REVIEW : AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS

TITLE: An Enchantment of Ravens
AUTHOR: Margaret Rogerson
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 300
PUBLISHED: September 26th 2017
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Every enchantment has a price.

With a flick of her paintbrush, Isobel creates stunning portraits for a dangerous set of clients: the fair folk. These immortal creatures cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and they trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—Isobel makes a deadly mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his throne, and even his life.

Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously amiss in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending upon each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, perhaps even love . . . a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folks’ ruthless laws, rendering both their lives forfeit. What force could Isobel’s paintings conjure that is powerful enough to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts?

Isobel and Rook journey along a knife-edge in a lush world where beauty masks corruption and the cost of survival might be more frightening than death itself.


Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?

What can I say? I liked this enough to finish this but at the same time I didn’t? I’m well aware that this book has some mixed reviews. Others love it, the other half doesn’t. And I think that I fall in to the latter one. It has it’s moments, for sure, but still I feel it was lacking something.

First of all, I did not feel that insta-love at all. I have seen so many praises toward the romance in this book but for me? It wasn’t there. I just couldn’t feel that at all. Normally I’m so invested in romances during books, but this just felt so non-existent (I probably worded this so wrong it doesn’t make any sense..). I mean, it just doesn’t happen over a painting, okay?

And from there we get to the characters. For me to love a book, I need to feel them. I need to connect with them. And with Rook and Isobel, Emma and the twins, everybody else quickly making appearances? Nothing. Nada. I just read a book about a boy and girl on an adventure together. I have nothing to say about them. They were just names on the pages and I feel so bad for that.

The plot was, well a plot? (This review is so all over the place and bad, sorry) There was so much going on all the time, yet at the same time nothing happened. Does that make any sense? Basically it was like a 300 pages long walk around town.
It had it’s moments though! There were couple tense parts where I couldn’t tear myself out of the book and just had to keep reading. Just to know what will happen, would someone die? But once that all was over, nothing much really happened.
Sometimes it just felt to drag along unnecessary long. I feel like half the parts could have been left out.

Oh! And one thing that really got stuck in my head was the eating! At the start of their walk, Isobel said she needed to eat because she was starving and humans needed to eat to stay alive. But that was the only time when she needed to eat! I mean after that, before they met their destination, they did walk quite a while. So, did she eat so much that she didn’t have to eat during the next day or two, or what?

All in all, this was a nice change to other fae books. They “worked” quite differently than usually in fae books. And I did have couple laughs with Rook’s comments. But still I didn’t quite like this one enough to give it more than 3 stars.

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