Synopsis: Lil and her sister Kizzy are on the eve of their seventeenth birthday and their divining day when their camp is attacked and they are sent to be slaves for a cruel master far from the forest they love. They are beaten down at every turn, but it doesn’t stop them from resisting, even when undead become a threat.
Spoiler Free Review:
I honestly didn’t know much about this book going into it, but I picked it up because one of the authors I follow on Twitter recommended it as a feminist, f/f romance story (I think it was Samantha Shannon). I also knew that there could be vampires involved, but that’s about where my knowledge ended.
The first thing that I noticed right off is that the writing is so stunning! There were so many passages that were just so beautiful.
I think my biggest complaint is that the pacing of this book is not what I wanted it to be. There was quite a bit of action at the end, but it took a long time to build up to it. It wasn’t slow necessarily, I just wanted the action spread out a little better, whether that be by making the beginning part shorter or by just extending the page count and making the ending longer. It took a really long time for the vampires to make an actual appearance.
I really enjoyed Lil as a character. I think she had the reactions that most people would have in the situations she was in and even though she beat herself up over the fact that she wasn’t as strong as her sister, she definitely had her own type of strength.
The ending hurt my soul. I don’t know how I was expecting it to end, but it made me very emotional. I think I just wanted a little bit more from this book in general, especially the ending.
The atmosphere and the writing were definitely the strongest points of this book for me, but I did enjoy it overall! It was really good for the fall, and I enjoyed the characters and the romance.