Trailer Park Fae. Tell me that is not the best title ever! I mean, faeries are so elegant, graceful, and proper, and trailer parks are, well not. So a juxtaposition like that, how could it not be amazing?! And that COVER. Honestly probably my all-time favorite. So as soon as I saw this book, I needed it in my life.
But then I read some reviews, and so many said the same thing—the writing was too frilly and difficult to understand. So I sank into the depths of indecision and stared longingly at the the book on my Amazon wishlist for months.
Finally I caved, and I figured December was the perfect month to read it because I had finished my goal for the year and would have the whole month to take my time with this book.
Imagine my surprise when I finished it in three days.
The thing about this book is, the writing is flowery and archaic and poetic. But I like flowery and archaic and poetic, so I thought the writing was beautiful!
As for it being too hard to read, it only took me ten pages of reading slowly and rereading some sections to get the hang of it. After that, the more I read, the easier and more natural it became. Even if a sentence here or there tripped me up, it didn’t affect my enjoyment or understanding of the story. It’s not a book you can skim though, so just save it for when you can go at a relaxed pace and really sink into the writing. So if you like concise writing, this may not be for you. But if you like beautiful writing that does a brilliant job of showing rather than telling, and you’re interested in the story, don’t make the same mistake I almost did!
This book is more than just its writing style though. For one thing, the plot had me hooked. Once I picked this up, I didn’t want to put it down. I never knew where the story was going to head next or what new twists would be thrown at me.
The characters were also well-written, especially Jeremiah. He was gruff, harsh, sullen, and sometimes selfish—but sometimes he was also selfless, and there was more complexity to him than meets the eye. He was kind of broken but also badass—a combination that worked surprisingly great.
As for the cover matching the story? No, the writing was not gritty and rough, and the story definitely was not a fluffy, crude-humor type of read like one might expect. But Jeremiah was still gritty and rough, as well as many of the settings, so I felt like I did get that juxtaposition of elegant and gritty that I wanted. And the story was not lacking humor, nor was it super dark; I found myself cracking up plenty at little bits of sarcasm or wit and even the absurd situations the characters sometimes ended up in.
So, to summarize, flawed characters who tug at your heart strings, a plot that keeps you on your toes, beautiful writing, and a sprinkling of humor, all wrapped up in an oddly gritty yet elegant package with a cover that is TO-DIE-FOR!
Anyone who likes flowery, lyrical writing, the cruel side of faeries, and gritty, flawed characters.
More Books in the Series:
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.
Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.
Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…
Book Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Gallow and Ragged
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Faery Realm, Other Realms, USA