review

An Enchantment of Ravens

Hello bookfriends!

This weekend was a fun and relaxing time. I slept in! And I loved every second of it! I also went to get my nails done with my sisters and Mum, and I got to pick out some photos from a photo shoot I had before Christmas! So not a terrible weekend.

I also finished An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. This book was the first book I ever received in a book subscription box (the Enchanted Journeys November Shelflove) If I’m honest, I did put off reading it for a while, just because other books sounded more interesting 🤷🏻‍♀️😬 PSA: There may be spoilers below if you have not read the book. I try to keep them spoiler free, but you’ve been warned.

An Enchantment of Ravens is about Isobel, a regular human with a great talent for painting, and Rook, a fae prince who is unable to do any sort of human Craft. Actually none of the fae can. No cooking, painting, drawing, mending or making of anything. Isobel makes the mistake of painting human sorrow in Rook’s eyes and that is where our adventure begins.

And for me, it’s also kind of where it ended. I think I struggled the most with the attraction between Isobel and Rook. I wanted to believe it. But within the space of maybe two pages Isobel had met Rook, weeks had passed and she was now in love with him. We didn’t see ANY of that happen! I love love stories and I felt cheated. Also, when Rook comes back, ready to throw Isobel to his fae court for her treachery, he is livid! But within a matter of chapters, he’s back in love with Isobel. I guess I really struggled with the how of them falling in love.

What was interesting was the ‘bad guy’ or lack thereof. It changed so many times that I wasn’t sure that we liked certain people or if we didn’t. It was just a bit confusing.

One thing I did enjoy was the world building. I liked the town of Whimsy (such a cute name for a town!) and the differences between the courts! I really enjoyed those aspects. The decaying of certain places was explained very well. I had a VERY clear mental image of what it looked like! So I can not fault Rogerson for her language. Plus the character of Emma – she was brilliant. But Isobel and Rook – I sadly didn’t really attach to either of them very much. Both of them were strong great characters – until they met each other and they became weepy and besotted.

I really don’t like being disappointed with books, so I try really really hard to like them! I do! I know that this is someone’s work and I want to try and find everything good in it for their sake. But I was disappointed in this one. I loved the premise and thought it had some great potential. But I felt like I ended up reading a love story that didn’t even explain how or why they were in love 😩

I gave this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of five. Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought! I would love to talk about it!!

Have a great day everyone! Happy Tuesday!!

– Bec

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