Friday, March 13, 2020

Review: The Unfairfolk (Valenbound #1) by Sara Wolf

Rating: ★★★★★
Date published: February 29th, 2020
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Synopsis: A promise made is a promise kept, until the very end of all death.

Sixteen year old Lilith Pierce’s mom is getting remarried. Which, sucks. To one of the richest men in Europe. Which, honestly? Sucks a little less.

Lilith’s warily stoked - after Dad disappeared, it’s been all tears and police visits and sleeping pills for Mom. So, yeah. She’ll suck it up for seven months and get shipped off to the ultra-luxe, ultra-selective Institut Le Silvere - a prestigious boarding school in the Swiss Alps - while they honeymoon. How hard can it really be? It’s not like she’s got maybe-permanent hypervigilance, or anything.

It’s not like the woods around the school are maybe-alive.

It’s not like she’s being stalked by a man with glowing red eyes.

It’s not like the neighboring village whispers that all the students are cursed.

It’s not like resident model Ciel Lautrec is the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen, or anything. Too beautiful to be human. So beautiful the hypervigilance shuts right up. It’s not like she can’t handle Silvere’s self-appointed, self-conceited lawkeeper slash bully Alistair Strickland. Because she can. She can handle it all.

She’s always handled it all. Because she’s Lilith-fucking-Pierce.

And the forest knows that best of all. 

What I Thought: 

Sara Wolf is a writing force to be reckoned with. Regardless of whether she's writing fantasy or contemporary, her stories never fail to enchant and haunt their readers. The Unfairfolk is no different. It's the first book in her new Valenbound series and it is magnificent

Lilith is a fish out of water at her new school, and extremely uncomfortable, but that doesn't stop her from being herself or making friends, something she's not good at. Due to her past life experiences, Lilith doubts everyone and trusts only herself. She's so likable. My 16 year-old self may not have thought she was cool, but she would've thought she was funny. I loved the way she spoke and acted, much as a teenager would. It felt very realistic and authentic

Besides Lilith, I'm intrigued by the other people at the school. The headmistress is a delight of hidden information while also being extremely menacing. Alistair and Ciel are almost foils of each other, and it's interesting to see how their outward appearances differ from their inner characteristics and personality traits. I'm looking forward to learning more about them.

Sara Wolf tantalizes readers with hints of what's happening behind the scenes at Institut Le Silvere and in the surrounding forest. Yes there are many questions raised, and some are answered, but it's a great set up for the next book in the series, and I can't wait to read it!


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About the Author
Sara Wolf lives in Portland, Oregon, where the sun can’t get her anymore. When she isn’t pouring her allotted life force into writing, she’s reading, accidentally burning houses down whilst baking, or making faces at her highly appreciative cat. She is the author of the NYT bestselling Lovely Vicious series and the Bring Me Their Hearts series.

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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