Johanna and her family are circus performers. They live a simple and enjoyable life...until Jo's father is killed. They are immediately kicked out of their Circus troupe and are forced to fend for themselves whilst mourning the loss of a husband and father. When Johanna goes hunting, she is beaten to a pulp by Lord Rafi. Then she is taken to his estate where she finds out he beat her up by mistake (oops.) As part of his debt to her, he hires her to storyspin for his guests. Little did Rafi and his mother know that Johanna's introduction would cause quite the stir among nobles, for she looks mysteriously like a dead princess. Hmm. Oh, and there's war coming on another as well. Hooray.
On the other side are the Keepers. Some magic wall thing that isn't really that well described has come down as the heir that keeps the wall up has moved too far from the wall. A group of keepers set out to find the missing heir (gee, I wonder who that could be), protect them, and bring them back.
4 solid stars
Fayre (pronounced Fay-ruh) is an ex-aristocrat. Now she spends her days hunting and providing for her three sisters and father who don't care for her aside from her keeping them as comfy as possible. When she kills someone she wasn't supposed to, Tamlin, a high and strong fae gives her the choice of living with him or dying. The magical realm is not all she thought it was (ie- dangerous and terrifying) There she finds friends, love, and beauty that she never imagined possible. Unfortunately, the story has to have some plot, and the magic is being sucked dry from the land and people. Only fayre can stop it. Adventure and double-crossing ensue.
I really enjoyed this book. Sara J. Maas did not disappoint. I love her glass throne series, but as a mid twenty something, I enjoyed the more mature writing of this book. Fayre is not an idiot and follows her heart, though sometimes that gets her into trouble which is incredibly annoying. But overall, I'm pretty happy with her as a character. We see her growth and realization that family is never what it seems and strangers cannot be placed in categories of simply good and evil.
Demons at Deadnight is the first in a series. Let me tell you, it's a doozy. Aurora, a quirky high schooler, with demons in her past, quite literally and figuratively. She just moved with her family to get a fresh start. Aurora is then attacked my a demon...well that's never happened before. Luckily, the hex boys swoop in to save the day. These hexy boys have no idea why demons are attacking poor Aurora, but they are determined to find out. Secrets are being kept from one another and trust issues lead from disaster to disaster, all the while creating a rift between Aurora and her fake(?) smokin' hot(literally) boyfriend Ayden.
Book 1...HOW IS THIS A DEBUT? IT'S SO EFFING GREAT. The right amount of action, hilarity, and romance, and teen angst. It even has the annoying but loving sibling dynamic. These guys are like Aurora's harem but boy, they do not dote on her, and no it's not a love pentagon. Not even a love triangle. Let's be real, everyone hates a badly done love triangle, and with like 6 guys to choose from, I am so happy there was none of that. GO A&E KIRK!!!!
First, let's talk about that cover. WHY DOES EVIE LOOK LIKE SHE HAS NO EMOTIONS?? It's worst that Kristen Stewart and that, my friends, is a a high insult. It looks like she's about to fall asleep or maybe concentrate on farting really softly.
On to the plot: Evie has the oh so special ability to see through glamors, making her very special to the supernatural finding department (it has a really long name I don't care for.) She catches a guy who looks like water and can take the shape of any human being. He is detained and she visits him often and they fall in love. Evie also learns that this facility who cared for her, raised her, and for now whom she works for, doesn't do as much good for the world as she once thought it did.
Paranormalcy was entertaining. I'll give it that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Though I almost dropped it when I first read that she has a pink sparkly taser named tasey. Oh god:
Laia is low class. Born to be a slave and have no future. When her grandparents are killed and her brother taken by the government, Laia seeks out the resistance in hopes of finding her brother. Nothing ever comes free though. In exchanged for helping her brother break out, Laia must infiltrate the prestigious military academy and spy on the going ons. However it is more than she bargained for as the commandant is a sadistic <s>woman</s> Bitch.
Elias is top of his class and comes from a good family. Enrolled in the militant academy, he's almost at the highest level, a mask. However, he doesn't exactly agree with the way things are done and resents for everything the mask stands for. He plans on deserting until he is chosen as a contender for the next emperor.
Elias and Laia clash within the school. He's taken with her while she...is weary of him.