by Holly Black
When I finished the book:
As soon as I read the first word, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put it down and I was right. The way Holly Black wrote and the style she used couldn’t have been more perfect for the type of story it was, It was thoroughly enchanting. Holly Black’s writing is bewitching.
The plot was the perfect pace and kept me on my toes the entire time and I was able to follow it all without any horrible info dumping or anything because the world building was flawless.
There is nothing I can say to fully explain and sum up my complete obsession with both the characters and the concept. Really just the whole book. Anyways, I didn’t have any problems with any of the characters. Sure Hazel and Ben had kind of strange and absent parents, but that was part of their character and it was recognized that their family was kind of an anomaly so I was ok with it, and there were moments of involvement. Jack’s parents played a surprisingly large role and it worked with everything else very nicely.
All of these characters were unique and a bit weird, but without being horribly quirky. Holly Black does an amazing job of making her characters some of the realist feeling that I’ve read. They all have this inexplicable tangibility. I don’t want to say too much about Hazel or the romances because I want to talk about them in a later post. However, I will say that I loved Hazel’s romance and will sing it high praises into eternity. Ben’s on the other hand was abrupt and felt more logical and less real on an emotional level. It was like a lightning strike, there was a bit of thunder before but that was your only warning, there was no development, or gradual progression to it. So I couldn’t ship it quite like I wanted to.
The concept was to die for! A true fairy tale like no other. It was a mix of so many classic elements, knights and fair folk, and all the superstitions that come with it all. It was a really interesting and fun blend that felt oddly natural and wonderfully fresh.
I also really enjoyed that she incorporated and addressed real and difficult issues that people face and are especially prominent in teen lives. There are mini existential crises, struggles to define who they are, mistakes, betrayals, and general struggling with a bit of learning how to be a human, and it is great.
It’s like I keep saying, it is indescribable, words don’t do it justice. This book is bewitching and will probably eat your soul (in a good way, I promise). I just…I don’t even know what to say. It took my breath away. It was love at first word. I give it the ultimate five out of five stars and my highest recommendation. Read it. Read it now. No regrets.
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