I’ve enjoyed Holly Black to pick up Tithe blind, and I have to say, it was puzzling at first. People swoon over Cruel Prince and Darkest Part, but Tithe and the other Modern Faerie Tales are the awkward teenager stage between those and her beginnings in children’s fiction. Tithe often feels like it was written by a teen who just realized they could do anything they wanted in a book- there’s a lot of swearing, smoking/drinking, and sexual content right off the bat. Still, there’s a lot of likable things in this book, and a lot of the time the grime felt authentic rather than needlessly dark.
What stood out to me most by the end, however, was that this book is pretty much the same book as Darkest Part Of The Forest, which Black published 13 years later. I read and reviewed Darkest a while ago, and found it fine but not too compelling. I liked Tithe more, and there’s enough differences I couldn’t call it self-plagiarism, but the many story elements and plot points are present in both.
Continue reading “Tithe is just the beta version of the rest of Holly Black’s novels”
First, collectively, we’re going to look at that cover. And sigh. It is so beautiful, and having it hardcover with gloss makes it even better. I adore illustrated book covers wholeheartedly, and this one is perfect. Gorgeous. Lovely. I want it on my wall.
Anyhow, fae are ‘in’ right now big-time, and this is a fae book. I’m becoming more sold on fae lore (playing an Eladrin in D&D is the main reason), but I still feel like a lot of YA books with fae in them really miss the mark- I’m thinking of throne of glass, a court of thorns and roses, and shadowhunters right now. Fae lore is wonderful, and most certainly they are more than pallid, too-pretty beings who wear nice clothes (and they certainly don’t have ‘mates’ and ‘mate bonds’. Sarah J. Maas, I will defeat you for writing that in two books).
This book gets it. The rituals, the rules, the bargains, trades, and oddness that fae lore deserves- with the beauty and glam. Even if a lot of that glam is just glamour (haha fairy jokes please clap). It also subverts a lot of tropes I hate in para-ro (the main girl being okay with being immortal and leaving her friends and family behind for a boy, for example). Oh, and it’s funny, and lush, and has a wonderful romance, and a tight plot too.
Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens enchanted me”
I read the Cruel Prince a few months ago and enjoyed it, even though I despised the main male love interest, Carden. It’s tricky to say I hate him, because this book series is about 50% sexual-tension-hatred, and my feelings for Carden are purely murder based. I can get into a lot of discourse about him and what he means as a YA romantic lead, but I’ll mostly try to review this book.
Who gave me this ARC? I didn’t even get an email, but I checked netgalley and it was just there. This is one of the books I’ve been most excited to read, so thanks.
Continue reading “As of ‘Wicked King’, the only character I’m interested in throttling is Carden”
This is a review of an ARC, which I got off netgalley for an honest review.
This is far from the first time, also, I’ve read a book where I have a small connection to the author- but again, I do not let this color my review, and I’ve in the past given books from friends low ratings.
Hey, Wattpad! Now, I don’t want to come off as too rough, but as someone who was active on Wattpad for many years, a lot of the books on their are hot garbage, especially the most read ones. Books like ‘After’, ‘Lailah’, ‘My life with the Walter boys’ do not set a good standard for Wattpad fiction being… good. Often you end up with poorly written books that got popular due to various circumstances, but don’t hold up in the mainstream market, least of all to outside critique.
I knew the author of this book in passing, though not particularly well. We were both active for a while on the same quiet chat thread, and while we were in no way friends, I kept her on my radar over twitter (where it turned out we had an absurd amount in common) and in passing. Seeing her book on Netgalley was a very pleasant surprise, so I requested it right away, still with a twinge of ‘Wattpad Worry’.
Luckily, White Stag came through.
Continue reading “Don’t let the mention of Wattpad fool you- White Stag is an engaging and original fantasy”
This is my second foray into books about the fey, and even though Cruel Prince brought me a lot to complain about, it was for sure a lot more interesting and together than this was. While I’d say the book was good- specific flaws are hard- it felt like some things happened too quickly, others too slowly, and overall I just wasn’t that engaged.
Continue reading “Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging”