles of Narnia, A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Faraway Tree then you will love this book. TheABsolutely fabulous! If you love The Chronicles of Narnia, A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Faraway Tree then you will love this book. The narration of the book is perfect - even younger readers would like this, although the library rated it a Young Adult. Like in the Narnia adventures the narrator refers directly to the reader throughout the book, but it doesn't break the story - the whole time you are reading it you feel like you are having a story told to you. The characters names and the descriptions of the environment remind me of The Faraway Tree stories which were childhood favourites of mine, and the characters themselves would not be out of place should the show up in a Lemony Snickett novel. An absolutley must read for anyone who grew up with those series' and everyone else who enjoys an unconventional heroine and her tale. ...more