A couple weeks ago I read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and I absolutely loved it! It was the first YA novel I’ve read about fae and it was a good start to this area of fantasy. I know this one has mixed reviews, but I personally adored it and read it in about three days- the first time I’ve done that in a long while.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s work. But when she receives her first royal patron – Rook, the autumn prince – she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then perhaps even love, a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folk’s ruthless Good Law. To save both their lives, Isobel must choose between sacrificing her Craft or using her art to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts… for Craft may hold more power over the fair folk than she ever imagined.
Ok, and I’ll just go ahead and admit it: Rook had me swooning from the beginning. More on that later.
Rogerson’s writing was lovely. It was descriptive, but not overly so, and she kept the pace moving at the right speed. I loved her descriptions of the fae lands, the way she showed you the transitions between seasons. Her writing style is pleasant to read but still keeps a sense of urgency.
I loved the characters- and that’s my main thing. If I don’t like or relate to the characters, I probably won’t like the book very much. I loved these characters; Isobel was great and I’ve already mentioned Rook…
He is amazing. A little dark and brooding, a little funny, and undeniably handsome. And even though he’s technically fae, he acts human in a lot of ways.
I liked all the side characters, too- Gadfly was particularly amusing and I loved how there were multiple sides to him.
The plot was unique. Of course, I knew next to nothing about fae, but my knowledge is a little more substantial now, maybe? The way “Craft” was dangerous to the fair folk? I’d never heard of that before. But again, I had next to no knowledge about this subject. The only thing that bugged me was that we never learned Isobel’s real name. Other than that, everything was great.
I loved the settings. Most of the book was Rook and Isobel travelling through the fae lands, and Margaret described everything beautifully.
The romance was great, too, just FYI. That’s very important.
Honestly, this was an amazing book that I definitely recommend if you like fae or want to get into it. Also, any recommendations for more YA fae novels that aren’t by Sarah J. Maas (no offense to her but there’s some stuff in her ACOTAR series I don’t need to be reading)?
I only had one teensy issue with this book that didn’t merit taking away any stars, so this was a 5-star read for me.
Okay, so in branching out and adding a beauty element to my blog, I wanted to do a makeup look inspired by this book. I wanted to incorporate a little bit from each of the four courts in the book: Spring Court, Summer Court, Autumn Court, and Winter Court. So basically it’s the four seasons. Seeing as Rook is the Autumn Prince, I wanted to be mostly autumnal, so I did a fall look on my eyes and lips. For the Summer Court, I did a little more bronzing than normal to give that sun-kissed look, then paid homage to the Spring Court with a pop of peachy blush. I used a frosty white highlight to finish it all off and to make sure I had something a little wintry on my face.
(Please excuse the poor quality of the photos; I took them at night with my rather bad phone camera.)
I started with my Nyx Photo-Loving Primer; I use the green one to cancel out any redness. After that, I applied my Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation (shade 112) with my fingers. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I find it’s easier for me to use my hands to apply foundation and concealer. I love sponges, but there’s just something about the feel of foundation on my hands that I just really like. The concealer I was using at the time was the Nyx HD Photogenic Concealer in the shade 00, I think. I set it all with my Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost, taking a small shadow brush to concentrate it under my eyes. I also took a damp beauty sponge and baked under my eyes and my chin; the under eye powder helps keep the fallout from making a complete disaster.
Next, I did my brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown and my e.l.f. Duo-Ended Brow Brush (and I seriously love that thing so much), then set the brows with e.l.f clear brow gel.
Now for the eyes.
I primed my eyes with concealer and powder.
Using the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and a fluffy brush, buff the shade Chaser into the transition area. Next, take the shade Sauced and put it on top of Chaser, followed by Low Blow, mostly in the outer corner but blended towards the inside.
Next, take the shade Pukey from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette and put in the transition area, focused on the outer corner but still bringing it inwards. Apply the shade Mocha in the outer corner, bringing it in just a tiny bit. Lightly put the shade He Devil from the Naked Heat palette all over the transition area, being sure not to make it too dark. Going back to the Jaclyn Hill palette, take the shade Jacz and put it in the outer corner and bring it down to the lower lid, lightly and only on the outer corner.
With a pencil brush, blend it all together just to make sure there are no harsh lines, no shadow on the brush. Lightly dust the shade Cayenne from the Naked Heat palette all over the lower lid. With an eye definer brush, take Ashes from the Urban Decay palette and put it on the outside of the lower lid, then a tiny bit of Soda Pop from the JH palette right on top. Take En Fuego from NH and pop it onto the center of the lid, then put a little bit of Jacz (JH) on top. On the inner lid, put the shade Hunts (JH) in the inner part of the lid. With your finger, take the shade Ember (NH) on the outer corner (you can use a brush, I just find using my finger lessens fallout and increases pigmentation). On the center of the lid, apply Dirty Talk (NH), with Scorched (NH) on top, bringing it out on top of Ember. You can really heavily apply Scorched if you’d like; it’s a gorgeous shade. On the inner corner, place the shade Lumbre (NH). Blend it all out.
Now for the lower lash-line. Dust away any baking you may have done, then with the tip of an eye definer brush dust He Devil (NH) all over the lower lash-line. With the same brush, put Jacz (JH) on the outer corner, blending it up just a little to connect it to the lid shadow. Deepen it with a little bit of En Fuego (NH) all over and a hint of Ashes (NH) on the outer corner. On the inside of the lower lash-line, place Hunts in towards the inner corner of the eye. Dust a little bit of Lumbre (NH) all over the lower lash-line.
I highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with a mix of Enlight and Beam, the first two shades in the Jaclyn Hill palette.
Please note that you don’t have to use exactly what I use, you can use whatever you have.
For the lips, start with a base of Nyx Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in the shade French Maid, followed by a coat of gold lipgloss (I think mine is from Forever 21). Use your finger to put a little bit of Queen from the Jaclyn Hill Palette on top if you’d like.
Again, I used bronzer to give myself a sun-kissed glow with a peachy blush and a frosty white highlight (I combined a bunch, but the one in the Makeup Revolution Love the Revolution palette is good).
And that’s it for this look! If you try it out, let me know how it goes!
Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens? What do you think of the makeup look?