Kaye is merely sixteen years old and yet she hangs out in bars; watching her mother’s band whilst drinking, smoking and swearing. She shoplifts and stays out as late as she wants and her mother doesn’t care. But they do love each other and they seem to be pretty good friends. Would you call this ‘good parenting’? Personally I wouldn’t but that is Kaye’s life. She doesn’t have it easy, and she definitely isn’t perfect and that is what sets this book apart from other Faerie stories at the moment, for example Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.
Enter tall, hot, pewter haired faerie of the male variety. This is when the chaos begins. Between fights with friends, shocking surprises, death, new friendships, love and giving up smoking; Kaye gets busy!
This book really does contain quite a bit of swearing and this may put some people off. To me though, it helps build the characters, it shows that they aren’t perfect little princesses. Nor is it used out of context – these words are said by the characters, NOT used in descriptions by Black.
I can definitely see why people have been raving about this book. Its dark grittiness sets it apart from other current faerie stories, and maybe even puts it ahead of them. I think Holly Black is a great story-teller with such a well-written and compelling book. The twists are mostly unexpected and are truly unique.
Overall, I loved this book and rate it at 4 stars out of 5. I recommend it to teens and young adults aged 14 plus (because I’ve heard that the last book in the series, Valiant, contains explicit content) who are lovers of faerie stories, urban fantasy or just fantasy in general.
This review was written by Boomerang Books Member CMM, winner of last month’s $50 worth of Boomerang Bucks for Best Review. Submit a review for your chance to win!