Book Review: The Will and the Wilds

Title: The Will and the Wilds
Author: 
Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: 
Adult Fantasy
Version: 
ebook
Page Count: 
267
Publisher: 
47North
Synopsis: GoodReadsStoryGraph
Notable Notables: 
Original fae lore, strong standalone fantasy, enemies-to-lovers
Recommended Readers: 
Lovers of fairytales and trickster characters
CAWPILE Rating: 
9.14
Rating: ★★★★★

My Review

A modern-day fairytale does exist that can sweep you away into adventure and make you sigh wistfully, and it’s The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg.

I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile, especially since a certain long-winded, so-called fae court series continued to disappointment me and fuel my hatred. Didn’t any author besides Holly Black actually know what fae are? Can’t anyone capture the sense of adventure and danger that comes with bargaining with magical creatures that exist beyond human understanding? Is enemies-to-lovers well and truly dead, with my choices being either “had an argument once”-to-lovers or animalistic alpha male rutting and mating bonds? “Nay!” said Holmberg. “I am here for you, my child.”

Thank you, Ms. Holmberg, I owe you my life.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince

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Title: The Cruel Prince
Author:
 Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Version: Hardcover
Page Count: 370
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Everything. Writing, characters, plot, the works.
Recommended Readers: You like revenge, right? Everyone likes revenge.
Rating: ★★★★★

I had a lot of expectations for The Cruel Prince. This book looked at them, sneered at their paltry designs, burned them to the ground, and then built from the ashes something so inconceivably better that all I can do is sit here and go

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If you’ve been keeping up with me, you’ll know this was one of my most anticipated books releasing in January, if not the most anticipated. And it did not disappoint! I have been in mental and emotional turmoil since I finished it, I don’t even know what to do.

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Book Review: The Fever Series, 1-5

fever-seriesTitle: The Fever Series (Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever)
Author:
 Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Version: Hardback
Page Count: 309, 303, 327, 386, 608
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: In-depth world building in a modern setting, morally gray characters
Recommended Readers: Ages 16+, fans of urban, fae-heavy fantasy with a dash of mystery and romance
Rating: ★★★★☆ (Average of all five books)

So, I was going to review all of these books individually, but I ended up devouring them before I could even think about penning a review. As a result, I’m going to try something a little different, reviewing them somewhat individually but mostly as a series all at once. Haaaaaa, let’s see how this goes.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve been pining for an engaging, Fae-centered fantasy series after how disappointing Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series ended up being. I took a risk on Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, and I’m glad I did because it healed me in ways I didn’t know I needed and provided me with content I’d been dying for.

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Book Review: Ironside

Ironside

Title: Ironside
Auth
or: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Version: Paperback
Page Count: 323
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: POC characters, LGBTQ+ characters
Recommended Readers: Ages 14+, Lovers of Dark Themes
Rating: ★★★★☆

 

I chose to skip Valiant, book two in this Modern Faerie Tale trilogy, because it didn’t have much bearing on the actual plot. Ironside picks up where Tithe left off, with Kaye preparing for Roiben’s coronation and Corny trying to discover how he, as a human, can become immune to faerie charms. When Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben in front of his court, he gives her a seemingly impossible task to fulfill: find a faerie that can tell an untruth.

Kaye spends much of the novel separate from Roiben, attempting to solve his riddle while wrestling with her Changeling status. Meanwhile, Roiben is dealing with Fae politics, both from the Seelie Court and within his own court, which he’s chosen to rule and protect although the denizens there revolt him.

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Book Review: Tithe

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Title: Tithe
Author:
 Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Version: Paperback
Page Count: 331
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: POC Character, LGBTQ+ Character
Recommended Readers: Ages 14+, Lovers of Dark Themes
Rating: ★★★★☆

 

What a strange but enjoyable book this was. I borrowed Tithe from my roommate because I’ve been dying for a good Fae story, one where the Fae are all unbridled passions and cruel whims and outside the realms of human morality. Because that’s what Fae are supposed to be. I’ve heard Holly Black is dubbed by fans as the Faerie Queen, so I was hoping she wouldn’t disappoint me.

I’m happy to say that, by and large, she didn’t. She gave me the Seelie and Unseelie Courts in all their ethereal beauty, perverse horrors, and glorious madness. She gave me faeries that largely regard mortals as playthings to trick and lead to ruin.

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