Published by Tor Teen on March 19, 2019
Seductive. Cruel. BoredBe wary of…
Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.
First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.
This is one of the strangest books that I have ever read, and at times it felt almost as if I had fallen asleep reading and then had nightmares surrounding the characters and the world but no that was the actual book. For the most part I did really enjoy the uniqueness of the book but it also was a bit of a downfall in ways. I really loved the complex characters especially Josh I thought he was really well done. Kezzer is probably the most fleshed out because we spend the most time in her perspective but I loved how we learn more and more about her as time goes on. She is known throughout the book as keeping people at arms lengths and I feel even when we are reading from her POV, we are also kept at arms lengths. The way the fae in this world were described and portrayed in this world was very intriguing and definitely gave me The Cruel Prince (But that is the only thing about it that did. Do not go into this expecting A Cruel Price type romance.) The things I didn’t like in this book were sometimes it seemed it was trying so hard to be different than everything else that you felt you were imaging the shit yourself because sometimes it was just really out there and some things don’t really make sense. Also while I did enjoy the character of Lexi, I think having her POV for so long was unnecessary and we would have benefited more from having more time with Josh or even having a POV from Prince. Lastly while I did enjoy the romance at the end I think it was far too rushed and would have been better suited as just being implied to, or having them say yeah I like you but I need time.
Verdict: All in all this book was a pretty fun time, (but it did take me a week to read and I very much thought of DNFING it multiple times.) The characters are definitely the highlight of this story and their interactions. I gave this a rating of 3.5/5 and would recommend it for people who are die-hard into dark fae stories, and/or who like characters that push gender bounds, and/or that love LGBTQIA+ stories.
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