Thursday, September 22, 2016

Briar Queen (Night and Nothing, #2) + Nettle King (Night and Nothing, #3) by Katherine Harbour


The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up--an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night's Dream--in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld . . .
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I absolutely LOVE this series. LOVE IT. It may even be one of the best things I've ever read. I love the feel, and the characters (even when they're annoying) and the gripping gothic atmosphere that always makes the terrible things that happen seem fitting. And terrible things do happen. A lot. These aren't your typical bright and shiny, sparkly fairies with wings and crowns of light. They're dark and mysterious and very, very bad. But in the best way. These creatures do awful things and look at humans as toys (and sometimes furniture, yikes), and even knowing this Finn willingly enters their world in the hopes of finding her sister, who in the first book she believed to be dead. It's a wild ride discovering this new world with her, and watching as her friends get yanked in as well. I'm a big fan of old fairy tales and folklore, the ones that depict the fae as dangerous, deadly, and beautiful, instead of always helpful and sweet. Harbour does an excellent job of stringing all of these things together, including many characters from old lore. She does keep most of the names given to them in said lore, so it can get a bit confusing and complicated when pronouncing a name or recalling what it means, so you'll probably have to check the index in the back one or two times, but it's worth it. We really get to see Finn and Jack's relationship develop a bit more in this one, which is good, considering how awful he could be at times in the first book (awful in the sense he did bad things, but I still loved him). There's also a lot more development for other characters, like Christie and Sylvie, and new characters to love like Moth. The first book focused more on the aesthetics, whereas this one is more about characters and the lore, which is great.
I highly recommend.
The mesmerizing conclusion to the Night and Nothing series—part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Alice in Wonderland—finds Finn fighting against the land of the dead.

When her beloved Jack disappears, Finn vows to find him—even if it means a daring odyssey into the land of the dead. But saving Jack comes at a terrible price: a dangerous fissure has opened, giving the dead access to the true world.

The lines between worlds are more blurred than ever. Finn’s sister, Lily, recently returned from the Ghostlands, seems to bear no scars from her time there. But then their friend Moth returns from Sombrus, the magical house once owned by Seth Lot, bearing shocking news. Something evil—a fearsome creature bearing a striking resemblance to Jack—has escaped Sombrus and is now stalking Fair Hollow, killing everyone it encounters, transforming them into terrifying Jacks and Jills and recruiting the Unseelie.

It will not stop until it gets what it wants . . .
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I adored this book. There really isn't much more I can say but that. I think it's a great end to the trilogy (though that very second to last sentence bothers me because of EVERYTHING they've been through and so in mind they find a way around that eventually, lol) and I loved all the twists and turns it took. It didn't leave anything unsettled, and while some bits of action or reveal could have afforded a little more time to be fleshed out, overall it all worked. I can't really say more than that without giving things away so, my advice is to just read this series.
If you're into gothic novels like Wuthering Heights, then reading the first book in the trilogy Thorn Jack, is definitely for you. If you're not so into the description of gothic settings, get through the first book because these last two ease up a TON on the descriptions. That was my only problem with the original, in Thorn Jack there is a lot of repetitive descript on houses and the town. And Emory. There's LOTS of Emory. But these two don't have that problem and are definitely worth getting to!!! :)


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