The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Review

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I am so happy to finally mark The Queen of Nothing off of my tbr. It has rekindled my love of fantasy, and that makes me so happy. The Queen of Nothing wraps up The Folk of the Air Series, so if you haven’t read The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King, you might want to skip this review.

The prophet said, “He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.” Jude is now Queen of Faerie. The only problem is Cardan exiled her. Now she is stuck in the mortal world. Jude anxiously tries to find a way back to her throne. When her twin sister, Taryn, returns to the mortal world, an opportunity presents itself. Jude risks punishment to venture back into Elfhame to help her sister. Unfortunately, a lot has changed. Elfhame is on the brink of war, and Jude finds herself behind the enemy lines. When an ancient curse is released, Jude must decide between her ambition or her humanity.

My Thoughts on The Queen of Nothing

I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this up. I loved it! Holly Black’s writing is so clever. I loved the way she worked around the exile. It was an obvious solution, but still fun nonetheless.

The characters in this series are all morally grey, but the character arcs came to a satisfying conclusion. Strangely, I even began to like Taryn in this one. Every character is faced with a choice that makes them think of more than just themselves.

I have always loved the fairytale aspect of this series. It is literally a modern day fairytale. That fact stands true with The Queen of Nothing as well. The curse was brilliant. It felt like it could a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, but it was also still completely unique. I would love to see an illustrated version of this whole series.

Well, I think I have rambled on enough. I truly enjoyed this book. If you haven’t read this series, pick it up now! It is so, so good.

My Rating: 5/5

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Their Eyes Were Watching God be Zora Neale Hurston

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I read Their Eyes Were Watching God to complete my Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge for the month. I had to read a classic that I didn’t read in school. I’ve never read anything by Zora Neale Hurston, but I am super impressed. Let’s talk about it.

Beautiful, Janie Crawford, sets out to live her life. Through three marriages and unimaginable trials, she finds herself. She become an independent woman that can stand on her own two feet.

When I was looking at lists of classics this one caught my eye. Their Eyes Were Watching God was controversial when it was published. People didn’t like the fact that the main character was a strong-willed black woman. That really made me want to read it even more. I love a strong female lead, and Janie is just that.

This book has a slow start. I will say there were parts that felt like filler. I do believe it was necessary though. It helped portray Janies longing for a more fulfilling life.

Hurston’s writing style was impeccable. It was lyrical and moving, while also being blunt. She told it the way it was without sugarcoating anything. Her perception of life is still applicable today in many ways. I believe we all need to read it.

Finally, the ending brought everything together and tied it up well. I think it portrayed what most people hope for in life, and that is to live. Janie stepped out of comfort, literally, and finally started living the life she wanted. It was hard and there was sadness, but she persevered.

My Rating: 4/5

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