I am very very salty over An Enchantment of Ravens.
Did I expect to love it? Yes. Did I expect it to live up to the hype? Yes. Did I expect it to be worthy of the pretty cover and a great first ARC and a story about the intriguing world and NOT all romance? YES.
And did I get any of those things? NO.
Thus why I’m salty.
As much as I hate to review an ARC so negatively, it’s important for me to get a review back to the publisher in exchange for receiving the (BEAUTIFUL) book for FREE, so here we go!
Note: I’m still on hiatus. You may have seen me answering comments, but I will NOT be answering any comments on this post until I feel like I’m ready too. :))
Margaret Rogerson // September 26, 2017
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
[synopsis taken from Goodreads, which is different than my copy’s]
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for generously providing me with a beautiful review copy! This did not affect my opinion in any way.
view my review on goodreads HERE!
- The world was so INTRIGUING. We have the fair folk (the fae/faerie), who are immortal but can’t do any human Craft—like painting, cooking, or writing—or THEY DIE. Most of them do not feel human emotion, which is a very interesting concept to work with! This world in general was super interesting, especially Whimsy and the World Beyond.
- I LOVED Rook (the love interest). He was a sweet yet arrogant brat, and he’s just so LIKEABLE. I mean sometimes I found him annoying and a little unrealistic?? BUT HE’S JUST OVERALL GREAT. Plus he’s kind (seen as a weakness among the fair folk) and that just made him more lovable.
- I also really loved Gadfly (one of Isobel’s “clients”). He’s hilarious and scheming and I love his personality! But WHO THE HECK NAMED HIM THIS I FEEL SO BAD.
- The side characters were so enjoyable, basically. I felt super meh on Isobel; it felt like she didn’t have anything that stood out to me?? BUT, Isobel’s sisters (March and May) are ADORABLE AND HILARIOUS—they’re fricking GOAT HUMANS. Emma (their aunt) is so kind and YAS for awesome families in YA fantasy!
- This FANTASY book was actually SHORT. And obviously because I disliked it, I very much enjoyed the fact that I did not have to suffer through much. BUT??? Usually YA fantasy books are 2034203841 pages and this one is like 300 PAGES??? THANK YOU???
- PRETTY COVER GORGEOUS COVER AAAAAAAGH.
Aaaaaaand that’s basically all I liked. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- The. fricking. romance.
- IT RUINED E V E R Y T H I N G. Plot?? What plot?? I only see this LOVE STORY where “omgg I can’t love him but I do but it’s forbidden this needs to stop no wait I love you so muuuuuuch” is the main plot.
- Um. No.
- I like romance? I do! (Tho I prefer friendships over it.) But when the romance takes over everything? I HATE IT. STOP. WHY.
- I mean I guessssss I would’ve been okay with a romance plot—IF I’d expected that. And I,, did not?? I thought this would be a great book about fae/faerie and magic and intrigue and A COOL WORLD… and I got romance.
- It was also scarily close to insta-love. We got the first interaction between them (where they were attracted to each other) but… that was it. No other interactions??? Just the book telling us weeks had passed and then suddenly they’d fallen in love.
- And the love was also very unrealistic. I didn’t believe they had feelings for each other. Of course Isobel was ~~~attracted~~~ to Rook’s hot muscles and abs and purple eyes and strength and power and all that crap, but??? WHERE WAS THE LOVE.
- Oh, and one more complaint about the romance: I COUDLN’T HANDLE IT OMGGGG. They’re so gushy over each other and so DRAMATIC and it’s all very mushy and sappy. I’M A SAP. But because I hated the romance, I hated the sap. L;KDJFAL;KSDF.
- There was traveling in this and I. HATE. TRAVELING. IN. BOOKS. I mean… I write it in my own novels and I need to actually stop. Because like, if I were a fantasy character, I’d be sitting on the couch all day and letting magic do everything for me and bring me food??? Let the evil come to me, I am
- But it seemed like a cheap way to get these two together. I mean,, I GUESS that was the “plot” but was it really?? Or was it just another way to get Rook and Isobel together AND get Isobel to fall for previously mentioned muscles and eyes and power when The Love Interest™ takes his shirt off??
- I didn’t get to learn about the world! Something *cough* the romance *cough* took over a lot and I wanted to read this BECAUSE of the intriguing world??? But no.
- The writing style was meh. I mean, it was basic, and that made it easy to read (YAY!) but it was just so boring and monotonous???
Probably because I hate first person.There WERE some pretty lines, but other than that, it was… meh.
so much potential: an interesting world and concept, but unfortunately the romance overwhelmed everything.
Basically, this was a huge disappointment. I thought I’d get an intriguing world, but it was just romance (and I hated it). But!! You should try it out because 1) I have an extremely unpopular opinion, and 2) LOOK AT THAT PRETTY COVER.
(Also apparently this is a good book for ACTOAR fans. So if you like ACOTAR, try this!! I expect I won’t like ACOTAR if I read it oops.)
are you excited to read an enchantment of ravens? were you disappointed by your first arc? what are some books you read where the romance took over everything? and what are some of your favorite book covers?? *heart eyes @ this cover*