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Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”

Review:

Another book that I read in January that I absolutely loved.

To be honest, I have never read a book by Holly Black before. All I knew before going into this book was that she was considered to be the master of fae. Now you guys know that if I hear the word fae in the synopsis, I will most likely pick it up. Fae, to say the least, are my weakness. So, with that being said, I had a feeling going in that I was really going to enjoy the book.

And those feelings that I had had were correct.

I loved this book a lot. There was something about it that just really made me think in a way that I hadn’t felt since I read one particular fae series (I will talk about that series in just a bit). It was one heck of an engaging book.

Starting off with the characters, I think all of them were great in their own way. Jude was an interesting character to read from the perspective of. Seeing her adventures living in the fae kingdom was interesting. However, I wish we had gotten more perspectives in this book. Maybe some of her sister’s perspectives. Maybe some from Carden’s perspective. I needed just a little more information about each of the main characters to really enjoy them overall.

As far as the romance aspects, I really don’t think that we needed a  LOVE TRIANGLE. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES (unless they are done well). Love triangles are one of my biggest pet peeve in books. Like I said, unless they are done well, I never think that love triangles are necessary. To be honest, I don’t even know at this point who I want Jude to end up with. I’ll have to see where to second book takes these relationships before I decide.

Then going into the plot, this is where my feelings get a little mixed. I think the plot started off very strong and continued to be that way throughout the first half of the book. However, when I got into the second half, I found myself being somewhat confused. The first half was slow-building and I felt that that had been the way to go. I got an idea of what the characters were like and also what the world was like. It was great. Then towards the end of the book, the action started to pick up even more and that I was were my confusion came in. The action picked up so much that the plot just seemed to jump all over the place. By the end of the book, I had a basic idea of what had happened but I think that I will have to reread the book before the sequel comes out to remind myself of what happened.

Overall I did really enjoy this book. It may seem like I had more negatives than positives but I actually did think it was a good book. I think it lived up to the hype and praise that it has been getting. I think that if  you are a fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (one of my favorite series of all time) then I think you will really like this book. It has very similar aspects to ACOTAR but also puts a new spin on the fae that I really liked! I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here!

RATING: 4/5

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