Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format Read: eBook
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"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.
I AM STILL SHOOKETH.
As far as prologues go, this one had one of the strongest I’ve ever read. It introduced the plot, the characters, the world, and the feel of brutality and danger we’d constantly feel throughout the book in the most perfect way.
However, despite such a strong hooking beginning, the story started to feel a bit flat to me. There were some scenes that felt like the most cliché high-school drama except set in a fantasy world and I did not appreciate that at all.
I was also very conflicted in regards to the main characters. I thought Jude’s relationship with Madoc was SUPER interesting and complex and something I’ve not really seen before. But that added to me not being able to empathize or relate to her.
I had a really hard time connecting with Jude. I couldn’t relate to her feelings about the fairy world at all as much as I tried, even if I understood them. And Cardan seemed to be that cliché bad boy with a sad background that was a total bully towards her and I didn’t like that side of their relationship at all. Some of the things he did were too unforgivable for me. I was literally upset and wondering how on earth I would be rooting for them romantically ‘cause I hated the very idea of it.
And that’s where things get interesting. After the first half of the book, it was like I’d entered into an upgraded version of the story because it only went up and up and I think I’m still speechless by how freaking good it was.
The plot took shape and picked up a great pace, there was so much happening and the story got me more and more invested, so much that I couldn’t have stopped if I tried. It had so much action and mystery, a GREAT political intrigue and some of the BEST plot-twists I’ve read in YA.
The characters suddenly started clicking with me as well. I could finally connect with Jude and see past her reckless dumb self… she was SO FREAKING SMART, and badass, resilient and daring, and she kept surprising the hell out of me until the very last page.
As for Cardan, his character development and the more scenes we finally got from him really helped and changed my feelings for him. Turns out he was really smart and brave and I connected with him SO WELL. I am officially obsessed and in love with this guy.
Against all odds, I am also shipping them SUPER HARD now, y’all. The sexual tension was amazing!!! Super explosive and hot. But at the same time, it’s such a slow burn that allows for a great development and dynamic. I was really shocked by how great of a team they were. Because for real, they work SO WELL together and when they join forces, BIG THINGS HAPPEN. I loved that and I can’t wait for more.
My big shout out in regards to secondary characters goes to Vivi. I absolutely loved everything about her, she was my favorite from beginning to end. Super relatable and funny, and I adored her attitude in regards to her father and the fairies. (Unlike the other sister that I won’t mention because I genuinely hate her and I hope bad things happen to her lol)
I really really loved Holly Black’s world-building in this book, it absolutely pulled me in and gripped me so hard, and I haven’t felt this way for a fictional world in a while now. I really hope we delve more into it in the next books.
As for the fairies, I loved them. (As in –Holly Black is a freaking genius creating them, not because the fairies were nice lol They sucked). They were super interesting and an amazing species to lead our story. This felt like reading Sarah J. Maas’, but the book being better (sorry not sorry). Holly Black’s writing was beautiful and now I really want to check out more of her work.
The ending went places I never expected or imagined and I am absolutely hooked and obsessed. I seriously can not wait for the next one.
Asis is a Mexican girl whose life changed at the age of six when her father read her the first chapter of Harry Potter. Ever since that night, the book world sucked her in and she’s never been seen amongst mortals again.
I am a professional Translator-Interpreter, currently working as an ESL teacher at an elementary school. I have a passion for languages and an imagination that works 24/7. I am a romantic at heart, and my favorite genre is fantasy.
I’m incredibly obsessive towards anything I like, I can’t just like something, I always end up obsessed with it.
I love Scotland, musical theatre, beautiful places and I love stories in all formats.
Stories are a refuge for me and they’ve always been, they are also the one thing that makes me feel, that makes me interact and truly live. Stories can change everything.
I’m not the most social person but when it comes to fangirling… whenever, wherever… I’m your girl. Hit me up!