RELEASE DATE: February 29th 2020
AUTHOR: Sara Wolf
GENRE: Young-Adult, Urban-Fantasy, Fae.
A promise made is a promise kept, until the very end of all death.
Sixteen year old Lilith Pierce’s mom is getting remarried. Which, sucks. To one of the richest men in Europe. Which, honestly? Sucks a little less.
Lilith’s warily stoked – after Dad disappeared, it’s been all tears and police visits and sleeping pills for Mom.
So, yeah. She’ll suck it up for seven months and get shipped off to the ultra-luxe, ultra-selective Institut Le Silvere – a prestigious boarding school in the Swiss Alps – while they honeymoon. How hard can it really be? It’s not like she’s got maybe-permanent hypervigilance, or anything.
It’s not like the woods around the school are maybe-alive.
It’s not like she’s being stalked by a man with glowing red eyes.
It’s not like the neighboring village whispers that all the students are cursed.
It’s not like resident model Ciel Lautrec is the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen, or anything. Too beautiful to be human. So beautiful the hypervigilance shuts right up. It’s not like she can’t handle Silvere’s self-appointed, self-conceited lawkeeper slash bully Alistair Strickland. Because she can. She can handle it all.
She’s always handled it all. Because she’s Lilith-fucking-Pierce.
And the forest knows that best of all.
I think many people who loved Sara Wolf’s Bring Me Their Hearts aren’t aware that she has released a new book. I would’ve missed it too, if I wasn’t following her Instagram page. The Unfairfolk is the first installment in Sara’s new urban fantasy series The Valenbound where a human girl gets tangled in a magical conflict. What grabbed my interest wasn’t the gorgeous cover, but the sassy heroine. They’re my favorites. So did Lilith meet my expectations? Sadly no but I did enjoyed her character. I expected her to be more like Zera from Bring Me Their Hearts who was more mature.
The story follows Sixteen Year old Lilith who’s transferred to an elite boarding school after her mom remarries a rich guy. While her mom was in her honeymoon vacation, Lilith needs to learn to survive between the rich kids who treats her like an outsider. On her first day, she meets the alluring Ciel Lautrec whom she can’t help but feel attracted to. And then she meets the mysterious Alistair Strickland, the strict lawkeeper everyone avoids. After sometime, Lilith learns that Institut Le Silvere harbors many secrets. When she visits the neighboring village, she’s warned that all the students of Le Silvere are cursed. When a mysterious red eyes starts to stalk her, Lilith wants to know the answers that she was denied. But Lilith isn’t the one to back down easily. In order to uncover the secrets of the school, she sets on her own dangerous mission which ultimately leads her to the deadly forest that everyone fears.
Lilith is sarcastic, funny, witty, brave, cute, and a little immature. She curses a lot and constantly cracks jokes even in awkward situations. It was kinda cute but really hated her long inner monologues. It was one of the issues I had with this book. So far, I enjoyed her character but I wouldn’t say that she was my favorite. I liked Alistair! He was broody and mysterious. His cold personality makes people avoid him like plague. I was kinda sad that he can’t trust anyone. The relationship between Lilith and Alistair is one of the best parts I enjoyed the most. They clashed every time they meet but slowly they start to trust each other. Ciel Lautrec was an intriguing character. He possesses an inhuman beauty that makes people drawn to him. He’s pretty much obsessed with magic. I think his character wasn’t fleshed out well enough and I hope we get more of him in the next book.
The plot was interesting but the execution could’ve been more better. There are some parts that left me confused and nothing major happens until we get to the last part where we finally get to meet the fair folk of Valen. Although I enjoyed the characters, the writing style didn’t work out for me. It took some time for me to adjust to it. It seemed different than her previous works. I struggled with the narration and I wish the inner monologues were short. The book was mostly written in Lilith’s POV but we also get a third person POV from the mysterious guy with red eyes. I loved the boarding school setting and the mystery surrounding it. The author had built a perfect atmosphere. There’s not much magic in this book but I hope we get more in the sequel.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it! So far, I loved all of Sara’s books that I’ve read and this would be my least favorite. I really didn’t expect to give it a less than a four star rating. I hope the sequel is better than this one. The cliffhanger had left me wanting for more so I’m definitely picking up the next book when it comes out.
If you like YA urban fantasy books with boarding school setting then definitely give it a shot! You might enjoy it more than I did!
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