an enchantment of ravens // review

 

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

No. of pages: 300

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Date Read: November 5, 2017


Blurb:

After he left, I couldn’t shake the notion that he’d insisted on ravens for a reason. I was almost finished cleaning up by the time the explanation occurred to me. My cheeks warmed, and a wistful pang plucked a sweet, sad chord in my stomach. It was simple, really. He didn’t want me to forget him once he’d be gone. (Rogerson 41)


Review:

When I first picked this book up, I wasn’t too sure what I would get. Based off Instagram, I knew that it had a gorgeous cover, but the reviews that I had seen and the commentary were all over the place. Let’s say for sure that I was skeptical. But this book really surprised me.

Isobel and Rook’s story was one that I hadn’t heard before. This was not a fairy book like I’ve ever read before. There were rules, and logical reasoning, and feels, and plot that I wasn’t aware of until I read through it. Everything about this book, except for the ending, was terrific and wonderful and not at all what I expected.

The way that Margaret Rogerson created this world of fair folk courts, enchantments, and the mortal world was something new for me. It was innovative and creative, and I downright loved and adored it. Also, I thought that it was tremendously adorable how Rook and Isobel basically took turns explaining each other’s world to the other and giving themselves a new-found awareness and understanding of each other.

Also, I really enjoyed the fact that Aster, Gadfly, and Lark had a chance to redeem themselves and they took it. These background characters were well-developed and had some connection to Isobel that made me root for them as well, to have a happy ending.

The only thing that I wasn’t in love with, in this book, is the ending. Not spoiling anything, but for me, it was really anti-climatic and didn’t sum up anything very well. I was kind of like, “oh… that’s it…. okay.” But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to those who enjoy romances or fantasies such as Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass and A Court of Thornes and Roses or even Julie Kawaga’s Iron Fey Series.

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