Surprisingly, I had never heard of any sleeping beauty retellings before this one. I’m starting to really get into retellings so I definitely wanted to give this one a chance so I decided to find out more about it. The excitement I felt when hearing that 1) it’s gay and 2) the story only starts when waking up the prince…it was probably not healthy. But, weak as I am, I obviously was in need of this!
What is Lava red feather blue about?
AUTHOR: MOLLY RINGLE
PUBLISHER: CENTRAL AVENUE PUBLISHING
PUBLISHING DATE: JANUARY 5TH, 2021
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
Awakening the handsome prince is supposed to end the fairy tale, not begin it. But the Highvalley witches have rarely done things the way they’re supposed to. On the north Pacific island of Eidolonia, hidden from the world by enchantments, Prince Larkin has lain in a magical sleep since 1799 as one side of a truce between humans and fae. That is, until Merrick Highvalley, a modern-day witch, discovers an old box of magic charms and cryptic notes hidden inside a garden statue.
Experimenting with the charms, Merrick finds himself inside the bower where Larkin lies, and accidentally awakens him. Worse still, releasing Larkin from the spell also releases Ula Kana, a faery bent on eradicating humans from the island. With the truce collapsing and hostilities escalating throughout the country, Merrick and Larkin form an unlikely alliance and become even unlikelier heroes as they flee into the perilous fae realm on a quest to stop Ula Kana and restore harmony to their island.
What did I think of Lava red feather blue?
“Alone is better than an army. But two is better than alone.”
Okay okay okay. This began so good already! Like, the intrigue of this story immediately grabbed me and I don’t think it will ever let me go, even though I finished it. I mean, the twists Molly Ringle gave us are truly amazing!
Molly Ringle also has a very nice writing style. When I started reading, time really flew by because I was so absorbed by the story. I could picture everything vividly (which is always a bonus!) and the dialogue fitted perfectly with each character (especially Larkin, I could practically hear him!).
I do feel like the pacing of this book was all over the place. Sometimes my heart was beating so fast it got a bit concerning, while at other times I just felt like there wasn’t happening enough to really keep me going. So that kinda had its ups and downs.
What didn’t have ups and downs though, was the romance. I was so invested (again, to an extend that maybe wasn’t healthy!). There was just a lot of tension between Larkin and Merrick and you know I’m here for that. They were so cute and precious and I! just! want them! to be! happy!!!
I’d say the characters really were my favourite part of the story. Like, yes, the world was interesting but it didn’t have something extraordinary for me. There were also some things I would’ve loved to see Molly Ringle explore more to add an extra layer to the world.
I did cry though. Like, sorry, but this book is wild at some points, okay? I don’t know but at three moments I found myself crying and screaming NO!
Back to the characters for a second though, I’m living for them? Especially Merrick and Larkin since this book is literally, well, focused on them. They made me laugh (again, THAT DIALOGUE!!) but also made my breath catch in my throat. And their character development is great, too!
This book definitely deserves more attention because wow! I hope I’ve caught your attention by saying “Sleeping beauty, but make it gay” and that you are now craving this book. It’s truly amazing and I definitely recommend it! Lava red feather blue gets a 4/5 from me! I can only stan!
Thank you to Central avenue publishing for providing me with this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.