“Damsel” by Elana K. Arnold | A Fairy Tale With Teeth

Synopsis

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LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS COVER. JUST LOOK AT IT.

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her. 

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Rating: ♡♡♡ 1/2

We’ve all heard the same story dozens of times throughout our childhood. A dashing prince. A terrifying dragon to slay. And of course, to complete the tale, a beautiful damsel in need of rescue.

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“Bright We Burn” by Kiersten White | A Beautiful, Blood Soaked (And Tear-Drenched) Conclusion

↪ this review contains spoilers for AID and NIR, also probably contains tears and incoherent screaming so sorry in advance I guess

This was a bittersweet ending to a gorgeously written saga. I think about the characters and I just feel like draping myself dramatically over the bed and sobbing, Disney princess style. I mean, I’m still mentally on the floor weeping right now over a jar of peanut butter because I can’t handle that this is the LAST BOOK AND I NEED MORE.

And I Darken: ✦✦✦✦✦

Now I Rise: ✦✦✦✦✦

Bright We Burn: ✦✦✦✦✧

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A Repackaged Review of “And I Darken” by Kiersten White | Ft. My Favorite Characters Ever

I recently reread And I Darken, reread my review for it, and then felt massively disappointed in myself because I didn’t know it was possible for my writing to be that clunky and grammatically incorrect. (Not even kidding, I literally cringed a grand total of seven times.)

SO. I took it upon myself to revamp my review for And I Darken—for no reason other than that can’t just sit here pretending everything’s fine, knowing that I’ve written a horrid, nonsensical review for one of my favorite books ever?

(Also, I’m calling it right now: I’m going to happen upon this review about a year from now and then immediately want to rewrite it all because it sounds so bad. Note to Future Hannah: RESIST THE URGE.)

I think this has taught me never to trust the judgment of fetus Hannah. Lesson learned indeed.

this awkward thumbs-up basically sums up my entire existence

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5 “Bright We Burn” Excerpts I Collected From Twitter & Am Posting Here Just Because

FIRST OFF, if you haven’t read And I Darken, drop everything and PICK UP A COPY IMMEDIATELY. I demand it.

Secondly, did you see those pomegranates on the cover? It’s possibly the most violent fruit I’ve ever seen—and I love it.

JUST LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY LOOK TOGETHER

 

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE AND I DARKEN SERIES

  • impalings
  • A SWEET SUMMER CHILD WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF RADU
  • lots of violent romance
  • beautiful covers that depict weapons brutally stabbing flowers, jewelry, and fruit (yes, fruit. a pomegrante, to be exact.)
  • gender-swapped dracula woahhh
  • an antiheroine who is not drop-dead gorgeous and wiLL nOT conFORm to your deLICATE sensibilities
  • the ottoman empire!! history!!
  • Need I say more

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