So I picked up an ebook from the library. Well, not literally. But I DID pick up my Kindle, which had the ebook, which was from the library.
I looked at the cover and was all like, “Ohh plants. I wonder if it’s like The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Drug-addled prison ghosts? Well, probably not.” Nope, this one was about faeries.
And here’s a confession.
I’m not always a believer. I don’t mean that in a religious way (by the by, have you been to Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption yet?) What I mean is, when Twilight came out and was ALL THE RAGE, my cousin was like, “Hey, omg, you have to read this,” and I was like, “Why?” and she was like, “It’s about vampires and it’s great.”
So I read the book with a scoff and a pinky-out air of snobbery … and finished that shit in two days. While I’m not going to discuss the merit of that piece of literary … work, I will discuss another fad I wasn’t entirely sold on at first. Faeries.
Then I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and it was pretty damn intense. Faeries aren’t Tinkerbells — they’re more like loins-a-burnin’ tricksters.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black makes you feel all the feels, and I was actually surprised by the big twist. The writing style is different, with flashbacks and unreliable narration and, “Oh, did I mention reader, this very important fact I’ve been omitting for mystery and tension?”
I stayed up late reading this sucker. My favorite character was Ben, because he’s such a dreamer. Such a lover. I rooted all the roots for him, though Severin was my least favorite character ever. You don’t just kiss people when you wake up because you’re a faerie prince.
Actually, that’s about it. 4/5 stars, and I’ve been wrestling with the fifth star, but I feel like I’m a bit star-happy on Goodreads these days.
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