Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.–GoodReads
Okay, hear me out. I know a lot of people loved this book but this was another Prison Healer for me, it was fun but it wasn’t the amazing read for me that it is for others.
Brie reminds me a little of Scarlett in the way that I was so annoyed by her at times, I don’t know that I ever grew to be as invested in her as I did for Scarlett; because I may have felt she just didn’t wise up enough. She seemed so easily swayed and that might be what makes it so interesting but it kinda made me roll my eyes. All that conviction so easily flung out the window.
Where Brie could have been amazingly complex she kinda fell flat for me. But the world building and this political rift between the Seelie and Unseelie was too captivating for me to not enjoy the book.
The other characters are interesting and the world is what I enjoyed the most.
At one point I really wanted to shake Brie for this naivety she had in concern with a certain Seelie prince who shall remain unnamed. I just, I couldn’t believe she didn’t see it coming that she was that blind because of her emotions which the reader has been led to believe that Brie is much more logical than that so it clashes and it took me out of the story. Each time it did that it was hard to jump back in, completely broke the suspension of disbelief for me and that is what made this a three star read for me. Also I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles so that shit better be locked in tight for me to enjoy.
Hands down I enjoyed the Seelie Prince and Unseelie crowd immensely. They were all so layered and complexed, much deeper than Brie and in truth even Brie’s sister held a lot more depth to her and she wasn’t in the book much. **Sidenote: I think the Seelie Prince is trash but he is at least really complex trash, so I’m happy with that.**
Overall I wanted so much more and expected so much more for Brie that it left me a little disappointed but with that sort of ending I am certainly looking forward to the second book. I think it will be perhaps the turning point for Brie (and if that’s the case, then I’ll end up enjoying it a lot more). Hopefully she makes some better choices because…UGH.
3/5 Cups of coffee from me. I got to read the Fairyloot edition of this during the readalong!