An unexpectedly excellent read and one which I finished quickly. The writing was outstanding. The best I’ve read in a long time—probably ever. Sometimes it’s even masterful. I’d rate it a four stars just based on that. The romance was high quality. The story deep and absorbing.
The whole thing was quite fantastic. I love the faery world, and the author did well in keeping it the dark, beautiful mystery it’s supposed to be.
At first I found it troubling that so many people had issue with it. But after thinking about it a little while, I think I know why. Readers expect certain things when they pick up a book. And going by this cover, most would think it a horror. Throw a YA main character in to the mix and what one expects is a fast-paced, gory, insta-love, action-packed thrill ride.
And if you didn’t realise it already, I’m not a big fan of those kind of stories.
But this is not what this book is about. It’s certainly not a horror and though the character is only sixteen, I wouldn’t classify it as YA either. It’s for adult audiences—and more specifically for those who want more than mindless fluff.
It’s steady-paced, character-driven and filled with hidden meaning. I’d classify it as an adult dark fantasy, but it’s so much more than that.
Despite the darkness and gloom, it’s actually a story about love.
A surprise, and I enjoy surprises. An excellent author and an excellent book. I only wish more people could see what I see. A real shame that it hasn’t received the accolade it deserves.
Haunting and beautiful.